Last updated March 2022

What are temples?

The temples are located on the sides of the face, just behind the eyes. The upper edge of the temples meets with the forehead, and the lower edge with the cheek. The tail of the eyebrows ends at the front edge of the temples. 

Temple hollows usually occur naturally with ageing, with changes in the skeletal structure, fat volume, muscle, and the fascia (connective tissue). Weight loss or heavy exercise can further exacerbate fat loss in the temple region.

The temple area is highly vascular, as significant facial arteries and veins run through it. The superficial temporal artery is a major artery that runs through the temples and supplies blood to various parts of the head. Practitioner knowledge of the anatomy of the arteries and veins and how to avoid these blood vessels is essential when treating the temples with dermal fillers.

How do you treat temple hollows?

There are two methods for treating temple hollows, by using dermal fillers or autologous fat transfer.

Dermal Filler

Temple fillers work by using dermal fillers to correct temple hollowing or concavities. By refilling the temple hollows, they become less prominent. Dermal filler treatment creates the illusion of higher cheekbones by contouring a youthful face shape. This blends seamlessly into the eyebrow and forehead area.

As temple volume increases, the upper face appears softer and rejuvenated. This also allows for clearer vision of the eyebrow tail, which normally disappears around the side of the face, due to volume loss.

Autologous fat transfer

Autologous fat transfer is another method of replenishing temple volume loss with one’s own fat. The objective of revolumising the temples is to fill any concavities to a more neutral or flat position.

This may help to balance volume loss in the temples, with the rest of the face, and helps smooth the transition in the upper face between the forehead and the temples, and the cheeks and temples.

Needle or cannula for dermal fillers?

Dermal filler treatments can be performed with either a sharp needle or with a blunt microcannula. Specific techniques are used to avoid the blood vessels in the area;

  • Sharp needle – this technique involves a single puncture with a sharp needle. The needle is passed through the top section of the temples just behind the lateral eyebrow, to a single point deep down on the bone. Dermal filler is injected at this single point and tracks downwards behind the temporalis muscle to smoothly fill the area. A device called an Accuvein is often used to visualise and avoid bruising veins. Arteries (not detected on the Accuvein) are avoided through deep filler placement on the bone. The arteries do not traverse this deep level, and intra-arterial injection can be avoided by placing filler here.
  • Blunt microcannula technique – by using a cannula with a blunt tip, it is possible to reduce the chance of perforating or entering an artery or vein. Being blunt, cannulas less easily pierce the vein or artery wall. The cannula enters through a hole that is made in the skin by a needle. Dermal filler is injected deep to the skin in threads across the temples. Although injected into a more superficial and therefore a more vascular area than with the needle technique, the cannula offsets the likelihood of entering a blood vessel by its ability to avoid or  ‘push away’ blood vessels with its blunt tip.

Benefits of temple fillers

There are a number of benefits of using dermal filler treatment for temples.

Restores volume

Dermal filler injections help restore lost volume, and gives the forehead a more contoured, youthful appearance. 

Depending on the type of dermal filler, it can naturally stimulate collagen production in the skin and achieve natural firmness.

Fills in the temple hollows

As we age, the temple areas start to lose volume and fat, which causes a “hollow” appearance.

Dermal fillers can help fill in the hollows and restore volume in the eyebrow and temples area. 

Reduces the appearance of wrinkles

Dermal filler treatment can plump up the skin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by facial expressions.

Lifts the eyes

Using dermal filler can help lift the sides of your eyes. 

The volume from the dermal fillers can firm and add volume to the skin, which reduces the appearance of crow’s feet lines that appear near the eyes.

Reduced procedure and recovery time

Temple dermal filler is a non surgical enhancement that has significantly less procedure and recovery time than facial surgery. The filler only takes a few minutes to inject with little to no recovery time. There is also no need for anaesthesia. 

Results are long lasting, but not permanent

Temple fillers are a popular non surgical way to get results without going under the knife. Temple dermal filler is only temporary, but results last from 6 months to several years. 

The amount and position of filler can be modified during your appointment if you would like a different look.

What types of dermal filler are used for the temples?

There are various options available for dermal filler treatment of the temples. The most commonly used type of dermal filler in the temples are hyaluronic acid fillers. These are reversible and temporary fillers. Longevity will vary depending on the filler used, and vary from person to person.

Who is a suitable candidate for temple fillers?

Temple dermal filler is suitable for those who:

  • Have hollow temples due to the natural ageing process
  • Want to soften the transition between the forehead 
  • Have severe tear troughs or hollows under their eyes

What are the risks and side effects of dermal filler treatment for the temples?

As with all injectable treatments, there are risks and side effects for temple fillers. 

Some common side effects include:

  • Redness 
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Bruising

Some rare but more serious side effects include:

  • Infection
  • Filler leaking from the injection site
  • Filler migration
  • Losing vision due to injection into arteries that supply blood

What can I expect during the treatment?

After being carefully assessed, the following treatment will be completed by your practitioner.

The injection site will be cleansed to remove any bacteria or debris sitting on the skin. A local anaesthetic will be applied to the injection site to reduce any pain. Then the dermal filler will be injected into the temple area, and you may feel a slight stinging sensation. This will be repeated for each area of the temples.

What is the aftercare procedure for temple fillers?

Like many other procedures, it is important to look after your post post-treatment.

Some things to avoid include:

  • Sleeping on your temples
  • Applying pressure on your temples for a few days after your injections
  • Strenuous exercise until 48 hours after the treatment
  • Touching your temples, until swelling, pain and discomfort subsides

Gently clean and rinse the temples at least once a day to reduce the possible risks of infection.


How much does temple filler cost?

The cost of dermal filler for the temples will depend on the amount of filler you require to achieve your desired results.

To see current temple fillers pricing click here.

How many treatments will I need?

Most clients only require 1-2ml of filler to achieve optimal results.

How long does it take for temple fillers to settle?

Results can be seen instantly, however it takes 1-2 weeks for the filler to settle after treatment. During this time, your skin will continue to smooth out and begin to produce natural collagen.

Are temple fillers painful?

Temple fillers aren’t particularly painful, however, a topical anaesthetic can be applied if required.

How long does dermal filler in the temples last?

Dermal filler in the temples can be present for many years after injection. Generally, you may need another treatment in 12 months.

Why choose Victorian Cosmetic Institute as your dermal filler provider?

Our dermal filler injectors have many years of experience. We allow ample time to communicate your aesthetic goals to us, and use our expertise to help you achieve your desired outcome. Furthermore, we offer a large range of dermal fillers and we will be able to best advise which suits you best. 

The first step is simply contacting us for your initial dermal filler consultation, where we will discuss with you what is a realistic and achievable outcome, and what to expect from your treatment.

Making that first phone call about any cosmetic procedure can be a confronting task – many of our patients have preferred to book online. We can then contact you with an understanding of the results you are hopeful of achieving and ensure the treatment is appropriate.

Otherwise, you can phone us directly on 1300 863 824.