Is Nasal Area Fat Pad Removal Possible without cutting muscle? (Photo)
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Importance of the medial upper eyelid fat pad
That being said, lets look at your case. You have significant fullness to the upper eyelids and you would actually benefit from removing some muscle along with skin conservatively.
The muscle does possess a function of helping with the tear blanket, but dry eyes from removing muscle is less of a concern than dry eyes resulting from removing too much skin (a condition called lagophthalmos).
Make sure that you consult with a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon.
I hope that this helps.
Upper and lower eyelid fat pad removal
The primary goal of lower eyelid surgery is to remove a conservative amount of fat in the 3 fatty compartments on the lower lids through a trans-conjunctival approach on the inside of the lower lids. If there is any excess skin present, a pinch technique is used to remove excess skin on the lower lids from the outside. The muscle is never violated on the lower lids.
For many examples, please see the link below to our eyelid surgery photo gallery
Dry Eye and Blepharoplasty
You should see a board certified plastic surgeon in your area to get a formal opinion through and in-person consultation.
Best of luck,
Vincent Marin, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal Fat Pad Removal
However, to remove the nasal fat pad, a small amount of orbicularis in this area needs to be either divided or removed to excise the fat pocket in this area. This really should not affect lid closure at all. The opinions to avoid cutting the muscle is really about avoiding excising muscle when excising skin and I would agree with these opinions. I think a conservative skin only excision blepharoplasty (no underlying muscle) with minimal dividing of nasal orbicularis to remove the more prominent nasal fat pads will be safe and will leave you with good lid closure.
Diminishing Lower Lid Bags and Hollows Nonsurgically
Many of the changes we typically encounter in the lower lids with the passage of time--namely tear trough deformities, hollows and bags, result from shrinkage, shriveling, and a downward descent of the once robust, heart-shaped fat pad that sat immediately under the lower lids and extended out toward the temples, inward toward the root of the nose, and downward about half-way to the angles of the mouth. The loss of this volume and its downward displacement in the direction of the jaw (due to weakening of the supporting ligaments and the downward pull of gravity) elongates the lower lid to several times its narrow youthful width and leaves it somewhat sunken. In addition, like a balloon having lost its air after being fully inflated for a long while, the skin of the lower eyelid fails to snap back to its youthful smoothness, and instead remains crinkled and baggy.
Today, we can attempt to address these problems nonsurgically with the injection of fillers and volumizing agents to restore the volume to the lower lids and recontour them, mask the bags, and diminish the darkish discoloration.
A variety of have been tried for these purposes. My personal favorites for dealing with tear troughs--for providing overally smoothness, shape and lift-- are the recently approved Belotero Balance and Restylane L. When more cheek support and buttressing are needed for the lower eyelid, the upper inner cheek immediately below may be supplemented with with Perlane L, known for its lifting capacity.
In my experience, while more prominent bagging may be improved considerably with this approach, some degree pf bagging typically persists following treatment. On the other hand, for mild to moderate bags, it usually takes about five minutes to treat each lower lid with immediate that typically evoke a "Wow!" response from patients when they look in the mirror.
While minimal bruising, tenderness, swelling and redness may occur following treatment in this delicate region, these are usually temporary and disappear spontaneously within one to seven days. Most people can return to work or social activities immediately or the following day and coverup may be used if desired.
Best way to do belpharoplasty
- For the upper lids, removing skin, a few muscle fibers and the excess fat will give you a nice result,
- For the lower lid, to avoid the muscle, the fat can be trimmed and repositioned from the inner eyelid - doing surgery under not through the muscle.
- Blepharoplasty can cause dry eyes - it will usually improve in 6 weeks, longer in some people.
- People with auto-immune problems or a naturally dry eye, may find their eyes permanently affected
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