A common concern we see with many patients is tear trough deformity, also referred to as drooping or sagging eyelids. This can occur between the nose and the lower eyelid, and generally transpires with increasing age. In other words, as we age, the eyelids begin to weaken and intraorbital fat begins to push towards them.
At the Plastic Surgery Clinic, we see many patients with excessive drooping of the skin around the eyes, and while they wish to correct this issue, one of the most common questions they ask is how it can be done.
Generally, eyelid surgery, also known an eyelid lift or blepharoplasty, involves the removal of fat, excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery is seen as a cosmetic procedure to correct drooping eyelids and puffy under-eye bags that can make you look older and more tired than you feel. Some people even undergo this procedure because their drooping eyelids can interfere with their vision.
In a typical procedure, incisions are made in the creases of your upper lids and just below the lashes in the lower lids, possibly extending to the outer corners of your eyes. The skin is then separated from underlying fatty tissue and muscle, where excess fat is removed and sagging skin is trimmed.
Dermal Fillers for Droopy Eyelids
Dermal fillers are widely used to correct dropping eyelids. In this case, fillers of hyaluronic acid are injected to the lower eyelids. The aim here is to restore a loss of volume in the eyelid area, which may have contributed to the overall droopiness and sagging of the skin.
Additionally, the descent of cheek fat can further emphasize this depression, which is why fillers may be a viable option to not only restore volume in the eyelid area, but to restore volume in the cheeks as well.
Eyelid Surgery or Dermal Fillers?
While dermal fillers continue to be an effective treatment for restoring volume to the skin, they can only be seen as a “quick fix” to eyelid droopiness. Fillers will only last upwards of one year, which means they will need to be repeated in order to maintain your desired look. Though both options are acceptable, a formal surgical procedure will provide longer lasting results.
Above all, the most important thing to look for when undergoing a cosmetic procedure is that the plastic surgeon or provider you choose to perform this procedure is skilled in all options of skin rejuvenation.
If you’re in search of a highly skilled, board certified plastic surgeon to perform your procedure, learn more about Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad, and the state-of-the-art facilities available at The Plastic Surgery Clinic.
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