“You look tired.”
“Did you get enough sleep?”
“Did you stay up late?”
Have you heard these comments or questions even when you’ve had consistent sound sleep? There’s a solution to this issue. Keep reading!
As you age, the tissues around your eyes, including some of the muscles supporting your lower eyelids, weaken. With the weakening of this muscle support, the normal fat that helps support the eyeball moves outward into the lower eyelids, causing the lower eyelids to appear puffy. This is called fat herniation. Some of you in your 20s and 30s may have bulging fat of the lower eyes due to genetics.Cool compresses, reducing salt intake, hemorrhoid creams, caffeine, and allergy medication will not get rid of lower eyelid bags caused by bulging fat. These treatments can temporarily shrink lower lids that are swollen from fluid pooled in the under eye area, but they will not treat lower eyelid bulging caused by fat herniation. Weight loss will not resolve this issue either.
Removal of this fat with a procedure called a Lower Blepharoplasty (pronounced BLEFF-uh-row-PLAS-tee), also known as a Lower Eyelid Lift. To access the fat of the lower eyelid, an incision is made either directly under the lower eyelashes or on the inside of the eyelid. The procedure can be done with you awake and comfortable under local anesthesia. Expect some bruising and swelling that can be tempered with consistent use of cool compresses.
In most cases, a lower eyelid lift gets rid of under-eye bags for life. It’s rare to need additional touch-ups. Lower Blepharoplasty can be performed safely and comfortably with only local anesthesia in our Flying Horse Medical Center office! There’s no need for general anesthesia.