When you look in the mirror, do you look tired no matter how rested you feel? If so, you’re not alone. Hollow eyes (or tear troughs) is one of the first signs of aging. So, if you’ve tried high-dollar eye creams or makeup hacks to eliminate or hide your sunken eyes with little success, you might think fillers are your best bet. Not so fast! At Allurant, we prefer PRF (Platelet-rich fibrin) to fill in the hollows beneath your eyes. In this article, we share everything you want to know about PRF under-eye fillers.
So, what are dermal fillers, what’s PRF, and how are they different?
What are Dermal Fillers, Exactly?
Dermal fillers are injectable substances made from hyaluronic acid – a substance your body produces naturally. The FDA approved Dermal (hyaluronic acid) fillers for use in your cheeks, lips, nasolabial folds, and hands—but doctors often use Dermal fillers to plump the under-eye area. No matter what filler you opt for, it can be disconcerting to have injections so close to your eyes. So, here’s what you need to know before you take the plunge.
What’s PRF Filler?
PRF (Platelet-rich fibrin) is a biological substance found in your blood. It has a high concentration of various cytokines, improving your ability to regenerate tissue and repair stem cells. To harvest PRF, your doctor will draw blood and run it through a centrifuge to isolate the platelet-rich protein in your blood.
When your doctor injects PRF in your eye hollows, it stimulates your immune system to improve your skin’s quality and promote collagen production. In other words, you use your natural regenerative abilities to rejuvenate the skin under your eyes. So, fillers are like an injectable implant that give you instant results and gratification. PRF improves your natural healing abilities and helps you regenerate new skin over time.
Before we discuss why we prefer PRF to dermal fillers, let’s cover what causes your eyes to look hollow in the first place.
What’s Causing My Sunken Eyes?
Multiple factors contribute to the hollows under your eyes. As you age, you lose fat and bone density in your face, and there’s a decline in the supporting structures that hold everything together. Your skin also loses collagen and becomes thinner and more translucent. A hollowing of your face and around your eyes is just part of the aging process, which is why eye creams and other topical products don’t work.
PRF Under-eye Injection Benefits
At Allurant, we prefer PRF under-eye injections over hyaluronic acid filler injections because it’s an all-natural. PRF only uses the stem cells and growth factors from your blood. PRF does more than add volume; it reduces pigmentation, reverses sun damage, lessens the appearance of scars and under-eye circles, and improves your skin’s texture, thickness, and firmness.
Am I a PRF Candidate?
If you want to eliminate under-eye dark circles or lines, thicken your under-eye skin, or naturally refresh your look, PRF under-eye injections are enormously beneficial. The procedure works in conjunction with other treatments like dermal fillers or botox to enhance your results.
What’s The Treatment Like?
Before your PRF injections, you’ll have a consultation with one of our aesthetic experts who will assess your medical history, aesthetic concerns, goals and discuss the treatment. She’ll also help you discover if PRF is the best treatment option for you.
Who Will Perform My PRF Under-eye Filler Injections?
At Allurant, we strive to give you optimal results. Our team of aesthetic specialists, led by Dr. Kat Khorrami, perform all our treatments, including the PRF under-eye injections.
During Your Visit
Your practitioner will apply a topical numbing cream to the injection area to minimize pain and keep you comfortable during your treatment. She’ll draw your blood and place it in a centrifuge device to separate the PRF from your red blood cells. Make sure you’re well-hydrated because your practitioner needs to draw 13mL’s of blood.
Next, your specialist will inject the PRF in your under-eye hollows to add volume and stimulate your natural healing abilities. Your entire appointment will take approximately one hour, including prep time. The injections only take a few minutes.
You’ll see immediate results that continue to improve over the next three months as the collagen builds under your skin in the tear trough area. Your side effects should be minimal. You may have swelling and bruising, but that will subside within five days.
What Results Should I Expect?
One of our aesthetic injection specialists will perform your treatment so you’ll get optimal results. You’ll see an immediate improvement. Then over the next few months, new skin cells, collagen, and blood vessels will form and give you a more youthful appearance.
Will I Need Multiple Treatments?
To achieve optimal results, plan on at least three PRF injection treatments, two to three months apart. Then you’ll want to have yearly maintenance injections to maintain your results.
How Long Does PRF Under-eye Filler Last?
Your full results will take about six months after your last treatment and should last at least a year. You’ll want to keep yearly maintenance appointments to maintain your full results.
What Are The Risk?
There’s a risk of pain, bruising, swelling, and redness from the needle as with any other injections. If you follow the aftercare instructions, it will help reduce your risk of side effects. Allurant’s Injection Specialists prefer to use a cannula – a unique tool to minimize your pain, bruising, and swelling.
Why Choose PRF Under-eye Filler?
PRF injections are safe and effective for treating numerous aesthetic concerns. If you want to eliminate under-eye hollows, lines, or thin skin, PRF injections are the gold-standard treatment.
Can I Have PRF injections With Other Aesthetic Treatments?
Yes, you can! You can combine PRF under-eye injections with other treatments like neurotoxins and dermal fillers during the same appointment.
How much does the PRF under-eye injection treatment cost?
Multiple factors affect your PRF injection treatment cost, including the number of sessions you need to reach your aesthetic goals. Your specialist will discuss all expenses during your consultation.
At Allurant, our goal is to offer reasonably priced and affordable treatment options. We also provide financing options to suit your budget. We accept cash, all major credit cards, and six-month interest-free financing through CareCredit.
We’ve Got a Gift for You!
As a new patient, you’ll get a $50 gift card as a warm welcome to our practice. Then you’ll receive custom savings during each visit through our fantastic rewards and referral program.
When Can I Schedule?
Your eyes and the skin under them are delicate. If you want to get PRF under-eye injections, be sure to choose a highly-skilled, experienced professional. Allurant Medical is San Diego’s premier aesthetic boutique. Contact us to schedule your consultation to receive the best cosmetic treatments in San Diego.