Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bags under lower eyelids - Eyelid Surgery, Blepharoplasty, and Fillers for Eyes

I have many patients (especially younger ones) coming in to see me regarding concerns about their lower eyelids. The do not like the heavy appearance of their lower lids, the deep groove, the “bags”, or the dark circles under the eyes.

The “bags” are due to the fat starting to push out due to weaking of the tissues around the eye. The deep groove can cause a shadowed appearance creating the circles under the eyes and give a tired appearance.

Treatment can consist of non-surgical filler injections into this groove. This is typically reserved for younger patients with shallow grooves that don’t require much filler, patients who are poor surgical candidates due to medical reasons, or patients who just simply don’t want surgery.

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is another excellent more permanent way to treat these bags by removing a portion of this fat or repositioning the fat into the groove. This creates a more youthful eyelid that looks less tired, without the bags under the eyes or dark circles under the eyes.

Recovery after lower eyelid surgery is typically 7-10 days.

Dr. Funk is a board certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery. He sees patients from Houston, Katy, Sugarland, and Spring Cypress.