Dermal Fillers for Upper Eyelids
Upper eyelid dermal fillers are an important treatment in the management of ageing.
The eyes are a very important area on the face for age appearance and for beauty. Beauty can be created and enhance by injecting dermal fillers into the upper lid
When the face is ageing, one of the first areas to show the loss of volume associated, is the upper eyelids. The area becomes extremely hollowed.
Most beautiful faces have full upper lids and this is an area where this look can be achieved by skilled injectors with excellent techniques.
Filling the upper eyelids with dermal filler is an effective treatment with minimal downtime.
As we age, our upper eyelids lose volume, the bone and soft tissue dissolves, leaving us with hollowing in that area.
Some people were born with eyelid smoothness and fullness, and others were born with hollowness which can be improved. For those who weren’t born with the maximally beautiful and symmetrical upper eyelids, it is simple to just inject them to improve the appearance.
Usually 3 treatments will be required for Aframe correction.
We require a consultation and minimum of one week for patients to think about this procedure after the risks have been discussed at the consultation before going ahead with the treatmnet. The risks can be catastrophic and include blindness and necrosis.
Dermal filler can improve:
Shape or ageing shape changes of the upper lid:
Often patients present with a hollowed out upper lid, in particular with an A-frame deformity in the upper medial part of the orbital bone.
Beautiful and youthful upper lids are parallel to the upper lash line, so this is the aim with upper lid fillers.
Skin of the upper lid:
The crepey skin can be improved with dermal filler or skin boosters.
Asymmetry of the upper eyelids is very common, and can be improved with dermal filler treatment.
Upper Eyelids Filler Treatment
Choosing the amount of filler to use for the upper lid:
Usually only a small amount of filler is used to inject the upper lids per treatment session. However, due to caution and the difficulties with fine skin in this area, it is very common for at least 3 treatments to be necessary to achieve optimal results.
The doctor will assess the face and decide on the best dose after taking a history and examining the patient.
With upper lids, a typical way to plan is to inject a small amount every month until they reach the point where the doctor and patient is satisfied.
Pain relief during upper lid filler treatment
- A topical numbing cream (eg EMLA or LMX ) may be applied, but it is usually unnecessary due to cannula use.
- If a cannula is used, local anaesthetic may be used prior to the cannula being introduced into the skin.
- There is local anaesthetic in the dermal filler.
- Ice may be used to decrease pain and to reduce the risk of bruising.
- Nitrous oxide (happy gas) is available for patients to use.
Upper Eyelid Filler Procedure
The face will be cleaned with alcohol.
Ice may be applied to the area briefly before treatment .
If a cannula is used, a needle makes a small hole in the skin where the cannula is inserted.
How will I look straight after
There may be redness and swelling.
Side effects /risks
As it is a medical procedure, there are risks associate with cheek fillers:
- Bruising occurs in a significant number of cases.
- Swelling in the injection area will occur. This will laser for 48 hours
- Asymmetry Sometimes one side is better treated than the other, this is usually because the patient is asymmetrical to start with.
- Infection is a very rare complication, but always a possibility when the needle goes into the skin.
- Necrosis (blood vessel being blocked, interfering with blood supply to the skin) is very rare. This could lead to scarring.
- Blindness due to a blood vessel being blocked is a rare but catastrophic risk of dermal filler.
- Need for further treatment: Often with Aframe, it will take several treatment of product to get to where the patient wants to be. There may be some irregularities until the final result is achieved. Usually 3 treatments are required, but more than that may be required. All treatments must be paid for.
After Eyelids Fillers
Instructions for aftercare
Please avoid the following:
- Makeup for 4 hours
- Heavy exercise that day
- Acid face products for 24 hours
- Spas, saunas, hot yoga for 1 week post treatment
What to expect after an upper eyelids filler treatment?
The effect of the dermal filler will be obvious immediately.
Straight after, there may be redness at the cannula entry point and swelling of the upper lid. The lids may have a more “full” look about them, but when the swelling goes down after 2 days, giving way to a more natural appearance.
Most of the swelling from the dermal filler will have resolved by 2-3 days after the procedure. However here may be a small amount of swelling for even 2-4 weeks after the procedure.
What if I get asymmetry at some time before the 4 week point? Do I call the doctor?
Asymmetry in the upper lid area is quite common. Usually there is no need to call the doctor. Lids are often very asymmetrical to start with and the injector may choose to attempt to correct it during the treatment. Sometimes asymmetry will occur because one side is more swollen or bruised. Mostly symmetry issues will resolve automatically by the time of the review appointment. If they don’t, then it can be examined at the review appointment. There is no point in coming in early for treatment of asymmetry as there is often swelling associated and so the final result cannot be seen until at least 4 weeks. Treating asymmetry too early could lead to further asymmetry. Most patients are asymmetrical prior to injection, and we try to improve this asymmetry.
How long will the treatment last?
The answer to this is very individual and depends on the patient’s anatomy, metabolism, the dose, the placement, the product etc.
If the patient is happy with the results at 1 month (ie there has been adequate fill) they should be treated at 6 months, then at 6 months and then once yearly.
At 1 month, if the patient is not satisfied with the results (ie more dermal filler is required to obtain the results that they desire), then further dermal filler should be injected every 1-3 months until the desired appearance has been reached, and then the patient should have treatment at 6 months, then 6 months, then once yearly.
In general, the upper lid has greater lasting than other areas of the face and may last years.
Cost of eyelid fillers
Cost is per syringe
Please see our current dermal filler pricing. Typically 3 treatments are required at $1100 per treatment. Most patients will see a significant difference from the first treatment.
To achieve your gorgeous full and youthful upper lid look, please book online.