Under-eye filler, also known as dermal filler, is a cosmetic procedure that uses hyaluronic acid to treat dark circles and bags under the eye. Treatment consists of injections and is widely considered a safe procedure.
The under-eye area may have a hollowed look due to:
- Volume loss due to aging
- Environmental and health factors such as excessive sun exposure
- Habits such as cigarette smoking can affect the skin internally and externally.
Any medical procedure involves risks, but the risk can be minimized by having a highly trained and experienced doctor do the procedure.
After the procedure, some bruising is expected, since the under-eye area is thinner with lots of blood vessels. Swelling is also common. Infection, allergic reaction, and the development of nodules and bumps under the eye are a possibility. There are more serious, but rare side effects including blindness.
Some of the signs of serious side effects include:
- Pain or itching
- Although it is rare, filler can be injected into a blood vessel or artery causing blindness (Ophthalmic Artery Occlusion).
- Tyndall Effect (describes the way light scatters under certain conditions. In the case of under-eye fillers, the filler is injected too close to the skin’s surface can cause the area to have a light bluish hue as well as swelling under the eyes).
HGTV star Christina Hall revealed she had experienced an inflammatory reaction to under-eye filler last year. “Some of my issues include Inflammation, autoimmune issues, unexplained skin rashes, joint and muscle pain, dry eyes, GI issues, SIBO [small intestinal bacterial overgrowth], acid reflux, brain fog, hormone imbalances, swollen lymph nodes, and adrenal fatigue. I had all my under-eye filler dissolved as it was causing an inflammatory reaction.”