Would I benefit from a lower blepharoplasty w/muscle sling? (photo)

I have been feeling as though my eyes have aged considerably over the past few years. Feel as though I've lost volume in my face as well. I am 37 years old and am hoping to get rid of the bags under my eyes, dark circles and space between my eyes to where my cheeks start. Will a lower blepharoplasty w/sling accomplish this? I am very nervous about doing facial surgery. Also don't want my eye shape to change. Anyway to adjust my brows so they are even?

Doctor Answers (4)

Lower lid cheek junction can be corrected with several options

Your photos show good skin character, but as you suggest, may be developing volume depletion at the young age of 37.  There are several options such as injectable fillers, fat transfer, or surgical blepharoplasty.  I would explore the non-surgical options before jumping to a surgical procedure.  I agree with Dr. Steinsapir's comments previously expressed in response to your question.  Regarding your brows, there is an underlying asymmetry of your eye structures that warrants consideration, more than what I can determine based on just one photo.  Best to have an in depth exam and discussion with a qualified surgeon to evaluate how this is bothering you.

Honolulu Plastic Surgeon
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Lower blepharoplasty for eye bags

At 37 years of age there does not appear to be any  skin that needs to be removed from the lower lids since the skin tone is adequate. The herniated 3 fat pads of the lower lids create the puffy look which can be addressed through trans-conjunctival approach lower blepharoplasty. For many examples please see  the link below

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Would I benefit from a lower blepharoplasty w/muscle sling?

Based solely on your photos and without an examination it looks to me like any manipulation of the skin or muscle is unneccessary. A transconjunctival approach to sculpt the internal fat pads would probably e all that is necessary.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Have you seen a surgeon or is this question based on internet research?

I can virtually guarantee that a lower eyelid muscle sling surgery will change the shape of your lower eyelid and not in a positive way.  Frankly I do not see that your mid face issues warrant this type of surgery which is basically a mid face lift variant.  It is hard to precisely know what you need without an actual examination.  Thank is because lumps in bumps in the lower eyelid contour can look the same but be caused by different things and need different surgical approaches.  I have you tried under eye fillers.  If you have not, I would encourage you to start there.  For quite some time, you might be very happy with the effects of that approach.

The issue with the upper eyelids is that you are beginning to develop upper eyelid ptosis and you have a compensatory brow lift.  Slight asymmetry in this process is pretty normal.  Surgery is generally used to correct this issue.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Los Angeles Oculoplastic Surgeon
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