Dark circles under the eyes

Tear Trough Filler London Bridge

Dark circles under the eyes could have a few causes such as excess eye rubbing, lack of sleep, or allergies. In older people they are most likely due to the ageing process, or genetics. Dark circles usually stem from the area of the face between the lower eyelid and the cheek, an area called the tear trough, or the nasojugal groove, amongst other names. The term ‘tear troughs’ is rarely mentioned outside of medical discussions, and they are not given much thought by most people, until a person reaches a certain age and starts to notice volume loss and dark circles.

How do dark under-eye circles form?

Having dark circles under your eyes is usually nothing to do with a medical condition. Dark circles caused by the ageing process are due to fatty tissue loss and a decrease of elasticity in the skin and muscles in the eye area. Volume loss and shadows combine under the eye, giving rise to dark circles and a more tired appearance. The circles can start to appear at any age, regardless of your age, sex, or the amount of sleep you are getting.

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Dark Circles Under The Eyes Treatment

If your dark under eye circles are caused by volume loss in the tear trough area, one treatment to consider is a tear trough filler. In the same way that HA (Hyaloronic acid) dermal fillers work on other parts of the face, HA fillers can be used in the delicate eye area to fill the tear trough. The effect is fading of the dark circles, resulting in a less tired appearance.

What is a tear trough filler?

Tear trough fillers are a treatment that require specialist knowledge and experience. Certain fillers should not be used and could have adverse effects. The actual brand and type filler used should have the perfect consistency in order to give the best results for the patient. This is where the experience of the injector comes into play. Experience of using filler in the eye area and experience as to which dermal filler is actually used, to ensure the best possible results for you, the patient.

The best tear trough fillers to use contain HA to aid skin hydration while at the same time act to correct the tissue loss causing the dark circles.

What can you expect from a tear trough filler treatment?

You can expect a fresher, younger appearance and faded under eye circles. It may be the case that one eye looks more tired than the other so you can expect uniformity. Firmer skin under the eye is another benefit of a tear trough treatment. Depending on your particular case, dermal fillers under the eye can help to diminish the appearance of eye bags as well.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This usually varies from patient to patient but a general rule of thumb is 9-12 months.

You will have a consultation first where everything will be thoroughly explained to you. The treatment involves topical numbing and minute amounts of HA filler carefully injected below the eye. You will be provided with guidance and advice to enable you to get the best from your treatment.

You may have some slight swelling or bruising after having the treatment. These effects will subside within a day or two.

You will see benefits immediately but final results tend to be apparent at approximately 2 weeks.

Tear trough filler is not recommended for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under the age of 21. Additionally, people with certain medical conditions such as autoimmune disease, diabetes, and recent eye or facial surgery should not receive tear trough filler.

It depends on the individual situation. Under eye fillers can be an effective way to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark circles, and hollows under the eyes. However, the results are not permanent and may require regular maintenance treatments. It‘s important to weigh the pros and cons and discuss with your doctor before deciding if under eye fillers are right for you.

Tear trough fillers can be painful, but the degree of pain varies from person to person. We can use numbing cream or a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort.

Dr Bhavjit Kaur

Dr Bhavjit Kaur is an Aesthetic Physician, with over 27 years of clinical experience. She is a postgraduate in Pathology, Biomedical sciences, DRCOG, DFSRH and Cosmetic Medicine.

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