What’s the Best Way to Fix Tired-Looking Under Eyes? Fillers vs. Botox vs. Surgery

For some people, dark circles and puffy under eyes can be fixed with a good night’s rest. For the rest of us though, dark circles, crow’s feet, and hollow-looking sockets never really go away no matter how much sleep we get.

Dark circles and hollows can make people look older than they want to look, sometimes much older than they really are. The good news is, you don’t have to live with them for the rest of your life! If you are looking to make your eyes look less tired, you have several options to choose from: undereye filler, Botox, or surgery.

Under Eye Filler

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Under eye fillers are a popular nonsurgical option to boost the appearance of the under eye area. More specifically, they can help you:

  • Fill out sunken eye sockets.
  • Give the illusion of reducing dark circles in the tear troughs (the grooves between the lower eyelids and cheeks).
  • Blend under-eye bags in some cases.

Fillers are best for treating under eye issues that are a result of low volume, including filling out areas that have lost fat and collagen with age. Hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane will stimulate collagen synthesis and trigger your body to naturally produce more collagen on its own.

The under eye filler process is relatively fast. After an initial consultation, the injector will mark the injection zone, numb the area, and then inject the filler. If the injector uses a blunt tip cannula, you won’t have any bruising, bleeding, or downtime, so you can enjoy your results immediately. The results can last up to a year before you need a touch-up.

At Beauty Boost Med Spa, you can get an under eye filler treatment with Restylane-L, Volbella, or Refyne for $900, as of this writing. This includes numbing cream and a two-week follow-up appointment.

Under Eye Botox

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Botox can do a lot more than just reduce forehead lines! Many people use it to treat frown lines, crow’s feet, and other wrinkles and lines around the eyes. Botox relaxes muscles wherever it is injected, which helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

However, Botox doesn’t do much to help puffy under eyes or hollowness. If either of those issues is your main concern, you will most likely be better off with fillers or surgery.

Getting a Botox under eye treatment is fairly quick. Typically the provider will inject 12-24 units of Botox, depending on your body and desired results. You will start seeing results after a few days, with full results showing up within two weeks. The treatment usually lasts 3-4 months.

At Beauty Boost Med Spa, Botox costs $12/unit, as of this writing. Each treatment comes with a two-week follow-up to ensure you are happy with your results.

Under Eye Surgery

Blepharoplasty, or under eye surgery, is sometimes suggested as a permanent option for treating tired-looking eyes. The procedure is often used to treat bags under the eyes.

Like other surgical procedures, under eye surgery is a more intensive process with longer downtime and more side effects than Botox or fillers. However, once it’s done, it’s done — the results are permanent, barring the effects of future aging. There are two main methods:

  • Transconjunctival, in which a surgeon creates incisions along the lash line to redistribute fat, remove extra skin, and tighten muscles as needed. This method can leave more scarring, but the scars are barely visible.
  • Transcutaneous, in which the surgeon creates incisions inside the eyelid instead of along the lash line to completely hide any scarring.

After a blepharoplasty with either of these methods, patients can expect about a week of downtime before returning to non-strenuous work. Most doctors recommend postponing strenuous activity for at least two weeks. You can expect to experience side effects like light sensitivity, blurry vision, swelling, soreness, and feelings of tightness for about a week to two weeks.

Depending on where you live and who performs the treatment, you can usually expect a blepharoplasty to cost between $2,000 and $10,000.

Under Eye Surgery vs. Under Eye Filler

The best treatment option for you depends on your desired results, budget, and comfort with surgery.

  • Botox is typically the best choice for reducing fine lines at a relatively low cost.
  • Fillers are better for reducing the appearance of sunken eye sockets.
  • Blepharoplasty can be a more permanent option for patients who are comfortable with surgery and concerned about the bags under their eyes.

Considering a Nonsurgical Under Eye Filler or Botox?

Beauty Boost Med Spa in Newport Beach, CA provides customized under eye filler and Botox treatments from the most qualified nurse practitioners and physician assistants. We take care to ensure each treatment is safe, discreet, and professional.

Ready to take your eye appearance a step up? Contact us today for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.

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