What causes dark circles?
Dark circles can be due to a number of reasons.
Excessive pigmentation in dark skinned people;
Visible blood vessels in pale skinned individuals;
Hollowing - Many people complain about dark circles under the eyes. Quite often this is due to a 'dip' or 'trough' under the eye that casts a shadow and gives a tired look. This hollow or ridge running from the inner corner of the eye is known as a Tear Trough. This can be corrected using the Tear Trough procedure. This condition can be hereditary, part of the normal ageing process, or following lower eyelid surgery when too much fat has been removed or a combinations of all the above.
The Tear Trough procedure only addresses the hollowing and not any of the causes of dark circles. Your practitioner will be able to identify what category you fall into and whether the Tear Trough procedure is suitable for you.
If my dark circles are caused by pigmentation or a vascular condition what can I do?
Pigmentation can be caused by many factors including stress, illness, medication and it can be hereditary and is very often seen in darker Asian skins. Pigmentation can be corrected and improved using specialist prescription only topical creams that will suppress the pigmentation and lighten the skin.
Do I need any special aftercare?
No special aftercare is required except normal hygiene precautions. You are also advised to avoid excessive facial expression and laughing for 24-48 hours.
Who is the procedure suitable for?
Both men and women can suffer with this condition making them look tired and drawn. This procedure can rejuvenate the eye area as well as reduce the appearance of dark circles.
How does the procedure work?
A fine grade hyaluronic filler is injected into the deeper part of the Tear Trough and this fills the hollow. Once filled, the area appears flat and the light reflects off the skin evenly correcting dark shadows.
Following your initial procedure we then ask that you return 4-6 weeks for a review. It may be that during this second visit we 'top up' the area to ensure a full correction is achieved. We advise you to book both sessions at the same time. We regret that we are unable to carry out the top up session more than 8 weeks following the initial procedure. If more treatment is required after this time a fee will be charged.
Will it hurt?
You may think that this area under the eye would be very sensitive and painful. However the patients treated suggest that the discomfort is minimal. Topical anaesthetic can be applied prior to the procedure if required.
Are there any side effects?
With any injectable procedure there is the risk of bruising and this can last up to 2 weeks and in some cases even longer, however this is very rare. There may be mild swelling and redness but this will resolve within a few days and can be disguised using make up.
What will I look like immediately after the treatment?
You may look like you have been crying and a little swollen. There is a risk of bruising and this may not appear for several days after the treatment but again can usually be covered easily with make up.
Is there a risk of an allergic reaction?
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers have extremely low instances of allergic responses. Allergic reactions and risks associated with the procedure will be discussed with the practitioner during the consultation. In the event that there are any problems this product can be dissolved.
When will I see results?
You will see immediate results and once the initial swelling and redness has resolved we can top up the trough if required to ensure the very best correction.
How long will it last?
The effects can last anywhere from 6 - 12 months. The area under the eyes is reasonably static and this can cause the product to last longer
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What is a Tear Trough?
The area between the lower eyelid and upper cheek is referred to as the 'Tear Trough', as we age these change in appearance becoming longer, deeper and more shadowed. This is a normal part of the ageing process but gives the impression of being tired and less youthful looking.
How is the area treated?
Various factors contribute to this formation and your practitioner may suggest a treatment plan that includes strengthening the upper cheek to support the area as well as treating the Tear Trough itself for the best cosmetic result. These treatments are delivered with dermal fillers for a soft and natural correction. The strength of the skin in this area is another factor to consider and you may be recommended a treatment to improve the quality of the skin ranging from a topical treatment to radio frequency skin tightening.
How much does the procedure cost?
from - £250