The procedure itself took about 10 minutes. I wouldn’t say it hurt (if it does, tell your doctor), but it felt very weird, like a slug slowly moving under my skin — mostly it felt like low-grade pressure. Dr. Marmur opted not to use a needle — she went with the cannula method, which uses a thin, flexible tube with a rounded, blunt top to inject the filler. Yes, it sounds pretty scary, but it’s actually a much less invasive procedure than poking a needle into several places under your eyes. With the cannula, your doctor makes one single hole and moves the cannula around to place the filler in multiple places.
When I sent through the “after” picture to my group text immediately after Dr. Marmur was finished, there was a collective “OMG!!!” reaction — so much so that one of my friends made this side-by-side photo within minutes. Not only were the deep-set wrinkles gone, but my eyes looked more open, less puffy overall, and fully refreshed. I was sort of shocked at how much improvement I saw within minutes of getting the fillers.
I was numb for about five hours after Dr. Marmur sent me home, and I definitely felt a bit tender. Once the lidocaine wore off, I felt a little sore and headachy, but it didn’t stop me from falling asleep like normal.