Filler for Dark Circles: How Does it Work?

When you look into the mirror, are you experiencing two unwanted guests in the form of annoying dark circles? The aging process, genetics, too many late nights, or insufficient hydration can all cause dark circles, ruining your morning and zapping your confidence.

Topical creams and lifestyle changes can make a difference, but injectable dermal fillers are the most effective solution.

Injectable fillers have been used for years to add volume, but they now have a new role: using filler for dark circles will rejuvenate the eye area, creating a more youthful appearance.

Understanding Dark Circles

Dark circles are a common issue characterized by a dark, hollow appearance under the eye area, also referred to as the tear trough or nasojugal groove, which is the inner portion of the lower lid.

As we age, we experience a natural decrease in fatty tissue and loss of skin elasticity and tightness, creating puffiness or bulging under the eyes, bags, and dark circles.

Genetics, insufficient sleep, allergies, sun damage, medical conditions, and lack of hydration cause dark circles.

The first step is to be evaluated by a qualified professional to understand the cause. Is it hollowness, pigment issues, or vascular issues? This determines the type of treatment.

Successful Treatments: Filler for Dark Circles

Fillers like Restylane and Juvederm are hyaluronic acid fillers and the best treatment. They are minimally invasive and have instant results that improve over two weeks.

Before seeking treatment, let’s explore the difference between Botox and fillers.

Botox relaxes the skin by inhibiting movement for a smoother, more youthful appearance. Fillers work differently; they restore volume.

Fillers are hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring compound made already by your body. Because it is natural, it is less likely to cause adverse reactions and provides natural results.

How Filler for Dark Circles Works

Once it’s determined that fillers are the best solution, the benefits are many: Brighter skin, restored volume, elimination of sunken hollows, and the smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles.

Possible side effects: The most common side effects are bruising and swelling. The good news is that they will resolve within a week, and there are steps you can take to eliminate the effects.

How to Prepare – 2 Weeks Out

  • Refrain from eating any nuts, seeds, or fish
  • Stop taking Ibuprofen, Naproxen, or other NSAIDs
  • No aspirin
  • Avoid supplements like fish oil, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, St. John’s Wort, and Vitamin E.

*All of the above increase the risk of bruising, so avoiding them will help eliminate the issue.

If you are prone to cold sores, let them know before your injection as a dose of an anti-viral pre-treatment could help. Also, buy Arnica supplements, available in most health food stores, to help eliminate bruising.

Treatment Day – What to Expect

Be sure to eat and drink on the day of your treatment to have healthy blood sugar levels. It is also important to note that if you are pregnant, you cannot receive treatment.

If at all possible, do not wear any makeup or concealer. You can bring makeup and apply after the injection, which usually takes about 15 minutes. If you receive a numbing cream first, you must arrive 30 minutes early so it has time to work.

The injection will be by either a pre-filled, very thin needle or a cannula, a plastic tube that slides between the layers of the skin. The most common application is with the thin, prefilled needle.

A cannula acts like a straw. The needle passes through the tube, meaning you only have one needle prick instead of multiple, and some say it allows for safer filler placement for less swelling or bruising.


Results are immediate and will improve over the next two weeks. Stay upright and don’t touch the area for three hours afterward to decrease the risk of swelling. Avoid excessive heat or heavy exercise.

Cold compresses for 5-10 minutes every hour; Ibuprofen can minimize discomfort or swelling. Sleeping in a slightly elevated position can also help.


If you are experiencing dark circles, look no further than fillers for a highly effective solution. LightRx is here to advise you on the latest skincare technology. Schedule a free consultation today!

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