Blepharoplasty or Filler in the Tear Trough?
- Asked by cravingbeauty in Milwaukee, WI
- 4 years ago
I HATE my under eye bags. They are genetic. I want to have them fixed. My aunt had it done but 10 yrs. later she has hollow, sunken orbital area. I don't want that so I am considering having a filler put in my tear troughs, but I've heard horror stories. I've tried every type of cream, home remedy, etc.
I'm 39 and I don't want to look like I'm in my 40's. I'm attaching a pic taken with light over my head so you can see the bags well. Suggestions?
Arcus Release and Fat Grafting Best for Tear Trough Avoid Filler Injection
Thank you for your email. I do see the depression beneath your lower eyelid called the Tear Trough and the puffiness of the lower eyelid above the depression. Some call this Dark Circles under the Eyes.
This is best treated with the Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty with Arcus Release and Fat Grafting. See the link below for a detailed explanation of the correction of Dark Circles under the Eyes.
Filler injections into the lower eyelid are dangerous in inexperienced hanbds and can often make the problem worse.
Blepharoplasty better for you overall with the right surgeon
I think surgery is the better choice for you and here's why:
You have an abundance of fat that can be used to reposition over the hollow areas under your eyes and in your tear troughs. This method avoids the over-hollowing some patients experience. The fillers are fine but do not last very long and have a high risk of bruising (so does surgery but at least it's a one time thing). Just make sure you see a surgeon who is not overly aggressive about fat removal and more conservative in the approach, preferably to reposition the fat.
Lower lid blepharoplasty or dermal fillers
There are many valid arguments for each type of approach to rejuvenating the eyes in lower lid Blepharoplasty. You are young and it is clear that the herniated fat that your lower eyelids exhibit is genetic in origin. You are definitely a candidate for filler in this area but, you are also a fantastic candidate for a conservative transconjunctival Blepharoplasty of the lower lids. If you have dermal filler placed in the lower lids, you will need to have the procedure repeated every 7-9 months to maintain your appearance.
In your case, a transconjunctival Blepharoplasty is extremely safe and when performed appropriately, will give you results that are superior to dermal fillers of the eyes and will last for years. At your age, and based on your photos, you will likely need little if any manipulation of the lower lid skin following fat removal or fat repositioning, which really decreases the incidence of postoperative lower lid Blepharoplasty complications. A good and thorough consultation with a surgeon experienced in both dermal fillers and Blepharoplasty will be your best bet.
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Fat transfer, fat grafting, fat injections, and structural fat grafting are basically the same. This involves taking live fat cells, protecting and processing them, and re-injecting or placing them in an area where more fat or bulk is needed. Some special terms are used for marketing purposes, but it is all fat grating. There is a greater possibility of irregularity of result with fat than with fillers. That is because it is difficult to place very tiny strands of fat under the very thin skin in the tear trough area, and therefore slight lumpiness is sometimes seen and is not desirable. However, there is a way to combine fat grafting with blepharoplasty where the fat in injected underneath the skin into the bulk of the orbicularis muscle of the lower lid. My best advice to is go to a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience with lower lid conservative blepharoplasty, talk to some of his patients, fully understand his surgical plan, and make sure that he/she understands your goals for the surgery,
Transconjuntival Blepharoplasty (the hidden or concealed incision lower eyelid tuck)
I would agree with Dr. Aldea. The decision comes down to a topographic decision. Is the prominent orbital fat the problem or the sagging cheek fat creating a depression? In my opinion, it appears that the prominent orbital fat is the main culprit. Conservative removal of the fat should be a realitvely simple and long term solution. This can be done through a concealed incision behind the eyelid. The Restylane could be injected at a later date if the cheek fat is also responsible.
Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty and Restylane to the Tear Trough
I think you would do best with a careful, minimal, precise lower lid fat removal via a Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty. That would reduce the baggy fat pseudo herniation of the lower lids.
Dr. P. Aldea
Eyelid surgery with fat transfer would give the best result
Fillers can help disguise the bags but have a risk of irregularities. You note that your aunt has a hollowed out look, and this is the reason that I would recommend not removing fat from your lower eyelids, but rather transferring fat to fill out the tear trough grooves (the grooves between the lower eyelids and the cheeks). This has the combined benefit of getting rid of the puffiness, putting the fat to good use to fill out the grooves between your lower eyelids and cheeks, and preserving volume. We all lose volume with age, and this can be made worse by removing fat, eventually causing a hollowed out look.
This procedure of fat transfer can be accomplished with a transconjuntival approach (an incision inside the lower eyelid) or an open approach (an incision on the outside of the lower eyelid). Discuss the above with your plastic surgeon. If you choose to have fillers, make sure that the doctor doing the filler is very experienced as the lower eyelids are one of the most demanding areas.
You would benefit from a combined approach
You have excess fullness in the inner half of both lower lids. You also have hollowness under the eyes in the tear tough area. In my practice we would advise that you not have a blepharoplasty alone but rather a lower lid fat repositioning (sometimes called a fat pedicle transfer). In this procedure the lower lid fat pedicle is rotated and transferred to the tear tough area. This combined approach reduces fullness in the lower lids–where you do not like it–and adds fullness to the tear tough area where you need it.
Fillers are also an excellent choice if you are not quite ready for surgery and want a good cosmetic result. This treatment will need to be repeated every several months
Good Luck and Happy New Year!
Dark circles under eyes. Fillers or surgery, what is best. Answer from New Jersey
You are asking a very important question that deserve a careful answer. Fillers are a good way to improve the lower lid appearance by filling the dark circles that start by the nose, the so called tear trough area. This can be done safely and effectively by a technique that I describe in a blog on my web site today in response to your question and other questions that I have received recently. In your situation you present with an eyelid bag which is the orbital fat protruding through eyelid soft tissues. The best and most permanent solution is to conservatively remove the excess fat or use the fat to fill in the tear trough during a surgical procedure. Fillers, if done properly could give you an improvement but could not completely resulve the problem. If you didn't have the bulging fat you would have been a perfect candidate for fillers.
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Blepharoplasty or Filler in the Tear Trough
I think everyone is in agreement that a combination approach is best. That is, a transconjunctival approach to the lower lid and transposition of fat. Then either fat grafting or Restylane or Juvederm would help with the overall picture.
Web reference: http://www.drvitenas.com/blepharoplasty.html
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