In the UK, cosmetic surgery procedures are not as popular as they once were - but that doesn't mean that the aesthetic treatment business is in decline. A new, different trend is emerging in the form of non-surgical procedures, which allow treatments to be performed surgery-free. Aesthetic medicine is constantly advancing and developing new ways to approach cosmetic treatments. Here we learn how eye bags, a common sign of ageing, can be tackled through needles rather than going under the knife.
What are tear troughs?
Tear troughs, or eye bags, are depressions which run from the side of the nose and under the eye. As we age, these depressions worsen as the skin sags and facial fat reduces. This can give the appearance of dark circles and eye bags, which many seek to combat. In the past it was believed only surgery could correct tear troughs, with no effective treatment for dark circles under the eyes. However, advances in aesthetic medicine now mean there are non-surgical solutions for problematic eyebags.
What is tear trough treatment?
Tear trough treatment uses dermal fillers (soft tissue injections used to fill in facial wrinkles), injecting deep into the skin just above the orbital bone. The injection is made many times, using a multiple puncture technique to carefully mould and shape the dermal fillers, massaging along the way. The procedure can take just ten minutes, and results are instantaneous.
Is this cosmetic procedure for eyebags safe?
Modern fillers such as the hyaluronic acid used in this procedure are non-permanent, meaning any problems can be easily corrected, unlike in surgery where results are permanent. The types of hyaluronic acid used in the procedure are biocompatible and biodegradable, which means they are not harmful to the body and can be broken down naturally. There are estimates that over 9 million treatments have been carried out over the world, with great success and low risk.
Side effects can include redness, bruising, and swelling, which are usually insignificant and will die down a few days after procedure. Bruising can easily be covered with make-up.
Why choose non-surgical eyebag removal over a surgical procedure?
There are several advantages to choosing a non-surgical tear trough procedure. There is no surgical scarring, and a quick recovery time. Most patients can get on with their daily routine straight after procedure, meaning no time off work is required. The patient is fully awake for the procedure and does not need to spend time in hospital, as it is not performed under general anaesthesia and is a daytime procedure. Results of this treatment are often more natural than surgical procedure, and can last up to 18 months.