Saggy, Baggy Eyelids? Here’s what Happened!
- Posted on: Jan 15 2019
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At some point in time, the majority of adults grow to dislike the appearance of their eyelids. The lower eyelids can become particularly problematic due to the persistent nature of puffiness and sagging. Under eye bags are hard to disguise. They make us look tired and generally unwell. Here, we touch on what happens to the lower eyelids and what can be done to correct the issue so you look as vibrant as you feel.
Scientific Study of the Lower Eyelids
In a recent study performed by researchers at UCLA, the culprit of under eye sagging and bagging was identified. The problem: fat. During the study, 17 men and 23 women underwent MRI imaging to allow researchers to observe tissue around the eyes. Study participants ranged in age from 12 years old to 80 years old. Based on MRI imaging, researchers found that the size of the tissue on the lower eyelids increased with age. It wasn’t just that tissue increased; it was that fat increased. This was contradictory to previous theories.
Historically, it has been believed that under eye bags develop as we age because the orbital septum that holds fatty tissue in place grows weak. Without proper strength, the orbital septum allows fat to protrude forward. This new body of research suggests that undesirable changes to the under eye area are more so related to a literal increase in fatty tissue pressing against the orbital septum.
Treating Under Eye Bags
Regardless of the reason why under eye bags develop, the approach to eyelid rejuvenation remains generally the same. Blepharoplasty surgery is the common treatment option for the long-term reduction in under eye bags. This procedure is conducted through a tiny, hidden incision. Using small instruments, Dr. Altamira carefully excises the right amount of fatty tissue. The skin is also gently lifted to smooth the appearance of sagging. Once incisions heal, there is typically no evidence of surgery – other than younger-looking eyes.
Are you interested in reducing the appearance of under eye bags? Call 713.271.9000 to schedule a visit with us in Houston or Sugar Land. Blepharoplasty is only one of several options that may work to rejuvenate your eyes.
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