Here’s how to get rid of dark circles and look more fresh
February 24, 2022
How to get rid of dark circles is one of the most common questions patients ask about when they come in for a consultation at Dermatology Aesthetics. One of the reasons this is such a popular question is because there isn’t a perfect, one-size-fits-all solution.
The first step you should take before scheduling any filler treatment is to see an experienced professional to identify what might be causing the dark circles under your eyes.
Some of the most common causes of under-eye darkness include:
- sinus issues
- poor sleep
- inherited features (thanks, mom and dad!)
Read on to learn how to get rid of dark circles and what you need to know before getting treatment to minimize your risk of any side effects.
Will fillers fill the hollow under my eye?
Yes, they can! And—by filling the hollow—fillers will also reduce shadows in that area that add to the darkness that gives your face a more tired appearance.
Though fillers in the under-eye area can be effective, they should only ever be injected by a professional who is adept at this procedure and can handle any rare, but potential, side effects.
Are under-eye fillers safe?
Generally speaking, yes. Under-eye fillers used by experienced injectors are very safe and have few long-term side effects.
Are there any risks with under-eye fillers?
Using under-eye fillers does post some risks because of all of the blood vessels that surround this area. There have been some rare reports of fillers blocking blood flow in this area in that inadvertently injected fillers into those blood vessels.
If fillers are injected into the blood vessels around your eyes, this can cause side effects, such as:
- tissue damage/necrosis
- blindness (rare, but possible)
That’s why it is absolutely critical to always see an experienced provider who knows what they are doing and is prepared for the possibility of these very rare side effects.
Who is a good candidate for under-eye fillers?
The skin under your eye must retain some of its elasticity (tension of the skin) for an under-eye filler to be effective.
What is the surgical alternative?
If the skin under your eye is too loose, an under-eye filler won’t have much effect on lessening a hollow to get rid of dark circles.
In these cases, your best option to get the results you desire is to consider a lid lift (also known as a blepharoplasty), which is typically performed by a plastic surgeon.
How long will it take for an under-eye filler to settle?
Fillers around the eye can cause redness for roughly two to three days. Swelling and bruising may last for up to two weeks.
Occasionally, patients may notice small lumps or bumps after treatment that can either be massaged away or—if that doesn’t work—removed using an enzyme injection of hyaluronidase.
What is the best filler for under the eye?
Here at Dermatology Aesthetics, we use hyaluronic acid (Juvéderm®) at an under the eye filler for patients looking how to get rid of dark circles.
They are the best filler for under the eye for the following reasons:
- They are very soft and malleable
- They can be injected slowly under low pressure (which is the safest process)
- They can be removed in the unlikely event this is necessary (we do this using hyaluronidase, the enzyme mentioned above)
How long will under-eye filler last?
Undereye fillers last from 9–12 months on average–sometimes longer.
Ready to see a specialist and learn how to get rid of dark circles?
Under-eye filler can give patients a new found confidence. It’s critical to see someone who has experience with doing fillers in this area to get rid of dark circles because a professional will be adequately prepared to handle any rare, but possible, side effects.
If you’re ready to learn more, we’re here to help. Schedule a consultation with one of our experienced team.
At your appointment, a specialist will let you know if you are a good candidate for fillers and tell you about all of your options for getting more youthful-looking skin around your eyes.