UNDER EYE FILLER (TEAR TROUGH) TREATMENT
For many patients, both young and old, filler treatments to the under eye area are a safe and effective alternative to surgery. Many patients are unhappy with the shadows and depressions that occur under the eyes. This can be due to genetics, but is also a common sign of aging.
THE TEAR TROUGH AND DARK CIRCLES UNDER THE EYES
The tear trough, also known as a nasojugal groove, extends from the inner corner of the eye, following a semicircular arc and transitioning to the palpebromalar groove. A deep tear trough can create a shadow that is perceived as a dark circle below the eye. It also creates a division between the lower eyelid and cheek that is an early sign of aging around the eyes. Patients with deep tear troughs often complain that they look more tired and older than they really are.
A tear trough is caused by tethering of the lower eyelid skin to the underlying facial bones. As aging leads to volume loss and tissue laxity in the lower eyelid, the tear trough becomes more prominent. The appearance of lower eyelid bags can accentuate a tear trough, making the shadow more visible. And while it is more common as patients’ age, even younger patients can have a tear trough deformity.
While a tear trough deformity can be corrected surgically by repositioning fat in the lower eyelid, treatment with filler has become a popular alternative. Many patients prefer a non-invasive approach, in order to avoid the risks and potential complications of surgery. Treatment with dermal fillers can provide a patient with a long-lasting natural result, often greater than one year, with minimal downtime.