I have these puffy fluid like pockets on both my cheekbones. I believe they are festoons? To me they are very bad. (Photo)

I would like to know what I can do to reduce the puffiness or to get rid of them completely?

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How to treat festoons

Thank you for sharing your question and posting your photo. You have festoons, which are particularly challenging for doctors to treat. Options include direct excision which can leave a significant scar, steroid injection which can cause atrophy, laser resurfacing which is usually only minimally effective and Doxycycline injections which a few doctors have found to be successful. Make an appointment for comprehensive evaluation and discussion of possible treatment options.Good luck,

I have these puffy fluid like pockets on both my cheekbones. I believe they are festoons? To me they are very bad

The most reliable way to remove them is to excise them. This will leave a scar where the festoon is at present but that scar usually heals well. Other methods have been tried but are not reliable/ predictable in their outcome

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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This is swelling in the malar fat pad, and can be referred to as festoons.  Often with festoons there is also a thinning of the skin which you don't seem to have.  These are not easy to remove.  An extended lower lid blepharoplasty can elevate the whole area, and this can improve the contour.  Some laser resurfacing on top of them can also sometimes flatten them.  The difficulty is that this fat pad often can remain full after any trearment.  

John J. Martin, Jr., MD
Coral Gables Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Festoons -- Laser, Fillers or Surgery

Lasers or fillers can help, but often surgery is the best option. I suggest seeking an expert for an in person evaluation. Best, Dr. Emer

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