How to Get Rid of Tear Troughs – Is Surgery the Only Option?

 In Aesthetics, Blog, Tear Trough Injections

Our face is one of the first places to show signs of aging and tear troughs are one of the biggest culprits. These under-eye hollows can significantly impact your appearance and age you beyond your years. If you’ve been wondering how to get rid of tear troughs, you may be thinking surgery is the only option but there is a non-surgical alternative – dermal fillers. Before we explain how dermal fillers can reduce and potentially eliminate tear troughs, let’s take a look at what causes them. 

What Causes Tear Troughs?

Tear troughs are the indentations that run from the inner corner of your eye down to the top of your cheek. They are normal anatomical features, but for some people, they can be more pronounced, causing them to look tired or even sad. 

There are a few different reasons why some people have more pronounced tear troughs than others. One common cause is genetics. If your parents or grandparents had tear troughs, you’re more likely to have them as well. 

Tear troughs can also be caused by volume loss in the area around the eyes. As we age, we lose fat and collagen in our skin, which can lead to a sunken-in appearance beneath the eyes. So, if you’re noticing more pronounced tear troughs as you get older, this is likely why. A very common cause of tear troughs is the loss of deep fat in the anterior cheek, which loses volume and support with age. In many cases, treating the cheek will eliminate the tear trough. 

How to Get Rid of Tear Troughs

If your tear troughs are an inherited family trait, you may just assume that surgery is the only option as it was for your parents or grandparents. However, if you prefer not to have unnecessary surgery but are tired of trying to cover up your tear troughs with concealer, there is another option – dermal fillers.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectable gel-like substances that can smooth or fill out areas of skin. Most are a combination of substances found naturally in the body like hyaluronic acid and synthetic biodegradable material. The use of dermal fillers for a variety of aesthetic treatments, including how to get rid of tear troughs,  is approved by the FDA.

What to Expect

Treating tear troughs with dermal fillers such as Juvederm Volbella or Vollure is a non-invasive procedure that can be done with a needle or a cannula. The tip of the cannula is blunt as opposed to the sharp point of a needle. At Vive, we use a cannula to reduce the possibility of piercing a blood vessel. The dermal filler is injected between the muscle and skin of the lower eyelid. It is then gently smoothed out, restoring volume to the under-eye area and reducing or eliminating the appearance of hollow tear troughs. 

The number of injections needed to achieve the desired results depends on the depth of the tear troughs. Severe tear troughs typically require one syringe of filler for each eye. Less severe troughs typically require only a single syringe divided between both eyes.

There is virtually no downtime with tear trough injections. While you may experience mild swelling or bruising in the injection area causing social downtime, you can immediately return to your normal activities the next day.

Are the Results Permanent? 

Unlike surgery, dermal filler injections for tear trough treatments do not provide permanent results. However, they do allow you to avoid any of the potential risks involved with surgical procedures and eliminate recovery time. The longevity of tear trough injections will vary depending on the individual but in most cases, the results last at least a few years.


Are Tear Trough Injections Right for You?

Stop wondering how to get rid of tear troughs and schedule a consultation.

 At Vive Aesthetics and Wellness, we evaluate your skin’s condition and take your health and medical history into consideration to determine whether or not tear trough injections are the right choice for you. Schedule your consultation today and take one step closer to a more youthful appearance.


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