Education, Wellness / Self-Care

A burning question: Are under-Eye fillers safe?

Are the bags under your eyes at least designer?

words by: Natasha Marsh
Sep 15, 2022

A couple of years ago, I took a selfie with my teenage cousin, and was shook to the core about how dark the bags under my eyes were in comparison to my 17-year-old mini-me. And of course, she’s young. I’m, well, not as young, but it was something I never noticed before and am now keenly aware of. To help lighten the appearance of these dark circles, I’ve invested in gua sha and a ton of under-eye cream. I’ve been using the cream consistently for about two months, and have noticed a slight decrease in darkness, but the time I spend hovered over my computer absorbing blue light aides in lingering darkness around my eyes.


Searching for a more permanent answer—and one that could even prevent further darkening—I discovered under-eye filler. Known to drastically change the appearance of dark circles, the fillers will add volume underneath eyes to improve darkness. If you’re interested in managing the darkness under or around your eyes, the first thing to do is speak to a board-certified dermatologist to figure out the issue. Keep in mind that it could be hereditary, hyperpigmentation, excessive lack of sleep, or something else.


What does the process consist of?

Once your dermatologist has decided what treatment you need, you will then return to the office for the procedure. Most patients don’t complain about pain, even though the pros seldom use numbing creams. However, you can ask for them if you choose. The appointment with numbing cream can take 45-60 minutes (allowing 30 minutes for the numbing cream to set in), or 15 minutes, sans numbing agents.


There are 2 ways to have under-eye filler injected: With a needle that comes with the fillers, or with a cannula: A thin needle that goes into your body’s cavity. The option is usually at the cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist’s discretion. Some agree that with a cannula you can get more accurate and precise of an injection, that often only requires one poke and results in less swelling. Post operation, you’ll see results immediately and the full benefits over the next 2 weeks.


How much does it cost? Are there any risks?

Under-eye fillers can range from $600-$1,500 depending on what area you get them done and the professional you choose. They can last anywhere between 6 to 12 months before they need to be redone. Like many invasive medical procedures, there are a few risks.


To start with, the area under your eye is one of the most delicate areas on the body, and one that is full of blood vessels. Because the area is so delicate, it is especially prone to bruising or swelling. To combat the bruising, your doctor might suggest you avoid certain foods or supplements. If you do get hit with bruising, rest assured that it should only last for a week.


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