The tear troughs are the depressions that run from the nose up to the under-eye. In time, this facial area begins to sag into wrinkles and hollows and dark circles tend to appear.
There are many causes of tear trough imperfections. They often develop due to lifestyle, sleepdeprivation, genetics, or simply as part of the ageing process. Sagging skin usually forms from loss of facial fat in the under-eye and cheek area, or from lax ligaments. Some people are naturally born with a lack of fat and shallow bone structure in this area. Due to the fact that the skin in this area is quite thin, it tends to show the effects of ageing sooner than the rest of the face.
Tear trough treatment uses dermal fillers that are injected into the area above the eye socket and gently massaged into the fatty tissues to hide dark circles and fill in the hollow areas. The whole procedure only takes one hour, and the process is relatively painless as the filler contains an anaesthetic. Normally 1 ml of the filler is enough for both eyes, and your doctor will make sure that the filler is evenly distributed, giving your eyes a healthy and natural look.
Non Permanent – As with all safe hyaluronic acid based fillers, there is very slow absorption of the injected material over time and these injections can quite safely be repeated if necessary.
Reversible – Another major advantage of these hyaluronic acid based fillers is that they can quickly be reversed if the patient so desires.
No Surgery Required – On the whole, the treatments are very well tolerated, being virtually painless with only a small amount of skin numbing local anaesthetic cream necessary applied to the skin just prior to injection. Patients can feel some mild pressure during the procedure itself. The recovery time is very quick and although patients do notice some mild side effects in the first postoperative week, most of this would have disappeared within 10 days.
Like most cosmetic procedures, tear trough injections can have possible side effects like bruising, tenderness, swelling or redness which often subsides and can be easily hidden with makeup. At times, lumps can materialise underneath the skin while the filler expands in certain areas; however, this will gradually be reabsorbed into the skin.