Who is a candidate for this procedure?
If you are a patient living in Tampa, St Petersburg or Brandon who has been bothered by any of the following issues:
- Under eye bags
- Shadow under the eyes
- Tired appearance to the eyes
- Under eye hollowness
What are the factors that need to be considered in lower eyelid blepharoplasty?
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is one of the more complex areas of the face to address. There are numerous anatomic factors and patients factors to consider. Including the amount of fat that is protruding from the eye socket. The position of the eye relative the cheek, the amount of excess skin and whether the patient has any laxity in their lower eyelid. Obtaining a medical history is also important including information about history of dry eye or constant tearing. Any history of eye surgery including Lasik is also critical information.
How is lower eyelid blepharoplasty performed?
The incision for lower eyelid surgery can either be done from within the eyelid where no scar will be visible or by placing an incision 3 to 4 millimeters beneath your eyelashes. This will allow us to remove excess skin. This incision usually heals very nicely and people can rarely tell that the procedure was done there. Fat grating can combined with this procedure to fill in some of the hollow areas in the cheek and lower eyelid. Rejuvenation of the lower eyelid is complicated and numerous factors have to be taken into consideration. Dr Rayess is an expert in facial surgery and will discuss your needs.
What is the recovery from lower eyelid blepharoplasty?
Swelling and bruising are common in the first seven days after the surgery but they quickly subside after one week. With the lower eyelid incision the swelling in the lower eyelid can sometimes cause excess tearing. This resolves after a few weeks. Most patients say that this is not a painful surgery and only use tylenol for pain medication. If you have an external incision sutures will be removed at one week.
Are there non surgical alternatives for under eye bags?
Yes. In the right patient under eye fillers can be very effective at eliminating the under eye hollowness or under eye bags. Dr Rayess does this routinely and you can learn more about this in the filler section.