Under eye hollows are volume loss under the eye area creating a tired appearance as well as deformity commonly known as ‘tear trough’.
Hollows can get more noticeable as the skin loses volume with age and lifestyle factors such as lack of sleep, chronic sun exposure and dehydration. It is hard to feel refreshed when you do not feel you look that way on the outside. Dark circles and/or bags under the eyes can make you look tired or older than your years.
Tear trough fillers could be the solution you are looking for – but only in the right hands.
Pioneer of a Revolutionary Technique
Dr Bong invented this revolutionary technique in 2013 and owns its international trademark. It is called Two-Point Eye Lift™. This technique is now internationally known as one of the safest and most effective techniques for rejuvenating undereye hollows (tear trough) with soft tissue filler, and is now widely used in over 40 countries.
International Expert Speaker & Trainer
Widely recognised as one of Europe’s top cosmetic doctors, and being the pioneer of the Two-Point Eye Lift™ treatment, Dr Bong frequently receives invitations to various countries throughout the world to carry out training masterclasses – over 60 countries to be exact. Dr Bong is the only person who can teach the Two-Point Eye Lift™ technique and owns its international trademark.
Tear troughs are semi-circular creases/depressions which start at the nose and run along the bottom of the lower eyelid just above the cheek bone. These depressions can produce the illusion of darkening around the eyes resulting in ‘dark circles’ or ‘tired eyes’.
As we age, the eyelid above and cheek below begin to sag. However, the depression cannot sag with the rest of the facial skin due to its ligamentous attachment to the bone of the eye socket. This results in the depression deepening and the shadow and dark circle becoming more noticeable.
What is the Two-Point Eye Lift™ treatment?
This is a revolutionary technique invented and perfected by Dr Bong. He formulated this technique to be used in conjunction with one of the world’s best dermal fillers for this area – Teosyal Redensity II [eye].
A blunt-tip device (called micro-cannula) is used to administer the filler in the tear trough area to soften the appearance of the hollowness, eye bags and dark circles. The Two-Point Eye Lift™ technique, coupled with the use of the blunt-tipped cannula as well as Redensity II [eye] help minimise side effects and complications commonly associated with treatment in this area.
Dr Bong owns the trademark for this technique and is the ONLY person who can teach this technique. This technique is internationally recognised as one of the most effective and safest techniques and is widely used in over 40 countries.
The filler is injected with a blunt-tipped instrument under the skin surface along the line of the hollow. The revolutionary Two-Point Eye Lift ™technique – invented and perfected by Dr Bong – means the procedure is very safe and result is excellent with no down time at all. No anaesthetic cream is required due to the use of the blunt needle and Dr Bong’s expertise.
All of the dermal filler products used at Essence Medical Cosmetic Clinic contain pain-reducing lidocaine (local anaesthetic) for a comfortable treatment experience. The Two-Point Eye Lift™Treatment can be completed in as little as 15 minutes. Results can be seen instantly and do not affect facial expression.
Is this treatment painful?
Not at all. Dr Bong prides himself in his innovative approach to advanced non-surgical facial treatments, and is well known for his unique methods of achieving beautiful yet natural results with minimal pain and downtime.
90% of our patients do not require any form of anaesthetic agent at all and they describe this procedure as less uncomfortable than getting a vaccine or having blood sample taken from your arm . To provide further relief and alleviate as much pain as possible, we use only premium, industry-leading soft tissue fillers which contain pre-mixed anaesthetic agent.
Sharp tip needles vs blunt-tipped cannula
While traditionally soft tissue fillers have always been injected using sharp tip needles, a new alternative to using needles is using blunt tipped cannulas. Although there is a role for both methods of injection, the cannula does offer some excellent benefits to patients.
Sharp needles can pierce veins and arteries beneath the skin. Since blunt cannulas simply push aside any arteries and veins encountered beneath the skin, there is a reduced risk of bleeding and bruising.
Sharp tip needles use a very thin, short, sharp needle to inject dermal fillers. When using needles, multiple injection points are required, which can increase the risk of hitting a vein. If a vein is hit with a needle, there is a higher chance of bruising after the procedure.
Sharp tip needles may also result in trauma to the skin, causing swelling.
Advantages of blunt-tipped cannulas
Cannulas have a hollow bore, just like needles, allowing the filler to pass through into the tissue. However, instead of a sharp tip like needles, cannulas have a rounded, blunt end. It is a bit like a long needle, but the tip is blunt. The process involves numbing the skin with ice, then injecting a small amount of local anesthetic beneath the skin with a tiny needle. When the skin is numb, a needle is used to pierce the skin, and then the cannula is threaded into the puncture site, sliding along the natural planes of tissue, providing access to a large area for filler placement.
