The delicate under-eye area, also known as the tear trough, is a common area of concern: hollowness, dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles can appear as a result of fatigue, the natural ageing process, and genetic predisposition. Tear trough filler can address this.
Dermal fillers can be a safe and effective way to remedy these issues by adding volume to the area, smoothing out lines and wrinkles, and minimising the appearance of hollow, dark under eyes for a more youthful aesthetic.
What Are Tear Troughs?
The tear trough, or nasojugal groove, describes the area below the lower eyelid and upper part of the cheek. It is described as a depression that can vary in depth and prominence depending on factors such as a person’s age and genetics.
What Is Tear Trough Filler?
Tear trough filler treatments seek to rejuvenate the appearance of the under-eye area to reduce hollowness, dark circles, and/or lines and wrinkles. This is commonly done using fillers that restore and add volume to the tear trough to smooth out the area and create a youthful aesthetic.
How Do Tear Trough Fillers Work?
Dermal fillers used in the tear trough are composed of hyaluronic acid (HA), a molecule found naturally in the body.
When injected, the hyaluronic acid-based tear trough fillers draw in water, adding volume and hydration to the skin of the tear trough. As a result, the area appears fuller, reducing hollowness and dark circles in the undereye while filling out fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful facial aesthetic.
Cosmetic Concerns Addressed
Dermal filler injections can be used to remedy many common aesthetic concerns regarding the tear trough area:
The tear troughs can develop a concave appearance, creating a hollow in the face that can be more prominent and noticeable depending on a person’s age or genetics, among other factors. As a result, the undereye can appear more tired or sunken-looking.
Dermal fillers can be used to add volume to the tear trough, reducing the depth of these hollows for a fuller and more youthful appearance.
The thin skin in the under-eye area can reveal the blood vessels beneath, giving rise to dark circles and discolouration.
Tear trough fillers can mask the underlying blood vessels and pigmentation that contributes to the dark appearance. In doing so, the skin tone appears more even, and the eyes look brighter and more vibrant.
Fine Lines And Wrinkles
Hyaluronic acid filler can be used in the tear troughs to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines that develop as we age. By restoring lost volume in the tear troughs, wrinkles are smoothed out, and the eye area looks rejuvenated.
What the Fotona SmoothEye Laser Can Do
As an alternative to dermal filler treatment, SmoothEye laser treatment can be used to revitalise the under-eye area by stimulating collagen production. As a result, patients can enjoy skin tightening effects, skin rejuvenation, and less prominent wrinkles in the tear trough.
Benefits Of Tear Trough Fillers in London
Dermal filler treatment for the tear trough has many benefits:
- It is a safe and effective treatment that offers a natural-looking enhancement to the eye area without upsetting the proportions of the facial profile
- Restores lost volume due to ageing, fatigue, or genetic predisposition, among other factors
- Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles for a youthful complexion
- Conceals discoloration caused by blood vessels in the undereye area
- It is a non-invasive treatment that requires no downtime
Who’s A Good Candidate For Tear Trough Treatment?
A good candidate for tear trough treatments are generally:
- Adults in overall good health
- Want to add volume to the tear trough to reduce the appearance of the under eye hollows
- Want to reduce discolouration caused by blood vessels and capillaries underneath the skin
- Wish to smooth out and ‘fill in’ fine lines and wrinkles
- Want to avoid more invasive alternatives to treat the tear trough area
When Is Surgery A Better Option For Tear Troughs?
For patients with several tear troughs, using dermal filler may not produce natural-looking results or may not improve the appearance of the area substantially. In these instances, patients may require more invasive treatments like lower blepharoplasty. Patients are a good candidate for blepharoplasty if:
- Filler has not significantly improved the appearance of the tear trough
- The tear troughs are much more pronounced
- The skin in the tear trough is very loose
- You wish to have more permanent results
Before And After Results
Types Of Tear Trough Fillers We Offer
At CREO, we use Teoxane RHA dermal fillers for the tear trough area. This is a hyaluronic acid-based filler that is ideal for superficial smoothing of lines and wrinkles and adding volume to targeted areas of the face, such as the tear troughs.
How Much Does Tear Trough Treatment Cost?
