Non-surgical Procedures

The hidden secret to enhancing your face with temple filler

Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic doctor, liposuctionist)

Templestowe Lower, Berwick and Beaumaris Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2005, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Read More

Hollow or sunken temples refers to the loss of volume on the sides of your face, in the area between the eyebrows and the hairline. The temples can lose volume due to the natural ageing process, particularly if the structure of your face is already quite gaunt. Hollow temples can be treated with dermal fillers, to replenish lost volume and lift the eyebrows.

How do temples affect your overall appearance

Your temples help to shape and contour your face, providing a smooth, youthful appearance when they’re full. Your temples also help to create a balanced facial appearance, producing more of a heart-shaped facial structure in women.

Why do we lose volume in the temples?

During the ageing process, we all lose volume in our temples. A hollowing of the temples is a natural part of the ageing process. Soft tissue and bone dissolves while muscle and fascia (your connective tissues) change. This leads to less structural support in the temple area, which results in folds, wrinkles and volume loss. Typically this natural occurrence starts in your mid 20’s and will become more obvious in your 40’s.

The natural ageing process results in a loss of collagen and elastin, so that our skin loses elasticity and the ability to ‘bounce back’. Thin or drooping skin around the temples can lead to a more hollowed out look.

Who is likely to get hollow temples?

Those who have lost weight or who do a lot of frequent exercise may be more prone to hollow temples. Additionally, some people may experience more rapid or significant volume loss than others. Volume loss in the temples can affect people in their twenties, but is more common in those in their forties or fifties.

The benefits of temple filler via dermal filler injections

How to treat hollow temples with dermal filler treatments

Dermal filler treatment, also known as temple fillers, are very effective for temple treatment. Dermal injections are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body. We use dermal filler injections to revolumise and restore your temples. Due to Therapeutic Goods Administration rules, we can’t name any of the products we use.

Dermal fillers vary with viscosity, thickness, and longevity. We tend to use finer fillers in areas where your skin is fine and smoothness is critical, like your eye area and temple area.

Our dermal fillers for temples can be done with a needle or a blunt microcannula injection technique. A needle temple filler technique involves a single puncture with a needle. This is passed through the top section of your outside eyebrow to a single point near the bone. We then inject dermal filler downwards to smooth and fill the area out.

We use a device called an Accuvein to map and visualise your veins. This ensures you’ll get the least amount of bruising possible with your temple filler treatment.

Our highly trained cosmetic doctors and cosmetic nurses use blunt microcannula techniques in order to avoid piercing any veins or artery walls. Using blunt cannulas is preferred, because it lowers the risk of causing significant bruising or complications as a result of the injections.

Many of the dermal fillers are blended with a local anaesthetic that will significantly reduce any amount of discomfort during your hollow temple filler procedure. This local anaesthetic numbs the temple filler injection site – so you experience minimal discomfort.

How we treat hollow temples at Victorian Cosmetic Institute

The experienced practitioners at Victorian Cosmetic Institute use dermal fillers to replenish lost volume in hollow temples and soften the face. This can also help to lift the eyebrows and create the illusion of higher cheekbones, making the face appear more youthful and rejuvenated.

Hollow temples can make your face look older than it is and disrupt the shape and silhouette. Our aim with temple filler is to improve the shape of your face with a smooth transition from your eyes to hairline. 

How do I know if I need temple filler?

You may be a good candidate for temple filler if you have sunken or hollow temples, whether due to genes or ageing.

If you’re concerned about the appearance of your temples, you should speak to one of our experienced practitioners. You could book a consultation to determine whether or not this treatment will adequately address your concerns.

What to expect after your temple filler treatment

After your temple filler treatment, the effects will be immediately obvious. If you have any swelling, this will resolve within 2-3 days of your temple filler treatment. In some patients it can take up to 2 weeks for swelling to subside completely.

How long do the effects of temple filler last?

The longevity of temple fillers will vary depending on a number of factors. These include:

  • Your age
  • The amount of dermal treatment used
  • The placement of the temple fillers
  • The type of dermal filler product used (e.g. thicker fillers may last longer)

Many of our patients report their results lasting up to 12 months.

Skin care to use after your temple filler treatment

After you’ve had injectable filler in your temple hollows, we suggest using an eye serum to hydrate, and sunscreen to protect against sun damage.

Eye Care

Eye serums are important because they’re formulated to target specific concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet and dark circles. When shopping for an eye serum, you should look for these key features:

  • Healing active ingredients like Vitamin C and Retinol help to improve the appearance of puffiness, wrinkles and dark shadows.
  • Hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin and Peptides are needed to plump the skin, replenish moisture and increase skin firmness.
  • A lower number of ingredients, to reduce the chance of irritation.
  • Cruelty free products that are fragrance free and paraben free, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Shop our full range of eye serums here.

Sun Care

In terms of sunscreen, you’ll need to look for a product that provides SPF30+ or SPF50+ protection, to ensure that your skin is taken care of. The first thing you might want to consider is whether you want to use a physical or mineral sunscreen.

Physical sunscreens block sunlight using ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. The benefits of physical sunscreens include:

  • They work instantly – as soon as you apply a physical sunscreen it begins to protect you
  • They don’t irritate sensitive skin because they sit on top of the skin rather than being absorbed into it

Chemical sunscreens absorb and then release UV radiation before it can harm you. The benefits of chemical sunscreens include:

  • Greater water resistance – this helps it last longer
  • Becomes invisible once applied

Shop our full range of sunscreens here.

If you’re unsure about the correct products to use on your skin in your upper face, a skin consultation with one of our highly trained, experienced skin consultants could be helpful. You’ll receive a personally tailored skin care regime to suit your skin. You can book your skin consultation by calling us on 1300 863 824.

Where to get temple filler in Melbourne?

If you feel like your temples are hollow or sunken or you want to smooth the overall appearance of your face, temple fillers may be a suitable procedure for you. Find out how improving your hollow temples with dermal filler can improve the balance of your face shape by calling us on 1300 863 824 or book online to schedule a consultation.