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 an internal approach, creating the surgical incisions inside the eyelid, so there is no noticeable scarring. Even without the internal approach, scarring is hardly noticeable.
Treating under-eye bags requires exceptional skill and experience. Our team is comprised of eyelid surgery specialists that have a great deal of experience. We are very qualified to perform your treatment and strive to deliver exceptional results that exceed your expectations.
To schedule an appointment with the Eyesthetica team to discuss your treatment options, please call or email us today.