What is a Tear Trough?
The skin under the eyes is delicate—stress, aging, allergies, and lack of sleep can all contribute to dark circles. However, if your under eye circles or shadows are persistent even when you are feeling well-rested and healthy, then the problem could be your tear troughs. The tear trough, also called the nasojugal groove, is the area that extends from the inner corner of your eye in a semicircular arc toward your cheekbone. When the tear trough is especially deep, it can appear to divide the eye from the cheek; it can also create a dark shadow under the eye that cannot be improved with topical products.
How Does Tear Trough Filler Work?
Some people have deep tear troughs as a result of genetics, while others develop them because facial fat and skin elasticity diminishes as we age. Tear trough treatment uses injectable dermal fillers, which are gel-like substances that are FDA approved to restore lost volume.1 We use dermal fillers made with hyaluronic acid (HA), such as Restylane® or JUVÉDERM®, because HA is biocompatible, has a smooth consistency, and can be reversed if needed. The HA filler gently plumps the under eye area to fill in hollows, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and give you a bright-eyed look.
Benefits of Tear Trough Injectable Fillers
- Non-surgical and minimally invasive
- Treatment takes just a few minutes
- Immediate results
- No downtime needed
- Can help you appear younger and refreshed
- Non-permanent but long-term solution that can be repeated once a year as needed
What to Expect From Tear Trough Treatment
Preparing for Treatment
If you are interested in tear trough filler, we recommend you schedule a consultation appointment. One of our oculoplastic surgeons will discuss your concerns and evaluate your under eye area to determine if you are a candidate for treatment. You will need to stop using anti-aging products, such as retinol or glycolic acid, under your eyes for 2 days before your treatment appointment. Refraining from alcohol and ibuprofen or aspirin for several days before your appointment can help minimize your chance of bruising afterward.
We will cleanse the area under your eye and apply a numbing product to help you feel comfortable. The ophthalmic plastic surgeon will then use a small syringe to carefully inject the filler into your tear trough.
Recovery After Tear Trough Filler
After your tear trough injection, you can resume regular activities right away, but you may experience mild swelling, bruising, or redness. You may also feel a little temporary discomfort once the numbing cream wears off.
Tear Trough Filler Candidates
If you have hollows under your eyes that make you look tired, or you notice that the area under your eyes has changed with age due to a loss of volume, and you would like to look younger and more energetic, then tear trough filler may be right for you. Tear trough filler is not a solution for under eye circles caused by hyperpigmentation. If you have significant loss of skin elasticity or bags under your eyes, blepharoplasty or laser skin resurfacing with CO2 Laser may be a better choice for you. Our team is happy to discuss your concerns and explain all your options to figure out how we can help you look and feel your best.
Why Choose Virginia Eye Consultants for Under Eye Treatment?
Your eyes are so important! They are often the first thing that people notice about you and they are also how you notice things around you—don’t trust them to just anyone. The board-certified ophthalmic plastic surgeons at Virginia Eye Consultants are uniquely qualified to administer under eye filler safely and effectively. Contact us today with any questions or to schedule your consultation appointment.
1 U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dermal Fillers (Soft Tissue Fillers). Available: https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/cosmetic-devices/dermal-fillers-soft-tissue-fillers. Accessed August 26, 2020.