That is quite the title for a blog, but I couldn’t figure out how to make it less aggressive sounding… it is what it is I guess 😉 Even though it sounds cray, cray, it’s actually an unbelievable treatment for under eye bags & dark circles!
Anyways, enough suspense! I personally think this is one of the most affordable, biggest impact, fastest procedure on the market.
Today we’re chatting about ‘tear trough filler’. 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 more mature than they actually are.
How does it work?
Dermal fillers by way of needle placed in the right area of the tissues can have a lifting effect. Fillers placed in the tear trough, the area that surrounds the lower eye lid and the outer corner of the eye, reduce the visibility of the ‘deformed tear trough’ and improve the appearance of dark under eye circles.
Side note: It’s not painful and you’re offered numbing cream to reduce discomfort. I don’t like numbing cream and prefer to stick it out… it’s like getting dental work done to me…. I’d rather not have any weird sensations and numb feeling after the treatment is done.
Common fillers used
The best fillers for the under-eyes for the vast majority of folks are made of cross-linked hyaluronic acid (HA) gel.
- Juvederm Volbella
- Juvederm Ultra
- Juvederm Voluma
- Belotero Blanace
Cheeky would not recommend more permanent options like Belafill (made of plastic beads floating in pig collagen), Radiesse (calcium spheres floating in hydrogel), Silicone (or Silikon 1000), and Sculptra. These fillers are not reversible and lumps can be difficult to correct if the filler isn’t placed in exactly the right place. No thanks!
Are the results immediate?
The tear troughs will look better immediately and continue to improve over the following few weeks. It is important that your doc doesn’t put TOO much filler in that area because it can look puffy!
How long does it last?
Anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, depending on what type of filler you use. I would say around 6 months to 12 months to be safe. I do believe that fillers are build-able, so you will see the results last longer the more times you get the injections.
#CheekyConfidential Hyaluronic acid fillers are reversible with an injection of a dissolving agent called hyalase. So if you’re not feeling your new look, it’s not ‘permanent’.
Who is a good candidate?
- Puffy undereye areas
- Dark circles
- Both younger and mature folks
How much does it cost?
An average of 3 to 5 injections are used per side and takes just about 30 minutes (1 syringe is usually all it takes). I would say it’s anywhere from $500 to $900. Depending on location and type of filler used.
I have gotten this before and I definitely bruised right after (I’m not a huge bruiser by any means). It was recommended that I ingest Arnica and/or apply an Arnica Gel. They sell different variations at Whole Foods and it’s a GREAT way to reduce bruising MUCH faster. You may notice some swelling, bruising and soreness, but you’ll be back to your badass self in a week or so. You’ll also want to avoid high intensity workouts in the first 24 hours after your injections.
P.S. If you ever get Botox, DO NOT workout after getting it… wait 24 hours. Apparently it can ‘evaporate’!!!!!! That was something I just learned recently and I was mind blown. Makes sense though!
Before & Afters
Just Google before & after images of tear trough fillers and you’ll see a crap ton of happy customers!