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What Can I Do to Get Rid of My Lower Eyelid Bags?

What Can I Do to Get Rid of My Lower Eyelid Bags?

Although they usually aren’t a medical issue, bags under the eyes are a cosmetic concern for many of our Eyesthetica patients, as they can make the face look tired, sad, or sickly. If you are bothered by bags under your eyes, the oculoplastic surgeons at Eyesthetica can help. Read on as we explain what is likely causing your bags and what we can do about it. What Causes Bags Under the Eyes? Several factors can affect the appearance of the area between the lower eyelids and the cheeks: Age: Due to the natural effects of the aging process, the cheeks can lose their youthful volume and fullness over time; this makes the fat underneath the eyes appear more prominent and resemble “bags.” Sun damage: Overexposure to the sun as well as UV damage are particularly damaging to the skin around the eyes, causing changes like wrinkles, pigment changes and contour abnormalities. Genetics: Under-eye bags can run in certain families and develop at an early age (as early as high school). Softening the Appearance of Under-eye Bags Our doctors treat under-eye bags through lower lid blepharoplasty. During the procedure, the fat underneath the eyelids is removed or repositioned to create a better contour and a smoother transition between the under-eye area and the top of the cheeks. Our doctors are careful not to remove too much tissue or fat, as that can produce an unsatisfactory “hollow” result. Our surgeons are also careful to preserve the muscle responsible for giving the eye a natural blink; we don’t want to sacrifice function and comfort for appearance. In some cases, we can use...
When a Drooping Eyelid Is Serious

When a Drooping Eyelid Is Serious

Eyelid ptosis refers to the drooping or sagging of the upper eyelid. In some cases, eyelid drooping is harmless and only creates a cosmetic problem in the form of a tired or older-looking appearance. In other cases, however, ptosis can be a sign of something serious. The Los Angeles oculoplastic surgeons at Eyesthetica explain more in this blog post. When Is Eyelid Drooping Serious? As discussed in one of our previous blog posts, there are several types of eyelid ptosis. Mechanical ptosis occurs when excess skin and tissue weigh down the eyelid. This form of ptosis is only considered to be a medical issue if the excess skin and tissue block the line of sight. Mechanical ptosis typically occurs gradually over time, due to the effects of the natural aging process. Neurogenic ptosis is a result of a problem with the nerve pathways that control eyelid muscle movement. Conditions that can cause neurogenic ptosis include Horner syndrome and myasthenia gravis. Horner syndrome is a neurological disorder that can be caused by an underlying, sometimes more serious condition such as a stroke or brain tumor. Myasthenia gravis is a disorder that affects how the muscles respond to nerves, causing progressive drooping in the eyelids, arms, legs and other body areas. Neurogenic ptosis caused by one of these conditions occurs suddenly, with symptoms worsening in a matter of days or even hours. Patients who experience sudden eyelid drooping should seek medical attention immediately to determine whether the underlying cause is a serious one. Treating Eyelid Drooping Treatment for droopy eyelids depends on the cause and severity of the condition. Mild to...
Will Insurance Cover My Eyelid Surgery?

Will Insurance Cover My Eyelid Surgery?

Eyelid surgery is one of the popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States and at the Los Angeles cosmetic eye and facial surgery practice of Eyesthetica. One of the most common questions we hear from our eyelid surgery patients is, “Will insurance cover my surgery?” Here, we answer that question in detail. What Is Functional Eyelid Surgery? Eyelid surgery is commonly performed to enhance the facial appearance. The procedure trims excess skin and fat on the upper eyelids to create a younger-looking appearance. Eyelid surgery can also remove loose skin and tissue on the lower eyelids that create puffy bags under the eyes. When performed solely for cosmetic reasons, eyelid surgery is considered to be elective and therefore cannot be covered by medical insurance. Eyelid surgery can be covered by medical insurance if it is deemed medically necessary. Functional eyelid surgery removes heavy skin that hangs over the eyelash line, interfering with the line of sight. Impaired vision caused by excess, hanging upper eyelid skin can make everyday activities such as driving, reading and sending text messages difficult. Most insurance companies require proof in the form of a visual test in order to determine coverage for eyelid surgery. The vision test needs to be performed by a board-certified eye doctor, such as an oculoplastic surgeon. If the vision test determines there is visual impairment, the surgeon takes pictures of the condition and sends them to the patient’s insurance provider. Whether the insurance company covers all or a part of the cost for eyelid surgery depends on the patient’s specific coverage plan. Learn More about Functional Eyelid Surgery...
Top Things Patients Wish They Knew before Eyelid Surgery

