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Tear Trough Treatment: The Results Speak for Themselves

Posted on December 23, 2021

A tear trough treatment can eliminate under eye wrinkles, dark circles, and eye bags.

A tear trough treatment involving dermal fillers has been popular for a while. With the eyes being the central points of the face, an increasing number of patients seek tear trough treatments.

From looking tired and grumpy to looking more alive, I have seen how effective tear trough treatments transform appearances.

But how does a tear trough treatment work? Is the procedure safe? Are there any risks associated with it?

In this article, we will talk about tear trough treatments and how a treatment involving fillers work. I will also discuss the benefits of a tear trough filler treatment and answer the most frequently asked questions about tear trough fillers.

What Is a Tear Trough?

A tear trough describes the crease between your upper cheek and lower eyelid. It can cast a shadow below your eyes, leading to a tired and grumpy appearance.

Noticeable tear troughs also make people look older. In fact, most of my patients who want tear trough treatments do so because they think that tear troughs make them look older than their actual age.

Some individuals inherit noticeable tear troughs. In others, tear troughs become more noticeable because of aging.

You see, your skin becomes less elastic and weaker as you age. The proteins that maintain your youthful look― collagen and elastin― decrease as you age.

Your face also tends to lose volume as you age. Due to this, your skin becomes more vulnerable to showing signs of aging including prominent tear troughs.

Tear troughs, when prominent, make you look older than your actual age.

You can choose from many options to get rid of your treat troughs.

Can Tear Troughs Go Away?

Fortunately, tear troughs can go away. Thanks to advances in cosmetic medicine, you can now choose between several treatments to get rid of your tear troughs.

These treatments include surgical and non-surgical procedures. A tear trough dermal filler treatment is non-surgical. Its surgical counterpart is called blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery.

You can also rely on some home remedies (more about them later) to decrease the appearance of your tear troughs. However, you must take note that they cannot technically get rid of your tear troughs. They only work up to a certain extent. Hence, clinical treatments will always be your best options for treating tear troughs.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to go under the knife to get rid of your tear troughs. Plastic surgery is not your only option. A tear trough treatment using dermal fillers can be just as effective as surgery, given that you let a highly qualified cosmetic doctor perform the procedure.

Using small injections of a dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid, your tear trough gently gets filled. By doing this, a tear trough filler smoothens and makes your skin plumper. As a result, your eyes become more alive and youthful.

Tear Trough Treatments

Advances in the cosmetic industry now let you choose between several tear trough treatments. Here are the most common tear trough treatments:

Home Remedies

Please take note that the following are just home remedies. Remedies are different from treatments. They only prevent and correct extremely mild tear trough issues, not moderately mild and severe ones.

Tear trough treatments include surgical and non-surgical procedures.

Tear trough treatments include surgical and non-surgical procedures.


Potatoes contain starch, enzymes, and vitamin C. These substances nourish the thin skin below your eyes.

The best way to use potatoes as a remedy for tear troughs is to apply them on your skin raw. The coolness of the raw potatoes decreases the inflammation of blood vessels. This minimises swelling and the dark appearance of the skin under your eyes.

Potatoes can be applied under your eyes for about 20 minutes. You must do this while lying down.

Almond Oil

Prominent tear troughs mean that the skin below your eyes has lost a significant amount of nutrients.

The skin under your eyes can be nourished using almond oil.

Almond oil contains a rich amount of vitamin E, a crucial vitamin for your skin. As an alternative, you can use vitamin E oil. Both almond oil and vitamin E oil are available for purchase in leading stores.

Tea Bags

Tea contains significant amounts of flavonoids and antioxidants. These substances help improve the appearance of tear troughs. They do this by relaxing eye nerves & muscles and promoting circulation.

To use tea bags as a tear trough remedy, you must steep two tea bags for at least five minutes first. Then, squeeze the liquid out of them. Let the liquid cool down. Then, place the cool tea bags under your eyes for at least 10 minutes.


