What to do About Bothersome Eye Bags

Do you always look tired whether you feel that way or not? It may be because of loose, baggy skin under and around your eyes. Perhaps the problem isn’t loose, hollowed-out skin, but  persistent puffy bags under the eyes. They’re not attractive, either. With today’s technology, you don’t have to look tired all the time; it can make you look years older than you are.  

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeff Angobaldo with Renaissance Plastic Surgery in Plano, Texas, performs blepharoplasty, or surgery to correct loose skin around the eyes, for many of his patients. You’re in the hands of an experienced and skilled professional who can transform the look of your face by smoothing out sagging and unsightly skin around your eyes. 

Why do I have bags of skin under and around my eyes? 

For most people with eye bags, the two-pronged answer to the question is aging and genetics. As you age, you lose collagen and elastin, key proteins that keep your skin from sagging and wrinkling. The skin on your eyelids stretches as muscles also deteriorate. The fat under your eyes slips into the folds of the loose skin, creating those eye bags. Extra skin around your eyes can give you an unattractive “hangdog” appearance. 

Your genes give you your facial features, and you may have also inherited a propensity for sagging skin to develop around your eyes. 

Drooping skin can affect the upper and lower eyelids 

You may have extra skin around both your upper and lower eyelids or on only the upper or lower lids. If your upper eyelids have gotten heavy and loose, they may protrude over the eyes, impacting your vision. In that case, the diagnosis is called ptosis, and you have a medical need that is usually covered by insurance.  

Creams and lotions that promise to tighten skin don’t help sagging eyelids. The best solution to eliminate the baggy skin is a blepharoplasty. 

What happens during blepharoplasty surgery 

Depending on how much work is being done and where it’s being done, you’ll have IV sedation or a general anesthetic. After marking where the incisions go, Dr. Angobaldo makes tiny openings in the folds of your eye at the crease of the upper eyelid and around the lashline of your lower lids. He removes skin, fat, and possibly muscle using surgical tools and/or lasers. 

He closes the openings with sutures or special glue made for skin surgery. If you have sutures, he removes them within a week. Once you’ve healed, evidence of the incisions will not be noticeable. 

Recovery after blepharoplasty 

You will have some swelling and bruising afterward, which is normal. After all, you’ve had surgery. Most of that disappears within two weeks. At six weeks, your eyes should have fully healed, and a new, refreshed you appears in your mirror. 

Call or send a message to Renaissance Plastic Surgery, PLLC today for a consultation on what eyelid surgery can do for you. 

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