REFRESH TIRED EYES

TEAR TROUGH FILLER

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Tell me all about Tear Trough Fillers!

Tear troughs refer to the depressions or hollowing to the under eye. The trough starts from the inner eye, moving outwards and down towards the cheek.  Over time with age, this area of the face looses volume as the fat pads shrink. This creates a darker shadowing to the under eye. This area of the face becomes a concern, as it often makes people feel older or more tired than they are.

Aside from aging, there are many other causes of tear trough imperfections. Lack of sleep, genetics and lifestyle factors can contribute to the darkening and sunken appearance to this area. Then again, some people are just born with naturally hollowed and volume deplete tear troughs.

To improve the appearance of tear troughs, dermal filler can be injected just above the orbital rim. We then massage the filler into the fatty tissues, replenishing the volume deficit. The treatment can rejuvenate the appearance of this area by plumping up hollow under-eye areas. This also conceals dark circles by filling in the loose skin. This is an advanced dermal filler procedure due to the delicate nature of the surrounding peri-orbital skin. This area is also prone to water retention and puffiness, which can be exacerbated by the placement of too much filler. In some cases, we can greatly improve tear troughs by treating volume deficit in the upper cheek. In this case, we can utilise Cheek filler  to provide further support to the under eye area. Cheek filler can assist in reducing the appearance of tear trough depression.

The above images are before (top) and immediately after (bottom) tear trough correction. 

What to expect..

After assessing your face and discussing your treatment goals, your clinician will mark where the dermal filler is to be injected. We exclusively use cannulas to peform our Tear Trough corrections. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, it allows for your clinician to flexibly inject long, thin strands of filler right into the orbital hollow and up into the medial canthus of your eye. Secondly, it presents a much safer option for you as there are several vessels to avoid in this area. It also reduces your risk of bruising from the treatment.

Given the delicate area of the treatment, this procedure can take up to half an hour to complete. Slow work is good work. We do not want to risk overfilling this area, as the hydrophilic properties of the dermal filler can leave you with puffy eyes! Light massage will occur frequently throughout the procedure to ensure the filler is sitting correctly in the area. It also ensures that good tissue re-perfusion is occurring.

Aftercare advice for your tear trough filler is much the same as all dermal filler treatments. For more information about this, head across to our FAQ page. Your chances of bruising post tear trough correction is high due to the delicate under eye tissue. To avoid the possibility of bruising, we advise to avoid alcoholic beverages for the next 24 hours. Alcohol has been known to increase your chances of bruising and prolong swelling. Additionally, avoid massaging the area for the first day as the dermal filler remains malleable in this time frame.

At two weeks post your tear trough correction, you will have an opportunity for a follow up appointment. It is advisable to attend this, especially if it is your first treatment. This allows your clinician to assess the results of your treatment and address any concerns you may have. You can also check out your before and after photos! 

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