Less Pain During Treatment – Being injected multiple times with sharp needles can be painful, but while it may sound a bit uncomfortable to have a cannula beneath your skin, there is very little discomfort. Patients often note that they experience a strange “pushing and tugging” feeling, but there is very little pain. Fewer actual pokes with needles also reduces the amount of pain, even when multiple areas of the face are being treated.
Decreased Risk of Bleeding and Bruising – Sharp needles can pierce veins and arteries beneath the skin. Since blunt cannulas simply push aside any arteries and veins encountered beneath the skin, there’s a reduced risk of bleeding and bruising.
A Safer Option – When using needles for filler injections, one of the scariest potential complications is accidentally injecting filler into an artery, which can cause tissue death. In extremely rare cases, blindness has occurred. Cannulas do not pierce arteries, so they offer a much safer option for patients.
Minimal Downtime – Since needle injected fillers can cause swelling and bruising after the procedure, they do often have some social downtime. Since the cannula injection method cuts down on swelling and bruising, there is minimal downtime post-procedure.
Precision – With blunt-tipped cannulas, fillers can be injected more accurately, reducing the amount of filler needed to achieve the desired results.
Greater Flexibility – A much larger surface area can be treated with just a single injection site when using the cannula method, making it possible to get more done with fewer injection points.
After the procedure
The results with the Two-Point Eye Lift™ technique are noticeable instantly. After the treatment the treated area may be slightly red. However, you can resume normal activities, drive yourself home or return to work immediately after the treatment. Unlike the use of other generic dermal fillers, the use of premium soft tissue filler which has been formulated exclusively for tear trough rejuvenation, and Dr Bong’s revolutionary technique – the Two-Point Eye Lift™ – ensures excellent results with no down time at all.
How long will the effect last?
One of the great advantages of the products we use at Essence Medical is that the effects are long lasting but not permanent – therefore you are always in control of your looks and can change you treatment depending on how you are ageing. The results typically last 9-12 months although the exact length of time will depend on the structure of your skin and other factors such as lifestyle, age and the degree of perfection demanded by you. Additional touch up treatments can be performed at any time after the initial treatment.
Are there any side effects?
We use only market-leading product which has been exclusively formulated for the undereye area. Dr Bong’s Two-Point Eye Lift™ technique, coupled with the use of blunt-tipped instrument means significant side effects are extremely uncommon but may include:
• Injection-related reactions: These reactions may include redness at the injection site immediately after the treatment.
• Bruising: Occasionally bruising can occur. However the use of blunt-tipped instrument dramatically reduces the risk of bruising.
• Contour irregularities can and do occasionally occur. Massaging can usually smooth out any ‘lumpiness’ however if persistent, the filler can be easily and rapidly dissolved.
• Infection – as with all injections, this procedure carries a risk of infection. The syringe is sterile and standard precautions associated with injectable materials are taken.
• Swelling – unlike the use of generic dermal fillers for tear trough treatment, our choice of premium filler results in only very minimal or no swelling at all.
After care instructions?
After your treatment we will again go through with you any after care advice in order to maximise your treatment benefits and avoid any undesirable side effects. You can resume normal activities, drive yourself home or return to work immediately after the treatment.
As with any type of injection there may be some slight redness immediately afterwards. Camouflage make up may be applied. The results directly after the treatment should therefore not be seen as the final results. This is because over the following 2-4 weeks the results will gradually improve.
For 2 weeks after the treatment you are advised to avoid extreme heat (sun bed or sunbathing) or intense cold.
Follow-up and future appointments?
One of the great advantages of the dermal fillers used at Essence Medical Cosmetic Clinic is that the effects are long lasting but not permanent. You are always in control of your looks – you can continue or change the treatment you have had or repeat the procedure as often as you like.
Most patients having tear trough treatment choose to have a follow up treatment 9-12 months after the initial treatment. The aesthetic effects of the treatment vary from person to person depending on the condition of the skin, area treated, amount of product injected and lifestyle factor.
Routine review appointments are generally not required, however occasionally touch up procedures may be carried out 2-4 weeks after the initial treatment in order to achieve optimal correction and maximise the duration of the results (please note that additional costs may be incurred if further product is required).
There are many ‘cheap filler’ deals out there. Should I consider them?
The continuing rise in the demand for non-surgical cosmetic procedures has led to an increase in the number of people offering ‘Botox treatment’ and other types of treatments at incredibly low prices. Whilst this might sound like good news for you, unfortunately, it is far from it.
