Monday, October 28, 2019

Filler or surgery for lower eyelid bags

A common complaint from my Houston patients are lower eyelid bags and/or dark circles under the eyes. The lower eyelid bags are due to fat surrounding the eye slowly bulging over time below the eye in the lower eyelid. The majority of light that hits our face comes from above and this fat will cast a shadow creating the dark circles under the eyes. The fat bulging also creates a depression in the area we call the tear trough of the lower eyelid.

This tear trough and shadowed area can be corrected with filler injection or surgery. With filler injection, a hyaluronic acid filler such as Restylane or Juvederm can be injected to correct this issue. This is done in the office and tolerated well with little to no downtime. The other option is lower eyelid surgery for lower eyelid bags. Here, some of the excess fat which causes the “bags” under the eyes is removed and can be repositioned into the tear trough. This is a surgical procedure and requires anesthesia. Recovery after lower eyelid surgery is about 8-10 days.

Dr. Funk treats lower eyelid bags in Houston.