I am 52 years old and I have bags under my eyes. One is worse than the other and I would like to know a nonsurgical way to get them to go away. I don't have any winkles and this is the only thing that gives my age away. Also being on a fixed income I would like to know how I can get rid of them the most cheapest way possiable. Can anyone advise of a nonsurgical solution?
Is There a Nonsurgical Way to Remove Bags from Under my Eyes?
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Possibly, Restylane can help
If you have deep grooves below the bags, you have what are called "tear troughs." Without surgery, these can be injected with Restylane to fill in the depth of the troughs and disguise the apprerance of the bags. This treatment lastd about one year. Your best advice would be to see a plastic surgeon and ask what your options are.
Nonsurgical Correction of "Some" Lower Eyelid "Bags"
Volume Lift can help in a less invasive way
The Volume Lift can be something that can help in a less invasive way. This technique entails volumizing the face with no incisions and is done through small puncture holes that heal essentially imperceptibly. Volumizing is the best way to hide eye bags without the hollow surgical look.
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A. Dean Jabs M.D., Ph.D.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Bethesda MD/McLean VA
Nonsurgical treatment for lower eye bags
Non-surgical treatment to remove under eye bags
Non-surgical vs. Surgical Treatment of Eyelid Bags
Thank you for the great question. As others have said, there are numerous reasons why the lower eyelid area can make you look tired. Among the most common, however, is shadow and effect caused by an indentation between the lower eyelid and cheek. This is caused by descent of the cheek fat pad as we age, and also by subtle protrusion of the fat bags under the eye. In terms of non-surgical options, fillers (e.g., Restylane) can be a great way to temporarily camouflage the area. For appropriate surgical candidates, I recommend an extended lower eyelid lift with fat transposition -- using your own eyelid fat bags to fill in the hollow area and then removing extra crepey skin. Best of luck moving forward!
It is difficult to tell what you would be a candidate for without examining you or at least looking at some photos. Many patients are scared of surgery and are looking for non-surgical treatments. Restylane injections can help camoflage puffiness and reduce hollowing along the tear trough, which can sometimes dramatically improve the appearance of the under eye area. For the right person this is a great treatment, but it is definitely not for everyone. It works best for patients with relatively mild amounts of excess fat and good skin texture and thickness. The main downside is bruising. Make sure you find someone who is experienced with under eye injections.
Nonsurgical eyelid bag removal
In my opinion, the best way to address lower eyelid bags is with surgery. Injections for the lower eyelid are not optimal as the skin is very thin and the slightest irregularity from filler injections will be seen through the thin skin. Filler injections can also cause prolonged swelling in the area. Lower eyelid surgery has a very quick recovery and can be done in my office under local anesthesia with consistently excellent results.
Surgery is likely to be the best and least expensive long term
While injections to obscure the transition from the bag to the cheek may be effective, it is only short term. It is also more difficult to adjust injections for uneven bags, althought it can be done. The injection routine also gives you the up and down correction because initially it may be great, but you need the result to decrease before you can have the next maintenance.
A lower lid transconjunctival blepharoplasty can be done under just local anesthesia and oral sedation and provides an operation that lasts years. It is a one time expense with a very high satisfaction rate.
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