The tear troughs or the under eye hollows are a commonly troublesome, yet poorly understood area of the face. The tear trough is the groove or hollow, visible at the junction between the lower eyelid and the cheek. The prominence of these natural hollows under instantly ages the face and gives a haggard appearance, whether it is due to the natural facial structure and deep set eyes, or the loss of skin collagen or fat in this region. The loss of underlying collagen and fat occur with ageing, weight loss etc.
Deep set eyes are a common facial feature, which causes a shadowing effect under the eyes giving the false impression of dark circles. Treatments targeted at pigmentation would not improve the concern in such patients. However, filling out of the hollow reduces these shadows, thus treating the ‘dark circles’. Treatment of the periorbital region requires great skill, attention to detail and expertise. It is essential to undergo the treatment with an experienced cosmetic practitioner for good results and utmost safety.
Fillers are a class of injectable products usually containing the protein hyaluronic acid (naturally present in our skin) that are used to correct static wrinkles, loss of volume and for aesthetic facial contouring. Various fillers are available in the market today. Of these, cross linked hyaluronic acid fillers are best suited to treatment of tear troughs, due to their smoother texture.
Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox Cosmetic recently launched a new dermal filler called Volbella in their Juvederm range of US FDA approved fillers. Juvederm Volbella employs advanced Vycross technology for cross linkage of hyaluronic acid (a protein naturally present in the skin) for increased fluidity of product and natural looking results. With the use of this technology one can achieve smoother, natural looking results with lower risk of bruising and longer lasting results. Furthermore, the addition of anaesthesia in Volbella makes the treatment virtually painless while giving immediate results. The treatment takes about fifteen minutes and the results last for up to two years.
The Juvederm Volbella and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC are US FDA approved dermal fillers that are best suited for treatment of lips and under eye region for men and women alike. Filler treatments for tear troughs are a quick fix giving instant visible improvement and a rejuvenated, rested appearance.