There are certain things that make us appear older than we actually are, and eyebags are definitely one of them. If you are someone who has prominent eyebags, then you know just how much they can bother you. Apart from making you look older, they make you look tired 24/7, like you never get enough sleep. This makes it easy for you to feel conscious about your appearance and negatively affect your self-esteem.
However, eyebags do not have to be a permanent problem that affects you both physically as well as emotionally. There are ways to successfully get rid of them. Especially if you live in and around Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, you are in luck because at Torkian Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer the best and most effective eyebag removal procedures. We will be discussing such procedures in detail. But first, let us take a clear look at what eyebags are exactly and how they are caused.
What are Eyebags?
One of the most visible signs of aging on the face, eyebags are “bags” under your eyes, caused as a result of puffiness and/or mild swelling around the surrounding skin of your eyes. It is an extremely common condition that many people – both men and women – face as they start aging.
As you grow older, the tissues surrounding your eyes grow weaker, including the muscles that support your eyelids. The fat that helps in supporting your eyes then shift to your lower eyelids, resulting in a puffy appearance. However, this is just one of many possible causes of eyebags.
Generally, eyebags are not related to serious medical issues. They are, more often than not, a cosmetic concern. If you think that you have started developing eyebags, here are the symptoms to help you identify them at an early stage:
- Loose, sagging or hanging skin around the eyes
- Prominent, unnatural, long-lasting dark circles
- Mild puffiness or swelling around your eyes
How are Eyebags Caused?
Eyebags can be caused sue to various reasons, all of which may contribute towards your appearance. Usually, people develop eyebags because as they age, they start losing fatty tissue from their upper cheeks. Right under the skin, this layer of fatty tissue is present all over your face. As you grow older, this fatty tissue deflates or break down, and this process is much faster in your cheek areas as compared to the areas right under your eyes. Due to this uneven break down of fatty tissues, protruding bags of fats are left right under your eyes, resulting in eyebags.
Also, eyebags can be caused when the orbital septum - a fat-holding membrane under the eye – grows weak. As you age naturally, your orbital septum grows weaker and weaker, which results in the fat behind the septum to bulge or protrude outward, against the skin. This protruding of fats then causes, or contributes to the formation of eyebags.
Another common cause of eyebags is accumulation and retention of fluid. Especially when you wake up in the morning or right after having a salty meal, fluid tends to accumulate in the areas under your eyes. This results in eyebags. In addition to this, allergies, regular smoking, lack of sleep or irregular sleep cycle can contribute to, or make you more likely to develop eyebags. If you family has a history of eye bag formation, then you may have a genetic disposition to develop eyebags as well.
Different Procedures for Removing Eyebags
At Torkian Facial Plastic Surgery, Beverly Hills, we offer various procedures for treating and removing eyebags for our patients. Below are some of the most popular eye bag treatment or removal procedures:
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
The most effective and long-lasting solution to remove unwanted eyebags, especially for people with prominent eyebags, is a blepharoplasty, commonly known as an eyelid surgery. Blepharoplasty is a simple, cosmetic procedure that can dramatically improve your appearance by getting rid of droopy skin and eye bags. The procedure removes unwanted, excess skin as well as fats from the upper and/or lower eyelids to give you the appearance you desire. Many people Dr.Torkian has treated like to combine eyelid surgery along with other procedures like a brow lift and a face lift to result in a more youthful, younger look.
- Upper Eyelid Surgery
Usually, patients of upper eyelid surgery only need to use a mild sedative and a local anaesthetic. The surgeon will make small incisions on the crease of your upper eyelid, around 1 cm above your lash line. Then, your skin will be separated from your underlying tissue, and the fatty tissues are repositioned and/or removed, while the muscles are tightened. Before stitching everything back together, your skin will be pulled and stretched to make sure the entire end result is wrinkle and line-free and as smooth as possible.
- Lower Eyelid Surgery
Patients who choose to go with lower eyelid surgery are usually given general anaesthetic. The same goes for a combination of lower and upper eyelid surgery. In lower eyelid surgery, small incisions are made along your lower lash lines. Then, all the excess fat (which forms the eyebags) are removed by the surgeon, and your surrounding skin is stretched to tighten it and make sure the end result is as smooth as possible, making you look youthful and young like never before.
After your eyelid surgery, you may experience mild to moderate swelling and bruising. These will go within seven to ten days. You will need some down time, about a week or so, after which you can continue your normal daily routine like going back to work, continuing your work out, and more.
A non-surgical alternative to blepharoplasty is using dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are basically gels made of a substance known as a hyaluronic acid, which can be found in the body naturally, and has the ability to restore or add volume to your facial soft tissue.
Dermal fillers are usually recommended for, and often opted by patients who have developed eyebags as a result of loss of fatty tissues form their cheeks. So, if you have lost fat from your cheeks, or gained fat below your eyes, and you do not wish to go under the knife, dermal fillers are the perfect solution for you. Moreover, if your eyebags are not that prominent and they are only starting to develop, dermal fillers may be a better option for you than to go straight for the surgical procedure.
Patients who undergo dermal filler do not usually require down time and rest. They can return and carry on with their regular daily activities like work, exercise and socializations on the very same day, or the day after without any disruptions.
Even though it is highly uncommon, some patients may experience mild swelling, redness and/or tenderness within the first seven to ten days after the dermal filler procedure.
Benefits of removing your eyebags
Removing your eyebags can have a number of benefits, both in your appearance and your state of mind. They are listed as below:
- You will look younger and more youthful, taking away your old tired and puffy looks
- Removing eye bags can be an ideal solution for premature ageing
- You will experience an improvement in your overall self-esteem and self-confidence
- You will be able to apply make-up and other skin care products more easily
- In some cases, vision may also improve since drooping skin obstructing your vision will be removed
Am I an eligible candidate for eye bag removal?
If you qualify for any of the following points, you may be an eligible candidate for eye bag removal. However, it is always better to consult a doctor first.
- You have puffy or droopy eyes, regardless of how much you sleep
- You have eye bags that make you look constantly tired throughout the day
- You have excess or unwanted skin on your upper eyelid and/or below your eyes
- You have to be at least 18 years of age, although most patients are above 35 years of age
- You are in good mental and physical health in order to avoid risks
- You have a realistic expectation regarding the result of the eye bag removal procedure
How much does eye bag removal costs?
On average, blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery costs around $3,022. However, the price can vary widely depending on your unique individual condition, and the experience and expertise of the surgeon. At Torkian Facial Plastic Surgery, Beverly Hills, we make sure that you get nothing but the best service from Dr. Torkian.
On the other hand, dermal fillers usually cost an average of around $500 to $1,300 per millilitre syringe. However, prices can greatly vary too depending on the kind of dermal filler used, and how much you will require.
Other procedures offered by Dr. Torkian
In addition to eye bag removal procedures like blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), Dr. Torkian also offers several other cosmetic procedures to help you look younger and more youthful, improving your overall appearance. Such procedures include brow lift, facelift, rhinoplasty (nose job), and Ultherapy (ultrasound energy to encourage collagen production).