Everything you need to know about tear trough fillers.

Unsure what tear troughs even are? Read on.

“Tear troughs form when volume is lost from the tissues (predominantly the fat pads) around the eye and cheek areas,” said Dr Hopkirk. “Our anatomy is often influenced by our heritage, however as we get older, the impact of the age-related changes become more apparent.”

What kinda age-related changes?

“Having hollow areas under the eyes with flattened cheeks is one of the most significant changes that we perceive as a sign of ageing,” said Dr Hopkirk. “As the youthful fullness of our cheeks slowly fades, a visible hollow line begins to develop from the inner corner of the eye that often extends laterally (extending towards the sides of the face) across the lower cheek.”

With further volume loss, Dr Hopkirk said the hollows under your eyes will become more pronounced, meaning those dark circles will appear more prominent, “due to the shadow which is cast by the nasal bone.”

So will tear trough fillers get rid of the dark circles? 

Well, not necessarily. “It’s important to understand that often pigment is a big contributor to the darkness, which is apparent in the tear trough region (filler does not remove pigment related changes),” explains Dr Hopkirk.

What’s involved?

While an under eye filler is usually a relatively quick process, it’s important to keep in mind that this is still a REAL medical procedure. Not a fluffy, “what the hell, let’s just do it!” lunchtime thing. Mmmkay?

Alright, here’s what you’re in for:

After cleaning your skin, the professional injector will usually apply a topical numbing cream to the area to make sure the procedure is comfortable. 

Once numb, a small needle is used to create an entry point for the doctor to inject the filler. 

Depending on the injector’s preferred technique, some might use a cannula (a thin tube) to inject the filler because it may lower the risk of bruising. 

The injector will then slowly inject small amounts of filler to each area until they reach the desired results. 

You might also notice your injector using their fingers to mould the product after injecting it – this is pretty normal and usually means they are trying to shape it before it sets.

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