Rejuvenate Your Look with Undereye Filler
Tear trough fillers can give you a more youthful and well rested look.
By: Tiffany M. Darnold, MMS, PA-C, Couture Med Spa Oviedo
Do you feel like you look tired even if you’ve had a good night of sleep? You may benefit from tear trough filler! Aging can seem more prominent when we feel like we look tired but loss of volume underneath the eyes is a natural occurrence when we age. Tear trough filler can give your undereyes a youthful boost to make you feel more youthful!
Why do I look tired all the time and what are tear troughs?
As we get older we can start to lose fat pads in unwanted places of our face including the tear troughs. Tear troughs are located on the medial side under the eyes below the tear ducts and between the eye and orbital rim.
The origin of the word ‘trough’ comes from old English and Germanic language meaning a long shallow container or hollow vessel. Due to this volume lose we then start to notice ‘bags’ under our eyes due to the hollowness (not all ‘bags’ are due to swelling). Another effect that tear trough volume loss causes is darkness due to shadows that are casted upon the hollowed region and vascularity that causes a bluish-purplish hue that is made more visible due to lack of fat which usually acts as a blanket of the vessels.
How do tear trough fillers help?
Fillers can help by restoring our natural volume that we have lost over time. Tear trough fillers make us appear more youthful and well rested. It also acts as a blanket over the area that our fat pads use to cover up discoloration from the vessels below and reduce the shadows as the skin around the surrounding area is lifted. Hyaluronic acid fillers also attract water making the area more hydrated and healthy.
Who can I go to if I desire/need treatment?
When doing cosmetic procedures always assure that you are going to someone who is a well-trained licensed medical provider. Medical providers who are experienced in cosmetic fillers and who see a high volume of clients per month is essential when searching for someone to book tear trough (undereye) filler. Those medical providers can be MDs, DOs, PAs, and NPs usually trained in plastic and cosmetic surgery, cosmetic dermal fillers, and aesthetics. A license medical provider will examine and assess to see if dermal fillers for the tear troughs is best for you.
When will I notice the results?
Immediately! That is why dermal fillers are amazing. Dermal fillers fill in the void where the volume loss is present immediately resulting in great results that make you look younger, more vibrant and awake. No more 8 hours of sleep or many cups of coffee needed to wow your friends and coworkers around you. Schedule tear trough filler and everyone will be asking you for your secret!
Am I a good candidate? Is it safe for me?
Dermal fillers are safe and FDA approved. Dermal filler for the tear troughs is great for most people, but there are a few factors that need to be evaluated before determining if you are a good candidate such as examining to ensure that the skin is not too thin for treatment. Book your consult today with Couture Med Spa and a medical provider will carefully review your medical history, medications, allergies, and exam you to ensure that dermal filler in the tear troughs is the right option for you. Not a candidate? Don’t worry. Depending on your evaluation we may have a solution for you.
How long does it last?
Tear trough filler lasts about 9-12 months though results vary from person to person depending on how your body metabolizes hyaluronic fillers. It is also believed to be metabolized faster in individuals who exercise excessively. We recommend the use of Restylane-L hyaluronic dermal filler due to its lightweight, flexible, smooth appearance. There are also options without lidocaine anesthetic. If you are allergic to lidocaine that is no problem. After your consult, you can pre-purchase and we will order your lidocaine-free Restylane.
How much does it cost?
The cost can vary in the industry, but at Couture Med Spa we keep our prices competitive and affordable. Depending on your needs it usually takes about 1-2 syringes of Restylane-L dermal filler to treat the tear troughs. Each syringe is $575 for our non-members and clients under our membership opportunities get a discounted rate for $450 per syringe.
What are the possible side effects?
Dermal fillers are less invasive and have less discomfort with minimal down time and faster recovery in comparison to invasive cosmetic surgeries. During injection you may feel a slight sting before the lidocaine aesthetic starts to numb the area around the tear troughs. You may also experience a temporary ‘blinking’ sensation. As with all cosmetic procedures there are a few risks such has redness, swelling, and bruising as well as more rare side effects such as allergic reaction and vascular occlusion. Always choose an experienced medical provider with a proficient knowledge of facial anatomy prior to your consultation and procedure. Side effects usually resolve within two weeks.
Is there anything I can do to minimize the side effects and get the best results? What is the aftercare?
For best results avoid anything that may thin your blood for 5 to 7 days prior to your treatment. Some of the things that you can avoid are aspirin, NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen and Aleve, Omega 3, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, etc and other blood thinners that may be prescribed by your doctor.
Before coming off of any prescription medication please consult with your prescribing physician to ensure your safety. You may also take Arnica the week prior to your appointment to reduce the risk of bruising. After your treatment you may use Arnica gel to reduce swelling and bruising. It is also advised to avoid exercising, sun exposure, saunas, wearing glasses or anything else that may cause pressure on the filler during the first 48 hours. Please sleep on your back for the next 48 hours to avoid pressure on the treated area. Also please avoid cosmetic lasers, facials, or any other cosmetic procedure on the face for the next two weeks.