Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Eye Fillers, Explained

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Eye Fillers, Explained

Despite her overall young appearance, new mom Nicole Gist couldn’t quite shake her sleep-deprived gaze. So, after consulting a few friends, she made an appointment for an under-eye filling. “You can feel a substance being injected, but the process itself is not painful,” says Gist, who after the procedure only had little swelling. “After some days, I felt such that I was sleeping the eight hours I may not have again.”
Judging by the recent increase in non-invasive eye treatments, Gist isn’t the only one feeling (and looking) a little more sleep deprived in the COVID-19 era. “In my office, tear fillers are on the rise,” says Michelle German, a certified medical assistant based in Washington, DC. Fillers under the eyes, usually based on hyaluronic acid, create volume under the lower eyelids to reduce hollows and dark circles. Juvéderm, which has been used off-label to treat the area under the eyes for years, is in the process of FDA approval for the tear tray, which would make it the first filler in the United States with this designation.
The procedure seems squeaky (and the internet provides a rabbit hole of videos not for the faint of heart, but it’s not as intimidating as it might seem at first glance. Most injectors begin with numbing cream, then use a cannula technique that needs only one puncture site.
The cannula, a blunt, ultra-thin tube, slides through the skin, eliminating the need for multiple needle sticks. It is inserted above the cheekbone and guided just below the tear duct along the crescent below the eye, with filling distributed along the way, says Brooklyn-based oculofacial plastic surgeon Chaneve Jeanniton, MD. When the gel-like substance is embedded, patients may feel a dull pressure. As with all telltale signs, “bruising is rare with this technique,” says Jeanniton. Limit alcohol for two days before and after treatment, she advises, and avoid exercise for two days and facials for two weeks afterwards. Results last 9 to 12 months or more.
Celebrity makeup artist and American Beauty Star mentor Sir John started filling his eyes four years ago and says the results are game-changing. It’s now a regular part of her beauty routine (depending on the amount of filler and the injector prices range from $750 to $3,000). His advice? Trust your doctor.

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