Eye fillers are gel-like substances used to reduce the appearance of tired eyes, aging eyes, eye bags, and dark circles under the eyes. This results in the eye area looking plumper, brighter, and the individual having a well-rested appearance.
It is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that involves injecting the filler through the tear troughs to rejuvenate the under-eye area and restore a radiant, youthful appearance.
Other types of treatments that can be used to improve eye appearance include neurotoxins (Botox), laser treatments, and topical retinoids.
Types of Eye Fillers
There are different types of eye filler treatments with some of them being FDA-approved and others which are routinely used off-label.
Since the under eye area skin is very thin and sensitive we recommend either hyaluronic acid fillers or fat transfer to this area.
Types of eye fillers include:
- Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally produced by the body. Hyaluronic acid fillers are however made from a synthetic gel that mimics the natural substance produced by the body. Common hyaluronic acid brand names include Restylane, Juvederm, and Belotero.
This type of filler helps in stimulating collagen production, is easy to place and is smooth, transparent, and less likely to clump. It is for these reasons that it is the most common filler type for the under-eye area.
Hyaluronic acid filler, however, produces the shortest results compared to other filler types but it is popular because it is safe and gives natural-looking results.
- Fat transfer
Fat transfer is normally recommended in cases where the individual has a deep tear trough where the lower lid and the cheek meet. It involves harvesting fat from your own body, purifying it, and injecting it in the under-eye area.
Good Candidate for Eye Fillers
The ideal candidate for eye filler is someone who is healthy and has realistic expectations about the results of the procedure. He/she should also have one or more of the following concerns:
- Dark circles
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Aged and tired eyes
- Eye bags
- Hollowing of the under-eye area
However, eye fillers are not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
The procedure for eye fillers involves your provider marking the treatment area and sterilizing it before applying a numbing cream. Once the treatment area is numb, a small needle will be used to inject the filler.
Several injections are required under each eye to achieve the desired results. Finally, your provider will smooth the filler into place for a natural-looking outcome.
If you are undergoing fat transfer, you will first undergo liposuction under local or general anesthesia to harvest the fat.
Recovery & Results
After the eye filler procedure you may experience some redness, swelling, and bruising but these are short-lived. Cool compresses applied over the treatment area help alleviate the swelling. Avoid touching the under-eye area and sleep with your head elevated on the first night. Strenuous physical activities should be limited on the first day.
Little to no downtime is usually experienced, however, with fat transfer, the downtime is about one week to ten days mainly due to facial swelling after the procedure.
The results of the fillers are immediate but not permanent. They can last for between 6 months to 3 three years depending on the type of filler used.
Maintenance treatments are usually needed.
Fat transfer usually causes more swelling compared to injection with fillers but it has a more rejuvenating effect and is much longer lasting.
To Know More
Would you like to understand what options are available for Eye Fillers in Dubai? Meet one of our experts at Al Shunnar Plastic Surgery for a personal consultation to develop a tailor-made plan for you. Contact us or book an appointment and our patient care coordinators will identify the most suitable expert for you.