Under eye bags, dark circles, raccoon eyes- whatever you like to call them- are a common struggle for many men and women. In a study done by Clinique in 2006, 53% of the 13,000 users surveyed listed under eye circles and puffiness as their number one beauty concern. It makes sense, then, why tear trough treatments are such a popular client request. If you’re new to offering dermal fillers as a service or want to learn more about tear trough treatments, we’re going to answer some of the most common questions regarding under eye fillers: what causes under eye bags, how tear trough treatments work, under eye filler side effects, and how long under eye fillers last? Here are the details to help you find the best under eye bag solution for your clients.
The Causes Of Under Eye Bags
Dark circles under the eyes have several causes. Most often it is caused by the visibility of the vascular network under the thin skin that we have under our eyes. It can be hereditary and more common in certain ethnicities. Another cause could be seasonal allergies, fatigue, and stress. Rubbing the eyes aggressively can break tiny capillaries and cause hemosiderin, a brown stain left in the skin from the iron in the blood. Aging can also be a factor, since it causes fat pad laxity and bone loss under the eye. All of these triggers can create the dark eye circles that we hate so much.
How Do Tear Trough Treatments Work?
Dermal fillers placed in the right plane of the tissues can have a lifting effect. Fillers placed in the tear trough, the area that surrounds the lower eye lid and the outer corner of the eye, reduce the visibility of the vascular network and improve the appearance of dark under eye circles.
What Are Under Eye Filler Side Effects?
The face has a vast network of blood vessels that are prevalent around the eyes. There have been reported cases of dermal fillers inadvertently being injected into a blood vessel. This can cause an occlusion or blockage. In these cases, the filler does not allow the blood to flow and nourish the area. Necrosis, death to the tissue in the area can occur if it is not immediately reversed by injecting a medication that dissolves the filler. There have also been rare instances of blindness when the filler is injected into the blood vessels that supply the eye. Use of a blunt-end cannula during injection can reduce these risks. Due to the severity of these under eye filler side effects, this kind of injection should be done only by an experienced injector.
How Long Do Under Eye Fillers Last?
A hyaluronic acid dermal filler is a long lasting choice when done right. The filler is slowly absorbed by the body over time, allowing under eye fillers to last a signifigant amount of time. Some fillers last up to a year and people report it lasting longer with subsequent injections.
Beyond tear trough fillers, microneedling, chemical peels, laser skin rejuvenation and LED light therapy are also options for treating this problematic area. Before deciding on the best treatment plan, you’ll also want to debrief your client on some of the causes and see if small changes (like taking an allergy medication to reduce puffiness/rubbing) can help prevent future dark circles from popping up. Of course, more treatments or a combination treatment plan may be necessary to achieve the desired results.
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Mary Nielsen grew up in Minnesota but calls Portland, Oregon home for the past 30 years. She is the Executive Director of Spectrum Advanced Aesthetics Institute and serves on the board of Certified Advanced Estheticians for the state of Oregon. She is a happily married grandmother who has been thrilled to be working in the never dull field of advanced esthetics for over 17 years. She spends her free time outdoors or at her sewing machine.