As we age, our skin naturally begins to produce less collagen and hyaluronic acid. Manifesting as dark circles or bags under our eyes, thinning skin under the eye can make the area appear sunken or hollow. The fatty tissue that used to be present in this area slowly diminishes, causing the area to lose its youthful fullness and elasticity.
The undereye area can start to look sunken or start to droop and sag. When combined with dark circles, this can make you appear older and perpetually tired, even on your best days. Many people develop this facial flaw, which can be genetic – but you no longer must live with it. At Criswell & Criswell, we offer several treatments to create a refreshed, healthy look to the tear trough area.
At your consultation with our Charlotte, North Carolina facial plastic surgery clinic, our surgeon will discuss the various options to rejuvenate your facial appearance, which may include:
- PRP injections
- Dermal filler injections
What is the Tear Trough?
The tear trough is the indentation beneath the eye, beginning at the inside corner of your eye and continuing down and out above your cheek bone. This delicate area just beneath the eye is one of the first facial areas to be impacted by the reduction in natural skin plumping nutrients such as collagen and hyaluronic acid.
How can the Tear Trough be Treated?
The tear trough is a completely normal part of our facial anatomy. It provides contour to the face and eye area, allowing the face to be balanced and harmonious. When the face begins to age, losing fullness in the skin surrounding the delicate eye area, the use of PRP (platelet rich plasma) can trigger the body’s natural regenerative process, rebuild lost collagen for firmer, plumper skin, restoring the sunken appearance of tear troughs.
Filler Injections: Tear Trough Treatment
Advanced dermal fillers, when injected with skill, can be an effective treatment to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and correct the appearance of a sunken undereye area. To produce a smoother, younger look to the face, a specially formulated dermal filler will be meticulously injected into the tear trough area to subtly restore lost volume for a more youthful facial appearance.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work for Tear Troughs?
Dermal fillers can be injected into the tear trough can restore lost volume reducing the appearance of dark circles, lines, and wrinkles. The beauty of this treatment is that it is non-surgical, non-invasive, and takes only minutes to perform. The result can be a dramatic improvement to your overall facial appearance.
Injections of dermal fillers do not require recovery or downtime, and you may resume your daily activities immediately following treatment. Your facial appearance will continue to improve in the weeks following treatment. If your treatment involves PRP tear trough injections will require more patience, as the cells in the undereye area are triggered to produce more collagen and elastin.
Recovery from Tear Trough Injections
Patients who have received tear trough injections may experience mild redness, bruising, and minor swelling at the injection site for a few days following treatment. During the first few hours after injections, patients are advised to remain upright to allow the filler to settle into place. A cold compress may be used to help limit and reduce any swelling, bruising, or redness, all of which will soon diminish. Results from tear trough injections in Charlotte can last up to twelve months and beyond.
PRP for Tear Trough Rejuvenation
Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, may be used in combination with dermal fillers to treat delicate area under the eye and provide added volume. PRP is obtained from a simple blood draw. The blood is then placed in centrifuge, separating the red blood cells from the platelets and plasma which contain natural growth factors to stimulate healing and cell regeneration. PRP stimulates the area to produce greater amounts of collagen, so the tear trough zone is plumped naturally.
Your tear trough treatment will be customized and may include the use of dermal fillers or PRP injections. The goal is to treat dark circles and restore a refreshed, rested, youthful facial appearance. The first step is to evaluate the quality and flexibility of the skin beneath your eyes.