Can Fat Under Eyes be Removed Without Surgery?

I got baggy eyes & want to remove excessive fat from upper & lower lid of eyes, is it possible without surgery,if no how much it cost to the persons who resides in Canada or UAE.

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Options to remove fat under eyes without surgery

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To achieve best results, you should have a consultation with an eyelid surgeon to discuss the effectiveness of a nonsurgical approach. Only surgery can get rid of the hoods from the upper eyelids. The procedure can be performed within 45 minutes and appear healed in 2 weeks. If the fat bags in the lower eyelids are mild, then fillers can be used to augment the cheek volume and conceal the appearance of the bags. Fillers are relatively inexpensive, but will have to be repeated in about a year. I hope you find this helpful.

Fat bags under eyes

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There are some non-surgical treatments that help with the appearance of fat bags.  These include some laser procedures or injectable fillers.  There is no substitute for surgery, however. Excess bags are often not caused by just fat alone.  They are often a result of some connective tissue of the lower orbit that weakens and causes normal fat to bulge.  Surgical manipulation of this membrane can help blend the appearance of this area and reduce the prominence of the eye bags, without appearing "sunken in"

Can I get rid of puffy heavy eyelid fat without surgery?

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Eyelid Bags can be caused by many different issues. Sometimes a combination of issues are contributing to the puffy, heavy look of the lids. Changes in skin, fluid accumulation, muscle, fat from the eye socket, and changes in the cheek and surrounding structures can all contribute. It is important to have an experienced physician evaluate your eyelids to determine all the changes that need to be addressed to achieve your goals. Although fat can not be REMOVED without surgery, in many cases, in office procedures can be used to improved the shadowing and baggy appearance of the lid. I commonly use injections such as Botox, Restylane, and Voluma in combination with skin rejuvenation to improve the eyelids without surgery.

Jeffrey M. Joseph, MD
Newport Beach Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Upper and lower eyelid fat can be treated differently

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For the upper lids, the only solution is surgery.  Upper lid blepharoplasty is a short procedure which can be performed in the office OR suite with suture removal two to three days postoperatively.  For the lower lids, while surgery is also an option, you can also consider the use of a filler such as Restylane as an initial treatment and then assess whether it produced the desired benefit.  The procedures can be performed together and the cost is relatively low.

Non Surgical Blepharoplasty

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There is no non-surgical method for removing fat from around the eyes. The best alternative may be to add fat or facial filler to around the eyes to camoflauge the hallows.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Under eye fat without surgery?

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If you are opposed to surgery and depending on how much fat you have, filling out the surrounding area with a filler may achieve the appearance that the fat has been taken out. This is more like a camouflage effect, but if done properly you can get very good results without the surgery.


Dr Siegel

Removing Fat under the eyes without surgery

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There is still no other way currently to remove the fat from under the eye area without surgery.  There are many different lasers and injections such as Kybella which are currently being studied to achieve this.  However, currently only surgery can remove the fat from around the eye area.  Thermage can tighten the skin around the eyes and face, Fraxel can help the texture and tone of the skin around the face/eyes, Botox can help with the crow's feet around the eyes, and fillers can help mask a tear trough to improve its appearance.  Please consult an expert in the eye area for the best cosmetic results.  Best, Dr. Green

Nonsurgical fat camouflage

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So we cannot remove the fat without surgery. We can camouflage it though. This can be very successful with fillers and fat transfer. To tell you the truth the paradigm has shifted. We (as surgeons) are not removing as much fat as we once used to. This is because we have learned that 20 years down the road people end up with a hallow and aged look. 

So now even when we do surgery it is more of a re positioning of the fat than removal. With fat transfer we can camouflage this transition point. 

It is all about the balance of this transition from the orbit to the cheek. There are many ways to treat this and they vary by the underlying cause. I recommend seeing a surgeon who also does a lot of these treatments. This can make a big difference as most people have a combination of the above that lead to the issue.

Hope this helps.

Best of luck,


Benjamin Caughlin, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Options for Under-Eye Bags

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Injectable fillers such as Teosyal Redensity II or Restylane, laser treatments, and under-eye compresses are non-surgical treatments that can reduce the appearance of under-eye bags. But only blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) can remove excess skin from around the eyes. While the cost of blepharoplasty depends on different factors, including the region, the average cost of eyelid surgery in Canada typically ranges between $3,000 and $6,500. Consult a certified, experienced facial plastic surgeon in person for the option that is best for you, as there are several causes for "baggy eyes".

Under eye fat

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The bottom line is no.

Typically in the upper lids we try to preserve as much fat as possible. The area near the nose often has a pea sized bit of fat we remove to prevent a bulge there

The lower eyes can have a procedure to tighten the wall that has weakened (septum orbitale) to hold the fat back or a small amount of fat can be removed from the inside and the canthus (attachment to the orbital rim) tightened slightly and a pinch of skin removed from directly under the eyelashes leaving an imperceptible line. 

All can be done in the office with a touch of sedation.

Dr. J

A. Dean Jabs M.D., Ph.D.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Bethesda MD/McLean VA

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