Having trouble getting rid of lingering wrinkles and creases around your eyes? Tear trough treatment might be just what you need to banish those under-eye bags for a younger, fresher appearance.

Here’s what you need to know about tear trough correction treatments: 


What Is Tear Trough Correction? 

Tear trough correction is a nonsurgical method of facial rejuvenation for men and women that utilizes an injectable filler treatment to restore volume to the tear trough area around the cheek and lower eyelid. 

Over time, we lose volume in this part of the face, and this can cause dark circles or sagging skin to form under the eyes. Tear trough filler treatment is designed to make the area look fuller, reducing its depth, and improving the appearance of facial tissues. 

Tear trough correction is a nonsurgical method of facial rejuvenation for men and women that utilizes an injectable filler treatment to restore volume to the tear trough area around the cheek and lower eyelid. 


Who’s an Ideal Candidate for Treatment? 

An ideal candidate for tear trough filler treatment will exhibit mild to moderate sagging under the eyes while still having healthy, thick skin.  

The treatment works best on those who are physically healthy, and those with an active skin infection in the area or a medical condition increasing their risk of complications should first consult their doctor. 

The treatment may be less effective for those with very thin skin, excessive skin, or fat beneath their eyes. It can also yield less results if you have very deep tear troughs, or especially dark circles around your eyes.


What to Expect From the Procedure

The process entails the injection of a dermal filler into the area around the eyes to make the skin appear fuller and tighter.

The doctor will assess the treatment area beforehand, and based on the texture and thickness of your skin, determine the best filler to use. 

The doctor starts by disinfecting the area and typically applying a topical anesthetic to reduce pain and prevent bruising. An ice pack may also be placed on your lower eyelids to numb the area. 

The filler is injected into the skin beneath the lower eyelid, and slowly and periodically withdrawn as the area is massaged to help spread the filler evenly. The doctor repeats this process on the other eye, if needed. 

There are two common approaches to performing this step. The first involves the use of a needle to make numerous injections. The second, used by Dr. Buglino, is the blunt cannula technique. This technique uses a small introducer needle to create an entry point for the cannula, a sterile blunt instrument, which is inserted into the puncture site and moved along the targeted area to distribute the dermal filler without the use of multiple injections. This method is not only effective, but safer, reducing the risk of swelling, bruising, or rupture to a vein or artery. 

The procedure should only take about 15 minutes to complete, after which you will be able to return to your regular, daily activities. There may be some swelling, bruising, or redness at the treatment site, but this should fade within two to three days.

Visible improvements should be apparent almost immediately following the procedure, while full results can take one to two weeks to manifest, and last between six to 18 months. You’ll need to repeat the treatment every year or two to maintain these. Be sure to follow any post-treatment instructions from your doctor. 


What Are Potential Risks & After Effects? 

While tear trough fillers are largely considered very safe, there are some potential risks associated with the treatment. 

Though uncommon, hyaluronic acid-based fillers can cause long-term side effects, such as: 

  • Headache
  • Skin Discoloration
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Persistent Pain
  • Swelling or Inflammation
  • Infection


In extremely rare cases, it’s possible for under-eye fillers to cause blindness if the filler blocks the blood vessel in the eye. 

There is also the chance that, if done incorrectly, the filler could coalesce underneath the skin to form lumpy masses, or could move to another area of the face. 

Be sure to contact your doctor if you experience any painful or lingering side effects. 

Long Island’s Dr. Anthony Buglino specializes in performing tear trough correction using the blunt cannula technique, to reduce under-eye bags and wrinkles while minimizing discomfort and bruising for patients. If you’re ready to start adding volume to your skin, and smoothing out those wrinkles for a younger brighter appearance, schedule a consultation with Dr. Buglino today! Also follow Dr. Buglino on Instagram to view results of past procedures!