Addressing dark eye circles with fillers

by The Laser Clinics Team on May 10, 2018

Addressing dark eye circles with fillers

At a certain point we know that no amount of concealer is going to cover-up a hollow under-eye area. And that’s okay because #weownit. However, if it does play on your mind and you’d like to do something about it, then guess what? You can do that too and you shouldn’t need to apologise for doing something for you. #bebold #besassy

The number one reason we see dark circles under the eyes is because of volume loss in the tear trough. So, we’re going to take you through why we develop dark circles as we age and how dermal filler can be used to rejuvenate the area.

Let’s go.

Why do some people have more prominent dark circles than others?

‘Dark circles’ is an umbrella term to describe a variety of cosmetic concerns around the eyes. There are several things that can lead to dark circles and believe it or not it’s got less to do with sleep and much more to do with genetics.

Some individuals are born with less fat in the under-eye area and therefore have an indentation commonly referred to as a tear trough hollow.

While everyone has a natural indention that sits on top of the rim of the bone - some may have a deeper valley than others and that’s cool sister #yougotitfromyourmumma

Beyond genetics, we can look to lifestyle factors such as sun exposure, allergies, dehydration that can affect the under-eye area.

Do dark circles get worse as we age?

Unfortunately, yes. As we age, our tissue goes through something called ‘cellular ageing’ which basically means that the cells we turn over aren’t as robust as the previous ones. Bye my pretties!!!

So how do we slow down the process? Wear sunscreen and protective eyewear, eat a balanced diet, stay well hydrated and make sure you get enough sleep!

How can we use fillers for dark circles?

There are 2 main dark circles treatments that can restore the tear troughs and address under eye bags.

1. Treating loss of cheek volume

Over time, the cheek fat pad or ‘malar fat pad’ starts to drop because of volume loss. This can have a considerable effect on other areas of our face – including the under-eye area. Under-eye fillers can help to define the cheekbones and fill in areas where volume diminishes. Treating the upper cheek with dermal filler often provides great support to the under-eye area and reduces the appearance of the tear trough.

Cheeky cheeks 2ml Dermal Filler package - $890

2. Treating the tear trough itself

If you have great cheek volume and simply have a deep tear trough then dermal filler can be injected into the tear trough to lift the area and reduce the depth of the line. Filler in this area also helps to recreate the free-flowing transition from the eyes to the cheek.


What can you expect from the treatment?

To prepare for your appointment… avoid any alcohol or blood thinning agents (such as Aspirin) in the days leading up to the treatment.

At the appointment… your experienced LCA cosmetic injector will start with a thorough facial assessment and will mark out the area. The treatment usually takes about 20-30 minutes and a topical numbing agent can be applied prior to injection to ease any discomfort.

The number of injections in each treatment varies as it’s based on individual need, however, once the injections are complete, your cosmetic injector will gently massage the area to further smooth out the area.

After your appointment… we recommend icing the area and we ask that you avoid high-intensity workouts for the next 24 hours.


Want to know more about the tear trough treatments available at LCA? Visit your nearest clinic for a free consultation where our experienced team of Doctors and Registered Nurses can tailor a treatment plan to you.