Fat Removal vs. Fat Repositioning in Lower Eyelid Surgery

Lower Eyelid SurgeryIn recent years, the cosmetic approach to eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty has evolved to create more natural-looking results. Traditionally, lower blepharoplasty has involved complete removal of excess fat, tissues, and muscles. However, it turns out that removing fat led to a hollowed or gaunt appearance, which in turn added years to the patients’ looks, instead of delivering the more youthful look intended.

Deciding whether or not fat should be removed or repositioned in lower eyelid surgery depends not only on the overall appearance of your lower eyelids but also on the current state of your cheeks. Hollowed tear troughs (the junction between the lower lids and the cheeks) will often call for fat repositioning. By doing so, the under-eye area is filled and smoothed for natural-looking results.

In some cases, excess fat may be trimmed to a degree but not completely removed. This is recommended when the patient has an excessive bulge in the lower lids but has smooth, full cheeks.

Other alternatives to lower eyelid rejuvenation
If you’re still uncertain about lower eyelid surgery, you might want to explore non-surgical alternatives such as facial fillers and skin resurfacing procedures. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, and Perlane have been shown to improve depressed tear troughs while fractional CO2 lasers can help smooth out and contour the area.

Learn more about ways to improve the lower eyelids by calling us at 508.334.5990 today.

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