Blepharoplasty is a procedure that modifies the eyelid to improve the overall appearance. This can be performed on the skin above or below the eyes. This area is also referred to as orbital troughs. In some patients, this skin can droop or bulge. In other patients, loss of fat causes the skin to become quite thin, giving the appearance of dark circles below the eyes.
Up until about 2003, blepharoplasty has been performed using surgery. Surgery, however, always carries the risks of unwanted complications with anesthesia, scarring and infection.
The advent of non-surgical blepharoplasty has helped patients wishing to improve the appearance around their eyes another alternative.
Non-surgical blepharoplasty options through dermal fillers can help patients in the Los Angeles area achieve a more youthful appearance around their eyes.
It is now possible to correct protruding, or saggy skin around the eyes. And dark circles can now be reliably diminished through the use of these fillers.
If you are considering blepharoplasty to improve the appearance of the skin around your eyes, it is worth understanding how dermal fillers work and why they might be a viable alternative to surgery.
Most of the issues that warrant cosmetic interventions are caused by a depletion of fat under the skin. This can manifest as dark circles or undereye “bags.”
Dermal fillers used in non-surgical blepharoplasty help to make up for the loss of volume in the skin around the eye area. And they can also help to even out the distribution of fat tissue causing the skin to protrude. Hyaluronic acids work best for this objective. These include:
Hyaluronic acids are ideal for applications in non-surgical blepharoplasty.
The chemical structure of hyaluronic acids allow this compound to absorb water and bind effectively with collagen and elastin in the skin tissue. As a result, skin becomes hydrated and more firm.
Hyaluronic acids are found naturally in the body. However, as injections, they are bioengineered instead of being harvested from animal sources. This helps to decrease the risk of possible infections and allergic reactions.
When used under the eyes, hyaluronic acids last up to two years. Unlike surgical blepharoplasty, the dermal fillers allow the procedure results to adapt to the natural changes your face will undergo with age.
Eyelid enhancement surgery sometimes results in a tight, pulled look around the eyes, changing their original shape.
So sometimes it is advantageous to renew the injections after 18-24 months. This gives the patient and the doctor a chance to see what the face looks like and tailor the injection procedure in a way that gives the most natural looking results.
Again, every individual is different, so it is best to discuss these options with a trained practitioner.