Would You See a Plastic Surgeon or a Dermatologist for Malar Bags?

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Malar bags are treated with surgery: see a plastic surgeon who does midface lifts.

Malar bags are from descent of the cheek which can occur with age. The most popular answer for treatment is to cover them up with fillers, which doesn't treat them and can make them worse. A midface lift or cheek lift is really the only way to effectively treat this difficult problem. A midface lift will last and I usually perform this through the lower eyelid. It is surgery and does have about a 2 week recovery. I tell my patients to forego fillers and get a cheek lift when they have time to recover. I hope this helps. Dr. Trussler

Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Malar Bags Require Multiple Arrows From the Surgeon's Quiver To Hit The Bullseye!

The correct answer to your question is that you should seek out a surgeon who has devoted the time to learning how to treat malar bags, and has the surgical judgment and skill to achieve reliable correction of this problem, regardless of his specialty.  The important point here is that malar bags are not a simple problem to treat.  There can be a number of contributors to the problem of malar bags, and the anatomy of this area is complex. Because the etiology is usually multifactorial, the optimal treatment of malar bags will generally entail a concert of coordinated surgical maneuvers, rather than just using "the same hammer for every nail."

This can include resection of pre- and post-septal fat, release of the arcus marginalis (the attachment of the orbital septum to the bony orbital rim), septal reset (a repair and reinforcement of the orbial septum), fat transposition (movement of fat from one compartment of the eyelid to another), lateral canthopexy or canthoplasty ( techniques to tighten the lower eyelid), orbicularis suspension (tightening of the periocular musculature), fat grafting (placement of fat harvested from other parts of the body into the lower eyelid and cheek to change their contour), skin excision (including direct excision of the malar bags in some severe cases) and endoscopic midface lift. Malar bags are a complicated problem to treat, and often require the surgeon to utilize multiple approaches from his surgical armamentarium in a concerted fashion to achieve optimal results.

Peter Lee, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Physician for Malar Bags

In general I recommend you see a Plastic Surgeon or Facial Plastic Surgeon. However, there are a few well-trained surgical dermatologists who would operate to fix this problem.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Malar Bags

See a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon ( American Board Of Plastic Surgery). Malar bags are not easy to treat, there are multiple procedures including lower lid surgery and muscle suspension and some times direct liposuction.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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