Tear Troughs/Dark Circles Improvement

One of our most popular treatments, the correction of tear troughs, involves the gentle but precise application of dermal fillers.

Treatment Information
Treatment time: 30 mins May possibly require a second treatment after 1 month
Review: Discretionary review after 4 weeks
Duration of results: 9-12 months
Down time: Can return to work immediately, following treatment
Anaesthetic: Topical
Side effects: None to minimal: possible bruising, possible swelling

Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by genetics, lack of sleep or a poor diet. They can also be part of the natural ageing process during which the soft tissue below the eyes begins to lose volume. Our eyes are the focal point of our face and the register of our expressions and sentiments. It is no wonder that our clients are often most concerned about sunken, tired, hollowed looking eyes and their ageing effect.

One of our most popular treatments, the correction of tear troughs, which Laurie (as aesthetic nurse pioneer in this area)  has been performing since its inception outside the realms of oculoplastic eye surgeons 8 years ago.

Tear trough restoration involves the gentle but precise application of dermal fillers with a very fine needle and cannula in the hollows just under the eyes. The procedure adds instant volume, creating eye rejuvenation and brightness and lifting the whole face.

Due to the delicate nature of this area, tear troughs are widely considered to be the most technically demanding of all the injectable treatments. Yet because of the high volume of excellent, and very natural looking results Laurie achieves in this area, it is one of the injectable procedures that she is most renowned for. Unsurprisingly it is also the one that clients from far afield keep coming back for, earning her the name of Eye Queen by many.

*Please note that results may vary from client to client depending on various considerations such as age, lifestyle and medical background.

Before & After

Tear Troughs FAQ

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are soft tissue fillers that are injected into the skin to soften lines and wrinkles. They can also be used to replace lost facial volume, define features and create a fuller lip. The majority of fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance found in the body that binds water and gives skin volume.

Are fillers safe?

Yes, dermal fillers have been used for many years, resulting in millions of successful treatments. Providing carried out by an experienced, qualified and highly trained in facial anatomy medical professional. We predominantly use Juvérderm ® and Restylane® which are both FDA approved.

Who is not a candidate for fillers?

It is advised that anyone with a previous allergic reaction to dermal fillers should avoid this treatment. Dermal fillers should also not be used in areas that have recently suffered from inflammation, trauma other skin related problems. Pregnancy and breast feeding is a total contra indication for all cosmetic treatments.

What should I consider prior to treatment?

We advise you to avoid blood thinners (alcohol, aspirin, Vitamin E) for 2 days prior to your treatment as thin blood increases the risk of bruising at the injection site. Taking Arnica tablets before treatment will also reduce the risk of bruising.

Will dermal filler injections hurt?

Dermal fillers can be slightly uncomfortable, depending on the depth of the injection required. However, the majority of dermal fillers contain a local anaesthetic which minimises discomfort. We can also use numbing creams.

When will I see results?

You will see the results immediately with further improvement in the vitality of the skin developing over 1-4 weeks.

What are the side effects?

There may occasionally be slight swelling, redness, bruising or bleeding at the injection site, however the use of a cannula can greatly reduce the chance of bruising. Any side effects are usually temporary and disappear within a few days. Due to the sensitivity of the lips however, recovery time is usually 24-48 hours with swelling, bruising and tenderness lasting up to a week.

What after care do you recommend?

The vast majority of clients will not experience any symptoms following treatment. However, in the instances of bruising, swelling or redness we recommend the application of a cold compress.

Arnica cream can also reduce bruising. Generally we recommend that you let the area settle immediately after the procedure and avoid touching it. Additionally we advise that you don’t have facial treatments for the next 24-48 hours and avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol, heat or excessive exposure during the following 6-10 hours directly after treatment.

How long do dermal fillers last?

One of the advantages of dermal filler is that although the effects are long lasting, they are not permanent. The effects generally last between 6-12 months, but are dependent on a range of factors such as the area treated, the skin type and condition and also the metabolism of the client.

Can dermal fillers be removed?

Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvéderm may be rapidly dissolved with the enzyme hyaluronidase. However it is rare for a client to request this following treatment by a reputable practitioner.