Under eye bags make you look tired. However, they can be corrected with lower eyelid surgery or lower blepharoplasty. But before opting for the surgery it’s advisable that you do your homework and ensure if the surgery can meet your expectations.
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Causes of Under Eye Bags
Puffy Eyes: It’s a misconception that under eye bags are caused by fatigue or allergies. The bags unrelated to sleep or allergies are because of lower eyelid fat prolapse. This prolapsed fat is called orbital fat, because the space in which the eye sits is known as orbit and it has fat in compartments. To improve the appearance of the eyes with under eye bags, this fat may be removed, relocated and sculpted.
Loose Skin: Several people are worried that after the removal of under eye bags they will have loose skin there. However the loose skin can be corrected at the same time depending upon the support of the lower eyelid. Usually the skin housing the eye bags/fat pockets is tightened by the orbicularis oculi muscle after the surgery. This muscle contacts like a belt and firms loose skin.
Eyelid Support: Properly restoring lower eyelid support needs many different specialised techniques for which http://www.naveensomia.com.au is known. Plus, the support structures can be shaped in a way as to give a brighter appearance to the eyes.
Right Candidate for Lower Blepharoplasty
You may be the best candidate for lower blepharoplasty if:
Ø You look tired always, despite having adequate sleep
Ø You have got the under eye bags all through the day
Ø There is excess skin around your eyes
Ø You find that wearing makeup is becoming increasingly difficult
Some medical conditions bring more risks for blepharoplasty, like:
Ø Thyroid problems like hypothyroidism and Grave’s disease
Ø Inadequate tears or dry eyes
Ø High blood pressure or other circulatory problems
Ø Cardiovascular disease
Benefits of Lower Blepharoplasty
Getting lower blepharoplasty done to improve eye bags, tissues under the eye and loose skin can offer a dramatic change to your overall appearance. You will seem less tired with the new fresh look. With the drooping eyelids toned and eye bags eliminated, your eyes may look several years younger.
What is Done in Lower Blepharoplasty?
Various surgical methods are used by ophthalmic surgeons to rejuvenate the lower eyelids; yet the general approach involves removal of fat (or sculpting and re-dispersing the fat or septum) and also removal of sagging muscle and excess skin. Two approaches of the eyelid surgery are the most common.
In this approach, an external incision is made just below the eyelashes called transcutaneous incision which means ‘through the skin’. This can be beneficial if the skin and the orbiculris oculi muscle are sagged. A well-placed incision can be apparently invisible when totally healed. Patients having darker skin may find darker pigmentation (hyperpigmentation) along the line of incision.
This approach usually includes making incisions and flaps in the orbicularis oculi muscle. This muscle is very delicate and important as it provides support to the lower eyelid just like a hammock. If its integrity has to be compromised, there may be a change in the shape of the eye.
If an inexperienced doctor takes this approach it may result in ‘scleral show’, ‘rounding’ or pulling down of the lower eyelid known as lower eyelid retraction. To maintain the natural shape of the eye, this surgery should be performed by an expert, who specialises in these types of surgeries.
This procedure should be performed by someone like Dr. Naveen Somia who has thorough knowledge of the delicate structures near the eye. Here incision is given inside the eyelid. The benefits of this approach are:
Ø No signs of surgery are seen outside
Ø No alteration in the shape of the eye because the integrity of the orbicularis oculi muscle is intact
Ø Minimal trauma to the delicate support network of the eyelid structure