REVIEW: Do tear trough fillers work? The small procedure ‘less stressful than a dentist appointment’ that can get rid of those pesky dark circles
Injecting something under your eyes to stop your dark circles looking so defined can seem a bit extreme to some; but after Katy Perry admitted to undergoing the small procedure, tear trough fillers seem to have become the next best thing.
“I’ve done lasers and got [filler] injections under my eyes for the hallowing,” Katy Perry told Refinery29.
“Which I’d recommend for everyone who wants a solution for their dark circles."
But do they really work?
We sent Marie Sharpe down to check them out – and hopefully wave goodbye to those dark circles forever.
“You look so tired; did you struggle to sleep again last night?” my colleague asked me for perhaps the fifth or sixth time over the last few months.
I nodded, scolding myself for not putting on an extra layer of make-up that morning.
I’d had eight hours of sleep, I was hydrated, and I felt fine.
I wasn’t hurt by her words, though. For years I’ve dealt with deep, dark circles underneath my eyes, but they were notably worse as I entered my 30s.
YSL’s trusty Touché Eclat illuminating highlighter was barely even covering my dark circles anymore.
Having had enough of looking like a severely fatigued panda with a criminal record, I came across the notion of tear trough fillers last year. After spending hours online looking into the procedure, I was sold.
It involves treating the area under the eye to fill in hollowness, which causes the drained look I was so desperate to ditch once and for all.
It’s not like other filler treatments, which can change the shape of your face like your lips, cheekbones or jawline; it just adds the tiniest bit of volume to the concave area between your lower eyelids and upper cheeks to freshen it up.
I was set up with a consultation and appointment with Nurse Alice Jenkins at Harley Injectables in London. I hadn’t needed to do any prep before the procedure, but a quick Google search told me to avoid Ibuprofen in the few days beforehand, so I did.
At my appointment, Alice talked me through the process thoroughly, putting me at ease
She explained that she would be using Juvéderm, a non-animal-based product that includes hyaluronic acid, a naturally-processed chemical that the body can metabolise, so is among the least dangerous of substances.
She told me that the results could last from a year, and maybe even two years.
Alice also explained how she was going to put the fillers in. First, she would create tiny holes in my cheeks using a needle before inserting the filler using a minuscule cannula.
A cannula, she told me, is the safest way for the filler to go in, rather than with a needle. Because of its slightly bigger size, it is far less likely to go through a vein, which could lead to excessive bruising or infection.
The procedure itself was, honestly, less stressful and far less painful than a routine blood test. The office was bright and airy without being overly clinical, and Alice was friendly and conversational; there wasn’t an opportunity to even feel the slightest bit of trepidation.
A numbing cream was applied to my cheeks for 10 minutes. She then used a needle to create the small hole. Then, she put in the cannula with the filler. It felt like someone lightly prodding my face as she used her finger lightly to coax the substance into the right place.
The whole process took about five minutes for both eyes, and that was it. I can reliably say that going to the dentist for a standard check-up is worse.
I was advised not to drink alcohol that night, to avoid exercise for 24 hours and to not touch or put make-up on the pinprick holes on my cheeks for a day or so. That was it for the aftercare. No icing needed, no medication, no nothing.
I was scheduled to return 10 days later – two appointments are often needed for tear trough fillers, but not necessary.
I returned and the process was as swift as before and, after Alice had injected a tiny bit more of the filler into my tear troughs – giving me 0.8ml overall (not much is needed for such a delicate part of the face) – I looked more awake than I have since I was a child.
Since having the fillers, I truly feel confident to go make-up free for the first time in my adult life.
And I have never had so many compliments from people who can sort of see a difference in me but can’t really work out what it is until I tell them.
I’ve had people comment on how glowing I look, and how fresh and well-rested I am. Who knew that having a tiny bit of filler under my eyes could change my whole visage?
And the colleague who would often wonder if I’d managed to get any shut eye? She was shocked to silence.
Tear trough fillers at Harley Injectables with Nurse Alice Jenkins cost £550. Visit www.harleyinjectables.com for more information.
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