Top Things Patients Wish They Knew before Eyelid Surgery

Are you interested in eyelid surgery in Los Angeles to repair drooping eyelids or puffy undereye bags, but hesitating to move forward with scheduling your surgery? It may help to have a good understanding of what the surgical experience entails. Here is what other eyelid surgery patients told the patient portal RealSelf.com that they wish they knew before surgery. The Success of Surgery Hinges on the Surgeon For the best outcomes possible, it is crucial to find a qualified and experienced surgeon to perform your procedure. Look for an oculofacial plastic surgeon that is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery — these surgeons have completed extensive training in treating the delicate eye area and are considered to be eyelid experts. The eyelid surgeon’s demeanor is just as important as his or her credentials. Find someone that puts you at ease and instills confidence in you. You can get an idea of a surgeon’s approach to patient care by reading testimonials and online reviews. Setting the Right Expectations Is Key Knowing what eyelid surgery can and cannot achieve is key. Eyelid surgery is designed to freshen and rejuvenate the eyelids, which can brighten up your face and help you look more approachable. Eyelid surgery cannot transform your entire appearance or make you look like someone else. It can help you look like a younger and more attractive version of yourself. Nerves Are Natural It’s common to experience some nerves as you anticipate your surgery. However, the right surgeon and his or her surgical team should make you feel very confident about the procedure. Having...
What Can I Do About Under-Eye Bags?

What Can I Do About Under-Eye Bags?

Are under-eye bags giving your face a tired or frazzled-looking appearance? Does it frustrate you to spend money on high-end concealers that camouflage little (if any) of your bags? It might be time to see our oculoplastic and cosmetic surgery group in Los Angeles to explore your treatment options. What Causes Under-Eye Bags? The area beneath the lower lids naturally has small pads of fat. With age, the skin in that area can start to thin and the fat pads can start to sag and bulge outward. This creates the appearance of puffy bags, or what some people describe as tiny half-moons under the eyes. Eating foods high in sodium, drinking, smoking and lack of quality sleep can exacerbate the bags. Sometimes hormonal imbalances or genetic factors are to blame. No matter what causes the under-eye bags, there are a few ways to fix the problem. Injectable Fillers Injectable fillers are a minimally invasive, non-surgical way to smooth out bags so they are less noticeable. Our doctors can inject small amounts of products like Restylane or Juvederm along the borders of the bags to smooth out the transition between upper cheek and lower eyelid. These products are formulated with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that adds volume and fullness to the treated area. Think of Juvederm or Restylane as a cushioning agent that plumps and nourishes the area beneath the eyes. Dermal fillers may not completely eliminate the appearance of the bags, but they should look much fainter. Applying a good concealer product can make the bags nearly invisible. The results of dermal filler treatment last about 9...
When Is It Time to Switch from Injectables to Surgery?

When Is It Time to Switch from Injectables to Surgery?

Injectable products like Botox, Juvederm and Restylane are excellent anti-aging products for people in their 30s and 40s. But at a certain point, these products no longer deliver the desired results and surgical intervention becomes necessary. Cosmetic eye surgeons of Eyesthetica explain some signs that it might be time for you to switch from injectables to surgery. You’re Bothered by Sagging Skin Over time, the body’s supply of collagen and elastin — two products necessary for firm, elastic skin — starts to dwindle. This causes the skin to loosen and sag. While injectables can smooth wrinkled or creased skin, unfortunately they cannot tighten or firm the skin. Surgical treatment, such as facelift, eyelid surgery or laser skin resurfacing, is needed to address skin laxity. You’ve Noticed Jowls and Lack of Definition in the Lower Face and Neck If you have noticeable jowls and lack of definition in the lower face and neck, injectables won’t help. Injectables cannot lift fallen tissue or remove excess fat and skin. Only surgery can effectively address these issues to create a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. You Have Trouble Fitting Follow-Up Treatments into Your Schedule The results of injectable treatment are temporary and last several months, depending on the specific product. This means you need regular follow-up treatments to maintain your results long-term. If regularly scheduling follow-up treatments has become a problem, and it is difficult to carve time out of your schedule for appointments, surgery may be a good option. Surgical treatment offers long-lasting results that don’t require follow-up treatment. The Cost Required to Maintain Treatment Is a Financial Burden The repeated costs...