As we age the junction between the lower eyelids and the cheeks can become hollow leading to a tired, aging appearance. This is called the tear trough, and it slopes from the inner corner of the eye towards the cheek. These tear troughs are often genetic, rather than a result of aging. Deep tear troughs can lead to hollowing, dark circles leading to an aged, tired appearance. The appearance of deep, dark, tear troughs can be exacerbated by other factors including lack of sleep, stress, weight loss.
Tear trough hollowness can often be associated with large protruding eye bags. In this case, the issue is better treated using surgical removal of the bags (lower lid blepharoplasty). If the tear troughs are not associated with eye bags, then injecting small amounts of dermal fillers into the tear troughs can be very beneficial.
It is critical that any tear tough filler procedure is performed by a highly trained and experienced Doctor who has thorough knowledge of facial anatomy. The lower eyelid area is a very complex and intricate area with some very crucial blood vessels and nerves nearby. Injection of dermal fillers can lead to complications such as pain, swelling, and bruising which are usually mild and temporary. If the fillers are injected too superficially then they may become visible causing prolonged swelling and a Tyndall effect (visible bluish hue). Catastrophic complications include blindness, or major vascular trauma leading to skin necrosis, are extremely rare, but highlight that procedures have to be performed by a trained, competent Cosmetic specialist.
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