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Under Eye Bag Surgery– Lower Eyelid Surgery

Patients come from around the world to Prasad Cosmetic Surgery seeking under eye bag surgery to improve the appearance of tired looking under eye bags. Eye lift surgery or Blepharoplasty of the lower eyelid is performed to address under eye bags or puffy eyes.

Dr. Amiya Prasad, a leading oculofacial plastic surgeon, has performed eyelid surgery for more than 20 years and is considered one of the best in his field. People often seek lower blepharoplasty because their friends and family tell them they look tired because they have puffy eyes or sagging lower eyelids.

Before and After under Eye bag surgery on older male patient
Before and After under Eye bag surgery on male patient

What Causes Bags Under Eyes?

Puffy eyes – under eye bags are often misinterpreted as being caused by fatigue or allergies. The bags that are seen under the eyes that remain unrelated to sleep or allergies are due to lower eyelid fat prolapse. The fat padding that prolapses is referred to as orbital fat. This is based on the fact that the eye sits in a space called the orbit and this space has fat in compartments. To improve the appearance of the bags under the eyes, the excess fat may be removed, repositioned and sculpted.

Loose Skin – Many people are concerned that after the under eye bags are removed from under the eyes, there will be loose skin. Depending on the support of the lower eyelid, loose skin can be addressed at the same time. Often, the skin that accommodated the eye bags/fat pockets is tightened after surgery by the orbicularis oculi muscle. The orbicularis oculi muscle contracts like a belt and tightens loose skin.

Eyelid Support – People often referred to Dr. Prasad because of unrecognized problems with lower eyelid support. Properly restoring lower eyelid support requires several different specialized techniques. In addition, the support structures of the eyelid can be shaped in a way that can create a brighter appearance to the eyes.

Lower eyelid fat padding prolapse illustration

Are You A Good Candidate for Lower Eyelid Surgery?

You may be a candidate for under eye bag surgery if:

  1. You always looked tired, even with plenty of sleep
  2. Your under eye bags are present throughout the day
  3. You have excess skin around the eyes
  4. You notice that applying makeup is becoming more difficult
  5. Your friends or family keep asking you if you’re tired or if you’re getting enough sleep

Dr. Prasad spends a lot of time with every consultation. During your consultation at Prasad Cosmetic Surgery, a special blepharoplasty examination will be conducted. The goal is to properly classify your unique features based on gender, age, ethnic background and skin condition. This will allow Dr Prasad to select the best approach for treating the under eye bags and improving the skin of the lower eyelids.

A few medical conditions make blepharoplasty more risky, including: thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism and Graves’ disease, dry eye or insufficient tears, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Being an oculofacial plastic surgeon with training in ophthalmology, Dr Prasad will advise you and discuss optimal treatments and surgical strategies to best maintain healthy eyes.

surgery to remove bags under eyes before and after
under eye bag surgery before and after

How to Get Rid of Bags Under Eyes

To address the under eye bags, loose skin and sagginess of the lower eyelid, lower eyelid surgery also known as blepharoplasty is performed.

There are different surgical techniques a surgeon can use to rejuvenate the lower eyelids, but the overall approach usually involves removing fat (or sculpting and redistributing the fat or septum) as well as removing excess skin and sagging muscle. Depending on the technique used, surgery time varies.

The two most common eyelid surgery approaches:

Transcutaneous Approach

– external incision in lower eyelid

Many surgeons commonly make an external incision just below the eyelashes when performing lower blepharoplasty known as the transcutaneous incision which means “through the skin”. This approach can be advantageous if there is sagging of the skin and the orbicularis oculi muscle (the muscle which supports the eyelid). A well placed incision can be virtually invisible when fully healed. Patients with darker skin may experience darker pigmentation (hyperpigmentation) along the incision line.

This approach often involves making incisions and flaps of the orbicularis oculi muscle. The delicate orbicularis oculi muscle is very important as it supports the lower eyelid like a hammock. If the integrity of the muscle is compromised, the shape of the eye can be altered.

This approach commonly used by general plastic surgeons who don’t specialize or have enough experience in eyelid surgery often results in “rounding”, “scleral show”, or pulling down of the lower eyelids called lower eyelid retraction. This type of surgery should be performed with an understanding of other eyelid procedures to preserve the natural shape of the eye.

