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Tear Troughs and Dark Circles in Phoenix

Dark Circle Treatment ScottsdaleDo you have significant indentations beneath your eyes? These tear troughs, which often include dark circles, can make you look older and tired — even if you do not feel that way!

Dr. Ali Ghafouri, a leading oculoplastic surgeon in Arizona, has helped many patients to improve the look of their tear troughs. He offers a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments that can minimize the deep hollows and dark circles below your eyes to achieve smoother, evenly toned skin. Do not allow dark undereye puffiness to distract from the natural beauty of your eyes. 

Changes to the Tear Troughs

Your tear trough (also known as the nasojugal groove) is the area just between the lower eyelid and the cheek. As you age, your eyelid muscles become weaker while your skin loses its elasticity. This gives the skin a puffy or swollen appearance as drooping fat deposits bulge through the lax skin. 

While insufficient sleep, dehydration, alcohol consumption, salty foods, careless makeup removal and sun exposure can exaggerate the appearance of the tear troughs, they are mostly the result of aging and genetics. To look better rested, you may need cosmetic treatments to adequately improve this area. 

Tear Trough Treatments


The most effective surgical treatment for tear troughs is lower blepharoplasty. Here, Dr. Ghafouri repositions and/or removes excess fat and tissue directly below your eyes to eliminate the hollows and achieve smoother, younger-looking skin. While many surgical procedures last for a finite amount of time before the aging process undoes the results, lower eyelid surgery produces long-lasting results that can be visible for the rest of your life.

Dermal Fillers

Laser Rejuvenation ScottsdaleInjectable treatments are one of the most effective ways to restore volume to your skin. Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvéderm offer hydration and fullness to areas with fat loss, including the tear troughs. This added volume usually lasts close to one year before further injections are necessary to maintain the results. Because the skin in this area is delicate and an imprecise injection can accidentally accentuate the flaws rather than diminish them, you should always choose an expert injector like Dr. Ghafouri who has ample experience treating the tear troughs specifically.

Laser Rejuvenation

Lasers are another popular non-surgical treatment for the tear troughs. Fractional lasers like ResurFX™ are appropriate for the more sensitive skin beneath the eyes because they only heat a portion of the tissue. Although the downtime for this procedure is a few days (during which the treated skin appears red and flakes off), it is successful at improving the pigment and texture of the undereye skin.

Improve the Look of Your Tear Troughs

After examining your tear troughs and listening to your goals, Dr. Ghafouri can recommend an appropriate treatment plan using one or more techniques to refresh the appearance of your eyes. As Scottdale’s leading oculoplastic surgeon, he has a nuanced understanding of facial and ocular anatomy that allows him to achieve the best results. To schedule a consultation, please call (480) 905-1010 today.


Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists

9431 E. Ironwood Square Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Phone: (480) 905-1010

Fax: (480) 905-6988

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am - 5 pm

Tuesday: 8 am - 5 pm

Wednesday: 8 am - 5 pm

Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm

Friday: 8 am - 4 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed