What is the recovery time after getting under eye filler?

By Dr. Aaron Stanes

Treatment guide

Discover the vital information you MUST know about eye rejuvenation with our detailed guide written by expert cosmetic doctors.


    When you’re planning to get under eye fillers, timing is everything. Not only do you need to make time for the treatment, but you need to consider what you can and can’t do after so you can plan your schedule accordingly. While under eye fillers are a quick, convenient and non-invasive treatment option to refresh your appearance, there are some things you need to be aware of about the recovery period.

    What to expect after under eye filler

    When your under eye filler treatment is complete, you will notice an immediate result. There is usually mild swelling around the injection sites, some skin redness, and small white patches if you’ve had local anaesthetic injected. Bruising is usually mild, but can be more pronounced on rare occasions. As the anaesthetic wears off you may experience slight tenderness, and itching as the tissues heal. These all resolve gradually over the first few days after your treatment, and you can speed up the process by following the treatment aftercare.

    Under eye filler aftercare

    Following the under eye filler aftercare is crucial to getting the best eye rejuvenation results. It also reduces recovery time and reduces the risk of side effects.

    What to do after under eye filler

    After having fillers injected under your eyes you should gently apply a wrapped cold pack to the area to reduce swelling and bruising. Be careful not to apply pressure, because this can shift the filler.

    What not to do after under eye filler

    • Avoid applying pressure to the under eye area for 7 days (this includes sleeping fadce down).
    • Do not apply makeup to the area until the following day.
    • Avoid alcohol, hot environments like saunas, and intense exercise for 24 hours.

    Under eye filler recovery time

    The great thing about under eye fillers is that there is no downtime. You can resume almost all activities immediately after your treatment is finished. You under eyes will look brighter, refreshed, and rested, but it does take up to 4 weeks to see the final, fully healed result.

    How long bruising after under eye filler lasts

    The skin in the under eye region is thin and delicate, and prone to bruising. With a gentle approach and proper techniques, the risk of bad bruising is very low. Most people experience very small ‘pen-tip’ size bruising. Most small bruising resolves in 1-2 days, however if you’re unlucky enough to have bad bruising, this can take more than a week to heal. Following the aftercare is the best thing you can do to keep bruising to a minimum.

    How long swelling after under eye filler lasts

    Most people only have mild swelling after under eye fillers. The swelling settles quickly in 1-2 days, and you can follow the aftercare to speed up the process. If you have moderate to severe swelling, this can take longer to resolve (sometimes up to a week). Fortunately, bad swelling after under eye filler is rare when the treatment is performed correctly.

    Is there pain after under eye fillers?

    Most people experience almost no pain after under eye fillers. Initially, any local anaesthetic used for your treatment will keep the area numb. As this wears off over the first few hours, you may experience very slight tenderness. You can take over the counter pain medication (if medically suitable), and use a gentle wrapped cold pack to help with any discomfort you experience.

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