Bags under the eyes (or sagging) affect many people. The use of eye creams can help restore the under eye area for some but for others no amount of eye cream will do. That is when it is time to seek out a cosmetic surgeon who can help restore the under eye area resulting in a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
Santa Barbara cosmetic surgeon Dr. Terry Perkins is very familiar with lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). This surgery is ideal for patients who have fat bulges, dark circles, and skin laxity in the under eye area. Lower eyelid surgery can be more than just removing and tightening skin. For the right candidate, fat transposition may be done during the surgery. This is the process of repositioning fat from one area of under the eye – the “baggy” area – into the “hollow” area under the eye. A small amount of skin removal may also be done using a conservative approach to avoid giving the patient a round eye look.
Incisions for the surgery are usually made on the outside of the lid just below the lashes so when they heal there is little or no visible scar. The advantage is that some skin can be removed to “tighten” the lid with the external approach but not the internal one. The surgery can be performed under local anesthesia combined with oral sedation alone or together with IV sedation. General anesthesia is not needed. Pain is usually minimal and easily controlled with over-the-counter Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Sutures are usually removed in 5 to 7 days so most people take one week off from work to rest from the surgery. Contacts and make-up can usually be worn 10 days post-op. It is recommended that new make-up be used so as to not introduce any bacteria from old products into the healing incisions.
Patients of Dr. Perkins who have had lower eyelid surgery in Santa Barbara are pleased with the result of a smoother contour from the lower lash line to the mid-cheek. Eliminating under eye bags or sagging skin can positively make a difference in a person’s look.