Tear trough fillers, also known as under-eye fillers, have gained popularity in recent years as a quick fix for dark circles and under-eye hollows. If you’re considering this treatment, you probably have some questions. And, as always, I’m here to answer them, so let’s dive in!
What are tear trough fillers?
Tear trough fillers are injections of hyaluronic acid dermal filler, a substance that naturally occurs in our bodies, which in turn is injected under the eyes to fill in hollows and reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Under eye fillers can provide several benefits, including:
- Reducing the appearance of dark circles: Dark circles under the eyes can make you look tired and older than your age. Under eye fillers can help reduce the appearance of dark circles by filling in the hollows under the eyes.
- Reducing the appearance of under eye bags: Under eye bags can make you look tired and stressed. Under eye fillers can help reduce the appearance of under eye bags by filling in the hollows and adding volume to the area.
- Restoring volume to the under eye area: As we age, we lose volume in the under eye area, which can make us look tired and haggard. Under eye fillers can help restore volume to the area, resulting in a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
- Improving skin texture: Hyaluronic acid fillers can also improve the texture of the skin, making it appear smoother and more hydrated.
How is the Procedure Performed?
This procedure should only be performed by an experienced (although sadly not always the case) injector who will first assess your under eye area to determine the amount of filler required and if you are the right candidate for treatment. A topical numbing cream may be applied to the area to minimize discomfort during the procedure. The filler is then injected into the under eye area using a fine blunt ended needle called a cannula. The entire procedure takes about 15-30 minutes, and patients can resume their normal activities immediately after the treatment.
Does it hurt?
Well, it’s a needle going under your skin, so it’s not going to feel like a spa day. But, most practitioners use a numbing cream to minimize discomfort. In the hands of an experienced injector with good technique and use of a cannula the procedure is generally quite comfortable and largely painless. Most patients report the procedure was generally pain-free with some minor discomfort at times.
How long does it last?
The effects of tear trough fillers usually last between 10-12 months. However, this can vary depending on factors like your metabolism, the amount of filler used, and how well you take care of your skin.
Is it safe?
Yes, tear trough fillers are generally safe when performed by an experienced injector. However, as with any medical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects. These include bruising, swelling, and infection. So, make sure you do your research and choose a reputable practitioner.
What Are the Risks and Side Effects?
Under eye fillers are generally considered safe, but as with any cosmetic treatment, there are certain risks and side effects. The most common side effects include swelling, bruising, redness, and tenderness in the treated area. In rare cases, patients may experience allergic reactions or infections.
Due to the UK aesthetic field being largely unregulated there has been a huge rise in non medical injectors and generally injectors with minimal experience and skill performing this procedure. Due to the delicate nature of this particular treatment we often see complications relating to this treatment. The majority of these are both avoidable and reversible and normally stem from either too much filler being injected or being injected too superficially. This is why its paramount you ensure whoever performs this treatment has the relevant experience and track record.
Can it be reversed?
Yes, hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved with an enzyme called hyaluronidase. So, if you’re not happy with the results or experience any complications, your practitioner can use this enzyme to reverse the effects.
Will it make me look like a different person?
No, tear trough fillers should enhance your natural features, not completely change your appearance. You should still look like yourself, just with less noticeable under-eye bags.
Are there any alternatives?
Yes, there are other options for treating under-eye skin concerns and dark circles, such as eye creams, chemical peels, and laser treatments. However, tear trough fillers are a popular choice because they’re quick, relatively painless, and have immediate results. Its important to note some patient concerns may not serve as good candidates for this treatment and ultimately a surgical procedure termed a blepharoplasty may be indicated/recommended, this can all be determined by having a thorough consultation first with an experienced injector.
How much does it cost?
The cost of tear trough fillers varies depending on where you live and the practitioner you choose. On average, you can expect to pay between £300-500 per treatment.
Are there any restrictions after getting the treatment?
Yes, your practitioner will likely advise you to avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol, and certain medications for a few days after the treatment to minimize the risk of bruising and swelling.
In conclusion, tear trough fillers can be a great option for anyone looking to reduce the appearance of under-eye bags and dark circles. They’re safe, relatively painless, and have immediate results with minimal downtime. But, as with any medical procedure, it’s important to do your research and choose a reputable practitioner. And, if all else fails, there’s always concealer!
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