The term “tear trough” dates back to 1969, when it was used to name the concave area where a person’s lower eyelid and cheek met.
For some, the tear troughs become more obvious with age and lead to a very tired, worn out appearance, with or without dark circles.
The good news is that there are facial cosmetic fillers that help fill in these tear troughs and ease the appearance of dark circles and under-eye hollows.
Dermal fillers help add volume to areas on the face that appear sunken or wrinkled. While there is no FDA-approved dermal filler for tear troughs, many skilled facial plastic surgeons have been safely using them in this area for years.
Sculptra Aesthetic is one of the best dermal fillers used in the tear troughs. Made from synthesized poly-L-lactic acid, it does not change your appearance immediately. Instead, it gets to work helping the body produce collagen, so the effects take place over months. It takes a series of three injections, spaced over a few months. The results will then lasts for upwards of two years.
After the Sculptra injections, you may feel some tenderness, swelling, redness, and bruising. Use ice packs for the first 24 hours to alleviate these complaints. As you may find these side effects to be unsightly, you may want to stay home for a few days.
If you don’t mind people seeing you with swollen or bruised skin, you can return to work or social activities immediately. You should massage the area of injection a few times a day. Your facial plastic surgeon will advise you into the ideal schedule. Also, stay out of the sun until the swelling and redness alleviate.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are another option. Every facial plastic surgeon has his or her own preference on the best dermal injectable. For someone who is having their tear troughs corrected for the first time, hyaluronic acid fillers are good because they are absorbed by the body over time. If you dislike the results, you simply need to wait a few months and the filler goes away.
Experience Means A Lot
The tear troughs have thin skin, so this is an area where the changes can be noticeable. This is why it is very important to choose a facial plastic surgeon that is skilled in dermal filler injections in the tear troughs. Ask to see photos of patients who underwent injectable fillers to volumize the tear trough area. This helps you choose the best doctor for the job.
The best way to learn more about tear troughs and dermal fillers is by reading more on the subject. Dr. Michael Schwartz has a comprehensive page of injectable filler FAQs. When you’re ready to discuss the use of fillers as a treatment for tear troughs, call the West Palm Beach facial plastic surgeon at 561-228-5888 and schedule a consultation at his North Fagler Drive office.