Loss of volume around the eye causes the deeper fat to bulge forward.
Eye bags refer to an excess of eyelid tissue which can affect the upper and lower eyelids with age. Not only can eye bags look unsightly but they can also impair vision. Eye bags are treated by reducing the amount of eyelid tissue present, with a surgical procedure called a blepharoplasty. This excess of eyelid skin is known as dermatochalasis. It can cause skin folds on the upper lids with additional fat protrusion making the eyelids look bulky and heavy. This can also affect vision.
Prior to blepharoplasty surgery, a full ophthalmic examination is necessary. This includes checking visual function as well as undertaking tests to exclude eyelid and eye surface conditions such as blepharitis and dry eye. The patient’s entire face and eyelids are examined during the consultation.
It is common for photographs to be taken both before and after the blepharoplasty procedure.
Upper Lid Blepharoplasty
A blepharoplasty can be done for cosmetic purposes or to improve vision. The purpose of a blepharoplasty is to correct excess folds of skin (dermatochalasis) and improve the pre-tarsal show.
Upper eyelid blepharoplasty incisions are typically made in the upper eyelid skin crease, where they heal best and scarring remains well hidden. The blepharoplasty consists of an elliptical piece of skin and muscle being removed using a blade and a Colorado needle, which greatly reduces bleeding and helps keep tissue damage to a minimum. The blepharoplasty skin incision is then closed using delicate sutures.
Lower eyelid Blepharoplasty
Patients with only mild eye bags or mild lower lid skin laxity, fine lines or discolouration may not require a blepharoplasty. Instead, they may be able to get a noticeable improvement from revised skin care or a chemical peel. If there are deep tear troughs, an injection of a hyaluronic acid gel filler (eg. Restylane® or Juvéderm®) may be used in the periocular region in order to increase the soft tissue volume. Once the hyaluronic acid gel has reabsorbed after several months, a further injection can be offered.
If a blepharoplasty is required, this can be done from the inside or outside of the lower eyelid. The surgeon will decide the better approach for your case.
As we age, our eyelid skin starts to become thinner and as a result, folds on itself, creating “eye bags” and tired-looking eyes. Jett Plasma is a state-of-the-art technology used for skin tightening and non-surgical skin lifting.
Eyelid surgery (also called an eye lift or blepharoplasty), reduces bagginess from lower eyelids and removes excess skin from the upper eyelids. While used often for cosmetic reasons, Jett Plasma is an effective way to improve sight in older people whose sagging upper eyelids obstruct their vision.
Jett Plasma does not require a general anaesthetic & many procedures can be done in less than an hour, with results that can last up to five years.