Is Tear Trough Filler For You?

Thinking about having tear trough filler (under-eye filler) but don’t know if you are ready to commit or even eligible for the treatment? We talk about some of the frequently asked (and not) questions, what the procedure involves, side effects and more…

We all dread waking up in the morning and seeing dark circles or bags under our eyes. For some people this is just a temporary result of not getting enough sleep or partying too hard, and a good night sleep is sure to improve your tired appearance. However some of us are stuck with dark under eyes no matter how much sleep we get! But where does it come from and how can this be fixed?

Under-eye filler to reduce eye bags on a male patient

The Cause of Tear Troughs

The skin around the eyes is extremely delicate, it is actually thinner than the skin anywhere else on your face. Tear troughs are the result of structural changes that occur as we age and experience fat and bone loss, however in some cases people may have tear troughs in their early 20s. This is not to say that they have aged faster, or that the face has undergone significant structural changes, it is simply the structure of their bone and fat pads around the eyes.

As we age our face loses volume due to subcutaneous fat loss, thinning of bone and thinning of skin. As a result, the eye area can appear hollow and sunken.

More specific to the eye area, cheek volume decreases and the fat pads near our eyes can slip, causing bulging or ‘bags’. Combined with the above volume loss; moderate to deep permanent depressions appear between the lower eyelid and cheek.

What can be done about tear troughs?

Fortunately there are non-surgical treatments that can help with the issue if it concerns you!

Tear trough fillers are dermal fillers, we use hyaluronic acid based dermal fillers due to the outstanding results and safety profile. Dermal fillers are injected into the under-eye area to restore volume and reduce the appearance of dark circles and sunken eyes. It is an effective way to wake up tired looking eyes and restore youthfulness without the downtime associated with surgical options. Who doesn’t want that?

Use of blunt tip cannula vs hypodermic needle (credit: ESLA White Labs)

Can anyone have tear trough filler?

Not everybody is eligible for under eye filler, if you are concerned about dark under eyes or think you may have a depression under your eyes, book a consultation with your cosmetic injector to discuss treatment options.

The under eye area is extremely complex, ensure that your injector is highly trained and uses the correct product as there are risks associated with the treatment.

For more information on dermal fillers and our wonderful cosmetic injectors visit our clinic for a free consultation with a registered nurse.

Answered: Can Filler Be Removed?

Can Filler Be Removed?

Dermal filler injections are an increasingly popular way to temporarily smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, restore youthful volume to an aging face, and enhance contours without surgery and the lengthy recovery time associated.

In the hands of a registered nurse at Dermaq Aesthetics, dermal filler injections will produce natural looking results in the safest way possible. However, even in the best hands patients occasionally have less than perfect outcomes with dermal fillers. Choosing a highly skilled injector with extensive training and knowledge can definitely help you avoid mistakes that are more common with less experienced practitioners, such as overfilling and asymmetry.

Sometimes adverse events happen that are out of the control of the cosmetic injector, such as the client’s body rejecting the filler, resulting in prolonged swelling or lumpiness. This is extremely rare with the dermal fillers used at Dermaq Aesthetics because they are made of synthetic hyaluronic acid, which we naturally have in our bodies! Other side effects such as infection or nodules are rare, but can occur. And, sometimes you may decide that fillers just aren’t for you after all!

Lip filler is a reversible procedure and can be dissolved with the proper solution. Your body will also break it down naturally over time.

Can Dermal Fillers Be Reversed?

If you aren’t completely happy with your result, the good news is that your cosmetic injector can make corrections to improve the result. There are a number of ways that your dermal filler can be improved depending on the severity.

Massage the area of concern

If you are experiencing mild to moderate lumpiness or a slight asymmetry, your injector can often resolve this by massaging the area of concern. Make sure you contact your cosmetic injector about this so they can advise you on what to do, and we will generally get you to come into the clinic so we can assess and resolve the issue. Never massage the area without first talking to your injector!

