Tear-Trough Fillers; Permissible or Not?

1st May 2020

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Question: Is tear-trough filler permissible for women? Does this fall under the category of changing one’s natural creation which Allāh has forbidden?


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In the name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


Answer: In reference to the above question, first understand that to add or cut a certain part of the body [through surgery] that changes one’s natural creation permanently for beautification purpose is known as tagh’yeer which is prohibited in Islām.[1] So anything that does not permanently change one’s natural features nor require an invasive surgical operation to enhance beauty is not tagh’yeer unless specified by the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam otherwise. It is permissible to perform trough filler treatment as this procedure does not permanently alter ones’ features which does not fall under the category of changing Allāh’s natural creation. The effects of the filler last for a short period of time and the treatment can continuously be performed if the aesthetic effects are desired. Furthermore, it follows a non-intrusive method – not requiring surgical operation.

Tear trough filler is a hyaluronic based filler used to lighten and brighten the area beneath the eyelid and above the cheeks, this area is known as the trough. The procedure usually lasts up to 30 mins in which local anaesthetic is administered to numb the area. The filler is injected to plump up the hollows of the trough, as overtime any remaining fat is broken down which causes deep hollows to appear beneath the eye, resulting in a more tired appearance, yet trough hollows can also be caused by genetics.[2] Mild bruising and swelling are common results after the filler has been injected but usually subside after a few days.[3] Fillers results last between 6-18 months and can easily be reversed as the hyaluronic acid filler is made up of sugar chains (gel-like consistency) which can easily be dissolved.[4]

Although tear trough filler is not Haram, one should consider the side effects and risk of the procedure as the filler is placed close to a sensitive area. Inserting excessive amounts of filler or inserting filler into an artery could cause debilitating effects such as tissue death and in the worst case blindness.[5] Therefore, if one does not feel the need for such a procedure then it is best to avoid. It must be remembered that the filler must not contain any impure ingredients otherwise that will make it impermissible.



[Allāh Knows Best]



Written by:  Apa Gul-e-Maryam        Reviewed by: Mufti Abdul Waheed

Attested by: Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islam

JKN Fatawa Department


[1] Sharah Sahih Bukhari Libn Battaal, باب:المتفلجات للحسن, Vol 9, Pg 167

قال الطبرى :فى هذا الحديث البيان عن رسول الله أنه لا يجوز لامرأة تغيير شىء من خلقها الذى خلقها الله عليه ،بزيادة فيه أو نقص منه التماس التحسن به لزوج أو غيره، لأن ذلك نقض منها خلقها إلى غير هيئته


[2] https://www.rupeshshahaesthetics.co.uk/pages/tear_trough_treatment_268954.cfm


[3] https://www.thevictoriancosmeticinstitute.com.au/detail/ns-tear-trough/


[4] Muheet Al Burhani, Kitab Istihsaan, Vol 5, Pg 373

.ثم جلد الميتة يطهر بالدباغ، فكذا عظمه يطهر باليبس، فيجوز الانتفاع به، فيجوز التداوي به وإنما لم يجز الانتفاع بعظم الخنزير والآدمي؛

[5] https://www.newidea.com.au/tear-trough-filler-benefits-risks-doctors