Sunken eyes or “tear troughs” are common names for the hollow lines that develop from the inner corner of the eye to the lower cheek. While they do not pose any medical issues, they might be a cosmetic concern for some who are self-conscious about their age because the hollow areas under the eyes with flattened cheeks are indications of ageing. Ageing can also cause the loss of collagen and natural hyaluronic acid, leading to natural padding around the eyes to sag and droop outwards. These prominent eye bags can make you appear older than you really are, and those who are concerned about ageing might lose their self-esteem because of how conspicuous they are.
There are now non-invasive and non-surgical options to remedy these cosmetic concerns. The non-surgical nature of these treatments means that there is very little downtime, so patients are able to resume their normal daily activities soon after their treatment session. Under eye fillers, sometimes also known as tear trough fillers, are suitable for those who want to look younger by getting rid of their tear troughs or eye bags without having to go through painful and invasive surgical procedures. Instead, these dermal fillers improve your appearance by adding some volume to the area and allowing the skin to stretch so that the area does not appear hollow, giving you a more refreshed look.
These under eye fillers contain hyaluronic acid, which is a safe, natural, and bio-degradable substance that is already found in your connective tissues, making under eye treatments effective even without the need for invasive surgical procedures. While hyaluronic acid fillers, which are colourless, are suitable for patients of all skin types, they might not be recommended for those with certain medical conditions, including those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
A consultation with Dr Lee Mun Heng at Cambridge Medical Group is recommended before you proceed with any treatment. It is only during a consultation that Dr Lee, who is a trained expert in his field, would be able to examine your specific condition. He can also give advice tailored to your needs, and answer questions that you may have about the safety and efficacy of the under eye filler treatment.
At Cambridge, every step is taken to ensure the safety and comfort of our patients. One can only undergo the eye filler treatment if it is deemed suitable after a thorough consultation with Dr Lee. You should also avoid consuming alcohol, vitamin E supplements, aspirin, and fish oil supplements in the days before the treatment.
A topical anaesthesia cream will be applied for 15-20 minutes on the treatment area underneath your eye before the treatment begins to make it a more painless and comfortable experience for you. After the anaesthesia has taken its full effect, the dermal filler will be injected to the area under your area. This is where the experience of the doctor is important because a high level of accuracy is required for a natural-looking treatment outcome. When done properly, the tear trough area of the under eye will be filled up to ensure that the area that surrounds the is no longer hollow and aged looking. Recovery creams can then be added to the treatment area to accelerate the recovery process so that you can continue your daily life activities with minimal downtime. The non-invasive nature of the under eye filler treatment means that there will only be a few discreet injection marks, and these small marks will recover in less than 2 days. Those who are self-conscious about this may also apply makeup on the affected area to conceal the marks during recovery, making this treatment ideal for those who want to resume their daily activities immediately after the treatment.
Improvements are visible immediately after the dermal fillers at injected underneath your eyes. The accurate and more natural-looking results of the under eye filler treatment will only come 1-3 days after the treatment when the swelling subsides. Avoiding substances like alcohol and activities like exercise for the 12 hours after the treatment will also reduce the risk of swelling or bruising in the treatment area. The results can last up to 12 months, but this depends on individual factors, such as smoking habits, metabolism, and individual medical conditions.