Sculptra Injections for Undereye Hollows

Hi, My Dr Recomended I Get Sculptra Injectable Filler for Undereye Hollows? Plz Advice

Doctor Answers 20

Avoid sculptra under the eyes

I have seen disastrous results from sculptra injections under the eyes.  I also know of physicians who like to use sculptra in this area and claim to do so with excellent results.  The area under the eyes is highly unforgiving and, once placed, sculptra cannot be easily modified or removed.  I would use hyaluronic acid fillers in this areas.

Nashville Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Sculptra is not for under eye hollows or areas of high mobility

There is a higher risk of nodule formation in these areas.  These nodules are most often a granulomatous reaction to the injected filler.

Sculptra is an excellent biostimulatory filler for large areas of volume loss, but it needs to be used appropriately to diminish the risk of adverse effects.

I do not recommend using Sculptra in the periorbital area at all.

Emily Altman, MD
Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Avoid Sculptra injection along lower eyelids

Almost all reputable and experienced Sculptra physician injectors will advise avoiding Sculptra injection along the hollows of the lower eyelid or tear trough areas. The risk of nodules is substantial in this area. The key is to avoid injecting above the orbital rim that one can palpate. Immediately during the post-Sculptra injection massage however, an experienced Sculptra physician injector may gently massage the freshly injected material from upper cheek to lower eyelid areas.

William Ting, MD
Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Sculptra is not ideal to fill under-eye hollows

Sculptra can elevate cheeks and thus help to hide under-eye hollows. Fat transfer and hyaluronic acid are better choices to rill in under-eye hollows.

Edward Lack, MD
Chicago Dermatologist
2.8 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

It's iffy!

 it is certainly a risk that is probably not worthwhile.  Sculptra can leave lumps after injection where thin skin overlies muscle directly. Sculptra is still a great, long-lasting product for plumping up areas such as cheeks, temples and the lower face.
Sometimes when Sculptra is placed into the cheeks it will be able to remove that hollow by filling the cheeks. Sculptra is an excellent filler that must be injected by only an experienced dermatologist of Facial Plastic Surgeon.
My advise is to use Restylane, it should not give you the bumps that are expected from Sculptra and is more appropriate for delicate skin areas.

Yael Halaas, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Mixed reviews

Anto02, As you can see you are getting mixed reviews. This is because the risk of problems under the eyes is higher and problems wil be more obvious than elsewhere. However, in the right hands you can get excellent results. You must be highly selective when choosing who will do this and follow the instructions that are given for next 5 days. 

Jo Herzog, MD
Birmingham Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Sculptra over the Boney Orbit

Sculptra is great for filling tear troughs when done properly. This is best done as a depot injecti over the bone, where muscle is avoided and the product is kept deep rather than under the skin. Experienced injectors can do this well when indicated. If a blepharoplasty is needed however, sculptra will not be the answer.

Andrea Willey, MD
Sacramento Dermatologic Surgeon

Risks associated with Sculptra injections under the Eye

Since the under eye area is more susceptible to potential problems than any other area, the general response would almost always be a firm No.

That’s not to mean that it’s not done or can’t be done, but it’s an extremely technique-dependent procedure and there are additional factors to take into account that should influence recommendations. Some of these factors include

• Thickness of skin
• Age
• Patient historical response to injectables
• Medical conditions and health levels
• Patient lifestyle
• Injector experience level

Because undereye skin is quit thin in almost everyone compared to other facial locations, the potential for bumps and nodules is much higher. And because that skin is thin, any lump or bump, no matter how small, will likely be visible. 

Patients who have more profound swelling to injectables in general will have a higher potential for problematic outcomes.

Lifestyle which includes heavy exercise, a lot of outdoor time that makes frequent squinting more likely, medication or alcohol use which can mean spikes in dehydration, and heavy intake of sodium, all have potential to disrupt expected outcome with injections in sensitive areas around the eyes.

Obviously, even the most skilled of practitioners can experience an unexpected response, and with any injectable, there is always some risk of an adverse outcome – though mostly this is transient bruising or swelling.

Most patients looking for under eye correction are better served choosing a hyaluronic filler such as Restylane because it can be reversed, Restylane is a biodegradable gel and not a collagen stimulator and the problems associated with hyaluronic gels in this area are very very low.

Undereye hollows can also be seen when there is less bony support or soft tissue in the midface.  In these cases, Sculptra can be used very successfully to correct midface volume, which then has the effect of lessening "undereye" hollows without specific treatment to the eye area.

Unless your injector is at trainer level with Sculptra, I’d recommend a hyaluronic gel alternative in the eye area. There’s no reason to take a chance when something much less controversial will accomplish the same end result.

Rebecca Fitzgerald, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

NO Sculptra under the eyes!!

I would absolutely NOT inject Sculptra under the eyes.  It is not indicated and could lead to very unpredictable results including a lumpy look under the eyes.  There are, however,  other great products for under the eyes such as Restylane Fine LInes or Sephyl. 

Julia Carroll, MD
Toronto Dermatologist

Under eyes

From the list of nay answers you can clearly see that the recommendation is that Sculptra not be placed under the lower lids.

Marc Schneider, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

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