You likely saw them on TV shows and movies. Raw cucumber slices are a common home remedy for prominent tear troughs.

To use this remedy, slice some cucumbers. Make sure they are thick enough. Then, place the slices under your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes.

Lemon Juice

Also known as nature’s bleach, lemon juice promotes dead skin removal and discoloration. Lemon juice can be used in most parts of the body, including the under eye.

However, since lemon juice is acidic, you have to dilute it with water first. This prevents skin irritation. Additionally, don’t forget to keep the lemon juice from entering your eyes when applying it.

Fish Oil

Fish oil contains a rich amount of fatty acids. The said acids have an anti-inflammatory effect. This gives fish oil the ability to promote healing of damaged cells.

To use fish oil, take an adequate amount of it first. Then, apply it under your eyes using your fingers.

Over-the-Counter Products

Over-the-counter products can help improve the appearance of tear troughs. However, you must purchase them with caution. Most over-the-counter products for tear troughs cannot treat your skin issues.

Those that can often come with hefty price tags. Plus, they are not as effective as clinical treatments.


While often advised as a part of one’s regular routine, eye creams can only work up to a certain extent. Yes, they can prevent eye wrinkles from forming. However, they are not as effective as you’d like them to be especially when you have mild to severe tear trough issues.

On the upside, eye creams with retinol can help prevent fine lines from forming. Fine lines can lead to wrinkles and prominent tear troughs, so preventing fine lines from forming means avoiding wrinkles and prominent tear troughs.


Eye serums contain ingredients that can temporarily help tighten the skin and reduce puffiness. However, you must take note that just like creams, eye serums only work up to a certain extent. They are also not as effective as clinical treatments.

On the upside, eye serums with vitamin C can help prevent signs of aging. The said serums can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines. However, eye serums work best on young people.


Another over-the-counter product, eye gels help moisturise your under eye and reduce puffiness. But then again, just like creams and serums, they are not as effective as surgical and non-surgical tear trough treatments.

On the upside, eye gels with hyaluronic acid help improve the appearance of your tear troughs. They effectively moisturise your under eye. This can help maintain the results of a surgical or non-surgical tear trough treatment.

Clinical Treatments

As I mentioned, home remedies and over-the-counter products are not as effective as clinical treatments.

Contrary to popular belief, only treatments done by qualified cosmetic doctors can get rid of tear troughs.

Given this, here are the most common treatments for tear troughs:


Also known as eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty manipulates the tissue under your eye to enhance your tear troughs.

During this procedure, a cosmetic surgeon makes an incision on your lower eyelid. The surgeon then manipulates the tissue under it. Excess fat can be repositioned or removed. In some cases, the surgeon removes excess skin.

The surgery tightens and smooths out your under eye, reducing the appearance of tear troughs.

Tear Trough Filler

As the name suggests, tear trough fillers are a type of dermal fillers injected into the tear troughs.

These substances are usually made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is the ultimate moisturiser for the skin, as it can hold 1,000 times its weight in water.

In addition, hyaluronic acid is a gel-like substance that naturally exists in the human body. When injected into the target area, hyaluronic acid reduces indentations.

Therefore, a tear trough filler enhancement involves injecting a gooey-like substance into the target area to make it tighter and smoother. By doing this, the said fillers improve the appearance of your tear troughs.

Tear trough fillers also help strengthen and thicken the skin under your eyes. This helps cover dark or inflamed blood vessels and reduces the appearance of dark circles.

This treatment therefore suits people who have under eye wrinkles, dark circles, and heavy eye bags.

Tear trough fillers are also safe because hyaluronic acid, the main component of dermal fillers naturally exists in the body. Hence, you don’t have to worry about complications that may arise from a tear trough treatment involving fillers.

In some cases, tear trough fillers can be used with other procedures like Botox London, laser resurfacing, and non-surgical rhinoplasty.

