i'm 55. I have hollow eyes and have had some fillers used to treat a depression at the outer, lower aspect of the socket, but there is still an issue with some wrinkles caused by a little bit of loose skin. Is skin excision the best way to go?
What's the Best Treatment for Loose Skin Under Eyes?
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Loose Lower Eyelid Skin
You have very accurately identified the first goal in the most up to date approaches- additional volume.
It sounds as though you have identified a "lateral orbital hollow" as well as some loose skin. In general I would recommend the following are considered:
1.) Additional volume with "no down-time" such as Restylane, which you have completed.
2.) Consideration for natural volume with your own abdominal fat transferred.
3.) Botox or Dysport (your choice) to lessen the contractile forces of the periorbital muscles (crows feet).
4.) Potential tightening skin procedures such as chemical peels or fractionated carbon dioxide lasers.
5.) Removal of excess skin with pinch blepharoplasty or skin-muscle flap blepharoplasty.
Obviously the best idea is to start with the least invasive and most natural options progressing only as needed to more advanced options.
Best of Luck to You!
Todd Hobgood, MD
Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Management Of Loose Lower Eyelid Skin
Unfortunately, the use of injectable fillers has very little impact upon loose lower eyelid skin. For this reason, additional treatment is usually necessary to treat this problem following the use of these fillers.
The vast majority of patients with redundant eyelid skin require blepharoplasty surgery. Rarely, when minimal amounts of excess skin are present, nonsurgical alternatives may be helpful. These procedures actually tighten the skin by causing contraction of the dermal collagen. Procedures in this category include TCA chemical peels and a variety of laser procedures. These procedures provide minimal degrees of skin tightening and also remove fine eyelid wrinkles.
In any particular case, it's virtually impossible to make a recommendation without pictures or a physical examination. It's, therefore, important to consult a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in this area. This surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your anatomic findings and achieves your aesthetic goals.
Solutions for loose skin
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Best treatment for loose skin under eyes
At 55 years of age, the best option for loose skin underneath the eyelids is usually a pinch technique done at the subciliary line. This is a technique often done with lower blepharoplasty, but can be done independently. Immediately below the lash line 2 to 3 mm of excess skin is pinched from the lower lids. Tissue glue such as Histocryl is used to close the incision. Another option to help tighten the lower lid skin is fractional carbon dioxide laser resurfacing.
Laser and Eyelid surgery to correct loose lower lids
Loose skin under the eyes usually responds well to carbon dioxide laser resurfacing. The laser energy heats the collagen fibers in the dermal layer of the skin resulting in contraction and tightening. Traditional carbon-dioxide lasers such as the Ultra-Pulse laser work very well here, as do the newer fractional carbon-dioxide lasers such as the DOT therapy treatment.
Another important factor in loose lower eyelid skin is the tone of the lid, itself. In some cases, the lid is loose, and any tightening procedure such as laser resurfacing, may pull it down more. In severe cases, the white of the eye may show beneath the iris because the lower lid has become excessively loose and/or rounded. To correct and prevent this problem, it may be advisable to have a surgical procedure known as a canthopexy which will lift and tighten the outer corner of the eye itself. The canthopexy is often done at the same time as a blepharoplasty and laser resurfacing.
Treating loose skin under the eyes
Skin excision may work very well for tightening up skin in the region you're describing. You might also be a candidate for a cheeklift procedure, which is completed though an incision in lower eyelid and has the advantage of being a form of mini-facelift and can also give some improvement in nasolabial fold region. Your skin, facial sturcture and personal wishes should be evaluated by a surgeon so that together you two can come up with the best treatment for you.
Loose skin under eyes
Fillers will correct hollowness along the lower lid cheek margin. It will not improve the loose lower eyelid skin.
Stop Bluffing and consider a Blepharoplasty
Usually as we advance in age the eyelid skin loses its youthfulness. Fillers are a reason nonsurgical way to improve this area. These measures are temporary. Depending on your perspective and the result this may be a good or bad. The best way to have a more lasting improvement is through a blepharoplasty. Depending on the issues , a blepharoplasty can remove loose skin, aid in tightening of the skin and correction of hollowness. Visit with several board certified plastic surgeons for opinions concerning your eyes.
Correction of loose skin under the eyes
The only way to correct loose skin under the eyes, particularly if you have already had fillers, is to remove the excess skin with a blepharoplasty or to do laser resurfacing or peel the area. What will work best for you will require a consultation with a plastic surgeon with experience in eyelid rejuvenation.
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