When performed alone, an under eyelift is usually used to remove bags from under the eye. An under eyelift surgery can also be part of a larger eyelift procedure for both upper and lower eyelids.
The area under the eyes is prone to displaying appearances of bags which can be caused by a number of reasons.
The results are often subtle tightening of the tissue around the eyes which reverses the appearance of aging implied by sagging or drooping skin.
Cause of Under Eye Bags
The cause of bags under the eyes can be either the accumulation of fatty tissue or fluid retention. Sometimes there isn’t any loose skin but under certain lighting a thin lower eyelid might show a dark tone that appears as bags. The fluids in the area under the eyes are usually normal but it can also be a sign of other medical conditions such as thyroid, heart, kidney or liver problems. High blood pressure and premenstrual bloating can also be cause for fluid retention. Before moving ahead with an under eyelift surgery it is a good idea to have your doctor diagnose the cause of bags under the eyes.
Under Eye Lift Incision
For the surgical removal of fatty deposits, incisions can either be made on the inside or the outside of the lower eyelid. The incision just inside the eyelid prevents any potential scar from being visible. The incision on the outside of the lower eyelid is a much more common practice and is made along the lower eyelash so any scaring will be hidden. The plastic surgeon will either use absorbable sutures or allow the tiny incision to heal by itself. It depends on the nature of the procedure.
Side Effects of Eyelift Surgery
Some patients report a feeling of tightness around the eyelids immediately after the procedure. There will be severe degrees of bruising and swelling to be expected which will become less drastic after a couple days. The initial resting period after surgery is around 2 to 3 weeks and after that period the skin around the eyes will begin to get better. There may be some itching or burning sensations which should also go away within a short period of time. One of the great things is that scarring is minimal due to the strategic location of the incision.
Anyone considering an under eye lift surgery should schedule a consultation session with a plastic surgeon. The surgeon will be able to answer any questions and evaluate the patient on an individual level providing personalized advice and instructions.