Is Fat Repositioning During Lower Blepharoplasty a Common Procedure?

This is a follow-up to my first question... titled: "Lower blepharoplasty with Negative Vector orbit?" During my consultations, I asked about repositioning the fat from the bulge to the crease under the eye, instead of removing the fat completely. I was informed the rate of success is not good for repositioning the fat. It is better to have the fat removed and than get fillers injected in that area. Is there often complications associated with fat repositioning under the eye?

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Fat repositioning or tissue rearrangement for lower eyelids

In about 95% of the cases I do tissue rearrangement or fat repositioning for the lower blephroplasty.  It works quite well and is my preferred method of helping lower eyelids.  Why throw tissue that is your own away and then put something foreign in?  This is sometimes in conjunction with some midface suspension of tissues that help the thin tissues of the bony middle part of the face especially in negative vectors.  You should seek out someone who does these procedures frequently like a board certified plastic surgeon member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  Good luck with your search.

Dan Mills MD FACS


Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Fat repositioning in lower lid bleph

I sometimes use fat repositioning but also sometiems remove fat. It really depends upon the indfvidual and how they look.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Fat repositioning versus partial fat removal

 Fat repositioning versus  partial fat removal  is very controversial in the field of facial cosmetic surgery.  There is no consensus amongst surgeons as to what is the best technique, therefore seek 2 or 3 consultations in your area by surgeons who perform lots of  blepharoplasty procedures for best results

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 129 reviews

Fat repositioning in lower eyelid blepharoplasty is very beneficial

As an oculoplastic surgeon, in my mind, there is only a RARE patient that does not benefit from fat repositioning in doing blepharoplasty.  Over the last decade, as surgeons, our experience has showed us that if too much fat is removed from the lower lids, patients generally wind up looking hollow or "skeletonized" with time.  In almost all of my cases, I reposition the lower lid fat into the hollow area over the inferior orbital rim to improve the contour. In some patients, they may be so hollow that lower lid fillers may still need to be considered.  There is no real increased complication rate, but as with all things, it depends on the surgeon and his/her experience.  Please see the attached link for an article I wrote on the subject several years ago.

Good Luck

Jasmine Mohadjer, MD

Jasmine Mohadjer, MD
Tampa Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Repositioning is a good idea

For years, surgeons would perform lower eyelid blepharoplasty with the intent of removing bulges. However, a better concept is to create a smooth transition fro the lower eyelid to the cheeks. Therefore, in some patients, fat repositioning is not only possible but required. This will give a more natural, youthful look without abnormal hollowness.

Sandy Sule, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Lower eyelid fat repositioning

this is a good follow-up to your initial question. Fat repositioning actually is a great maneuvered performed on someone like you. Not everyone is good candidate but a stunning photos and history are not a bad one. It's nice to have a little more fat to work with. I think most the time it is pretty successful but it's all about perception. The patient and the patient's friends and families will never really know the difference between having had repositioning versus simply having the fat removed. Fat repositioning is a good procedure to perform and it does create a nice improvement but it doesn't always have this wow effect that people have envisioned in their heads. Without it you undoubtably would look hollow after your surgery. But there's no way for you to really compare repositioning versus not repositioning. I tell all lower eyelid patients whether they're having repositioning procedure or other more standard floor eyelid maneuvers to treat bags that their optimal result may still be provided by an additional syringe filler or even fat transfer. The entire complex of the lower eyelid, the anterior cheek, and the lateral orbital rim is an interesting place that requires, much of the time, restoration of that entire area not just the lower eyelids if you really want to make a nice difference.

So to answer your question: fat repositioning good? Answer. Yes. That being said you want to find a surgeon who can show you actual photographs of that procedure. If they're doing enough lower eyelid surgery bill have various categories of before-and-after's to show you.

Chase Lay, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 72 reviews

Fat Reposition rather than Removal in Lower Blepharoplasty

Modern Blepharoplasty has moved from removal to repositioning the fat for a very good reason. If the fat is removed, the eye begins to look hollow and skeletonized within a year or two as the aging eye continues to lose fat. Many surgeons continue to use the method they learned because it is easier. However, the rest of us have continued to modify our technique to improve our results. The success is excellent if one understands the anatomy and has modified the procedure to accommodate the moved fat and suspend the lid to prevent complications. Having fillers to replace the fat removed makes absolutely no sense, since the best filler is your own fat, and artificial fillers are expensive. Besides, injecting the tear trough is one of the most difficult areas one can inject.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Fat repositioning with a blepharoplasty.

I do this procedure of fat repositioning with a blepharoplasty commonly in my practice. If the patient is getting sufficient elevation with a cheek lift then it is not necessary. Otherwise this is a common procedure using the fat from the mountain to fill in the valley with a blepharoplasty.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Lower blepharoplasty with fat transposition

Lower blepharoplasty with fat transposition (or repositioning) is an excellent effective procedure to accomplish two goals:  1) reduce the bags/fat of the lower eyelid;  2) to fill up the hollow dark circles.  Done correctly, it is very safe and effective.  See an oculoplastic surgeon familiar with the procedure.

Mehryar (Ray) Taban, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Fat repositioning and cheek lift surgery for lower eyelid rejuvenation

In most patients with changes of aging around the cheeks, the cheek has dropped considerably.

We've found it is usually best to elevate the cheek via a cheek lift and reposition the fat rather than just reposition the fat.  Then, the cheek with its fatty tissues is positioned higher and can hide lower eyelid hollowness.

Fat repositioning is not a common practice by any means, and still quite controversial, particularly procedures which involve division of the orbital septum or tightening of the septum.

It's best to select a surgeon with an interest in the mid face / cheek lifts.

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