PRP for Tear Troughs

Harnessing the Power of Your Own Plasma

When I ask a patient what their concerns are when they look at their face, more often than not they will say “the darkness under my eyes” or “the bags under my eyes.” Who doesn’t want to look more awake, right?

Benefits of PRP for Tear Troughs

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, which is a part of our blood that contains healing growth factors. Why would PRP be beneficial for your tear troughs (under eyes)? PRP helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles, tightens and firms skin, and helps with collagen production. As we age, the collagen in our skin begins to break down. Starting in your early 20’s, you begin to lose 1% of your collagen each year. This loss in collagen is what causes a shadowed or creased appearance under our eyes. Platelet Rich Plasma is a natural and effective way to help the darkness and hallowing under our eyes and give us a more awake appearance.

How Does it Work?

The procedure starts with taking a small sample of your blood. That sample is then spun in a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the platelet rich plasma out so we can draw that part up (the liquid gold) and then inject it in your tear troughs.

Frequency and Recovery

PRP does take time to see the results. It takes time for your body to stimulate collagen, therefore, you need to be patient when it comes to PRP injections because you do not get the instant gratification as you do with filler. (Individuals will notice an improvement in as little as one treatment; however, it is recommended to do a series of 3 treatments every 4-6 weeks then maintenance 2-3 times per year.)

After the injections, patients will have minor swelling and possible bruising at the injection site.

What causes hallowing and darkness under eyes?

Below are some but not the only factors that lead to hallowing and darkness:

1. Allergies
2. Dehydration
3. Poor circulation
4. Genetics
5. Aging
6. Smoking
7. Lack of sleep
8. Trauma
9. Vitamin issues

Tear troughs before and after front Tear troughs before and after looking up

Results after 1 treatment of PRP for Tear Troughs

Filler for Tear Troughs (Under Eyes)

You may be a candidate for tear trough filler. Filler under your eyes can help increase fullness, give a brighter, more refreshed appearance, and decrease the hollowness. There is a handle of fillers that work well in the tear trough area, however, this year Juvederm Volbella just received FDA approval for tear troughs. Many factors need to be taken into consideration by your provider before performing this treatment to ensure you are a good candidate. Some of those factors include skin integrity, seasonal allergies, darkness, and many other factors that your provided will evaluate.

It is also important to understand that before adding filler to your tear troughs there needs to be enough support in the mid cheek. As we age, we begin to have volume loss and our fat pads in our face begin to drop causing a “line” under our eyes along our cheek. The separation that occurs at the eye cheek junction is due to volume loss and can cause us to appear tired. Being treated with a cheek filler such as Juvederm Voluma is a good way to add support under your tear troughs, which alone can help the bags under your eyes look less severe.

Undereye Volbella Filler Pt. 2 Before and After by Julie Undereye Volbella Filler Half Face Before and After by Julie

Results after Undereye Filler

Combine Treatment for Best Results

Combining filler and PRP together to treat tear troughs can offer even more benefits! The filler alone will address volume loss; combining it with PRP will help produce collagen which over time creates a more youthful appearance. Adding PRP helps sustain the results that the filler provides and addresses uneven texture and darkness under your eyes that filler alone does not do.

If you struggle with tired-looking under eyes and are looking for a solution, contact Blume Skin & Body to get your free consultation today!