Transcutaneous-Blepharoplasty-still

Transconjunctival Approach

– Incision in the Inside of the eyelid

An approach which requires knowledge of the delicate structures close to the eye, so it mostly performed by eyelid surgery specialists like Dr. Prasad. He uses the internal incision known as the transconjunctival blepharoplasty (from inside the eyelid) when he performs lower eyelid blepharoplasty. This approach has several benefits:

No external incision so signs of surgery are unnoticeable. Even a close up eye exam will not reveal signs of surgery.
The shape of the eye is typically better preserved as the orbicularis oculi muscle integrity is preserved.
Minimal trauma to the fragile support network of the eyelid structure.

tranconjunctival blepharoplasty incision illustration

Transcutaneous Approach

– external incision in lower eyelid Transcutaneous Blepharoplasty incision illustrationMany surgeons commonly make an external incision just below the eyelashes when performing lower blepharoplasty known as the transcutaneous incision which means “through the skin”. This approach can be advantageous if there is sagging of the skin and the orbicularis oculi muscle (the muscle which supports the eyelid). A well placed incision can be virtually invisible when fully healed. Patients with darker skin may experience darker pigmentation (hyperpigmentation) along the incision line. This approach often involves making incisions and flaps of the orbicularis oculi muscle. The delicate orbicularis oculi muscle is very important as it supports the lower eyelid like a hammock. If the integrity of the muscle is compromised, the shape of the eye can be altered. This approach commonly used by general plastic surgeons who don’t specialize or have enough experience in eyelid surgery often results in “rounding”, “scleral show”, or pulling down of the lower eyelids called lower eyelid retraction. This type of surgery should be performed with an understanding of other eyelid procedures to preserve the natural shape of the eye.

Transconjunctival Approach

– Incision in the Inside of the eyelid

tranconjunctival blepharoplasty incision illustrationAn approach which requires knowledge of the delicate structures close to the eye, so it mostly performed by eyelid surgery specialists like Dr Prasad. He uses the internal incision known as the transconjunctival blepharoplasty (from inside the eyelid) when he performs lower eyelid blepharoplasty. This approach has several benefits:

No external incision so signs of surgery are unnoticeable. Even a close up eye exam will not reveal signs of surgery.
The shape of the eye is typically better preserved as the orbicularis oculi muscle integrity is preserved.
Minimal trauma to the fragile support network of the eyelid structure.

Many people who consider lower eyelid surgery also choose to have upper eyelid surgery.

What Type of Anesthesia Used During Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty?

Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Amiya Prasad developed his own approach to IV sedation combined with local anesthesia called LITE™ anesthesia. General anesthesia where a patient is paralyzed, and a tube is placed in the throat connected to a respirator is avoided. Local anesthesia allows patients to recover faster from all types of cosmetic surgery (with the exception of complex rhinoplasties/nose jobs) and go back to normal life quickly. Dr. Prasad’s patients have benefited with a comfortable and quick recovery with his unique anesthesia method.

What is Recovery Like After Eye Bag Removal Surgery?

Following eye bag surgery, minimal swelling and some bruising are typical, which diminishes anywhere from within a week to ten days. Most patients return to work in one week. You will receive specific instructions for your recovery and typically have a follow up with Dr. Prasad in about one week.

plastic surgery bags under eyes before after
plastic surgery bags under eyes before after

Can Under Eye Bags Be Removed Without Surgery?

For some people with slight puffy bags and hollowing of the cheek area, hyaluronic acids fillers like Restylane may be used to blend and camouflage the bags temporarily. During your consultation with Dr Prasad, he will advise you on the suitability of using fillers to treat your under eye bags. If there is only a slight amount of fat in the eye bags, under eye fillers can be used as a short-term alternative to surgery.

What are the Risks Involved with Lower Eyelid Surgery?

Risks for lower eyelid surgery will be discussed with you prior to your surgery. As a highly experienced specialist, Dr. Prasad will help you understand how you can minimize risks for complications and how he will approach your procedure to minimize risks related directly to the surgery.

Is it Better to Use Laser for Under Eye Bag Removal ?

A laser is an instrument. The benefits of lasers for lower eyelid surgery depend on the the types of lasers used and the skills of the surgeon. Dr. Prasad has been using lasers to optimize the results of lower eyelid surgery for 20 years. He will discuss with you if lasers will provide advantages for your surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much does lower eyelid surgery cost?

The cost of eyelid surgery is based on surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, facility fees, and extensiveness of the surgery. Dr. Prasad performs his surgeries at his state-of-the-art surgical facilities to provide the highest level of safety for his patients. Financing options are available.

