Under eye bags, wrinkles and crepey skin what is the best alternative treatment to surgery? (Photos)

Hi, I have always suffered with bags under my eyes but I now have numerous wrinkles when I smile as far around as the top of my cheeks. The skin underneath my eyes is thin and also has fine wrinkles all the time. What would the best non surgical treament please.?

Doctor Answers 5

Eye bags and wrinkles are multifactorial and can be treated with minimally invasive interventions and surgery

There are two main factors that contribute to the appearance of under eye bags, distribution of volume and skin and lid laxity.  Believe it or not the major contributor in most people is volume redistribution that happens with aging.  We all start loosing the high cheek and periorbital (around the eye) volume in our late teens and early twenties and and start really noticing in our thirties and fourties.  When the volume around the eyes dissipates, it makes the lower lid deep fat visible ie lower lid bags.  A modern blepharoplasty is very different from blepharoplasty done even one to two decades ago.  In the past blepharoplasty involved removing and discarding fat from deep in the lower lid, but now we recognize the value of preserving it and transposing it to anew position that helps aesthetically.  I usually treat patients like yourself who have these findings but are not ready for surgery with what I call "aesthetic facial balancing."  What this means is I use volume in the form of Hyaluronic acid based fillers of your body's own fat to restore the volume and shapes of youth which again make the bags hidden.  This also helps with the loose skin and ensures that you will have an even better result when and if you decide to have a formal blepharoplasty.  Treating with HA fillers is a quick procedure with low downtime.  Fat grafting can also be done under local but I usually put patients to sleep for this procedure and I would recommend having a blepharoplasty if you are going to sleep.  I hope this helps!

All the best,
Rian A. Maercks M.D.

Eyelid Surgery

Thank you for your question. For non-surgical treatments, I recommend hydraulic acid fillers. I suggest that you consult in person with a board certified facial plastic surgeon. Best wishes,

Ross A. Clevens, MD
Melbourne Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dark Circles, Eyelid Wrinkles/Bags Treatment -- Restylane or Belotero with Cannulas, Clear+Brilliant, Eclipse Micropen, Viva

Fillers, lasers, microneedling/PRP as well options for treatment in this area without surgery. I suggest seeing an expert.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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