Tear trough fillers: As we age, various and usually unwanted changes can happen to our facial anatomy.
We begin to lose fat, bone and tissue volume, and skin hydration, which can have a detrimental effect on our eyes’ appearance. The skin around the eyes is only 1mm thick, which means that over time and with UV exposure, we can start to see the effects of hyperpigmentation and dehydration. As fat pads slip away from the eye area, this causes bulging and hollows.
The cheeks also have a significant impact on the way our eyes look as we age. Volume loss around the cheek area can happen, and many patients might need to address this before considering any eye treatment. As we say here at KL Cosmetic Clinics in Doncaster, you can’t put a book on a wobbly bookshelf!
Tear trough fillers have become increasingly popular in Doncaster and across the UK, as have cheek filler treatments. But are you suitable? Do you need tear trough fillers?
This question needs to be answered in person at a face to face assessment here at the clinic before any treatment can go ahead. A tear trough treatment can be tricky, but when executed expertly and to the right candidate, can offer extremely effective and lasting results. However, we must be able to select you as someone who would benefit from this treatment in a consultation, skin assessment and medical history check. It may be that we need to rule out any underlying medical issues first or address cheek pad reduction initially, before moving to the tear trough area.
If you are someone who has puffy eyes, especially in the morning, a dermal filler treatment for the tear trough area might make this worse. Dermal filler contains hyaluronic acid (HA), which attracts water. It’s what makes it a superb hydrator for the skin. However, if you are prone to puffy eyes, the fluid will be drawn to the filler and exacerbate the issue!
If you have excess skin that is more visible when you smile, a tear trough dermal filler treatment will not reduce this. Tear trough fillers ultimately reduce hollows and will not tighten or reduce excess skin. You may wish to undergo alternative treatments such as eye surgery, dermal peels, or ZO intensive eye repair for this concern.
The tear trough area is a delicate and tricky one to treat, and it requires a specialised product for this area. We use Redensity 2, as it’s the only licensed product for the tear trough area. It contains HA, like most dermal fillers, but it also has a complex of vitamins and amino acids to restore lost volume, rejuvenate the skin, and look natural within the skin tissues.
Once we have mutually agreed that a tear trough treatment will be suitable and beneficial for your concerns, you can return to the clinic for your first appointment. You will be asked to complete some standard consent forms and be made comfortable in one of our treatment rooms. Your skin will be cleansed and sterilised, and some topical anaesthetic ointment may be applied to the areas to be treated with the cannula.
Once your skin is numb, the cannula will be inserted into specific depths of the skin tissues and will glide up to the tear trough area. Your practitioner will then administer small amounts of Redensity 2 to the area that needs volumising and restoring. This treatment should take no longer than 15 to 30 minutes (not taking into account the numbing time required) and your practitioner will offer you some simple aftercare advice, once your tear trough treatment is complete.
On the rare occasion that you might not like your results, or if you have had a tear trough treatment elsewhere which wasn’t satisfactory, the good news is that we can reverse this treatment, by injecting a substance called Hyalase into the tear trough area.
Hyalase is the brand name for hyaluronidase, a naturally-occurring substance within our bodies which metabolises dermal fillers. By injecting Hyalase into the treated area, this will dissolve the HA filler, thus reversing your results. The results that you achieve will depend on your skin quality, pigmentation and severity.
However, we will always insist on a pre-treatment consultation so that we can advise on the best course of action, even if a tear trough treatment may not be suitable.
Usually, around 4 to 6ml of dermal filler will be required for such extensive treatment. A different filler will most likely be used in the cheek area, as this will need to be a more viscous and supportive filler, to build a structure beneath your tear trough.
Unfortunately, tear trough treatment can’t help hyperpigmentation or under-eye dark circles as darkness is usually due to the skin becoming thinner over time and showing visible vessels.
However, here at KL Cosmetic Clinic we offer a huge range of non-surgical treatments to help with the effects of hyperpigmentation and dark circles and can also advise on some lifestyle changes that you can make, in order to reduce these conditions and to brighten the look of the skin around your eyes.
The good news is that if you are a suitable candidate for a tear trough filler treatment, here at KL Cosmetic Clinics, you can expect the results to last anything from 12 to 18 months.
This is because the tear trough area can hold the dermal filler for longer than an area such as the lips. So, it’s a reasonably long-term outcome, compared to some other dermal filler treatments. However, longevity or results will depend on your lifestyle and how you treat your skin and general health. If you smoke, sit in the sun often with no SPF, exercise excessively with lots of cardio (for example if you are a long-distance runner) expect your results to last slightly less than usual. It’s essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle, drink lots of water and use a good skincare range at home and stay out of harmful UV rays, to maintain healthy skin around your eyes.
Tear trough fillers can offer some fantastic results, but your pledge to take care of your general health and wellbeing at home will work wonders too!
A tear trough treatment using dermal fillers isn’t a treatment that can be administered to everyone. However, suppose we feel that this treatment could make a significant difference to your eye area. In that case, we will be able to offer you a safe and effective procedure in a clinically-regulated and professional environment, ensuring the very best results that last!
For more information on tired eye treatments including tear trough filler, contact our friendly team today to book a consultation with one of our nurses. We look forward to welcoming you to our Doncaster cosmetic clinic!