The delicate area under the eye along the bone, over time, can appear hollow and sunken and can result in tired looking eyes and dark circles. By filling this area with a dermal filler the appearance of the dark circles and hollows can be dramatically reduced making the eyes look brighter and rejuvenated.
What causes dark undereye circles?
Dark circles can be due to a number of reasons, excessive pigmentation in dark skinned people, visible blood vessels in pale skinned individuals, hollowing - Many people complain about dark circles under the eyes. Quite often this is due to a 'dip' or 'trough' under the eye that casts a shadow and gives a tired look. This hollow or ridge running from the inner corner of the eye is known as a Tear Trough. This can be corrected using a Tear Trough filler procedure. This condition can be hereditary, part of the normal aging process, or following lower eyelid surgery when too much fat has been removed. The Tear Trough procedure only addresses the hollowing and not any of the causes of dark circles. Your practitioner will be able to identify what category you fall into and whether the Tear Trough procedure is suitable for you.
If my dark circles are caused by pigmentation or a vascular condition what can I do?
Pigmentation can be caused by many factors including stress, illness, medication and it can be hereditary and is very often seen in darker Asian skins. Pigmentation can be corrected and improved using specialist prescription only topical creams that will suppress the pigmentation and lighten the skin.
Are there are any risks with the Tear Trough procedure?
With any injection there is a risk of infection and bruising and in some instances sever bruising resulting in a haematoma but this is very rare. If there is already a discolouration of the skin before the procedure that will not change. Tear Trough treatment is a specialised technique and should only be performed by apropriately trained professionals to avoid serious complications.
Do I need any special aftercare?
No special aftercare is required except normal hygiene precautions.
Who is the procedure suitable for?
Both men and women can suffer with this condition making them look tired and drawn. This procedure can rejuvenate the eye area as well as reduce the appearance of dark circles.
How does the procedure work?
A fine grade hyaluronic filler, Teosyal Redensity II, is injected into the deeper part of the Tear Trough and this fills the hollow. Once filled, the area appears flat and the light reflects off the skin evenly correcting dark shadows.
Will it hurt?
You may think that this area under the eye would be very sensitive and painful. However the patients treated suggest that the discomfort is minimal. Topical anaesthetic can be applied prior to the procedure if required.
Are there any side effects?
With any injectable procedure there is the risk of bruising and this can last up to 2 weeks and in some cases even longer, however this is very rare. There may be mild swelling and redness but this will resolve within a few days and can be disguised using make up.
What will I look like immediately after the treatment?
You will look normal and refreshed, some may look like they have been crying and a little swollen. There is a small risk of bruising and this may not appear for several days after the treatment but again can usually be covered easily with make up.
Is there a risk of an allergic reaction?
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers have extremely low instances of allergic responses. Allergic reactions and risks associated with the procedure will be discussed during the consultation. In the event that there are any problems this product can be dissolved.
When will I see results?
You will see immediate results and once the initial swelling and redness has resolved we arrange a top up session of the trough if required to ensure the very best correction.
How long will it last?
The effects can last anywhere from 9-12 months. The area under the eyes is quite static and this can cause the product to last longer.