Dissolving the hyaluronic acid dermal filler

Hyaluronic acid fillers that we use at Dermaq Aesthetics can be partially or completely removed with a product called hyaluronidase. When injected into the affected areas, hyaluronidase dissolves the dermal filler to correct issues such as:

  1. Overfilling 
  2. Excessive swelling
  3. Infection at the treatment site
  4. Lumps that have not been resolved with massage
  5. Vascular compromise which occurs when filler is injected inside or too close to a blood vessel (artery), interfering with the flow of blood. This is extremely rare, but important to talk about with your injector

What If I Don’t Want To Have My Filler Dissolved?

Keep in mind that hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are temporary and over time they will naturally dissolve as your body metabolizes the product. However, if you are experiencing pain, unusual colour, sensation or swelling, contact your cosmetic injector as soon as possible as these are signs of vascular compromise or infection.

Do your research!

Filler done well can have a huge positive impact.

Choose a cosmetic injector with the knowledge and experience to give you the best possible experience and outcome! Make sure that your injector has the relevant training and qualifications, such as an AHRPA registration. It is always a good idea to ask if the clinic stocks the product which can dissolve filler before you go ahead with any treatment.

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What is the Difference Between Anti-Wrinkle and Dermal Filler?

They are two of the most sought after non-surgical cosmetic treatments, but do you really know the difference between the two, and what is right for you?

What are anti-wrinkle injections?

Anti-wrinkle injections are most commonly used to combat signs of ageing, particularly line formation that results from muscle movement and facial expression. 

Anti-wrinkle injections are made from a naturally occurring protein, and as the name suggests, are used to temporarily reduce contraction of the injected facial muscle, therefore stopping the creation of lines that appear when we move our face.

Where can anti-wrinkle injections be used?

Anti-wrinkle injections can be used in a number of areas, for a number of reasons. Their main use is to relax the muscles of the face and neck, therefore reducing the formation of lines, which over time become permanent wrinkles.

Common areas on the face to treat include:

  1. Crow’s feet
  2. Frown lines
  3. Forehead lines
  4. Bunny lines 

Anti-wrinkle injections are also used to treat excessive sweating of the hands and underarms, jaw clenching or grinding, and migraines. To find out what areas we treat with anti-wrinkle injections, click here.

A Dermaq Aesthetics patient before and after anti-wrinkle injections (demonstrated is range of movement, the reduction of which reduces the appearance and formation of fine lines and wrinkles.)

What is the difference between anti-wrinkle injections and dermal filler?

Anti-wrinkle injections work by relaxing muscles that cause permanent wrinkle formation. When you repeatedly smile or frown, the fine lines that form can become permanent over time. Your skin has memory, and in the long term you will have fewer and less noticeable lines and creases when you have been treated with anti-wrinkle injections regularly.

Dermal fillers on the other hand are used to volumize, contour and fill out wrinkles. If you have a permanent line, which is still visible when your face is relaxed, dermal filler can be used to fill in the crease so the wrinkle is not as prominent. Dermal filler is commonly used to plump the lips, define the jawline and contour the cheek bones.

Dermal fillers are made from a naturally occurring substance called hyaluronic acid. Our bodies actually make and store hyaluronic acid naturally, however as we age our stores deplete. Dermal fillers are used to inject volume and restore the sunken or sagging appearance on the face.

When will I notice the results?

You will start to notice results from anti-wrinkle injections approximately 3-5 days after treatment, however it can take up to 14 days for you to see the full effect.

Unlike anti-wrinkle injections, the results from dermal fillers are instant. In an area subject to moderate swelling, such as the lips, it may take around 7 days for the final result to be apparent once swelling and bruising have settled. 

How long will they last?

Anti-wrinkle injections last 3-4 months, and as the effect wears off your muscles will regain full movement and create the lines and creases again.

Dermal filler lasts much longer than anti-wrinkle, lasting anywhere between 6 and 18 months depending on the thickness and location. 

How do I know what to get?

The best thing to do is speak to a qualified cosmetic injector who will complete a facial assessment and determine your eligibility for treatment. If you are wanting more volume and/or definition, then dermal fillers would be worth talking about with your injector. If you are concerned about pesky lines sticking around, then anti-wrinkle injections could be suitable. We recommend that you book in for a complimentary consultation with one of our highly skilled cosmetic injectors here