Treatment Guide: Tear Troughs

What is being treated?

Tear troughs are the part of the face beneath the lower eyelid and the upper cheek. As we get older, this area often suffers from fat and bone loss, making the eye appear more sunken. This can have an ageing effect and is usually something that people will start to notice about themselves as they mature. Why might someone choose this treatment?

As well as creating a sunken look, the volume loss that is suffered around the eye as we get older can make you look worn out. People who have tear trough treatment generally receive comments from friends and family about how tired they are looking, even if they are feeling well rested. Negative comments about our appearance can have a huge effect on our confidence and so can the ageing process. Someone might seek treatment for their tear troughs if they are unhappy about the loss of fat around the eyes, or if they want to create a younger look.

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    How does the treatment work?

    The purpose of a tear trough treatment is to replace volume loss, so fillers are injected into the under eye area to create a fuller and more youthful appearance. The fillers can be administered by a needle or cannula depending what the client or doctor prefer, each have their own benefits.

    The needle allows for more precision as the doctor is able to accurately tell what depth they are injecting at however, there is more risk of bruising and swelling. Cannulas are slightly less precise than the needle but do not cause as much bruising and swelling.

    Side effects

    Because the area around the eyes is so delicate, it is much more prone to bruising than other parts of the face. After undergoing tear trough treatment, you can expect to have noticeable bruises and some swelling for a few days after the treatment.

    It is normal for the area to feel sore after a treatment, however, if you experience unusual pain and discomfort afterwards, it is sensible to contact the clinic and speak to a doctor.

    After care requirements

    There is little after care required for your tear troughs however, Arnica gel is a useful way of reducing bruising and speeding up the healing time. If you have a social event coming up, you may want to consider investing in a good concealer to hide any dark patches.

    You should avoid putting pressure on the area for up to two days after treatment, while the filler is still soft. This will prevent any disfiguration of the filler and will keep the finished result looking perfect.

    How you should feel two weeks later

    By the two-week mark, all swelling and bruising should have gone down and your filler should have settled into its final result. If you have any residual swelling and discomfort, or if you are unhappy with the result, now is the time to contact us to arrange a follow up.

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    • Karen says:

      Hi how long does the treatment last ?

      • SkinViva says:

        Results of tear trough treatment can last from 1-2 years, depending on the patient. When results fade, as they will with time, treatment can be repeated and indeed adjusted to suit the patient. Having this versability and adaptability is a real advantage over surgery.

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