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 the appearance of this area 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. Patients often complain that the appearance of their under-eye area makes them look more tired than they feel. Even older patients with significant skin sagging or puffiness in this area can benefit from this treatment. The treatment may also be performed on younger patients 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. Often, only 1ml of dermal filler is needed, with half a millilitre or less injected underneath each eye. Some patients 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. Patients 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. Patients 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
Each millilitre of dermal filler costs approximately $480. Many patients are satisfied with the results of a 1ml injection. Others, to achieve optimal results, require additional injections, either at the same appointment or in a follow-up visit several months later.