Your eyelids may contradict the youthful energy and temperament that a person has within. A simple procedure to correct this “tired look” may provide a considerable uplift in one’s spirit and outlook. It also has a favorable impact upon public perception. Dr. LaPatka in Santa Barbara uses a non-external incision approach (known as transconjunctival) to remove excess fat of the lower eyelid. Some individuals need a small amount of skin removed from the lower lid. There is minimal scarring because the incision is placed in the fold of the eyelid. No single technique for eyelid surgery is ideal for everyone. A plastic surgery consultation with Dr. LaPatka will help you decide on the most appropriate cosmetic procedure to bring back your beautiful, vibrant eyes.
Will this procedure remove some of the dark circles and crow’s feet?
A blepharoplasty will not remove crow’s feet or dark circles from your face. Other non-surgical techniques such as laser and intense pulsed light treatment can be performed to treat these problems. Botox and dermal fillers may also be an option. Dr. LaPatka can discuss the alternatives best suited to you.
What can correct the hollow look of my eyes?
The hollowness is a result of loss of volume. This is addressed by fat grafting into the tear trough and determining how much of the loss of volume is in the cheek (malar) fat pad. If you look at the eyes of people as they age you will note that the lower eyelid lengthens. This is due to the cheek pad that has descended and “pulled’ the eyelid down. In most patients eyelid surgery and volume replacement will alleviate this but some would be best served by a “cheeklift”. Some patients can also be treated with fillers but it depends on the severity of the problem.