Tear trough treatment with dermal fillers
As we age, our faces start to lose vital components such as bone mass, fat, collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.
One part of the face that can noticeably succumb to the ravages of ageing is the area under the eyes – the tear trough area.
As fat is lost and as the eye sockets naturally increase in size, this area becomes sunken and hollow. This can lead to dark under-eye circles, sagging skin and a tired, worn-out look.
What is tear trough treatment?
Using the most trusted, FDA-approved dermal fillers, we can revitalise the tear trough area and restore a youthful appearance.
The filler smoothes the skin, plumps out the hollow areas and reduces dark circles.
To be safe and effective, this procedure should only be performed by an advanced medical practitioner who has a deep understanding of the anatomy of the tear trough area and is experienced in administering dermal fillers.
Dr Anita Dhunna is highly skilled in these procedures, and has over 10 years’ experience of administering the vast range of dermal fillers available.
Am I suitable for tear trough treatment?
You may have dark circles due to lifestyle choices such as smoking, poor sleeping patterns or a lack of hydration. If so, treating under-eye hollowing with dermal fillers should be part of your decision to improve your general health and well-being.
However, a health issue such as anaemia may be the cause of your dark circles. This will need to be investigated by your GP before we can provide any treatment.
If we can provide treatment, we will ask you to attend a pre-treatment consultation with Dr Anita Dhunna. She will assess your individual concerns, the causes of your tear trough deformity and prepare the most beneficial treatment plan for you.
We will also discuss your expected results, during this preparatory consultation.
What is involved in the treatment?
Following your face-to-face consultation, we will ask you to complete a standard patient consent form.
We start the treatment by cleansing the under-eye area with an alcohol cleanser. We then insert the micro-cannula, gently gliding it under your skin to the tear trough area.
Dr Dhunna slowly injects the dermal filler (usually Juvederm® for this indication) into the treatment area under each eye.
She may use her fingers to gently massage the dermal filler into place.
How long does the treatment take?
The treatment should take around 15 to 30 minutes, unless you are having a topical anaesthetic.
You may not need this, as the Juvederm dermal filler already contains an anaesthetic.
However, if you would like to have a topical anaesthetic, please let us know. You will need to allow an extra 30 to 45 minutes for the anaesthetic cream to take effect.
Does it hurt?
The treatment should not be painful.
Dr Dhunna regularly uses a micro-cannula for this treatment. You may feel a slightly strange sensation as we insert the blunt-ended needle under your skin and it pushes (rather than cuts or pierces) through the skin tissue.
This is a safe method, preferred by expert doctors, as it minimises the risk of swelling and bruising.
Is there any downtime?
As with any dermal filler treatment, each patient’s response is different.
You may experience some slight swelling and bruising following the procedure. This can last up to a week.
To help with this, you may wish to take some arnica a week before your treatment and use arnica gel following the procedure.
How long will results last?
Results can vary, depending on a number of factors including your lifestyle.
They can last for anything up to 12 months. However, if you smoke, are a gym enthusiast or a frequent sun-lover, you may need to return for further treatment sooner than 12 months.