Your tear troughs are located between your lower eyelid and upper cheek, and they can change considerably over time. This is because we tend to lose volume in these areas as we get older, which can eventually lead to the appearance of dark under-eye circles, hollows, and bags.
While this is completely normal, it’s not ideal for those wishing to maintain a more youthful appearance. Fortunately, there is a treatment that can help.
Tear trough fillers are a nonsurgical way to fill in that lost volume in the under-eye areas, making them appear tighter and fuller. However, it’s not a permanent fix, so you’ll likely need the procedure regularly if you want to maintain your results.
How regularly, you ask? Let’s explore this question further below.
Tear trough fillers, or under-eye fillers, are dermal fillers that are injected in the under-eye regions. While the filler itself can be made up of different ingredients, it usually contains hyaluronic acid, a substance that already occurs naturally in the body. This means you don’t have to worry about pumping your body full of chemicals or anything when you get tear trough fillers, as it's already used to dealing with hyaluronic acid.
Tear trough fillers may not be entirely without risk, but they are far less invasive than surgical options like fat repositioning and fat grafting. The most serious potential side effect is probably blindness, but this is quite rare. This only happens if the filler is injected in such a way that it prevents a certain blood vessel from delivering blood to the eye.
Even if that happens, though, it’s almost always temporary. Since hyaluronic acid is dissolvable, your practitioner can always inject another substance into the area that can help clear it from your system. Once the hyaluronic acid has been dissolved, there is very little chance of permanent damage.
While the procedure usually only takes about 15 minutes or so, you may notice a small difference right away. However, this may simply be due to the subtle swelling that occurs with a lot of patients. You really need to wait until at least a week after treatment to see the final results.
Now for the big question! Tear trough fillers typically last anywhere from 6-18 months, though it depends on the individual. Your age, lifestyle, muscle activity, and skin type all play a part in how long your results will last, so two individuals could have very different timelines.
You may also have better results if you follow the aftercare and recovery routine carefully and correctly. Your practitioner will give you your own set of specific instructions, but post-treatment care typically includes some version of the following:
Interested in dermal fillers? Contact Lyft Medical Aesthetics today to discuss your needs!