Tear Trough

One of the most obvious signs of ageing is changes to the thin skin in the area just underneath the eyes. Some people inherit genetic tendencies to dark circles or deformities in this area, (known as the ‘tear trough’); others develop them as a consequence of natural ageing. Dark circles, the shadowy grooves under the eye, are usually the result of reduced blood circulation. Blood with a low oxygenation level looks bluer/purple, and as the skin under the eye is so thin you can actually see the darkness through the skin layer.


Tear trough treatments are suitable for anyone who feels that they look tired and drawn with obvious dark circles.

Procedure time
30 - 45 mins
Back to normal
Recovery time
Duration of results
Up to 12 months
Discomfort level
No. of treatments
Cost from
€450 - €1610

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What are Tear Troughs?

Dark circles or hollows under the eyes known as tear troughs are a common problem. It can make you look tired and aged. The factors which contribute to “dark circles” are volume loss under the eye giving a hollow appearance and excessive laxity of lower eyelid skin. Often tear troughs are more noticeable in darker skin types i.e., Asians and African patients due to darker skin pigmentation.

It is important to note that dermal fillers will improve the appearance of volume loss in this area, but will not treat pigmentation issues.

Product selection considerations

It is important to use non-permanent dermal fillers in this area. The gold standard for eye rejuvenation are fillers containing hyaluronic acid, a substance which occurs naturally in the skin. The effects of this treatment are apparent immediately. Dermal fillers when injected under the eye tend to last longer than in other areas. Therefore, the benefits of dermal filler tear trough treatments may last longer than you anticipate. It is worth mentioning that another benefit of using hyaluronic acid e.g., Restylane or Juvederm is that it can be easily dissolved if for some reason the area is over corrected.

Factors to consider when selecting your Injector
Injector experience and technique is vital when treating this area. The skin under the eye is very thin, therefore if too much product is injected it will show up as lumps.

What are the possible side-effects of tear trough treatment?

Some injection related side-effects can occur including swelling, redness and bruising. These side effects are temporary and usually resolve in a few days. The most common side-effect in this area is bruising because under the eye is a very vascular area. However, this can be minimised by using cannulae during the procedure and applying ice to the area immediately afterwards.

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