Of the many skin imperfections that dog people, tear troughs are some of the most common. These are fat bulges that generally appear between the lower eyelid and the cheek. They are also commonly referred to as eye bags, and give the impression that someone is tired and sleep-deprived. They usually detract a lot from one’s appearance. This can erode one’s self-confidence a great deal.
Many factors play a role in the occurrence of the troughs. One of the key factors is age. Generally, as people grow older, their bodies produce less collagen, which results in sagging of the skin on the face as well as the appearance of hollows. Genetics also determine whether or not one will get tear troughs. If members of your family have been afflicted by tear troughs, chances are rather high that you too will get them.
Even though the two major factors that influence the occurrence of tear troughs are way beyond your control, there are a few treatment methods that can help minimize their appearance. The two most common treatment methods are surgical treatment and the use of dermal fillers. Many people prefer these treatment methods because they provide instant results. Topical creams are also a potent treatment method, although people tend to overlook it.
Here is all you need to know about the various treatment options that are open to you and the pros and cons of each:
Dermal fillers are one of the most preferred treatments for hollows on the face, regardless of what causes them. Normally, the fillers contain Hyaluronic acid. The acid attracts water rapidly, and this gives volume to the affected areas on the face. This in turn evens out the face, and the tear troughs become less conspicuous. Dermal fillers can last for a few years without the need to be replaced.
While dermal fillers are an effective way to get rid of tear troughs, they have a few downsides as well. The most common disadvantage of getting dermal fillers is that it is hard to determine exactly how much of the acid should be injected to the area around the cheek. Because the acid works by attracting water, sometimes it might attract too much water and make an already bad situation worse. The lack of uniformity may also cause you a lot of distress.
The good news is that excess Hyaluronic can be easily dealt with. All you need is to have Hyaluronidase injected into the affected area and it will dissolve the excess acid. Additionally, in the unlikely event that your body reacts negatively to the filler, the effects can be easily reversed by the use of Hyaluronidase. All in all, the use of dermal fillers is one of the most effective ways to deal with tear troughs.
Surgical treatment for tear troughs generally involves fat transfer to the hollows around the troughs. This requires a minor surgery, usually a liposuction. Fat is usually sourced from other parts of the body, mostly the abdomen, and then placed in the hollow. The fat then adds volume to the hollow, which in turn evens out the face.
Like dermal fillers, the greatest challenge with surgical treatment for tear troughs is knowing exactly how much fat to transfer to the hollows. If too much fat is placed there, then the hollow will bulge out on its own and the unevenness can be quite a bother. Most surgeons will deal with this by transferring a little less than the required amount of fat to the affected area.
Surgical treatment is considered a permanent treatment for tear troughs. Better still, the volume of fat does not fluctuate as is the case with dermal fillers.
However, there are downsides to choosing surgery as treatment for tear troughs. These are:
- Surgical treatment of tear troughs is rather invasive, which is why many people are reluctant to choose it.
- It also carries with it the usual risks of surgery, such as infection and excessive bleeding. Nevertheless, this is a rather minor surgery so such risks are relatively minimal.
Topical creams are one of the best treatment methods for tear troughs. They work a lot like dermal fillers in the sense that they use moisture to plump out the hollows created by tear troughs. Most creams used to treat the troughs have strong moisturizing properties, which makes them exceedingly effective at the job.
The greatest advantage that creams have over other treatment methods is that they are not invasive. With creams, you do not have to worry about infections or excessive bleeding, and neither do you have to put up with painful side effects for ages. Moreover, the creams are also reasonably priced, which is something that can hardly be said of other treatment methods.
The greatest con of using creams to treat tear troughs is that they do not produce instant results. You will need to consistently use the creams in order to see any results. For most people, this can be quite discouraging. Additionally, the creams are not really effective in treating deep hollows. For the larger bulges, you would be better off turning to another treatment method.
There is no denying that tear troughs can cause you a lot of distress. Not only are they unappealing to look at, but they also give the impression that you are tired and haggard. Fortunately, there are a number of methods that can be used to treat the troughs. Topical creams are a great treatment method for tear troughs. Generally, the moisturizing agent in the creams works to attract water to the skin. This then adds volume to the hollows thus evening out the skin on the face. However, using topical creams requires a lot of patience and consistency. The changes on your face may be gradual and subtle, but you can rest assured that eventually, the bulges will disappear.
Apart from topical creams, you can also choose to get fillers to treat the troughs. Like the creams, fillers contain Hyaluronic acid that helps to plump out the hollows around the cheeks. Alternatively, you can also choose to undergo a liposuction whereby fat is transferred to the hollows to plump them out. All these methods have pros and cons, and you have to weigh them carefully in order to choose the method that suits you best.