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Can Eye Bags and Fat Be Removed Without Blepharoplasty?

I have had two eyelifts on the lower lid and there is not a lot of elasticity left. However, I have fat under one eye and would like to if possible have it removed. Is this possible?

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Nonsurgical Eyelift for Lower Lid Bags


Lately, an increasing number of lower eyelid bags, crinkles and crepeyness, dark circles, and tear trough derformities are being treated without surgery, i.e. a nonsurgical lower eyelid "blepharoplasty."

Before explaining how the treatment works, it is important to understand how many of the above problems come about. In youth, a robust, heart-shaped fat pad sits squarely a couple of millimeters under the lower lid. This fat pad is convex, and extends in the direction of the nose, out toward the sides of the eyes, and downward to approximately halfway in the direction of the angle of the mouth. As we age, this pad pad shrinks to a remnant of its former self, assumes the shape of a shriveled triangle, and heads Southward and inward toward the nose.

The consequences of these changes for the cheeks and lower face are not the subject of this answer. However, vis-a-vis the region under the eyes, i.e. the lower lid, we find significant elongation. In addition, the characteristically thin skin in that area (which relentlessly grows thinner with the passage of time) now sits directly over the dark blood vessels and dark muscles below it and reflects this darkness in the form of dark circles. In addition, being deflated by the loss of cheek fat, much like a balloon that has lost its air, the skin can crinkle and billow outward into small bags.

Since many of these changes result from loss and displacement of volume (fat), one quick, nonsurgical solution in appropriately selected candidates for dealing with the bags, crinkles, crepeyness and dark circles is to restore volume. A variety of substances, including Perlane, Juvederm Ultra Plus and Radiesse have been used successfully in this way. Treatment typically takes only a few minutes per side and the results are immediate. Owing to the thin skin under the eyes, bruising, mild swelling and redness are common, but temporary, typically lasting only a few days.

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New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Eyelid surgery with minimal trauma


After two eyelid surgeries you must have a great deal of scare tissue.  If you worrisome fat pocket is confined to localized are, I would suggest a transconjunctival  approach to your problem.  This type of surgery doesnot require a skin incision in your lower eyelid but one on the backside of the lid.  A small incision is made and the offending fat can be removed without leaving a trace that the procedure was ever performed.  This is you easiest and direct approach to your problem.

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Eyelid bags correction without surgery


There are no ideal ways to remove eyelid bags without surgery.  But most important question is whether the deformity of your eyelids in fact is caused by the bags.  Only a skilled and talented surgeon can determine that, so choose wisely if you should undergo yet another surgery.

Nevertheless answer your question, one can try to dissolve the fat with mesotherapy.  This has been to shown to work, although inconsistently and unpredictably.  Another method is not to remove the bags but to camouflage them with expert and judicious use of fillers in the lower lid area.  This approach is quite technique dependent, so search out a doctor who has significant experience with this procedure.

Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Lower eyelid revision


Skin and fat removal really isn't the best way to treat lower eyelids.  If you have had this done twice you may have a hollow skeletonized lower eyelid that pulls or is rounded. 

Lower eyelid improvement is about two things, the shape of the underlying tissue and the quality (not quantity) of the overlying skin.  Extra skin is almost never the cause of lower eyelid problems and taking skin out rarely results in improvement and is risky for complication.  Skin quality (crepe and wrinkles) is addressed with laser resurfacing. 

The shape of the lower eyelid should ideally be a smooth fullness that blends seemlessly into the upper cheek.  Probably you need to have volume added to your eyelid to blend into the pocket of fat rather than removal of the pocket.  You may also need to have your lower eyelid supported if it is pulled or rounded.  After having skin removed from your lower eyelid twice, you may no longer be a candidate for laser resurfacing because of the added tightness it creates.

Austin Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Careful transconjunctival blepharoplasty with fat repositioning best option


Revisional lower eyelid blepharoplasty is always complex and more risky than a first time blepharoplasty. The biggest risk of revisional blepharoplasty of the lower eyelid is weakening of the lower eyelid support by the incision on the outside of the lower eyelid which can lead to ectropion and change in eyelid shape.

The transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty uses an incision on the inside of the lower eyelid, thus lower eyelid support is preserved.

Persistant eye bags after two previous blepharoplasty suggests that fat repositioning or grafting into the depression beneath the lowe eyelid may help. it is common that a dark circle or depression beneath the lower eyelid makes the upper portion of the lower eyelid look puffy or baggy.

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Boston Plastic Surgeon
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Scar Tissue & Blepharoplasty


                  In someone who has under gone two previous blepharoplasties it’s virtually impossible to make a recommendation regarding the treatment of residual eyelid fat without pictures or a physical examination. Under these circumstances, your problem might not even be caused by fat, but instead by scar tissue caused by your previous procedures. The treatment of scar tissue would be different then the treatment of residual fat deposits.

                  Traditionally, when eyelid fat is present, it’s either removed or repositioned during blepharoplasty surgery. In some cases fat deposits can be hidden by infiltrating fillers into the surrounding tissue.

                  In this situation, an appropriate treatment plan can’t be made without consulting a board certified plastic surgeon with experience performing blepharoplasty. This surgeon should be able to help you formulate an appropriate treatment plan. In most cases revisional surgery will be necessary. 

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Can eye bags be removed without a blepharoplasty

 Lower eyelid bags are caused by herniated fat located inside the orbital septum on the lower lids. There are 3 individual compartments of fat on each lower lid. The only way to remove them is with surgery. We use a trans-conjunctiva approach( inside the lower lid) for fat removal. For many examples of eyelid surgery please see  the link below

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Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Blepharoplasty Surgery


Normally, the bags under the eyes are the result of fat protruding from the eye socket. Treatment of this may entail either removal of the fat or redistributing the fat in order to achieve a better contour of the junction between the eyelid and the cheek.

If the bags are the result of this type of protruding fat then nothing short of surgery will have an effective result. If, on the other hand, the problem is loose skin of the lower eyelids, then sometimes laser resurfacing can be of great benefit.

Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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Eyebag Removal With or Without Surgery


Thank you for the great question. Sometimes after a lower eyelid surgery, a small amount of fat can be left behind. This can cause an uneven contour to the lower eyelid. In the immediate post-operative period, tiny injections of a steroid to the area can help. However, if the problem persists months or years later, the fat bag would need to be removed. This can be accomplished from inside the eyelid, without making an incision in the external eyelid skin.

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Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Eye Bags and Fat Be Removed Without Blepharoplasty


There is no way to address your question reasonablly without an in person exam and consultation. Consult with 3 - 4 board certified plastic surgeons to explore your options.

West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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