Tear Trough Filler – Many people are looking for non-surgical ways to improve their appearance. The eye area is often a particular concern. It is highly visible and usually one of the first parts of the face to show the signs of ageing. If you’ve been considering under-eye filler, here is a quick guide to what you need to know. Read more
What is a tear trough filler?
The simple answer to the question “What is a tear trough filler?” is that it’s a filler applied to the tear trough area. Dermal fillers are gels that are injected under the skin. They add volume to soft tissue. This has a smoothing effect on fine lines and wrinkles.
Under eye filler, including tear trough filler is usually made from hyaluronic acid. It is, however, also possible for fillers to be made from collagen, sugar molecules, transplanted fat or biosynthetic polymers. This means that if you want tear trough filler (or any under eye filler) but are allergic to hyaluronic acid, you may have other options.
Tear trough under eye filler is injected into the tear trough area of your eye. This is the crease between the bottom of your eye and your cheek. Deep tear troughs are associated with age (although they can be genetic). This means that using tear trough under eye filler can help to give you a much more youthful appearance.
Tear trough filler vs tear trough surgery
The main difference between tear trough filler and tear trough surgery is that tear trough filler only requires an injection. Your aesthetician may use a mild topical anaesthetic to numb the area. This is, however, mainly to prevent bruising rather than to numb pain. With tear trough surgery, you will definitely need some form of anaesthetic. This may be local or general.
On average a tear trough filler procedure will take between 15 minutes and half an hour. For tear trough surgery, the procedure will generally take between one and three hours. With that said, the effects of tear trough filler typically last for one to two years. The effects of tear trough surgery last indefinitely.
The tear trough filler procedure
Tear trough filler procedures are customised to each individual. They do, however, all follow similar lines. The first stage is an assessment. Your aesthetician will make sure that tear trough eye fillers are suitable for you. Assuming they are, your aesthetician will work with you to determine exactly what you want.
Once all this has been covered, your aesthetician will clean your skin thoroughly. They will probably use a short-acting local anaesthetic. Generally this will be an ice pack. This will help to take the sting out of the injection. It will also help to reduce bruising afterwards.
Your aesthetician will prepare your filler. The amount used and the type of syringe used will both be customised to your requirements. The filler will be injected into your lower eyelid. As the filler enters your skin, your aesthetician will, slowly, withdraw the syringe. Once the syringe is empty, they will massage your tear trough area to spread the filler evenly.
Tear trough fillers are often performed in combination with other, related, procedures. These might include other fillers (e.g. lip fillers), botox and/or laser resurfacing. In that case, your aesthetician will determine the most appropriate order for the procedures.
Potential complications and aftercare
Even though tear trough filler is a non-surgical procedure, it does carry potential risks. The main way to mitigate these is to go to a reputable practitioner and follow their aftercare advice. Going to a reputable practitioner is essential to ensuring that the very highest standards are followed. In particular, your aesthetician must be absolutely scrupulous about hygiene.
A reputable aesthetic practitioner will give you clear instructions on aftercare. These will typically apply for 24-48 hours after the procedure. Standard instructions include:
- Refraining from intense activity
- Applying ice regularly
- Avoid putting pressure on your face (e.g. sleeping face down)
- Massaging the area lightly
Most people see redness, bruising and/or swelling on their face. These will typically fade away over 48-72 hours. You will usually see an improvement to your tear trough area immediately. It may, however, take anywhere up to two weeks to see the full benefit.
Likewise, it can take up to two weeks for you to notice any complications with the procedure. The golden rule here is simply to listen, closely, to your body. If you feel anything unusual contact your aesthetician and/or your doctor. In general, it’s very rare for people to have serious reactions to correctly-performed tear trough fillers.
Who do tear trough fillers work well on?
Tear trough fillers work best on people who are physically healthy. In particular, it’s important that your skin is healthy and reasonably thick. If you’re experiencing a temporary skin condition (for example a rash), then you will probably need to postpone your tear trough filler treatment until it has cleared.
It’s also important that you have reasonable expectations of what tear trough fillers can do for you. In particular, you need to understand that tear trough fillers are best for counterbalancing mild to moderate “eye bags”. They are also only temporary solutions. You will need a top-up in about 1-2 years.
Tear trough fillers tend to be unsuitable for people with delicate skin. This could be because it is naturally thin (through genetics or ageing). It could also be because you have a chronic skin condition. Some other medical conditions may increase the risk of complications from tear trough filler. In this case, it is important to get medical advice before proceeding.
Other indications that tear trough filler may not be for you are:
- particularly deep tear troughs
- a lot of fat in the eye area
- a lot of excess skin in the eye area
In these instances, you may find that tear trough surgery may be a better option for you. Alternatively, you may be able to achieve the effect you want through other non-invasive procedures such as botox. A reputable aesthetician will be able to advise. Contact us