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Lower Eyelid Surgery (Eye Bag Removal)
Before & After Gallery Lower Eyelid Surgery (Eye Bag Removal)
About The Procedure
Eye bags can make you self-conscious, especially when people ask if you’re feeling tired or unwell even after a good night’s sleep! Swelling beneath the eyes can be temporary and caused by allergies but permanent eye bags are caused by a prolapse of fat beneath the eye. These “fat pads” can be the result of health issues, ageing or simply genetics. Sadly, once you have these fat pads, they are here to stay unless you consider a surgical solution.
The other lower eyelid issue can be hollows underneath the eyelid or fine wrinkles and “crêpey” skin. This too can be improved surgically improved, usually by laser skin resurfacing which simultaneously removes the wrinkles and tightens the skin.
How can my eye bags be treated?
Lower Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty is the best way to aesthetically remove bags to the lower eyelids. Dr.Hodgkinson uses the transconjunctival technique, which places the incisions inside the eyelids so that there are no visible scars on the outside of the eyelids. Through these tiny incisions inside the eyelids, he is able to remove the fat pads and secure the lower eyelids so that they have a firmer, more youthful appearance.
Beware of dermal fillers under the eyes!
Dermal fillers have been promoted over the past several years to correct hollows under the eyes. Recent studies have shown, that not only have there been many complications associated with dermal fillers including in some instances blindness but that there can be long term swelling up to ten years or more caused by the use of these so-called “temporary” fillers.
Dr. Hodgkinson’s experience with eye bag removal and the Blepharoplasty procedure
The importance of a surgeon with a vast array of experience in the field of Blepharoplasty cannot be understated. Dr. Hodgkinson is not only a cosmetic plastic surgery expert with over thirty years of experience, but he has also performed thousands of eyelid surgical procedures, along with extensive work in nose surgery and other facial surgical requirements, all of which provide natural-looking results that his patients are so pleased with that they are willing to share their results with you.
As an expert in the customisation of the eyelids and the combination of various procedures to provide the best personalised result for you, Dr. Hodgkinson is sought-after for his ability to create a natural look that restores youth to the face.
Along with his highly skilled and trained team, Dr. Darryl Hodgkinson creates an attractive and pleasing aesthetic appearance that takes into account the physical features of the individual. He often works with a photo of the patient from their younger days to restore an accurate youthful appearance, which ensures complete satisfaction across the comprehensive range of procedures offered.
Dr. Hodgkinson sets himself apart by going the extra mile in the initial stages of consultation, getting to know his patients, establishing a positive relationship, and creating a comfortable environment in which patient and doctor work together to achieve the best possible results. As a result, people from all over the world seek his high-quality work and are given an entirely positive experience in return thanks to the tireless efforts of the whole team.
Acquire a more youthful, refreshed look by removing excess skin that can create a tired appearance around the eyes.
- How is the eye bag reduction procedure performed?
A relatively straightforward and painless procedure, eye bag reduction is performed under either a local anaesthesia and sedation or general anaesthesia, whichever is deemed more appropriate based on the complexity of your requirements.
In the transconjunctival approach an incision is made inside the lower eyelid or in the subciliary approach just below the lower lash line, after which the excess skin or fat is removed. These incisions are then closed with sutures or surgical tape with medications or ointment prescribed if required, to assist the healing process and prevent infection.
- What should I be expecting after my surgery?
Swelling and bruising after surgery is completely normal and will dissipate naturally in the weeks after the procedure. Any scars as a result of the incision will also fade away over the course of a few months, revealing a youthful and rejuvenated look.
- Can this procedure be combined with any other cosmetic surgeries?
Yes, it is quite common for a Blepharoplasty to be performed with other procedures such as a face or brow lift. This is dependent upon your aesthetic goals and the recommendations made to achieve them by Dr. Hodgkinson during your consultation.
- Are there any risks that I should be aware of associated with eye bag reduction surgery?
All surgery carries with it a level of risk; however, in Dr. Hodgkinon's long career, adverse side effects are rare. Each patient has a different presentation and your risk factors for bruising and swelling may be different from other patients.
The associated risks with eye bag surgery including infection, scarring, temporary double vision, or dry eyes, all of which occur very rarely.
Dr. Hodgkinson sets himself apart by going the extra mile in the initial stages of consultation, getting to know his patients and establishing a positive relationship.
- I’m worried that this procedure may be painful?
Everyone experiences different levels of pain due to their individual threshold; however, we have had a wide variety of patients who claim that eyelid surgery is relatively comfortable. It is quite rare that patients require narcotics or sedatives; however, these are on hand to reduce discomfort should they be required. It is also possible to use ice soaked eye pads to reduce swelling and ease any discomfort that may be experienced post-operatively.
- Will this procedure be covered by my health insurance?
In the case of eye bag surgery, it is unlikely that it will be covered by your health insurance provider, depending on your level of cover, as it is deemed an elective surgery.
Cases in which eyelid surgery is covered under an insurance policy need to be deemed medically necessary, usually due to a loss or obstruction of vision. If peripheral vision loss is an issue for you, we will be able to give you a clearer idea about what may or may not be covered by insurance. This will also be the time to receive the exact pricing for your procedure.
- What should I do if I encounter any problems after my procedure?
Dr. Hodgkinson and his team are well known for their highly skilled aftercare procedure, ensuring that all patients are entirely supported through their recovery process.
The team is on-hand to assist you at any point should in the very rare occurrence that you experience any difficulty. It is important to note that in Dr. Hodgkinson's over 30+ years of experience. Dr H. Hodgkinson creates a safe and pleasant experience for all of his patients backed with total support from his experienced team.