Tear Trough Filler: An Alternative To Surgical Procedure
The area between an individual’s nose and under the eye is referred to as the tear trough. Think about it as the area on your face where your tears glide through when you cry.
The ability for the eyes to be the main feature of the face make tear trough deformities very visible. This tends to occur with an increase in age. It begins at the inner corner of your eyes and goes down across your cheek creating a frustrating look. Some might even consider surgery, which is a drastic step with a long recovery and can be very expensive.
A tear trough filler is a safe and efficient alternative to surgery. So now you are caught in between the two options and wondering which one is better for you, which one will last longer with little or no side effects.
Tear Trough Filler
Hyaluronic acid tear trough fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are designed to be injected superficially. This method is a noninvasive, safe and efficient approach compared to the risks and potential complications of surgery.
The treatment can last from 1-2 years, depending on the patient. Lifestyle and skin type both play a significant role in how long the results last. When the result is becoming less visible, the treatment can be repeated and adjusted to suit the patient.
If required, the treatment can easily be reversed. The filler can be dissolved with another injection. Some bruising and redness are common but resolves within a week.
Surgical Treatments (blepharoplasty)
This procedure is the plastics surgery technique for correcting defects, deformities, and disfigurations of the Tear Trough. Fat is gotten from your lower eyelid via an incision to the inner part of the eyelid.
Patients usually have a longer recovery time after the operation. The common side effect is bruising and swelling which are usually worse on the day after the surgery. About two weeks after the surgery, the majority of the bruising and swelling disappears.
Just like it is with any surgery, blepharoplasty comes with its potential risks and complications which majorly includes scarring, bleeding, infections, dry eye, double vision and loss of vision.
So Which One Is Better?
Choosing a treatment option for the tear trough depends on the patient and the level of deformity. Some patients might not just want to go under the knife and would request for fillers while others will forgo fillers for surgery.
Financial consideration can also be a decisive factor. Surgery is more expensive, but the results tend to last longer while tear trough filler is less expensive and requires less time to perform, but in most cases, repeat treatment required. However, they are quick and efficient. What’s more? You spend far less than you would on surgery, and you can return to your daily activities immediately.
Consult a qualified professional to achieve your desired results. Always rely on a board certified plastic surgeon to confirm if you are a potential candidate for non-surgical procedures. They are also available to answer any questions and to make you aware of any potential risks or side effects.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our office. Dr. Sheffield has helped hundreds of patients by understanding their goal’s and finding the right procedures to meet their expectations. The goal is to improve physical appearance and achieve a better self image.