Can I Have a Blepharoplasty if There is Still Some Filler Left?

Hi I am 38. Following a traumatic and lengthy detox last year my lower eyelid contours changed, the pretarsal bulge no longer sat neatly under the eyelids, hence the smile lines changed, I now had 'flat' lower eyelids. I don't know if the fat slipped down or if the muscle loosened? I had juvederm filler for the depression of tear troughs but it looked awful, like eye bags. I don't smile anymore. I would now love to have a blepharoplasty with fat repositioning. Can a surgeon perform one if there is still some filler left?? Thanks

Doctor Answers 11

Eyelid surgery

You have found out that fillers are no good for the lower lids. I also recommend fat removal instead of repositioning.  Repositioning of the fat sounds like a good idea, but in reality, it really doesn't do what you think it will and you will return later to simply gave the fat removed.  Keep it simple!

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Various and diverse opinions

You will most likely get various and diverse opinions in answering your question.
Personally, I would prefer that your filler be completely gone before performing a
blepharoplasty. Any unnatural distortion of the eyelids can potentially effect the
desired contours following surgery. You would only have to wait a matter of months
before all the filler is gone, so why take a chance of creating a problem and potential dissatisfaction?

Sigmund L. Sattenspiel, MD
Freehold Facial Plastic Surgeon

Blepharoplasty and residual filler in eyelids

You can still undergo a blepharoplasty with fat repositioning even though there is some Juvederm filler still in the orbit. It is important to make sure that the Juvederm is not within the orbital septum creating puffiness since this will just extend the healing time significantly. If there is only a minimal amount of filler left in the eyelids, you can go ahead and proceed with the eyelid surgery.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 143 reviews

Best to wait until filler is gone before eyelid surgery

My personal preference is to wait until most of the filler has disappeared, which in the lower eyelids can be more than 6 months after initial injection. This way I can ensure an excellent outcome for the patient.

Daniel Townsend, MD
Boston Oculoplastic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Hyaluronic acid fillers can be dissolved prior to blepharoplasty.

Hyaluronic acid can be dissolved with an injectable enzyme, so it is possible to remove the product before undergoing blepharoplasty. That way, it will be clear to see what microsculpting of fat needs to be done.

Elizabeth Slass Lee, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 54 reviews

Blepheroplasty with filler

To be accurate during the surgical procedure you want the filler to be gone. either by time or by dissolving the hyaluronic acid.

It does make the surgery more accurate and precise.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Fillers will not effect lower blepharoplasty

The fillers that are in place should be no reason to not have your lower bleph with fat repositioning. The dissection for the procedure will allow your doc to clear a space along the infraorbital rim to reposition your fat so the filler will not be an issue.

Jason B. Diamond, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
3.7 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Need personal consultation with expereinced eyelid surgeon to answer this

It is possible to have eyelid surgery in the presence of lower eyelid filler. However, your first job is really to find the right surgeon. That person should have solid training and reputation. However, you need to study their before and after photos as well.

If there are things in their work you do not like, don't assume because the surgeon is charming or that the are reputed to be "the best," your work will be any better that what you see in the before and after pictures. Remember, the surgeon presents these pictures not as representative of their work but because they represent the absolute best of their work. The right eyelid surgey will assess you and determine the best approach for your particular situation.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Best to wait for fillers to dissipate before blepharoplasty

I strongly believe that it is best until all of the filler is gone before proceeding with eyelid surgery. Filler present in the tear trough area can masquerade the orbital rim and allow for misjudgment when removing eyelid fat. It can make the surgery more technically difficult and thus increase the chance of a poor outcome.

If you must have the surgery sooner rather than later, hyaluronidase can be applied to the area to dissolve the filler (if a hyaluronic acid was used). The best option, however, is to be patient and wait it out.

Andres Bustillo, MD, FACS
Miami Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Blepharoplasty can be performed with filler

Blepharoplasty can be performed with the filler in place. However, your plastic surgeon can also remove the filler with Hyaluronidase prior to the procedure if they feel it may interfere with their ability to obtain an excellent result.

In general we like to add the filler after the procedure or during in order to place enough fat in the right position. Occasionally there is not enough fat to transpose and filler is required to enhance the result. Best wishes in your recovery.

Charles Perry, MD
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

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