Under Eye Fillers: What are They and How Do They Work?

April 26, 2021

Battling dark under eye circles? You’re not alone. If you’ve tried everything under the sun – including getting more sleep – it could be genetics or aging. Under eye fillers can help banish those dark circles, leaving you with a brighter, more youthful look.

Dermal fillers are a popular way to correct issues like dark under eye circles because the procedure is minimally invasive. In fact, more than 2.6 million dermal filler injections were performed in 2018 alone.

If you’re considering under eye injections, you may be wondering how the procedure works and whether you’re a good candidate for it. 

How Does the Procedure Work?

The tear trough filler procedure works like most other injectable treatments. But because the under eye area is delicate, it’s important to choose an experienced injector who knows which type of filler to use and how to inject it properly.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is typically used for under eye filler procedures, and it’s injected along the lower edge of the eye socket. Only minimal amounts are injected at a time to avoid overcorrection. 

Research shows that tear trough deformities can be corrected using an HA filler, so we know it’s a highly effective procedure. 

But like other HA fillers, the correction is only temporary. Every patient is different, but under eye fillers can last up to a year. The entire procedure takes about 15-20 minutes, and you should see results immediately.

Who is a Candidate for Under Eye Fillers?

Filling the under eye area is a tricky process that requires finesse, expertise and a thorough understanding of the anatomy in this delicate area.

Not everyone is an ideal candidate for under eye injections. Those with youthful skin and true under-eye hollows typically see the best outcomes from these procedures. If your tear troughs are naturally pronounced and your dark undereye circles aren’t lifestyle-related, then you may be a good candidate for under eye fillers.

If the skin under the eye is too loose, it can be difficult to conceal the filler and the under-eye starts looking lumpy. Working with an experienced injector is key. 

You may not be a good candidate for under eye injections if:

  • You have excess fat under your eyes 
  • You have very deep tear troughs
  • Your skin is very thin
  • You have a medical condition that may increase the risk of complications

It’s important to talk to your doctor about your medical history and to ensure that you’re an ideal candidate for this procedure.

What are the Benefits of a Tear Trough Filler?

Under eye injections are a simple way to correct dark circles and deeper troughs that can make you look tired and older. When done properly, fillers can:

  • Give you a brighter, more alert look
  • Help create a more youthful appearance

While there are certainly benefits to injections in this area, it’s important to choose your injector carefully. Only an experienced professional should work on this delicate area to reduce the risk of complications or overcorrection. But when done properly, under eye injections are undetectable and produce beautiful results.