The area around the temples starts to lose volume over time. This can result in hollows that make you look tired and older. One of the best ways to reverse this annoying sign of aging is dermal fillers.
You’ve probably heard how dermal fillers can plump your lips. But you can also achieve a subtle lift to the temple area that rejuvenates your appearance without the need for surgery.
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about temple fillers.
Why Do the Temples Matter?
Your temples are the small areas next to your eyes that run from the edge of your brow to your hairline. As we age, the skin in the temples loses elasticity and volume.
This can result in hollows that make the eye area appear tired, but it can also significantly impact the rest of the face.
When the temples are full and plump, they create an aesthetic “heart-shaped” profile. As a result, the jaw appears slimmer, and the face takes on a v-shape.
Why Do We Lose Volume in the Temples?
Everybody starts to lose bone and fat in the face as part of the natural aging process. In fact, we lose around 1% of collagen every year once we hit our 20s. Collagen is an essential protein that keeps the skin firm and smooth.
With less bone and fat cells in the temple area, the skin loses its natural structure and starts to sag and form hollows. This causes the depression that some people experience in the temple area.
What Is a Temple Filler?
Temple fillers are a non-surgical treatment to restore lost volume to the temple area. A clinician will inject a small amount of dermal filler product into the temples to lift the skin from within.
The dermal filler product is usually made from hyaluronic acid – a sugar that naturally occurs in the body. Hyaluronic acid absorbs water molecules once it is injected to restore lost volume and create a more defined and youthful appearance.
What Happens During a Temple Filler Treatment?
Before a temple filler treatment, you’ll need to attend an initial consultation with a qualified practitioner. They will ask you questions about your medical history and aesthetic goals to see if you are a good candidate for treatment.
During the treatment, the temple area will be cleansed before a topical anesthetic is applied. Sometimes the anesthetic is included as part of the dermal filler product.
Your practitioner will then gently insert the needle or cannula into the strategic locations in the temple area and inject the dermal filler product. You may experience a short stinging sensation as the needle is injected.
Once the filler is injected, your practitioner will massage the area to ensure that the product is in the right location and no lumps form.
The entire treatment takes around 30-45 minutes. Once the treatment is complete, you can go back to your regular routine. Your practitioner may recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise, saunas, and other activities that could disturb the filler or cause irritation for a few days.
Do Temple Fillers Hurt?
The area around the eyes is more sensitive than other areas commonly treated with fillers, so a topical anesthetic is typically used to minimize any discomfort. You may experience a brief stinging sensation, but most people do not find temple filler painful.
How Long Do Temple Fillers Last?
Temple fillers are not a permanent treatment. For most people, results will last for 6-12 months. Over time, hyaluronic acid is absorbed by the body. You’ll need a top-up around six months after your initial treatment to maintain results.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Dermal fillers are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. And they are considered very safe when performed by a qualified practitioner.
However, there are side effects you should know to decide if temple fillers are a good option for you.
The most common side effects are bruising and swelling around the injection sites. These effects should subside within 24 hours of treatment.
More unusual side effects can include lumps forming in the temple area or the filler product migrating to other areas of the face. The risk of complications is low if an experienced clinician performs the cosmetic procedure.
One of the benefits of using hyaluronic acid-based filler products is that the dermal filler can be dissolved using an injectable corrective enzyme.
Are Temple Fillers Right for You?
The temples have a big impact on your appearance. The eyes are the first thing people notice, and the loss of volume here can cause sagging and loss of definition in the lower face.
Temple fillers can restore lost volume and help you achieve an immediate improvement with minimal downtime and none of the risk involved with surgery.