How to Get Rid of Upper Eyelid Bags and Dark Circles

Eyelid Bags are a common condition that is result of aging, sun damage, and genetic factors. It typically occurs when the normal fat around the eyes begins to press forward causing a bulge in the overlying skin. Excess skin can begin to droop making the eyelids feel and look heavy. Blepharoplasty is a procedure that removes excess skin and fat from around the eyes in order for there to be an improvement in looks an function.

Blepharoplasty is typically performed in an office or ambulatory surgery setting. After intravenous (IV) sedation is given, the procedure takes less than one hour to perform and can be done on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both. Tiny stitches are placed along the eyelid incisions to make sure there is minimal scarring. The eyelids are a privileged area of the body that often leave little to no scars after blepharoplasty.

There are two main risks with cosmetic eyelid surgery – bleeding and infection. Making sure to discontinue blood thinners like aspirin, baby aspirin, ibuprofen, motrin, plavix, coumadin, vitamin E, fish oil, and others will help to decrease the risk of significant bleeding after surgery. To make sure there is no infection, an antibiotic ointment is prescribed to be placed on the stitches until they are removed five to ten days after surgery.

During the recovery period, rest and ice to the eyelids will help to make sure the area heals quickly. It is important to avoid heavy lifting, straining, or bending over. Heavy exercise should be avoided until after the stitches are removed.

Dark circles around the eyes can be a combination of bulging fat that casts a shadow or the general skin texture itself. Blepharoplasty and/or filler injections with Restylane or Belotero are good options for patients who would like to improve the appearance of dark circles around the eyes.

North Shore Eye Care offers consultations for patients who have eyelid bags or dark circles to discuss blepharoplasty and other options. We currently have several locations throughout Long Island that provide convenient access to oculoplastic surgery services. In many cases, commercial insurance carriers or Medicare will cover part of the cost of droopy eyelid surgery if the vision is effected. With simple tests in the office, we can begin to discuss how best to correct your eyelid bags and dark circles.

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