Non-surgical cosmetic procedures are costly for very good reasons. The expense involved in using quality products, providing excellent service and meeting the necessary safety requirements is significant, so in order to meet these costs, quality practitioners have to set their prices accordingly.
In order to offer ‘cheap filler’, shoddy practitioners are unlikely to invest in any of the above, as when offering cheap treatments, the cost of provision has to be minimal in order to make a profit.
The Product May Be Imported
Cheap (and fake) filler are freely available online, often from China where there are no manufacturing standards. Purchasing cosmetic products from outside the UK may be illegal. The only way for an injector to know that a product is authentic and approved by UK health authority (MHRA) is to order it directly from the manufacturer or an authorised distributor. These imports face less government scrutiny than those that have met the strict requirements of MHRA.
Anything being imported illegally and bypassing the authorised supply chain means we have no idea how it was handled, transported, or stored. And when improperly stored, the products can degrade and lose their efficacy.
The Injectors May Cut Corners
Practitioners who do not invest in research, training, the environment they work in, care standards and protection should things go wrong are an accident waiting to happen. There are risks involved in non-surgical cosmetic procedures, and without the necessary safeguards in place, side effects and complications are more likely to occur.
Some cut-rate injectors operate by doing work at or below cost in the hope that you will stay on later at full price. But others curb their losses by overly diluting the products, thereby minimising their effect.
Inexperienced and Lack Skills
Bargain-basement injections can signal inexperienced practitioners looking for practice. That is yet another reason so many practitioners can undersell. Those injections often are not done by cosmetic doctors but by people with less training.
The Product Could be Fake
While less pervasive than unapproved imports, imitations are also on the rise. What is in these products is anyone’s guess. Authorised tests have shown that some of these fake products do not contain any active ingredients at all while some were found to contain too high a concentration of the active ingredients, making them highly dangerous. Furthermore, these fake products may have been made in an environment which lacks the sterility, quality and safety assurance.
Who can carry out this treatment?
The most important decision you will make when considering Botox treatment is who will perform your procedure.
90% of the success of filler treatment depends on who is doing them. The remaining 10% is dependent on the product.
Think of this way:
If you got a bad haircut, would you blame the scissors or your stylist?
The skin and tissues in the tear trough area are very delicate and there are many blood vessels within this region. Only highly skilled medical professionals who have undergone advanced training can offer this treatment. Unlike the use of dermal fillers in other parts of the face, this treatment requires skills and experience to minimise risks of complications.
As mentioned above, Dr Bong invented the Two-Point Eye Lift™ technique. This technique is now widely used in over 40 countries and is internationally accepted as one of the most effective and safest techniques for treating the undereye area with fillers. Dr Bong is is the only person who can carry out training sessions for this procedure. This is because the Two-Point Eye Lift™ is trademark registered and Dr Bong has the sole ownership of this trademark.
What can I expect from my consultation and will I have treatment the same day as my consultation?
You are required to have a face-to-face consultation prior to having this treatment. In the consultation Dr Bong will examine your face and specifically the undereye and cheek areas.
Dr Bong will then offer you a treatment plan and quote you a price. He will also discuss in detail the advantages and limitations of this treatment and the alternatives.
After the consultation – and providing you decide to have the treatment – you will be offered another appointment.
How much does it cost?
This treatment is unique to each individual, depending upon a variety of factors. Dr Bong is the pioneer of this treatment and well known for his unique methods of achieving beautiful yet natural results with minimal pain and downtime.
To get an exact costing, please schedule a consultation with Dr Bong for him to design a bespoke treatment approach and address any concerns that you have. The consultation is completely free of charge.
Our prices are competitive and your treatments will be carried out by an international expert. We believe our patients deserve the utmost safety in our care and we are committed to offering reliable, safe and effective results.
We normally charge £400-£450 for this treatment. Exact cost of your treatment will be advised following your free consultation.
I would like more information. Shall I just call your reception and make an appointment?
Yes, absolutely. You will need a consultation with Dr Bong and this is completely free of charge. During the consultation, Dr Bong will discuss in further detail with you what the procedure will entail.
After the consultation – and providing you decide to have the treatment – you will be offered another appointment. Please call us on 0141-8949098 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
You are truly the expert in your profession. We are very lucky to have you in Scotland. My tear trough treatment was painless and quick. I am absolutely delighted with the results. It is so worth the 4 hours drive to Glasgow.
Denise D, Aberdeen
Thank you Dr Bong for the fantastic results. People have said I don’t look ‘tired’ anymore. I have had this treatment at another clinic before but your skills are second to none. I can see why you are the expert in your field.