Cosmetic Surgery Basics – Blepharoplasty and Other Eye Surgery Types

Developing bags under the eyes is a side effect of aging. What happens is simply that in response to gravity and the decreased skin elasticity, the protective layer of fat around the eyes starts to droop. Although bags under the eyes do not mean much in terms of how healthy you are, since we have a visual and mental association of droopy eyes with the aged, this not only makes the face look older, but it also gives the person a tired, worn appearance to us. Through an eye bag removal procedure, you can look younger, more energetic and perkier.

Causes of Eye Bags

A number of aspects can in fact play a role in the formation of eye bags. At times, there is excess fat at the back the eyelid’s support wall of, giving them a baggy look. The pressure of the fat around the eyes can cause ligaments, muscles and skin to slacken. The relaxed skin itself may cause the bag simply as a result of too much skin in the area. For others, the muscle in the lid has thickened or the upper eyelids form a bag due to drooping eyebrows.

These conditions each have specific names and specific procedures for correcting them. More than one of these conditions exists at once in many patients, and all must be fixed in order to improve the appearance of the skin and to remove the bags.

Blepharochalasis, for instance, is the term for the combination of thinning eyelid skin, protrusion of skin folds in the eyelids, and lid swelling. When there is an overgrowth of the eyelid muscle and a protrusion of fat, Hypertrophy of the orbicularis muscle results. Dermochalasis, on the other hand, is simply extra skin. Brow ptosis, is when the upper eyelids are baggy from drooping eyebrows. A capable surgeon will be able to recognize the cause or causes of the eye bags prior to surgery and talk about options with the patient ahead of time.

Eye Bag Removal Surgery Effects

Eye bag removal procedures are done to rectify the puffy bags that form below a patient’s drooping upper lids or eyes. These are which can bags make the patient look older and tired, and for some, can even interfere with vision. Eye bag removal surgery can remove the puffy and droopy look around the eyes, but it will not eradicate crow’s feet or dark circles under the eyes. Nor will eye bag removal surgery lift sagging eyebrows.

The procedure for removal of eye bags can also be used to fashion an upper eyelid crease in Asian eyes, which is called a superior palpebral eyelid fold, however it cannot eliminate natural traits associated with ethnic or racial genes. This procedure is often used along with other surgeries, such as a browlift of a facelift, to alter the overall appearance of the face and the skin on the face.


Eye bag removal surgery entails a number of small incisions made under the eyelash. This lets the surgeon remove excess skin and fat which causes eye bags to appear. Normally the procedure, called Blepharoplasty, is performed both on the upper and lower eyelids. For the upper eyelids, a strip of skin may also be removed, but the skin is removed in a natural crease in the eyelid in order to lessen scarring.

The procedure generally involves staying all day in hospital or an overnight stay, depending on when the procedure starts.

Following the Procedure

After eye bag surgery, stitches are typically removed from 3 to 7 days after the surgery’s completion. When all stitches are removed, the patient can usually recommence normal activities. Looking and feeling much better, of course.

Post time: 07-30-2017