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I had under eye filler and it’s too much. What can I do?

Published onOctober 1, 2013

Medical technology for addressing volume deficits in the under eye region have made many advances. If you had the foresight to be treated with hyaluronic acid filler your treatment is completely adjustable.

The most popular facial fillers on the market today are hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane, Restylane Lyft®, and Juvederm and with good reason. These have all proven to be safe, natural-looking, nonsurgical treatments that are minimally invasive and long-lasting but not permanent. What’s more, their effects can modified even long after a service or even essentially “erased” in cases where you feel you received too much filler or decide that treatment with fillers is not right for you after all. Occasionally overfilling may happen when even in the hands of very experienced injectors. Whatever the reason, the volume achieved by hyaluronic acid fillers can be adjusted with a comfortable outpatient injection of the enzyme hyaluronidase. The exact amount needed will depend on the kind and quantity of filler you received to begin with, as well as whether you are looking for a minor adjustment or to removal of an entire treatment.

If you received filler treatment with one of the other fillers such as silicone oil, sculptra, artefill, or grafted fat help is still available but it may actually be necessary to perform a surgery to make a correction. One can immediately understand the value of the hyaluronic acid fillers and why they are so popular. the adjustment will likely be more challenging. This is why the ease or correction is one major advantage of the hyaluronic acid fillers. The viscosity of Restylane makes it very suitable in the sensitive under-eye region, and even a small amount can mitigate lingering contour problems from an old filler so this can be an alternative means of correcting prior unsatisfactory treatments like fat grafts without the need for surgery.

The first step is to recognize you are dissatisfied with your results and make an appointment to correct the concern. In most cases your original doctor will be happy to help resolve any concerns. If you feel that you received too much filler due to service from someone less qualified, then seek a second opinion from someone with more experience. Realize it does you no good to remain dissatisfied with or worried about your under eye filler when this is a very treatable concern that typically can be corrected comfortably and non-surgically, helping you obtain the results you originally wanted to achieve.

About Dr. Steinsapir

Dr. Steinsapir is a board certified eye surgeon and fellowship-trained in oculoplastic surgery and cosmetic surgery in Los Angeles where he specializes in balanced facial cosmetic surgery for natural results, with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques, fast recovery time, and leadership in medical technology. Dr. Steinsapir has a private practice and also serves as an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Contact us today to learn how Dr. Steinsapir’s experience and training make him an expert in cosmetic surgery, which can be a vital part of your evidence-based treatment plan.

Services described may be “off-label” and lack FDA approval. This article is informational and does not constitute an advertisement for off-label treatment. No services should be provided without a good faith examination by a licensed physician or surgeon and an informed consent with a discussion of risks, benefits, alternatives, and the likelihood of treatment success. Only you and your treating physician or surgeon can determine if a treatment is right for you.