During your consultation with one of our specialists, they will create a bespoke treatment plan tailored to your needs, during which you will receive a full cost breakdown. Depending on your needs, you may be recommended dermal fillers and/or SmoothEye, among other complementary treatments.
Tear trough filler cost at the CREO Clinic starts from £550 per session. You may require several sessions initially if your tear trough is particularly hollow, which can be discussed during your tear trough filler consultation.
SmoothEye treatment starts from £495 for one session. At CREO, we also offer discount packages when multiple SmoothEye treatments are booked, with three sessions being at a discounted cost of £1,350.
How To Prepare For Tear Trough Treatment
Prior to tear trough filler, you will need to take several steps to prepare:
- No ibuprofen/ alcohol 48 hours before treatment
- Do not schedule vaccines 3 weeks before or after
- Cold sore sufferers will need acyclovir prophylaxis 3-5 days before, so please inform us
- Avoid booking social events for 1-2 weeks post and big/special events 4-6 weeks post to allow for complete healing
Tear Trough Treatment Procedure
During your consultation, we will thoroughly examine the tear trough area to determine whether hyaluronic acid filler is best suited to your needs. In addition, we will assess how many sessions are required to safely and adequately fill the tear trough and achieve your desired result.
We will first use a pencil to mark the skin, where she will insert a cannula. Through the cannula, we will carefully add the required amount of dermal filler, massaging it into the tear trough to ensure it is positioned correctly.
Post treatment, you should be able to return to daily activities immediately, though you should follow the aftercare advice given by our specialists:
- No touching or makeup application for 12 hours after treatment.
- Exercise should be avoided for 48 hours after treatment.
- Avoid alcohol consumption for 48 hours.
- Try to sleep without pressure on the injected sites for 1- 2 days.
- No chemical peels, laser, or skin treatments for 7 days.
- Avoid extreme sun exposure, UV light, freezing temperatures, and saunas for 2 weeks after treatment.
When Can I Expect To See Results From Tear Trough Treatment?
The results of a tear trough procedure will be visible immediately, though you may require several sessions to reach your desired result, depending on how deep your tear troughs are.
In addition, you will need to wait for any side effects like bruising and swelling in the area to dissipate within the first few days before you can fully appreciate the results of your tear trough treatment.
How Long Do Tear Trough Treatments Last?
Tear trough filler typically lasts between 6-12 months. After this time, you may wish to ‘top up’ your tear troughs with additional maintenance treatments to continue to enjoy the results of dermal filler.
Tear Trough Filler in London FAQs
Are tear trough fillers safe?
When performed by a skilled and experienced medical practitioner, tear trough fillers are widely regarded as a safe treatment.
What if I’m unhappy with the results?
The vast majority of patients are satisfied with the results of tear trough filler. However, if you have concerns about your results, you should speak to your practitioner so that a solution can be found.
Are there any complementary procedures with tear trough treatment?
Tear trough filler can be combined with other dermal filler treatments, such as cheek or lip filler, to treat dark circles and wrinkles across the face. Alternatively, tear trough filler treatment can be performed with SmoothEye and skin boosters to rejuvenate and improve the overall quality of the skin while targeting hollow, tired eyes.
Do tear trough filler results look natural?
The results from tear trough filler should be subtle and natural-looking to avoid upsetting the proportions of the face. In addition, when tear trough treatment is performed by a competent and experienced clinician, they will tailor treatment to adapt to a patient’s unique facial profile.
Who’s not a good candidate for tear trough treatment?
Patients will not be suitable for treatment if they are pregnant or breastfeeding; have allergies to lidocaine or anaesthetics, gram-positive bacterial proteins, or dermal filler constituents; or have an infection or inflammation at the injection site (including cold sores). In addition, patients may not be suitable if they take anticoagulants, though this is not always definitive.
What happens when tear trough filler wears off?
Tear trough filler is long-lasting but not permanent. Results from dermal fillers in the tear trough can last between 6-12 months, after which maintenance treatments will be needed to continue their effects.
How can I extend the longevity of tear trough filler?
The body naturally breaks down dermal fillers over time, diminishing their effects. Maintenance dermal filler treatments can, therefore, be used to ‘top up’ the results as required.
When can I return to work after receiving tear trough filler?
Downtime from dermal filler treatment in London is not usually required, and patients should be able to return to work immediately.