I’m really puffy below my eyes and I have deep tear troughs. Will lower eyelid surgery correct this?

Most commonly the puffiness under the eyes is a result of a forward outpouching (pseudoherniation) of the fat that surrounds your eye.  Normally this fat is contained around the eye (where it’s hidden) by a thin structure called the orbital septum.  It acts very much like a sheet holding the fat back.  As we age, this septum becomes thinner and weakens, allowing the fat to “pooch” forward.

In addition to the bags, with aging and gravitational changes, the volume of your cheeks and midface is being reduced and pulled downward.  This downward descent of the midface structures leaves a deficiency or hollowing under the eyes, resulting in a “tear trough” (nasojugal groove).

A lower eyelid surgery called lower blepharoplasty with fat repositioning is available to help combat these issues.  Lower blepharoplasty is performed through a hidden incision on the inner surface of your eyelid.  Through this incision the fat that is “pooching” is mobilized and moved to an area where it is useful – the tear trough, where there is volume deficiency.  This serves to move fat away from an area of excess and fill the area of deficit, smoothing the contour between the lower eyelid and the cheek.

Before and after lower blepharoplasty with fat repositioning.

Before and after lower blepharoplasty with fat repositioning.

Some bruising and swelling is expected after surgery, but most patients are out and about in 10-14 days.  Pain and discomfort is generally mild after surgery.

About Donald B. Yoo, M.D.

Dr. Yoo is a board-certified surgeon, fellowship trained in facial plastic surgery with extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation surgery (including blepharoplasty and facelift), and Asian cosmetic surgery (including Asian rhinoplasty and Asian blepharoplasty/Asian eyelid surgery). His office is located at: 120 S Spalding Dr Suite 315, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-275-2467.
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