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Filling Eye Hollows with Dermal Fillers: What Are The Risks?

Deep hollows under your eyes can make you look tired and dull.

HA fillers can fill your hollows for a refreshed and more youthful look.

Filling eye hollows is a delicate business and there are risks. The biggest risk is bruising, lumps, overfilling and swelling. In some cases if not done properly it can actually make your lower eye area look worse.   Today there are more hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers in the aesthetic tool box and techniques for treating this delicate area have improved.

I’ve read many posts online about patients who have had fillers and are experiencing puffiness, lumps, bruising, swelling and a baggy look after the injections. Others have  good results. I’ve also experienced good and bad results.  Please choose your injector wisely. This is a very difficult area to treat.

Performing “tear trough” treatments to the hollow area under the eyes requires meticulous technique.  When done correctly the results are very satisfying.  The most important factor is to go to an injector who is has a lot of experience in this area.

Below are some guidelines to consider before you jump into filling your eye hollows (tear trough).

Parts of this post was originally written in 20o9 when I had my tear troughs treated for the first time.

A business colleague had her tear trough area filled by a local plastic surgeon in San Francisco, CA .  I was very impressed with her results and decided to fill my eye hollows, for a more youthful look.  At the time there were only two HA fillers on the market Juvederm and Restylane. Although both fillers were very similar Juvederm tends to create more puffiness in the eye area than Restylane, as it absorbs more water. My surgeon choose Juvederm which surprised me because Restylane was the preferred filler for this area. However, I trusted his judgement.

Afterwards I very bruised, swollen and lumpy. I waited patiently a couple of weeks hoping it would resolve. The bruising diminished but the puffiness persisted. I looked like I had been punched in the face and knew that OI needed a correction. Fortunately HA fillers can easily be dissolved with hyaluronidase. (more…)

Long Awaited Juvederm with Lidocaine gets FDA Approval


“Today Allergan, the pharmaceutical company which manufactures Botox, announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of JUVÉDERM® XC, a new formulationJuvederm which contains lidocaine to make the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds much more comfortable.

Juvederm has a smooth consistency gel which makes it easier to inject and provides a more natural looking result which lasts for up to a year. This new formulation of Juvederm maintains the same result and also contains 0.3% lidocaine, which numbs the treatment area within seconds. Hopefully, this will reduce the need for any additional anesthetic.

The FDA approval was based on clinical data in a multicenter, double-blind, randomized clinical trial in which patients received injections of Juvederm or Juvederm XC in each nasolabial fold. 93% of patients reported less pain when treated with the new formulation of Juvederm compared to those treated with the non-lidocaine formulation.

Juvederm XC is now available for ordering nationwide. Just like other Juvederm products, it must be administered by a trained medical professional.”

15 Skin Care Myths



1. Facial exercises tone facial muscles and make a person appear younger

2. Vitamin A thins the skin

3. Cucumbers help reduce puffiness

4. Skin damage and signs of aging can be cleared up quickly

5. The higher the SPF the better

6. Layering several products with SPF increases protection

7. Topical creams containing collagen can replace collagen

8. Natural and organic products are always better

9. Using large quantities of products yields better results

10. Antioxidants make wrinkles go away

11. Skin repair only happens at night

12. Preservatives in skin care products are bad

13. Packaging is not important

14.Choclate and greasy foods causes acne

15.All sun damage to skin occurs before 18 years of age