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Do you want to know the pros and cons of fillers for dark circles? Then read the article to discover the advantages and disadvantages of hyaluronic acid fillers.

In the vast aesthetic medicine panorama, one of the most common questions concerns dark circles. These unwanted shadows under the eyes can challenge the beauty of men and women alike.

Technically known as ‘periorbital hyperpigmentation’, dark circles under the eyes manifest themselves as a discolouration of the skin in the under-eye area, which appears darker than the rest of the face, and are often accompanied by puffiness or fine lines.

Genetic predisposition, extremely thin and delicate skin under the eyes, fatigue, stress and the natural ageing process are the main causes behind this imperfection.

Luckily, aesthetic medicine offers effective solutions to eliminate dark circles. Among the most popular are hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers.

What are the pros and cons of fillers for dark circles? That is exactly what we will discover in this article.

In particular, we will see the following:

Dark circles filler, pros and cons

Before going into the pros and cons of dark circles fillers, we should start with a premise.

As with any filler, it is essential to consult only and exclusively a doctor specialised in aesthetic medicine.

In this case, as with all eye fillers, it is a particularly delicate treatment and the specialist’s experience is crucial both to identifying the right type of hyaluronic acid and the technique to be used.

The filler for dark circles can be injected either with very fine needles or using a microcannula.

Only the skill of the aesthetic doctor and the quality of the product used can make the difference between a successful treatment and one that does not produce the desired results or, even worse, causes complications and side effects.

Indeed, as it is a molecule naturally present in the dermis, due to its very nature, the characteristics and properties of hyaluronic acid make it a substance that is generally well tolerated by the body.

Dark circles filler: benefits

Benefits of fillers for dark circles

As we have said, hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the dermis and one of its benefits is to give the skin a youthful and healthy appearance.

With age, the proportion of hyaluronic acid decreases, contributing to the onset of deep wrinkles on the face, fine lines and dark circles under the eyes.

With fillers for dark circles, HA, in the form of a transparent jelly, is injected very precisely into the area to be treated.

Fillers act in a targeted manner to fill the empty space that causes shadows under the eyes. The skin will appear more even and look more rested.

The benefits of the dark circles filler are manifold:

  • Plumping effect. With age, the thin skin under the eyes tends to lose volume. Hyaluronic acid fillers restore its turgidity
  • Intensive hydration. Due to its ability to retain water, hyaluronic acid not only fills but also moisturises the area, improving its elasticity
  • Stimulation of collagen production by HA, which contributes to improved skin structure over time
  • Natural results. The treated area will appear fresh and rejuvenated, without looking ‘retouched’
  • A non-invasive and safe procedure, performed on an outpatient basis, which allows a return to daily activities almost immediately
  • Immediate and lasting results (6 to 12 months), depending on individual response and the type of product used

We reiterate that the pros and cons of dark circles fillers are determined by the professionalism of the aesthetic doctor and the quality of the filler used.

What are the possible damages from fillers?

When analysing the pros and cons of dark circles fillers, the possible damage from filler cannot be overlooked.

However, the necessary premise is that the side effects of hyaluronic acid, if at all, will generally be transient and minor.

This mostly consists in swelling and bruising in the treated area, which usually tends to disappear within a few days.

This is because, as we have said, hyaluronic acid, being naturally present in our bodies, does not present a risk per se, except for a few specific cases that we will see shortly.

What makes the difference is the quality of the product used and the professionalism of the aesthetic doctor performing the treatment.

What we advise patients to do is:

  • Get information about the type of hyaluronic acid that will be used and the agglutinating substances used to produce it. It is those that increase the risks of allergic reactions
  • Make sure the doctor uses a sealed vial
  • Inform the doctor of any previously done fillers, especially if they are permanent

If you follow these precautions, the risks when doing dark circles filler are truly minimal. On the other hand, the use of low-quality fillers or a poorly executed application can also lead to undesirable results, such as lumps or irregularities.

Who can’t do fillers?

Notwithstanding what we have just explained, when weighing up the pros and cons of a filler for dark circles, you should bear in mind that there are limited cases in which undergoing a filler is not recommended or, in any case, requires a more careful evaluation.

It is therefore essential that the patient provides the aesthetic medicine doctor with as much information as possible about his general state of health and whether they are taking any medication.

Otherwise, the risks of dark circles fillers and the possibility of more or less serious side effects increase exponentially.

The use of a filler is not recommended in the following situations:

  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Known allergies or sensitivities. If the patient has a history of allergies or known sensitivities to ingredients in fillers, it is important that they inform the doctor before the procedure
  • Blood clotting disorders that may increase the risk of bleeding
  • Auto-immune diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease)
  • Skin diseases
  • Heart disease
  • Eczema and herpes

In addition, certain drugs, such as anticoagulants or antiplatelet agents, may increase the risk of bruising or bleeding and may require the treatment to be adjusted prior to the procedure.

How long does post-filler eye swelling last?

As we have seen, post-filler swelling is one of the most common side effects caused by eye fillers.

This is generally a transitory situation that will tend to regress spontaneously within 24-48 hours after treatment.

However, it is essential that the patient who has resorted to the use of dark circles fillers to correct a tired, ageing gaze, pays attention to practising good behavioural norms.

The doctor will disclose them to the patient, and following them is essential to avoid the worsening and continuation of post-filler swelling.

It must be said, however, that a dark circles filler does not affect the individual’s resumption of daily activities, which can immediately return to their usual life.

Also, remember that following a healthy diet and adopting a proper lifestyle will also contribute to the longevity of the filler.

What happens if you cease to use the filler?

Another aspect to be considered when weighing up the pros and cons of the dark circles filler is the question “what happens if the filler is no longer applied?”.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are resorbable fillers. This means that, over the course of months, depending on the type of filler and individual metabolism, the product will gradually reabsorb and the treated area – in this case the periorbital area – will return to its original state.

Those who wish to maintain the results of the dark circles filler over time will therefore have to schedule regular maintenance treatments every 6-12 months.

In conclusion, stopping hyaluronic acid fillers will not cause permanent damage or adverse effects.

Quite simply, the person’s appearance will gradually return to its pre-treatment state.

What to do after dark circles fillers?

What to do after dark circles fillers?

We looked at the pros and cons of hyaluronic acid dark circles fillers and saw how, ultimately, it is an extremely safe and effective solution.

The difference between a successful dark circles filler with no side effects and one that endangers health and aesthetics lies in the dexterity of the doctor performing the treatment and the quality of the hyaluronic acid used.

This is why it is essential to only turn to highly qualified aesthetic doctors who use only the best kinds of hyaluronic acid.

Lastly, the patient and their behaviour also play an essential role in reducing the risk of unwanted effects and in not compromising treatment results.

The main best practices to follow after an eye filler are:

  1. Avoid excessive heat and cold
  2. Avoid exposure to the sun (and tanning lamps) in the first 2-3 days after treatment
  3. Avoid physical activity for a few days to avoid excessive vasodilation
  4. Avoid applying make-up to the treated area
  5. Do not lie down immediately, to avoid increased blood pressure on the affected part, and use an extra pillow during the first night to keep the head in a higher position
  6. Do not smoke or drink alcohol
  7. Avoid touching the treated area
  8. Gently apply ice

In conclusion, with due care, hyaluronic acid for dark circles is an extremely valuable procedure to breathe new life into your eyes and look naturally younger.

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