Non-surgical Treatment for Undereye Bags?
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Under eyelid bags and dark circles can be improved
Good improvements can be made by using cheek volumization, tear trough filler and resurfacing with carbon dioxide. For a really nice improvement in the area, some patients would benefit from doing all of these procedures, but the problem can't be completely solved without surgery.
Restylane might help
At 41, you might have early tear troughs making it look like you have buldging fat bags above them. It may be that rather than needing fat removed or repositioned, you could mask the tear trough very effectively with Restylane. I have had many patients with this and they have great non-surgical results that last a year or longer.
Fillers for undereye bags
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Non-surgical treatment for under eye bags
Can undereye bags be treated non-surgically?
Many patients, however, will still have some suggestion of undereye bags after filler unless surgery is done to remove or reposition the fat that tends to herniate (or bulge) over time.
Undereye Bag Non Surgical Suggestion
Lower lids: Ceramide creams for the lower lids which in minutes as they dry the clear membrane tightens the lower lid skin minimizing bags and wrinkles. This lasts from 4-8 hrs and can be reapplied as needed. Radiofrequency, laser and peels tighten the skin with minimal downtime. Fillers for fat transfer #lipoinjection, to the lower lid to fill in the cheek-lid depression that casts shadows also helps many.
For the upper lids, Botox in the crows feet area just below the brow will gently lift the lateral brow and lift a bit of the hooding on the side of your eye. This lasts about 3-4 months. Make sure you go to an expert injector associated with a Plastic Surgeon, Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dermatologist, or Ophthalmologist skilled in injections.
Lower eyelid fillers can help lower lid bags
Here is how it works. As our faces age we lose fat in our cheeks and in the area right below the eyelid bags. Fat that causes lower lid bags does not get smaller as we age. When we are young there is a smooth curve from the lower eyelid down onto the cheek. However as the cheek fat gets smaller with age the adjacent lower eyelid fat becomes more noticeable and looks like a bag. In other words our face has hills and valleys. In the lower eyelid, often the hill is not getting higher, the valley beneath is getting deeper.
That is where fillers like Restylane and Voluma come in. The filler is injected in the office to replace your cheek fat smooths the transition from the eyelid to the cheek and effectively removes the bag.
Of course you did not provide a photo, so I can not say if this treatment is the best for you. I would suggest an evaluation with a cosmetic surgeon who is experienced with lower eyelids to see what treatment might be right for you.
There is No Effective Non Surgical Treatment for Under Eye Bags
Thank you for your important question.
Puffiness of or Bags Under Eyes is a structural problem caused by excess or herniation of eyelid fat bulging against the eyelid skin.
This fat must be repositioned and or removed to remove the puffiness or bag.
Do not believe ads that say a cream or laser treatment will remove puffiness or eye bags-they will not.
Fat injection and Filler injection such as Restylane can camouflage the problem but injections into the eyelid can be dangerous and should only be done by an expert who is familiar with this technique
Under Eye Bags
In most cases, under eye bags are treated with a surgical procedure called blepharoplasty. This procedure can be done sometimes with an incision inside the lower eyelid and could be considered minimally invasive even thought in theory it is surgery.
The more commonly performed eyelid procedure, a blepharoplasty, will address the protruding under eye bags, the excess/crepey lower eyelid skin, and in some cases we can also use the same procedure to restore the mid face via fat transposition/fat grafting and/or a mid face lift.
Make sure you see a surgeon that has expertise in aesthetic surgery of the periorbital region as this area requires a specific and detailed knowledge of the anatomy to ensure a good result.
Hope this answer was helful. Good luck!
There certainly are many non-surgical options, including chemical peels, injectable fillers, and laser resurfacing. All of them are very safe and can be extremely effective when used for the proper patients. Again, the key is using the right treatment(s) for the right patient.
Do some research and see an experienced board-certified oculoplastic surgeon with proven results. He/she will do a thorough exam and discuss specific recommendations/options so you can come to an educated decision on your treatment plan.
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