When most people think of cosmetic eyelid surgery, they usually think of older men and women who have experienced signs of aging in the eye area, not people in their twenties. However, there are indeed some factors that can cause a young person to need blepharoplasty surgery. Unfortunately, some people inherit traits that can make their eyelids look much older than they actually are.
Blepharoplasty can be used to remove or reposition fat and skin in the eyelid area, reducing the appearance of bags, dark circles, or signs of aging. It can also be used in young people to get rid of chronic puffiness and eye bags. These problems can make the sufferer look tired and disinterested, even when alert and awake.
What Causes Eye Bags in Young People
In the aging face, sagging skin and fat cause eyes to droop and bags to form under the lower eyelids. However, this is not what causes the problem among young people, naturally. What are the reasons people in their teens, twenties, and thirties experience puffy eyes?
Genetics are the major cause of long-term puffy eyes in young people, and are one of the only reasons people in this age group should seek eyelid surgery. Many people who seek blepharoplasty at a young age say their mother or father also suffered from the problem of puffy eyes.
Transconjunctival Blepharoplasty with Fat Transposition
Transconjunctival blepharoplasty involves making an incision on the inside of the eyelid, as there will be no excess skin removed. In this type of blepharoplasty, the fat is not typically removed entirely, but shifted around to produce a more pleasing aesthetic outcome. The goal of this surgery is to create a good result that will last for many years to come.
Though injectable fillers are technically an option (off label) for temporary treatment of eye bags (lasting 1 to 1.5 years), they are not a recommended method for improving the problem. They must be repeated eventually, and they can cause a variety of problems. It is safer and more effective for young people with genetic eye puffiness to consider the long-term solution of surgery instead.
Why Traditional Blepharoplasty Doesn’t Work for Young People
During a traditional blepharoplasty, the fat under the eyes is often removed entirely, not simply repositioned. While this method often works very well for aging patients, there are pitfalls to the traditional blepharoplasty for young people. When tissue is simply removed, a hollow look can be left, which only worsens with age. By repositioning the fat instead of removing it, the face can age more naturally and any hollowness can be avoided.
Get a Facial Plastic Surgeon’s Opinion
If you are considering treatment for puffy eyes, it is important to seek the opinions of expert, board certified facial plastic surgeons. Dr. Stuart Bentkover, of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) and Stoneham (617-247-0033) MA, specializes in this type of eyelid surgery and offers expert facial surgery to people from all demographics. To learn more about Dr. Bentkover and the services he offers, visit www.drbentkover.com. If you are ready to move forward with your procedure, call either location to schedule your consultation or view Dr. Bentkover’s before and after blepharoplasty photos.