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Eye Bag Removal Surgery
Before & After Gallery Eye Bag Removal Surgery
About The Procedure
Eye bags can be frustrating, especially when people ask if you’re feeling unwell, and you know you’ve had a great sleep! Eye bags are caused by a prolapse of fat beneath the eye in the lower eyelid or upper eyelids. While this can sometimes be caused by genetic, it is also a standard sign of an ageing eye.
The “tear trough” underneath the eye bag can also cause a pulling in the area underneath the fat pad, causing it to bulge sinking the area under the eye. Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by the hollow.
How can my eye bags be treated?
There are various forms of treatment for eye bags most commonly via the eyelid surgical procedure option known as a Blepharoplasty. Dr. Hodgkinson, who will assess your current situation and your aesthetic goals before making a recommendation. The position of your eyelids and healthiness of the lacrimal tear mechanism and visual acuity are tested.
If your issue is caused by a significant amount of fat under the eye, a lower lid blepharoplasty may be the best course of action. This procedure involves the removal of the fat or moving the fat into the tear trough. Another option that does not require an incision is the use of dermal fillers that will fill up the trough beneath the lower eyelid, lifting the trough back to a level that removes the sunken look.
The use of dermal fillers for eye bag and tear trough removal
Dermal fillers have been a common process to correct tear troughs for the past fifteen years. A dermal filler consists of a clear gel that uses hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in your tissues. These results are not permanent but last for about 6-12 months before needing to be repeated.
It is vital that treatment of the tear trough area with anti-wrinkle injections such as dermal fillers is handled by a professional as the risk of overfilling the area can have the reverse effect, increasing the tired-looking aesthetic of the area.
Is there a way I can reduce my eye bags at home?
There are some things you can try at home in an attempt to reduce or eliminate your eye bags which include;
- The application of a cold compresses under and around the eyes, using a wet cloth and leaving it on the area for a few minutes
- Ensure you are getting adequate, high-quality sleep, which can be assisted by a healthy diet and regular exercise
- Sleep with your head raised
- Be aware of an underlying allergic factor that may be assisted via medication (speak to your GP to determine if this is the case)
If these simple at-home options fail to have an effect on your eye bags, speak to Dr. Hodgkinson about the various procedures available.
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 Blepharoplasty field 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 eye surgeries, along with extensive work in nose surgery and other facial surgical requirements, all of which provide natural-looking results that patients are beyond pleased with.
As an expert in the customisation of the eyelids and the combination of various procedures to provide the best outcome, 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.
- 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.