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Tear Trough

The tear troughs are the depressions running from the nose up to the under-eye area. Over time, this area of the face tends to sag into wrinkles, and dark circles or hollowing may appear. Dark under-eye bags are a common concern. Many people feel that this area of their face makes them look older or more tired than they really are.

There are many causes of tear trough imperfections. Genetics, lack of sleep, lifestyle and ageing all contribute to sagging in this area. Sagging can be caused by the loss of facial fat in the under-eye and cheek area. It can also result from loosening ligaments. Some people are simply born with a shallow bone structure and lack of fat in this area. Because the skin here is quite thin, it tends to show the effects of ageing sooner than the rest of the face. A tear trough treatment, a non-surgical approach, may alleviate these effects.

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Treating Tear Trough Imperfections

A tear trough treatment involves the injection of dermal filler above the eye socket bone. This filler is then massaged into the fatty tissues underneath the eye, filling in this depression from inside the skin. The treatment can rejuvenate this area’s appearance by plumping up hollow under-eye areas while concealing dark circles by filling in the loose skin.

Who is suitable to have this treatment?

People often choose to have a tear trough treatment instead of more invasive surgeries such as blepharoplasty. The treatment does not require general anaesthesia or leave behind incision scars, unlike surgical procedures. Because the results are not permanent, it allows patients to “try out” the treatment without committing to a lifelong change in their appearance.

Most candidates for this treatment are in their mid-30s or older. They seek a tear trough treatment as a way to combat some of the signs of ageing. Clients often complain that the appearance of their under-eye area makes them look more tired than they feel. Even older clients with significant skin sagging in this area may benefit from this treatment. The treatment may also be performed on younger clients with genetic tear trough imperfections. If you are interested in finding out whether this treatment is right for you, schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced practitioners.

What to Expect

The treatment involves an injection of dermal filler into the under-eye area. Only 1ml of dermal filler is often needed, with half a millilitre or less injected underneath each eye. Some clients undergo a second treatment 6-9 months after the first. A third treatment several months later may also be recommended to achieve the desired effect.

Each injection session takes place in our doctor’s clinic and requires less than an hour of your time. Only highly qualified, extensively trained medical professionals should administer dermal fillers. The injectable filler contains an anaesthetic, making this treatment extremely well-tolerated. Clients usually feel a slight pinch when the needle enters their skin. Multiple small injections are placed in the under-eye area to fill in the volume deficit evenly. Immediately following the injections, you are free to leave our clinic.

No downtime is needed following a tear trough treatment. Clients can return to work and other daily activities immediately. The results are visible instantly and usually last anywhere between 6 months and 3 years.

Possible Risks and Complications

The treatment tends to cause mild redness, tenderness, bruising and swelling. These effects usually dissipate within a week of treatment and can be camouflaged with makeup. The success rate of this treatment is very high, and major long-term side effects are rare. In some cases, the injected filled causes a lump or bump underneath the skin. This can usually be massaged away if caught during the treatment visit and will dissipate on its own over a period of weeks.

Rough Costs Involved

When it comes to advanced dermal filler treatments such as tear troughs, your practitioner will conduct a total face assessment during your free consultation and provide you with a customised quote. This allows your practitioner to create a bespoke treatment plan based on your aesthetic needs and desires. There may be an additional cost for these more complex areas that involve a higher level of risk and, therefore, a more advanced level of practitioner skill.