Eye Bag Removal Surgery Abroad
Reducing or reshaping bags under the eyes is a form of blepharoplasty, or eye-lift, performed almost always for cosmetic reasons when the lower lid becomes puffy with old age. Upper lid surgery is generally designed to combat the appearance of wrinkles or drooping skin, whereas lower lid procedures are most often aimed at reducing the volume of the eye lid, sometimes through the partial removal of fatty tissue that may have built up over time.
Cosmetic surgery of the lower eye lid can be performed in different ways, with the aim of eliminating eye bags as much as possible. A general anesthetic is always used. One method involves making incisions just below the lower eye lashes to help minimize scarring when the lids are then tightened. This procedure is sometimes performed in conjunction with upper lid surgery.
An alternative is to make the incisions at the back of the lower lid, called transconjunctival blepharoplasty, in which fat is removed from the area around the lid in a similar way to liposuction, just on a smaller scale. This procedure means no external scar is visible; however, no excess skin can be removed which is why many patients opt for an additional chemical peel which aims to improve the surface of the skin.
Eye-bag removal surgery generally results in a short recovery period, especially when the incisions are made in the rear of the lower eye lid, as with transconjunctival blepharoplasty. In this case, swelling and bruising can be expected to have drastically improved in less than 1 week, with no visible scarring left behind.
Expect a 2-week recovery period if incisions are made below the lower eye lash, along with some scarring that is generally only visible during close inspection. Elasticity and scarring are determined by the age and skin quality of the patient.