In this blog, we assess How to Optimally Assess for Infraorbital Filler Treatment.
As healthcare professionals, and particularly in the field of aesthetics, we often find ourselves catering personal practices to the changing needs and concerns of our patients. So when emerging insight signalled a rise in patient concern around the infraorbital region, I found myself intrigued. In one study of women over 30, 50% were found to be concerned about the appearance of their under eyes. A second study with 603 respondents found that tear troughs were the second largest concern, after crows feet, in women aged 30-35. Women ages 60-65 have also cited the infraorbital region as their third highest overall concern, behind crows feet and oral commissures. But despite its growing priority among patients, this region is only the 7th most-corrected area, when accounting for all aesthetic treatments on the face.
Now, it is possible that some of this treatment gap is due to misconceptions about the danger of infraorbital treatments and general fear surrounding such procedures. I personally believe, however, that a far more likely cause is patient exclusion; in other words, practitioners schooled in older training methods do not see these patients are viable candidates for the non-surgical treatments with which they are familiar. And while I agree that the surgical vs. non-surgical decision line is quite fine for the periorbital region, my experience also suggests that, by modernising our assessment training, practitioners would be able to confidently manage a far wider array of patients than current standards advise.
In addition to an expanded patient pool, the ability to conduct a modern, comprehensive infraorbital assessment provides a number of boons to aesthetic practitioners: reduced complication rates, improved treatment results and greater confidence in declaring a patient more suitable for surgery. Sadly, this treatment area places too-little emphasis on the assessment stage, resulting in practices that are outdated and poorly optimised. But conducting a comprehensive infraorbital assessment is actually very straightforward, and by overhauling our practices, we practitioners can potentially double the number of clients treated confidently and safely with Hyaluronic Acid filler.