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Is tear trough filler safe?

Published on: December 17, 2020

As we age, the tear trough area (under eyes) can become puffy, hollow, wrinkled and dark circles can appear. This is due to several factors, including the loss of bone mass and sub-dermal tissues like fat in this area. As these tissues deplete, the skin in the tear trough area becomes less supported and can sag, causing bags and a tired appearance to the face. In years gone by, only surgical intervention could help this issue and this could bring with it, certain complications and risks. However, a non-surgical injectable treatment using dermal fillers, to enhance and correct the tear trough area has become more and more popular in the past decade, as it offers less risk than surgical procedures and can produce excellent results that can last up to 2 years at a time. The treatment is available here at The London Cosmetic Clinic in Harley Street, with Dr Salinda Johnson and her clinical team.

Many of the patients that come to us ask us if tear trough filler is safe, as of course, the area under the eye is extremely delicate and our patients worry that injecting a substance in to this area could be risky. However, if expertly administered by a fully-qualified medical professional such as our team members here at The London Cosmetic Clinic, using a clinically-proven, FDA-approved dermal filler, developed specifically for the under eye region, this treatment is a safe and highly-effective for rejuvenating this area.

What can go wrong with tear trough fillers?

As with any non-surgical injectable treatment, there are always risks. With tear trough fillers, a phenomenon called the ‘Tyndall’ effect, can happen, if the dermal filler is injected too superficially beneath the skin. If this happens, a blue/green discolouration can be seen easiest in daylight and a slug-like appearance can be seen under the eye. Dermal fillers should always be injected deep under the skin in the tear trough area and administered by a medical professional who has undergone specific training for this procedure.

Do tear trough fillers hurt?

Dermal fillers can absorb 1000 times their own weight in water and therefore, when they are injected, they can puff up a little, which can be uncomfortable. Therefore, we will always apply a topical anaesthetic for 10 to 20 minutes, prior to your dermal filler tear trough treatment, so that the procedure is more comfortable for you.

How do I know if I am suitable for dermal fillers for the tear troughs?

Most people who are experiencing under eye bags, dark circles and a hollow appearance around the lower eyes can benefit from dermal fillers, however, before any treatment is carried out, here at The London Cosmetic Clinic, we will ask that you attend a no obligation consultation, so that we can discuss your concerns, assess your facial features and check your medical history.

This meeting will confirm if you are suitable for the treatment and there are no contraindications which might prevent or restrict it. If you are someone who suffers with dark circles, we will need to rule out any underlying medical conditions which may be causing them, prior to the treatment being carried out.

When will I see results and how long do they last?

When you undergo a tear trough filler treatment, here at The London Cosmetic Clinic, you will experience the results straight away. However, you will need to take in to account that there may be some slight swelling and possible mild bruising, following the procedure, for a few days. As the dermal filler product integrates with your skin, you will notice improvements continue in the weeks that follow your tear trough filler treatment. The longevity of results vary from patient to patient, but the average results time tends to be between 1 and 2 years. The tear trough is not a very mobile part of the face and therefore, the dermal filler will remain in place longer than in somewhere like the lips, as it takes longer to be metabolised by the body. Certain lifestyle factors such as smoking, excessive sun exposure, a poor diet and excessive amounts of cardiovascular exercise may shorten the longevity of your results, so you may need to return to the clinic for another treatment sooner than 12 to 24 months.

Dermal fillers for the tear trough area can offer significant improvement to under eye bags, lines and wrinkles and dark circles. However, it’s important to enlist the services of a practitioner who is medically-trained and well-versed in this procedure, to ensure your safety and efficacy of the results. At The London Cosmetic Clinic, our clinical expertise as well as our compliance with CQC and GMC regulations will ensure you receive a safe and effective treatment within a clinical environment, from medical professional who are experts in all facial dermal filler treatments.