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Solution : Swelling Under Eyes After Dermal Filler Injection

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Solution : Swelling Under Eyes After Dermal Filler Injection

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Tear trough filler treatment is a popular procedure for making your eyes look younger, fuller, and more radiant. 

Many patients prefer this cosmetic solution because it's non-invasive, saving them from lengthy downtime and serious health risks, unlike with facial plastic surgery. 

However, experiencing complications remains to be a possibility, but it’s pretty rare and treatable.

So how do you treat swelling months after under-eye filler treatment? Swelling months after having dermal filler injections of the tear trough can be treated by applying a cold compress, taking NSAIDs, antibiotics, or steroids, or being injected with hyaluronidase to dissolve hyaluronic acid filler products.

Why does my under eye filler look puffy?

Puffiness after under-eye filler injections can occur for several reasons:

– Incorrect application: If the filler is injected too superficially, it might not only look puffy but could also lead to the Tyndall effect, where the skin appears bluish.

– Excessive filler: Overfilling the area can make the under eyes appear swollen.

– Type of filler used: Certain fillers attract more water, leading to puffiness. Always ensure that the right type of hyaluronic acid filler is used.

– Bleeding during injection: Sometimes a small hematoma can form if there is bleeding under the skin, contributing to a swollen appearance.

Here are some steps you can take to help reduce swelling:

  • Ice packs or cold compresses: Applying ice or a cold compress to the swollen area can help reduce inflammation and swelling. Be sure to wrap the ice pack in a cloth to prevent direct contact with the skin and only apply it for short periods at a time.

  • Elevation: Keeping your head elevated while sleeping or resting can help reduce swelling. Use an extra pillow to prop yourself up or sleep in a reclined position.

  • Avoid touching or rubbing the area: Touching or rubbing the swollen area can exacerbate swelling and potentially lead to infection. Try to avoid touching or applying pressure to the area as much as possible.

  • Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help flush out excess fluids from your body, which may help reduce swelling.

  • Arnica: Some people find that applying arnica gel or cream to the swollen area can help reduce bruising and swelling. However, it's essential to consult with your healthcare provider before using any new skincare products.

  • Follow post-treatment instructions: Make sure to follow any specific post-treatment instructions provided by your healthcare provider or the professional who administered the injection. This may include avoiding certain activities or medications that can increase swelling.

Filler Aftercare: Why Do the Lips Swell So Much?

Although several areas of the face are prone to swelling after filler injections, the lips are particularly susceptible to swelling due to their highly vascular nature and delicate structure. Rich in blood vessels, any minor trauma to the lips, such as injections, can result in an increased influx of blood to the area, leading to noticeable swelling.

Lip skin is thinner compared to other parts of the face, making any underlying inflammation more evident. The lips are also more mobile than other facial features, which can exacerbate the swelling post-treatment. 

Treating Under-Eye Puffiness Following a Filler Injection

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Following filler injection, you can keep swelling to a minimum with warm compresses and light massage and by sleeping with your head elevated. Puffiness that is not the result of normal swelling can typically be reversed. “An injection of an enzyme will help dissolve the filler and eliminate the unwanted puffiness,” says Dr. Hanson. Permanent fillers are more challenging to correct and may require a surgical procedure.


Choosing the right professional for any cosmetic procedure is crucial, and this is especially true for delicate treatments such as under-eye fillers. The importance of choosing experienced professionals cannot be overstated. Our clinic is staffed with highly skilled practitioners who specialize in dermal fillers and are well-versed in the latest techniques and products. This expertise not only ensures optimal results but also minimizes the risk of complications.

We believe that an informed patient is an empowered patient. That’s why during your consultation, we take the time to discuss all aspects of the procedure, including potential risks and how we manage them. Our goal is to make you feel confident and informed about your decision to choose us for your cosmetic needs.






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