Best treatment for tear trough: lasers, fillers, or fat injections?

The tear trough is a tough area to treat through eye lifts / blepharoplasty procedures. This area is located between the nose and the lower eyelid and is situated not above the bone as most people believe but above the soft tissue of the eye socket and eyelid. People have tried repositioning of the eye socket fat into that area through a blepharoplasty / eyelift procedure.  This can work but has been shown to lead to eye position abnormalities and problems with dry eyes, etc. Fat Transfercan work in this area and may be the most natural way to rejuvenate this area.  It does have some issues related to survival of the fat.  But is the fat survives past a year it will likely stay in the area for many years, sometimes 10-15 years.   Fat grafting requires a lot of skill and knowledge of fat survival techniques.  Facial Fillers can fill up the volume loss that has lead to the tear trough appearance and I’ve done that many times and have a lot of patients that get this done.  The key is being able to fill up the area without leading to bumps and ridges.  This requires some skill and with a surgeon’s experience it can be done to look very nice and satisy your clients.  Fillers can look not as natural as fat, it can lead to a translucent type of appearance and some dark appearance of the filler within the skin.  But, in general >95% or more patients are very, very happy that they had filler placed to treat the tear trough area. Laser Resurfacing can create a layer of collagen underneath the eyelid skin to camouflage the dark appearance of the muscle underneath the skin.  It can also tighten the skin and reduce the unwanted wrinkles in the lower eyelid.   However, lasers will not replace the volume that is lossed with aging around the lower eyelid area.  This is where fillers and fat injections come into play.

I refined an amazing volumizing procedure called “the YoungLift”.  This is an innovative technique that volumizes your face to bring out the younger and natural you without looking like you had something done.  This is not a facelift and requires no incisions.  Only pinpoint puncture sites are used and these heal imperceptibly.  The YoungLift can be done without general anesthesia and without drains, and large bandages.  You also have a lot less downtime and discomfort compared with traditional facelift procedures.  I employ the very best techniques from around the world into one volumizing procedure and he uses his internationally acclaimed understanding of facial beauty to create the youthful volume you once had. The YoungLift techniques can help with filling up the lips as well.  You can great results with fat injections in the lips.

Dr Young is located in Bellevue near Seattle, Washington

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