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Is a Tear Trough Dermal Filler Treatment Safe?

Written by Dr De Silva

As we age, we face all kinds of unwanted changes. We lose bone, and fat & tissue mass. These can lead to eye bags, dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness, which can be solved by tear trough fillers. But is a tear trough dermal filler treatment really safe for you?

Let’s find out.

What is a tear trough dermal filler treatment?

As your skin becomes less elastic, the skin under your eyes loses support. This results in hollows or crevices called tear troughs. Tear troughs make you look tired and older than your real age.

Surgery can correct tear troughs. However, a non-surgical approach can be used, depending on certain factors. Thus, for some people, tear troughs can be corrected using injectable dermal fillers.

As its name suggests, the treatment involves the use of a tear trough dermal filler.

Tear trough fillers are gel-like substances administered under the eyes. These dermal fillers are also known as undereye fillers.

Tear trough fillers solves your undereye-related problems by adding volume to your tears troughs. By doing this, your tear troughs become less noticeable.

Is a tear trough dermal filler treatment at Harley Street Filler Specialists London safe?

Like any other procedure, a tear trough dermal filler treatment involves certain risks. However, we at Harley Street Filler Specialists London do our best to minimise the risks.

Our team of medically-qualified and extensively-trained practitioners are all well-versed in treating the delicate undereye area.

As part of our standard safety protocol, we request you to have a consultation. We have to do this before we agree to administer any procedure.

Moreover, the consultation is done so we can assess if you’re suitable for the tear trough dermal filler treatment. The consultation also helps negate any potential risk.

In particular, we’ll check your medical history and ask you several questions about your concerns. This way, we can be sure that a tear trough dermal filler treatment is right for you.

Please remember that not everyone can benefit from a tear trough dermal filler treatment alone. Other types of treatment might be needed.

For example, if you have flattened cheeks or don’t have enough cheek support, we’ll recommend cheek augmentation using fillers first.

This helps prepare your cheeks for an undereye treatment. Inadequate cheek support is like putting a row of books on a wobbly shelf (you can imagine the outcome).

After this, you can have a tear trough dermal filler treatment.

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Female face, before and after Tear Trough Dermal Filler Treatment, front view, patient 1

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Patient A before and after tear trough dermal filler treatment

How is a tear trough dermal filler treatment done at Harley Street Filler Specialists London?

Harley Street Filler Specialists London specialises in tear trough treatments using dermal fillers.

This is how the process will go at my clinic.

First, we’ll check your medical history to see if you have underlying medical issues that make your eyes sunken or puffy.

For example, if you have a lymphatic issue (where fluid tends to gather in the eye area, so they look puffy – even more so in the mornings), we may advise against having a tear trough dermal filler treatment.

This is because dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid (HA) which attracts water (up to 1000 times its own weight to be precise). With this in mind, you can imagine what might happen if we inject HA into an area that already suffers from puffiness. It will worsen your issue.

If you suffer from extremely dark circles under your eyes, a dermal filler treatment alone might not bring the results you want. Depending on the assessment, our practitioners might suggest one or more supplemental treatments.

If you have pigmentation under your eyes, a series of dermal peels may be more beneficial. It’s because dermal fillers will not change the pigments on your skin.

Thus, treating dark circles, puffiness, and pigmentation, requires other treatments.

As you can see, a tear trough dermal filler treatment isn’t the answer to all under eye issues. As a result, we have to shortlist patients who can truly benefit from this treatment.

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Female eye, before and after Tear Trough Dermal Filler Treatment, oblique view, patient 2

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Patient B before and after tear trough dermal filler treatment

Remember, dermal fillers are designed to lift and support the skin tissues. Hence, they’re excellent at correcting folds and creases under the eyes caused by puffy lower bags or loss of volume and support.
After determining if a tear trough dermal filler treatment is right for you, we’ll identify the products to be used.

The skin under the eyes is only 1mm thick. As we get older, it can weaken and become lax. Thus, we need to treat this area using ‘kid gloves’.

Many dermal fillers used for areas like the cheeks, chin, nose, and jawline are thick and viscous. They form a scaffold for the underlying skin tissues and mold existing facial contours.

If we use such products under the eyes, the results would look artificial. Therefore, we only use dermal fillers that are specially designed and licensed for tear troughs. These fillers are more fluid and don’t cause bumpy skin.

Using these special fillers at Harley Street Filler Specialists London produces a subtle, natural, and balanced look.

Book a consultation at Harley Street Filler Specialists London now!

During the consultation, we’ll ask you to discuss all of your face-related concerns in detail.

We highly encourage you to book a consultation with us. It’s because the consultation aims to make you aware of what you can expect. Our medical specialists will guide you well.

We’ll give you the best advice, including getting a tear trough dermal filler treatment or not.

Contact us today to book a no-obligation consultation. You can check out Harley Street Filler Specialists London on Instagram and Facebook as well. See you at Harley Street Filler Specialists London soon!

About the Author

Dr. Julian De Silva is a leading facial plastic surgeon that specialises only in surgical and non-surgical facial procedures. Dr. De Silva has considerable experience in cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgery from fellowships in London, Los Angeles, and New York. He is one of a handful of elite surgeons to be recognised with British, European and American qualifications, memberships and board certification.

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