Can eye bag surgery go wrong?

Eye bag surgery is a popular type of cosmetic procedure; but many people still end up with undesirable outcomes due to complications of surgery. Many of these undesirable results include:
• Drooping lower eyelids
• Skin shortage that hinders the eye from closing properly
• Lower eyelid scleral show
• Lower eyelid retraction
• Ectropion
To avoid these problems, it is important to seek out the services of a surgeon who specializes in eye bag surgery, so you can be assured that he will have a deeper and extensive level of training and specialization in the field. It also helps to pursue a cosmetic surgeon who will be committed to understanding your own aesthetic goals, as well as the kind of outcome you hope to see.

Does lower blepharoplasty get rid of wrinkles?

Blepharoplasty mostly addresses the fat inside the lower eyelid, and sometime excess skin. The surgery will not make a significant improvement when dealing with the textural quality of the skin. For dynamic wrinkles around the eyes appearing when smiling/squinting, treatments such as Botox® are used to minimize the activity of the muscles that cause wrinkles. For the wrinkles that appear when the face is at rest, also known as static wrinkles, non-surgical treatments like fractional CO2 laser, PRP or are used to tighten the skin, increase collagen, and generally improve quality of the skin to help in the appearance of lines.

What age should you get a blepharoplasty?

While eye bags can be caused and increase in volume due to aging, it is mostly a genetic issue that can affect younger people. Dr. Prasad commonly performs eye bag removal surgery in patients in their 20s, who have said they’ve had the puffiness since their teen years or younger. He has performed blepharoplasty for eye bags in three generations of the same family. Dr. Prasad’s youngest patient for eye bag surgery was 14-years-old, as the eye bags were so severe he was teased at school and accused of being on drugs.

What cream can get rid of under eye bags or puffy eyes?

Although many creams claim to treat puffy eyes, no cream can address prolapsed lower eyelid fat since creams are topical on the skin, but the cause of eye bags are underneath the skin. Bags under the eyes cannot be treated with topical eye creams, no matter how expensive. It’s important to understand how the underlying structure of the lower eyelid changes over time. Creams may make the skin appear smoother, but the underlying source of puffiness needs to be treated medically.

For more answers to frequently asked questions click lower eyelid surgery FAQ videos

 

Under Eye Bag Surgery in NYC and Long Island, New York

To schedule a consultation with the Board-certified Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Prasad, contact us at our Manhattan office at (212) 265-8877 or Garden City Long Island office at (516) 742-4636. Patient financing options are available for qualified candidates.

Patient Reviews on Eye Bag Removal

under eye bag surgery reviews: Thrilled with the results of my under eye procedure. Dr. Prasad is a wonderful doctor, I absolutely recommend anyone considering eyelid plastic surgery to consult with Dr. Prasad. Reviewer: R.K.
I can’t say enough good things. Dr. Prasad should definitely be considered if you want an experienced, professional, doctor with great bedside manners. His services were worth every penny. Reviewer: Kayshaw
Getting my lower eye surgery performed by Dr. Prasad was one of the best decision I have ever taken. I will highly recommend Dr. Prasad to my family and friends. Reviewer: NANAAMA
scarless eye bag removal review: They acted very professional and friendly. His approach does allow quick recovery, and no under eye bags no more. Thanks. Reviewer: AuraCs
Excellent 100% satisfactorily. I felt very satisfied with the consultation, procedure, and aftercare. I felt like Dr. Prasad was honest about the results and didn’t promise something unrealistic. Reviewer: Dam.andez
Fresh eyes, happy face. I am so happy I made the choice of removing my bags by Dr. Prasad. There was no scar, no pain, no worries. He is an artist at his craft. Reviewer: ArazPL
Eye bag surgery customer reviews "my face is fresh and radiant looking, and i feel so much better"
Rejuvenated look after eyebag surgery, results look very natural. I would recommend Dr. Prasad for his level of expertise and professionalism. Reviewer: Isabe
under eye bag surgery patient reviews "outstanding work on the procedure, my bags are gone, healed up quickly"
After consulting many surgeons, I went with Dr. Prasad. I am now a month after the surgery. I am very happy with the results. I do not look sleepy or tired like I use to. Reviewer: Jessidea
Dr. Prasad is a gentleman, genius, and a pioneer! Eye bags removal – new york. My results have been amazing and my experience with the whole staff including Linda and Ania. Reviewer: Sparker35

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