Tear Troughs: The Hidden Culprit Behind Tired-Looking Eyes

The eyes are a good indicator of someone's emotions and health, but looking tired or feeling down could be down to tear throughs appearing under your eyes.

As a woman, one of the first things you may notice about another person is their eyes. Eyes are a powerful indicator of one’s emotions and overall health. However, if you have started to notice that people are continuously asking if you are tired or feeling run down, even when you have had a good night’s sleep, it might be time to investigate further. In fact, one of the main culprits behind this tired appearance are the ‘tear troughs’ that appear under the eyes due to age, diet, and lifestyle choices. In this article, I’m going to discuss what tear troughs are, what causes them, and how you can address them.


What Are Tear Troughs?

Tear troughs are a natural part of the eye area, located between the lower eyelid and the cheekbone. They appear as people age because of the loss of fat and collagen in the skin, which can cause the skin under the eyes to become thin and creased, resulting in a sunken or hollow appearance. This can create a shadow under the eyes that can make a person look tired or appear to have dark circles.

What Causes Tear Troughs?

Tear troughs are considered a general symptom of ageing, (although for some people they can start from an early age) but unfortunately there is no single answer to what causes tear troughs, and some people experience their effects more than others.

There are several factors that can contribute to their appearance and development, with genetics being the most important, as your facial anatomy and bone structure might naturally cause a hollowing effect under the eyes. As people get older, their skin loses collagen, making it deflated and less flexible – compare the skin of a four-year-old child with that of their 74-year-old grandmother to illustrate my point.

This age-related reduction of collagen and elasticity in the skin can result in sagging, thin, and ‘crepey’ skin, making the tear troughs more apparent. But age and the genes you’ve inherited from your parents are not the only culprits. Lifestyle choices can also contribute to tear troughs appearing worse than they may otherwise be, such as sun and UV damage, smoking, and poor dietary habits – such as excessive salt or alcohol. And yes, insufficient sleep, stress, and too much time in front of a backlit screen can also make your tear troughs appear worse. Sometimes when you look tired, you’re just tired.

How To Address Tear Troughs

So, if you’ve got tear troughs and they are affecting your appearance and self-esteem, is there anything you can do about them? Fortunately, yes. If you are self-conscious about your tear troughs, various treatment options can help address this issue by improving their appearance.

The severity of the condition will determine which procedure is best for you, for instance:

  • Non-surgical treatments, such as dermal fillers, can help fill in the hollowness under the eyes, and results can last 1-2 years.
  • Chemical peels can improve skin texture and reduce pigmentation.
  • PRP, Protein Rich Plasma can help with improving the skin texture and stimulate collagen and elastin under the eyes.
  • In more severe cases, surgical procedures, such as blepharoplasty, can be performed to remove excess skin and fat from the eyelids.

Next Steps

If you feel like your tear troughs are impacting your quality of life or self-image, speak with a medical professional at an aesthetics clinic to find out which treatment is best for you. Remember, having tear troughs is a natural part of the ageing process, and seeking treatment should be a personal decision, not one made based on the opinions of others.

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