Lower Eyelid Surgery for Under Eye Circles By Kenneth Smart Jr. on July 01, 2016

An illustration of incision placement during eyelid surgeryThe skin under the eyes is particularly delicate. This skin can become loose and wrinkled in response to the aging process, exposure to the sun, and chronic rubbing of the eyes. In addition, the fat can become displaced, resulting in the appearance of deep under eye circle and puffy eyes. At Frisco Plastic Surgery & MedSpa, Dr. Ken Smart can perform lower eyelid surgery to redistribute fat and remove excess skin, rejuvenating your appearance. To learn more about lower eyelid surgery for under eye circles, read on, and then contact our Dallas, TX practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smart.

Lower Eyelid Surgery Candidates

If you have developed puffy bags beneath your eyes, under eye circles, a hollowed under eye appearance, or fine lines under the eyes, lower eyelid surgery may be right for you. Good candidates for lower eyelid surgery should be in good health, not smoke, and desire an improvement in the appearance of the eyes.

Lower Eyelid Surgery Procedure

Prior to lower eyelid surgery, we will administer local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia for your comfort. Then, Dr. Smart will create the incision. If you are having excess fat and skin removed, the incision will be made along your lower lash line. If you do not require the removal of any excess skin, the incision can be made inside the lower eyelid, resulting in no visible scarring.

Once the incision is made, fat will be re-distributed or removed to create a smoother appearance and reduce the appearance of bags or puffiness. Excess skin can also be removed to minimize the appearance of loose or wrinkled skin. Next, Dr. Smart will close the incisions, and the patient will return home to heal.

Lower Eyelid Surgery Recovery

After lower eyelid surgery, patients will experience some degree of discomfort, bruising, and swelling. To minimize these side effects, patients may take approved pain medication, sleep with their head elevated, and avoid any strenuous activity. Patients may also want to avoid sun and wind exposure following surgery.

The side effects from eyelid surgery can last for several weeks. The most severe of these side effects last for about two weeks. After this time, most patients feel ready to resume their normal activities. However, patients should still avoid strenuous activity to avoid inflammation. With each successive week, patients should continue to notice improvement in bruising, swelling, and discomfort.

By six weeks after surgery, patients should be able to start enjoying the results of lower eyelid surgery. However, it is important to keep in mind that swelling may take up to a year to completely dissipate. In addition, it takes a year for the scarring to fade and take on its final appearance. Fortunately, due to Dr. Smart’s skill and the discreet placement of incisions, any scarring will be almost unnoticeable.

To find out if you are a good candidate for lower eyelid surgery for under eye circles, contact Frisco Plastic Surgery & MedSpa today. Dr. Smart will perform a full consultation and advise you of your options.

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Dr. Ken Smart and his dedicated team want every patient who visits their office to look and feel their best. Dr. Smart is a renowned plastic surgeon who is affiliated with various trusted organizations, including the: 

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Texas Medical Association

To discuss your concerns with Dr. Smart and learn more about our personalized approach to care, request your cosmetic consultation online or call us at (972) 334-0400.

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