One of the most common cosmetic complaints among adults is eye bags, the colloquial term for a saggy or wrinkled lower eyelid. So, Cosmetica offers one of the safest, simplest, and most effective ways to freshen up your under eye area and remove those eye bags–a blepharoplasty, commonly known as “eye bag removal surgery” or “the eyelift”.
For aging skin, blepharoplasty is one of the best ways to get the most out of a procedure. For those who want a face lift, oftentimes a simple eye lift will work wonders.
If your eyelids are starting to sag, making you appear older and more tired than normal, removing the excess skin can make a dramatic difference in your appearance.
Apart from simply aging you, this condition can also hinder the upper and outer peripheral vision.
For this reason, many people will undergo an under eye bag removal surgery known as a lid blepharoplasty to tighten and lift this area, thus removing the appearance of “bags” underneath the eye.
What is Eye Bag Removal Surgery?
As we age, our skin naturally becomes less elastic and loses fat padding. This means you produce less fat to fill the space, while your skin loses its ability to tighten. In addition, the muscles that control the lower eyelids begin to weaken and droop. In the case of the under eye area, this leaves excess, saggy skin beneath the eye.
Eye bag removal surgery makes the lower eyelid look smoother and more youthful, as well as improves your overall vision, in some cases.
For an upper blepharoplasty, we’ll make an incision in your upper eyelid to remove excess fat and skin. We’ll then use a very thin stitch to bring the skin back together, creating a new eyelid crease.
Also known as eye bag removal surgery, involves a small incision on the inside of your eyelid or directly under your lash line. For this procedure, patients won’t have any visible incisions or scarring.
How Does Eye Bag Removal Surgery Work?
Eye bag removal surgery is performed on your lower eyelids, upper eyelids, or both.
We will cut away excess skin and sew the skin under the eye back together.
A delicate web of veins and nerves exist beneath the skin under the eye. So, the procedure requires the delicate, precise approach of an experienced plastic surgeon, in order to be successful.
For this reason, we mark places on the under-eye where they intend to make incisions.
Many people will get under eye bag surgery in addition to a different procedure like a face lift or a brow lift. If you are having multiple procedures done, your surgeon will likely use general anesthesia so that you are completely asleep.
If you are just undergoing under eye surgery, local anesthesia will likely be sufficient. Many surgeons prefer this method, as it allows your doctor to test eye muscle movements, greatly reducing the risk of negative side effects.
We’ll perform the procedure with you sitting upright, so that we can see your eye bags more clearly.
How Much Does It Cost to Remove Eye Bags?
The price of under eye surgery can vary by region and by the experience of the plastic surgeon. Price also depends on the complexity and type of under eye surgery performed.
In some cases, insurance companies will cover the cost of an under eye surgery. In order to have your procedure covered, you must be able to prove that your visual field is obstructed by your eye bags.
If this is the case, you’ll need to have it documented during an eye exam, along with photographs and a formal visual field test.
However, if you want under eye surgery for cosmetic reasons, your insurance is unlikely to cover it.
Is Eye Bag Surgery Dangerous?
Blepharoplasty, like many other cosmetic procedures, is safe and effective. Conservative approaches normally work best.
For patients with medical needs that prevent an eye bag surgery procedure, sometimes, we recommend adding fillers to the area. In other cases, we may recommend the use of chemical or laser treatments.
However, as with any other surgical procedure, we provide patients with risks, even though they are low.
We’ll ask about any allergies you may have, or medications you take, whenever you schedule your consultation.
Rare Eye Bag Surgery Risks Include:
- Cysts where the skin was sewn together
- Double vision
- Drooping upper eyelid
- Excessive muscle removal
- Necrosis, or death, of fat tissue under the eye, which often results in difficulty opening and closing the eyelids
- Skin discoloration
- Blurred vision, and sometimes loss of vision
- Wounds that won’t heal well
General Surgery Risks Include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- An unusual heart rate
- Severe new eye pain
- Unusual vision problems
How Should I Prepare For Permanent Eye Bag Removal Surgery?
Once you decide to undergo an under eye surgery, you’ll schedule a consultation with the board certified plastic surgeons at Cosmetica. Depending on the case, we may ask you to see an ophthalmologist, as well.
We’ll discuss your medical history, especially if you have any eye conditions like glaucoma or chronic dry eyes. We will also need to know about your history with alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
Before your under eye removal surgery, we’ll need a physical examination, a vision examination, and we’ll take photos of your under eye area from multiple angles. This is to help us plan your surgery.
If you take blood thinners, such as warfarin, aspirin, or ibuprofen, we will request that you temporarily stop taking them. Again, we will discuss your medical history in the consultation, as each case varies. Also, if you smoke recreationally, we’ll also request that you stop smoking several weeks before surgery, as smoking can hinder your body’s ability to heal.
On the day of your surgery, you will need another form of transportation, to and from the procedure, as you will not be able to drive yourself, afterwards.
Eye Bag Surgery Recovery
Under eye surgery is generally an outpatient procedure. It also has a very short recovery time. You’ll notice swelling and bruising on the day after the surgery, but this disappears over time.
We’ll give you individualized instructions about care following surgery, but generally, you are likely to temporarily experience:
- Watering eyes
- Light sensitivity
- Double vision
- Puffy, numb eyelids
- Swelling and bruising that will appear as two black eyes
- Pain or discomfort in the under eye area
- Blurred vision from the lubricating ointment applied to your eyes during the procedure
Usually, you will need to apply a cold compress to the area under your eye for about 48 hours after the procedure. This will help with swelling and bruising. Many people report that bruising and swelling decreases significantly after the initial 10 to 14 days.
If you need to go out in the sun (after all, we are in Florida), we recommend that you wear dark sunglasses. This protects the healing skin from potential sun damage. We’ll provide ointments and eye drops to prevent infections, after the procedure.
We recommend that you:
- Continue to avoid smoking
- Try not to rub your eyes
- Avoid overly strenuous activities
- Sleep with your head raised higher than your chest to aid with circulation
- Avoid wearing contact lenses
Is Eye Bag Removal Right for You?
You may want to schedule your consultation for permanent eye bag removal surgery if you:
- Have puffy upper eyelids
- Feel as if you look older than you’d like to
- Have eyelids that interfere with your vision
- Always look tired
- Have excess eyelid skin
- Tend to avoid eye makeup
- Notice you’re not as confident
- Have realistic expectations about the outcome of your procedure
- Are in good physical and mental health
If you’re tired of looking tired, a permanent eye bag removal solution may be the answer you’ve been looking for. The skilled plastic surgeons at Cosmetica can guide you through the decision making process.