You know what stings? When someone looks at you and says “You look tired”. What they’re referring to are those eye bags, under eye lines and dark eye circles that come together to make you look haggard. You might have heard that in situations like these, tear trough fillers can help to improve the presentation of your eyes. If you are wondering whether these are appropriate for you, read on as we take a closer look at what they are, who should get them, and what post-treatment care is necessary.
Who Should get Tear Trough Fillers?
Tear Trough Fillers are basically gel-like injectables that are mainly made up of Hyaluronic Acid, a substance that is naturally occurring, and found in the body’s connective tissues and skin.
If You Have Loss of Volume
For those who are starting to see the slow, but noticeable hollowing out of their eyes, under eye fillers in Singapore may be a good option. This “loss of volume” in the under eye area tends to contribute to a sense of hollowness in the region, making your dark circles more obvious.
If you have dark circles, you should first investigate if this is due to a loss of volume in the under eye area, or if it is because of hyperpigmentation. Tear trough fillers will not help you if your dark circles are caused by hyperpigmentation. This is because the skin under your eyes are darker due to your complexion or prior sun damage, and fillers do not alleviate pigmentation issues.
However, if the shadowing is caused by skin laxity from aging, then tear trough fillers might help you to add volume and even out the area by filling up the hollowness with outmaking your eyes look puffy.
If Your Eye Bags are Not Severe
For those with large eye bags, tear trough fillers might not be suitable for you. If your eye bags are larger than the average person, this might be due to fat collection in the area. Such cases might not achieve a good result with fillers.
Those with severe eye bags or if there is presence of loose skin and/or orbital septum laxity can consider surgical options, laser tightening treatments such as SmoothEye Pro (hyperlink), thermage, threads and/or rejuran I. These treatments aim to remove fat and tighten sagging skin which makes the eye bags less obvious.
If Your Sunken Eyes are Due to Genetics
For some people, dark circles are actually genetic in origin. For example, hyperpigmentation disorders are common within the Indian population, and can be made worse by UV radiation from sun exposure. This “genetically induced pigmentation” tends to occur in darker skinned people, and can become quite pronounced. This is different from genetically-induced eye hollow, which may also make your under eye area look darker. While fillers cannot treat genetic hyperpigmentation, they can help to deal with hollowness.
If you are not sure whether you have pigmentation or eye hollow in the area, you can hold a mirror and look up so that bright overhead lighting hits you directly. If the shadow disappears, your dark circle is caused by hollowness. However, if the colour is still there, then it is likely to be caused by hyperpigmentation.
In this case, tear trough fillers in Singapore might help reduce the shadowing effect from hollowness, but cannot counter the effects of an underlying genetic disposition for dark eye circles. If such pigmentation bothers you, then you should consider treatments that target hyperpigmentation, on top of the fillers.
If You Want a Solution to Your Dark Eye Circles
Tear Trough fillers are minimally invasive, and non-surgical in nature. Instead of making changes to the face, fillers like Restylane, Juvederm and Belotero are considered injectable hyaluronic acid-based fillers. The body reabsorbs hyaluronic acid gradually over time, so hylauronic acid-based fillers will eventually also be absorbed by the body. Some fillers are more viscous than others, and will take longer than before to be reabsorbed.
If you want something more permanent, you may have to consider surgery.
So, Who Cannot Get Fillers Done?
While HA fillers for tear troughs are relatively harmless, there are some people who should not take this treatment. Tear trough filler treatment is not recommended if:
- You have skin inflammation in or near the eye trough area. This can mean active acne, a rash or even hives.
- You have any bleeding or blood clotting disorder.
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients in the filler.
Before any filler treatment, it is wise to consult a qualified aesthetic doctor to ascertain that you are suitable for the treatment. You should also never buy fillers online to apply on your own, and should always get a well-trained, qualified professional to perform this tear trough filler treatment.
Any Potential Side Effects?
The safety profile of HA fillers is rather good. Therefore, most people encounter common and only temporary side effects like redness, bruising or swelling of the injection site. These minor side effects are usually related to the act of injection, and tend to go away after a while.
Another possible side effect is something called the Tyndall effect. This happens when the under eye filler in Singapore is injected too close to the skin’s surface, causing the area to have a light blue shade. This is easily treated with an injection of hyaluronidase, which breaks down the hyaluronic acid found in the filler.
Finally, a rare side effect is blindness, which can occur if the filler enters a blood vessel of the eye and blocks it. This is why you should always make sure you get a certified medical professional who knows exactly what they are doing to perform this procedure.
Tear Trough Filler Post-Treatment Tips
This simple procedure does not require extensive after-care. However, if you would like to recover quickly and get back to your regular activities, then you can follow the steps below.
After-Care Starts with Pre-Treatment Care!
For a start, it is recommended that you you consider stopping a range of supplements or medications that can complicate the procedure. About a week before the filler treatment, consider pausing any intake of medications like ibuprofen or aspirin. You should also stop taking supplements like ginkgo Balboa, ginseng, fish oil supplements, St. John’s Wort or Vitamin E as many of these items often thin the blood, dilate blood vessels or increase risk of bruising.
About 2 or 3 days before the filler, remember to avoid topical applications like Retinol, Retinoids, or Retin-A. You should also avoid waxing, tweezing or removing hair on and near the site of injection.
Icing the Area
While there is no downtime, you may be advised to ice the area immediately after treatment. Icing the under eye area with a cold compress for short bursts of 5 – 10 minutes every hour will help to bring down any swelling that might show up at the injection area. You might see a purplish dot from the needle entry, but you should not worry about that, as it will fade over time. It is also easily covered up with some makeup.
Avoiding Heavy Exercise
You will see the difference right away, but it is important that you do not touch the area when you admire it in the mirror. Be sure to avoid scratching, massaging or picking at the injection site. After injection, you may be advised to stay upright for the first few hours as well. It is important that you avoid heavy aerobic exercise for the first day after the procedure, as exercise can make redness and swelling worse.
At least until the swelling and redness has resolved, you should avoid intense heat on the injection site. This means avoiding cooking with open fire, sun tanning, saunas, and hot tubs. You can also apply sunscreen and makeup on the injection area, but remember to use a gentle cleanser when you do wash off the makeup.
Other Things to Remember
You should also avoid taking anything that might increase blood flow to the treatment area. If there is pain or tenderness, you should be able to treat it with minor painkillers or NSAIDS. Pre- and post-treatment, you should avoid alcohol intake as well.
When You Should Seek Immediate Medical Treatment
A vast majority of cases will not encounter severe infection or side effects. However, you should seek medical assistance immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Discolouration in areas that were not injected
- Blanching of injected site
- Injected area hot to touch
- Pus and uncommon swelling
- Severe or increasing pain
We Can Help!
Treating dark eye circles and fine lines with tear trough filler requires technique and skills, tailored to each unique individual. If you want tear trough filler treatments, you should consider a detailed examination by a qualified medical practitioner.
Our qualified doctors customise suitable treatment plans based on your skin type and condition.
If you are tired of seeing dark eye circles and fine lines forming on your face, SL Aesthetic Clinic can provide you with the necessary diagnosis and treatment to alleviate your aesthetic concerns. Call us now at 6235 3246, or Whatsapp us at 9850 7112.