Benefits of Tear Trough Fillers Under Eyes

Here are the benefits of tear trough fillers:

1. Younger Appearance

The top reason why people get tear trough or under eye fillers is to look younger. Tear troughs become hollows as you age, so injecting fillers is an excellent way to reverse the clock.

Specifically, the hyaluronic acid in tear trough fillers adds volume and plumps your skin. More volume can smooth out your tear troughs and take care of unsightly sagging. With your skin a bit more stretched out, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles decreases.

As a bonus, tear trough fillers can help reduce the appearance of dark circles, making your eyes look more alive.

2. Little to No Pain

A tear trough treatment involving fillers does not require you to go under the knife. This means that you do not have to worry about potential complications caused by surgery.

As a bonus, a tear trough treatment using fillers can be painless. I said painless because patients have relative views of pain.

For some, injections can be painful. For others, injections are painless.

Pain scales aside, tear trough filler treatments are way less painful than surgery.

3. Safety

As I mentioned, hyaluronic acid, a vital component of tear trough fillers used at my clinic, naturally exists in the human body. Therefore, a tear trough treatment using fillers is completely safe.

With all-natural hyaluronic acid, you don’t have to worry about doing something wrong with your body. That way, you can get a younger-looking appearance without any of the worries about toxins that might enter your body.

4. Little to No Downtime

Since the treatment is non-surgical, you don’t have to worry about missing work or school after the procedure. In fact, many of my patients go back to work or school the day after their tear trough treatments.

You can resume normal activities after the procedure, unlike surgery in which you have to wait for weeks before resuming normal activities.

5. Quick Effects

A tear trough filler procedure usually takes 30 minutes.

This is likely refreshing considering how long your typical over-the-counter anti-ageing cream or home remedy takes to produce results. Even prescription retinoids do not work as fast as under eye fillers do.

Recovering from Under Eye Fillers

Despite being a minor procedure, you still have to take care of yourself after a tear trough treatment.

You will likely experience bruising, swelling, and redness after the procedure. However, these side effects will go away soon.

There are also some things you must follow after the procedure. These include the following:

  • Avoid strenuous exercise for the next one to two days.
  • Do not go to saunas and use sunbeds for the next 24 hours.
  • Avoid direct sunlight for the next 24 hours.
  • Apply ice on the affected area during the first 48 hours after the treatment.
  • Avoid sleeping face down until you recover.
  • Get enough sleep and stay hydrated after your tear trough treatment.
You must take care of yourself after an under eye filler procedure.

You must take care of yourself after an under eye filler procedure.

A tear trough treatment is safe and effective.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tear Trough Fillers or Fillers for Eye Bags

Here are the most common questions about tear trough fillers:

1. How much does the procedure cost?

The total cost of your tear trough treatment depends on the number of syringes you need. On average, a tear trough treatment in the UK costs £400 to £500.

2. Are there tear trough fillers near me?

Yes, there are. The Harley Filler Specialists London, located at Harley Street offers world-class facilities and state-of-the-art equipment for administering tear trough fillers.

3. What’s a treat trough filler procedure like?

Before receiving tear trough fillers, a cosmetic doctor will put topical anaesthesia on the target area. Then, the doctor will inject tear trough fillers on certain points. The procedure usually takes 30 minutes. You can go home after the treatment.

4. How long do tear trough fillers last?

The exact duration of the results varies from one patient to another. Tear trough fillers generally last for 6 to 18 months. The duration depends on the individual and how well they take care of themselves after the procedure.

5. What are the side effects of tear trough fillers or fillers for eye bags?

Common side effects of a tear trough filler procedure include swelling, redness, and bruising. However, these side effects typically go away after a few days.


Tear trough fillers can smooth out your tear troughs. They can also reduce the appearance of your dark circles and eye bags.

Do you want to talk to a qualified and experienced cosmetic doctor that can perform your tear trough treatment? Contact us to book a consultation now!

Dr. Julian De Silva, Medical Director

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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