Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty and/or A Fat Transfer The Best For Me?

I have been advised that treatment for my dark circles can be approached through lower eyelid blepharoplasty, filler (or fat) for the lower eyelid/cheek interface, or a combination of both these approaches. Which approach would you recommend? If I do not have filler and proceed only with blepharoplasty could I be headed for an overall magnified hollow look? If I only have filler or fat injections will my eyelids look too puffy? thanks for you help!

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Fat transposition lower eyelid blepharoplasty for correction of dark circles


Lower eyelid blepharoplasty should always be approached with extreme caution since this can be frought with irreversible complications. as we age we loose fat around the eye. if toomuch cat is remove the eye hollows out prematurely . Dark circles (valley) causing the tired appearance can be the result of bulging fat (mountain) In some case, as in your, it is advisable to move the fat (mountain) into the dark circles (valley) . This way volume is preserve and th eyelid smoothed out. I will recommend a fat transposition lower eyelid blepharoplasty with hidden incision inside the eyelid (transconjunctival blepharoplsty). While a filler can be used to fill the "valley", in your case too much volume will be require and it is likey to give you a puffy appearance.

Baltimore Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Preferred Treatment for Under-Eye Hollows


Your condition is a relatively common one and deserves accurate analysis and discussion. Your esthetics after a procedure will vary greatly by the route you choose with your surgeon. The treatment approach should always be guided by your anatomy. It looks to me that you actually have normal lower lids but significant deficiency of your central cheek bone. This leads to the appearance of baggy under eyes. Without examining your side view photos, it is a little difficult to determine.

Imagine that you want a smoother transition from cheek to lower lids. You can achieve this by removing the mount (fat), filling the valley (cheek and tear trough) or both a little. Fat removal from your under eye region may make your lower lids look even more hollow because they are brought back to the level of the valley (cheek) which is already too sunken.

Too make a long story short, I would probably recommend fat grafting alone to build up the cheeks and tear troughs to a more appropriate level. Restylane is another option but usually not quite as effective. Personally, I do not like implants for the tear trough region.

Frank P. Fechner, MD
Worcester Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Blepharoplasty for bags under eyes with dark circles.


Blepharoplasty for bags under eyes with dark circles and the transfer of fat should resolve all of your issues unless you need something for pigment in the skin.  The fat is removed from the mountain and put in the valley of your lid.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

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Recognize that there is no right answer.


Much depends on your actual surgeon.  You could have benefit by a properly done lower eyelid surgery using an transconjunctival approach with arcus marginalis release.  I personally think fat is not a great option.  It tends to be disappointing over long periods of time.  I think for ease of having the treatment and the ability to adjust a service, Restylane and Perlane fillers are much better options.  However, there is more than one way to go about this.  A great deal will very much depend on who you see, and your on personal feelings about things.  I would recommend avoiding surgery that involves a cut in the lower eyelid skin or lateral canthal procedures.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Los Angeles Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Treatment of dark circles and hollowed out appearance in a male


You have a typical V shaped deformity or polar bear deformity.  Your lower eyelids are hollowed out, you have a laxity of the lower eyelid ligament and a sharp division between the lower eyelid skin and the cheek. An ideal correction would be a lower eyelid blepharoplasty with fat redistribution, tightening of the orbicularis muscle, raising of the malar fat pad laterally, tightening of the lower lateral canthal tendon and a very small degree of skin removal.  

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Eyelid Surgery


Dark circles can be caused form many factors.  Too little fat, lax skin, skin vascularity, hyperpigmentation, and anatomical bone structure, and others.  You need to have the problem defined, and start with least invasive to more invasive.  I am only moderately fond of filler under the eyes.  On some occasion, there can be a puffy appearance.  This is not one of the ironclad injection sites.  The body response is not always predictable.  Proceed with caution.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Treatment of Dark Circles Under Eyes


Both injection of filler (including fat) and Lower Blepharoplasty alone when done properly can markedly improve dark circles under the eyes. Which is best depends on the specific problem and the anatomy causing the problem. The only way to know for sure is with a consult and examination of your eyes by a surgeon who specializes in eye rejuvenation. If a Blepharoplasty is done, you need fat moved into the lateral area to disguise the bony orbit there. I would, therefore, not remove any fat, simply move it to where it will do the most good.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Dark Circles Blepharoplasty and Filler injections.


In short: combination of both lower trans-conj Blepharoplasty and filler injections. Per the pictures I can see fat herniation of the medial and central fat pads but also a trough (or hollowness) at the junction between your cheek and the lower eyelid. I usually address the hollowness first with Fillers (I prefer Radiesse for that region) and if I cannot camouflage entirely the fat pads then I would do a conservative (to avoid the hollowness) trans conjunctival Blepharoplasty. I would avoid HA fillers because of the Tyndall effect. 

Henri P. Gaboriau, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lower eyelid surgery to remove the lower eyelid fat pads


 The photos show lower eyelid fat pads in all three fat compartments but more so in the medial and central compartments.  Lower Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), I prefer transconjunctival with the incision on the inside of the eyelids could do this in about 30 minutes.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty and/or A Fat Transfer The Best For Me?


I always tell my patients to have the surgery that makes the most sense to them, but to go with what the recommendations are with the Dr. that you choose.  This is because each Plastic Surgeon will have their preferred technique that works the best for them in their hands in a given situation.  If you were my patient, I would definately prefer fat transfer, because you do not have any laxity of the skin to warrant a blepharoplasty, and your bags are minimal.  Adding a small amount of fat would not only add volume, but would smooth the area.  Good luck!

Amy T. Bandy, DO, FACS
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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