If you’re looking for a natural, non-invasive treatment option for dark circles in Melbourne, then you’re in the right place. The most effective option for dark circles and bagginess under the eyes is under-eye fillers (or, as it’s sometimes called, tear trough filler). It’s used too plump up the under-eye area and diffuse the dark shadows to create a refreshed, rejuvenated look.
However, it’s not an ideal treatment for just anyone. Depending on the cause of your dark circles will depend on how effective the treatment is for you. Nor is it a job for just any cosmetic injector. Injecting a needle near someone’s eye requires a high degree of knowledge and expertise.
If your confidence has been affected by those pesky dark circles under your eyes and you are considering booking in an under-eye filler treatment in Melbourne, here’s what you need to know before you attend your appointment.
WHERE IS THE UNDER-EYE AREA (TEAR TROUGH)?
The tear trough is the hollow areas located under the eye, between the cheeks and lower eyelids. This area is of particular concern to many of my patients as the hollowness, fine lines & wrinkles and dark circles created over time make them look tired and older then they are.
As we age, our whole facial structure changes. Eye sockets become larger, and the cheekbones reduce in size, which means there is less cushioning around the eyes. We also lose fat in the face, and the fat pads are what gives the face volume and support. This gradual loss of support in the mid-cheek pulls down on the lower eyelids, causing tear trough hollowing.
In some cases, a noticeable tear trough is also caused by genetics rather than a result of ageing and often appear even in our teenage years. Reducing the appearance of the tear trough with under-eye fillers can help you look refreshed and less tired.
ARE UNDER-EYE FILLERS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Shadowing under the eyes can happen for several reasons. The main thing to note if you’re thinking about having under-eye filler treatment is; if your dark circles are caused by pigment or by vascular issues, under-eye fillers are NOT going to help. Other treatments, such as laser/IPL and skin needling, might be a better option.
However, if you have a hollow half-moon hanging under your eyes, you’re in luck. Under-eye fillers can be injected into the tear trough to create a smooth transition between the under-eye area and the upper cheek. Reducing the appearance of the tear through.
How do you tell the difference?
The best way is to book a consultation with an experienced cosmetic injector. If they have a thorough understanding of the facial anatomy, they will be able to tell you if under-eye fillers are right for you.
If you are still unsure or simply want a second option, we offer a FREE no-obligation consultation valued at $250. It’s a fully comprehensive assessment before starting your treatment to ensure that the treatment is right for you and that you will get the results you are after.
HOW DO UNDER-EYE FILLERS WORK?
To treat the hollowing and shadowing under the eyes that give you that tired and aged appearance, we inject dermal fillers into the area. Dermal fillers that are hyaluronic acid-based are best. They create the most natural effect under the eyes as they are softer and blend into the surrounding skin better. Other thicker formulations are better suited for lifting cheeks and filling deeper folds.
Depending on the cause of the hollowing and the dark circles will depend on the best treatment method. This is why a proper consultation before your treatment is so important. Choosing the incorrect method will give you different results.
Method 1: Treating Volume Loss in the Cheeks
If tear through is formed due to the volume loss to the fat pads of your cheeks, then treating the upper cheek is a better option. A firmer cheek filler injected into the upper cheek can often lift the cheek. This provides structured support to the under-eye area. Reducing the appearance of the tear through.
Method 2: Injecting Under Eye Filler into the Tear Through
If you have good cheek volume and simply have a deep tear trough then under eye filler can be injected into the tear trough to lift the area. This plumps the under-eye area and reduces the depth of the line and appearance of eye bags. The downside of this method is a slightly higher bruising risk.
If the appropriate treatment method is selected and administered correctly, even a small amount of under-eye filler can create an incredible result.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF UNDER-EYE FILLERS?
Firstly, the area under the eyes is incredibly delicate and full of blood vessels. Injecting dermal filler in this area should be performed with caution and expertise.
One of the most common side effects is bruising due to the thin skin under the eye. The other most common side effect is swelling. Both of those issues should resolve within a week post-treatment.
If your under-eye filler isn’t placed correctly or is placed superficially, you may experience what is called the Tyndall effect. This causes the treated area to have a slightly bluish hue. Fortunately, this can be treated and reversed. This is done with an injection of hyaluronidase, an enzyme that breaks down the hyaluronic acid in the under-eye filler.
Another serious complication (rare, but something you need to be aware of) is filler accidentally getting injected into a blood vessel. This can block the blood vessel, which may result in blindness.
Although you should always be getting cosmetic injectables done by a board-certified cosmetic physician or surgeon, this is one procedure that you want to be performed by someone who knows what they’re doing.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Most hyaluronic acid-based under-eye fillers can last up to a year or even longer. Why? The filler is in an area of your face that doesn’t have a lot of movement.
It may still require touch-ups throughout the year as a conservative amount is usually used initially. The reason is we don’t want to overload the area and create an unnatural look. There’s a careful balance required for creating a lasting result and maintaining a natural look. A small amount can go a long way in creating an attractive subtle look.
The correct choice and placement of under-eye filler should ensure you look fresher and less tired. But still ensuring you still look like your original self.
To maintain the look for longer I recommend a combination of treatments. This consists of, touch up under-eye filler and an anti-ageing eye cream such as ImproveEyes Night by Synergie Skin. It uses peptide technology to diminish the appearance of fine lines, restores moisture and reduces puffiness and dark circles overnight. It’s also further enriched with marine extract to tighten, tone and enhance collagen production.
If you are finding that those pesky under-eye bags, dark circles and wrinkles are making you look tired and older then you are then let’s have a chat.
Want to find out more?
You can begin by booking your free, no-obligation consultation valued at $250 with me today.
During your free, no-obligation comprehensive consultation, I get to know you and discuss your desired outcomes, your ultimate experience, and your concerns, so we get it right the first time. We discuss timelines, expectations, best treatments, and payment plans.
Most importantly, I will explain why they are the best options and go over the results you can expect to allow you to feel comfortable and confident you are making the right decision.