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Dallas Eye Bags Treatment & Surgery Specialist
As the tissues that surround the eyes weaken, eye bags (i.e., festoons) frequently develop. Although under-eye bags commonly occur as part of the natural-aging process, once these eye changes become evident, men and women look for ways to decrease their visibility. At Law Plastic Surgery in Dallas, Dr. Huay-Zong Law helps rejuvenate his patients’ facial features with cosmetic surgery procedures, including lower eyelid surgery (aka a lower blepharoplasty) to address festoons. Dr. Law utilizes the most recent state-of-the-art equipment and advanced surgical techniques to help turn back the hands of time, providing his patients with the rejuvenated, more youthful facial appearance they desire. Dr. Law’s extensive experience, artistic vision and excellent surgical skills have made him one of the top facial plastic surgeons in, and around, Dallas.
In Dallas, the Development of Eye Bags Is Usually Just a Cosmetic Concern
Eye bag development is rarely linked to a serious health condition; therefore, these under eye characteristics are considered a cosmetic concern.
The Symptoms of Festoons
Eye bags occur when the muscles and tissue structures that support the eyelids become weak. This lack of support may cause the skin to sag and the orbital fat that surrounds the eye to fall, allowing it to herniate into the area directly beneath the eye.
The signs and symptoms associated with festoons include:
- Loose skin that sags.
- Mild inflammation.
- Dark circles beneath the eyes.
Besides Age, What Causes Eye Bags to Develop?
There are numerous reasons for the development of festoons.
The potential causes of under-eye bags include:
- Dehydration – when the body does not have enough fluid, the skin surrounding the eyes may appear saggy and sunken in.
- An insufficient amount of sleep – a lack of sleep can lead to the development of dark circles or puffiness beneath the eyes.
- The natural-aging process – as time passes, the facial fat pads begin shrinking and sinking, which can result in the formation of under-eye bags.
- Cosmetic-induced eye irritation – there are times when the use of a cosmetic causes inflammation around the eyes. People who neglect to wash their face before they go to bed tend to develop eye bags for this reason more often than those who do.
- Smoking – the use of traditional cigarettes, cigars and tobacco-filled pipes can cause festoons to develop.
- Retaining fluid – fluid retention resulting from salt consumption and allergies can cause under-eye bags to develop.
- Genetics – since festoon development can be hereditary, some people are more likely to have eye bags than others are.
- Certain medical conditions – there are some medical conditions that cause the development of festoons. These conditions include renal disease, dermatomyositis, thyroid eye disease and dermatitis.
Initially, At-home Festoon Treatments May Be Helpful
Although there are some helpful at-home products that can reduce the visibility of under-eye bags directly following their development (e.g., restorative eye treatments), as time passes, the festoons continue to enlarge. Once these at-home remedies can no longer reduce the visibility of their under-eye bags, individuals should consider a more permanent solution (e.g., a blepharoplasty for the treatment of eye bags).
Is There a Way to Prevent the Development of Eye Bags?
Yes, by using the tips below, individuals can reduce their likelihood of developing festoons.
Tips for preventing the development of under-eye bags include:
- Making good lifestyle choices. An individual’s lifestyle choices can play a significant role in the development of festoons. Therefore, in order to prevent eye bag development, an individual must make healthy choices (e.g., exercise regularly).
- Getting a sufficient amount of sleep, which translates into at least 8 hours a day.
- Eating a high-fiber diet that is full of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Limiting salt consumption.
- Implementing a daily exercise routine that lasts at least 20 minutes. For safety’s sake, individuals should only start an exercise program after they receive their doctor’s approval to do so.
- Refraining from the use of unhealthy products, such as tobacco and recreational drugs.
- Consuming alcoholic beverages in moderation.
- Preventing dehydration by drinking an adequate amount of water throughout the day. According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, adult women should be drinking 11 cups (i.e., 91 ounces or 2.7 liters) a day and men need to drink 15 cups (i.e., 125 ounces or 3.7 liters) every day.
How Does Dr. Huay-Zong Law Address Eye Bags in Dallas?
Each patient is unique, which is why Dr. Law takes the time to create his patients their own custom-designed eye bag treatment plan. While creating a personalized treatment plan, Dr. Huay-Zong Law considers the results that his patient desires as well as the patient’s unique facial characteristics. Dr. Law’s goal is to fulfill his patient’s desires, as well as to provide each patient with a refreshed, natural-looking result.
Discussing the Patient’s Upcoming Eyelid Procedure
After Dr. Huay-Zong Law creates the patient’s personalized surgical plan to address under-eye bags, he and the patient discuss specifics related to his or her procedure. During this pre-surgical consultation, patients should feel free to ask questions. Dr. Law and his team always encourage patients to ask questions. A knowledgeable patient typically feels more comfortable about his or her upcoming surgery than an uninformed patient does.
Issues Related to Eye Bags That Dr. Huay-Zong Law Addresses With Eyelid Surgery in Dallas
During lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Law can dramatically change the area underneath the patient’s eyes.
Issues that Dr. Huay-Zong Law addresses during a lower blepharoplasty in Dallas include:
- Dark circles in the area beneath the eyes.
- Eye bags resulting from fat pads that have moved to the area underneath the eyes.
- The crêpey, saggy skin beneath the eyes.
What Makes Someone a Good Candidate for Eyelid Surgery to Address Festoons?
An individual who has unwanted eye bags or dark circles underneath his or her eyes might be a good candidate for a lower blepharoplasty to treat festoons.
A good candidate for a lower blepharoplasty in Dallas is physically and mentally healthy.
Individuals who have a full understanding as to the benefits and the limitations of lower eyelid surgery for the reduction of under-eye bags.
The majority of individuals seeking eyelid surgery to address under-eye bags in Dallas are at least 35. Nonetheless, Dr. Law does perform blepharoplasty procedures to assist those younger than 35 who have a genetic predisposition to the development of festoons as well as a darkening in the areas underneath the eyes.
Is There Anyone Who Is Not Considered a Good Candidate for Eye Bag Surgery in Dallas?
Blepharoplasty procedures are safe for the majority of people; however, there are some issues that may disqualify an individual as a candidate for eyelid surgery to address under-eye bags.
Health conditions that may disqualify an individual from being a good candidate for a blepharoplasty include:
- Heart disease.
- Thyroid abnormalities.
- A medical condition that is severe or unstable.
- A clotting or bleeding disorder.
Factors that may delay a patient’s eyelid surgery to address festoons include:
- The use of certain supplements because they can predispose the patient to ocular surface disease. These supplements include Kava Kava, Niacin and Echinacea.
- Eye irregularities.
- Being a smoker. Smoking any product (e.g., traditional cigarettes, pipes, cigars, e-cigarettes) can be detrimental to the health of the eyes. Common eye-related side effects from smoking include inflammation of the thin membrane that covers the eye, extremely dry eyes and constricted blood vessels. These eye issues can negatively affect the results of the patient’s blepharoplasty procedure. For this reason, Dr. Huay-Zong Law requests that his patients discontinue the use of these products for at least two weeks before and two weeks after eyelid surgery to address eye bags.
- A previous photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) procedure or laser epithelial keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery.
At Law Plastic Surgery in Dallas, patient safety is the highest priority; therefore, at their initial consultation, it is crucial that patients be candid about their health conditions and eye issues.
Preparing for Lower Eyelid Surgery to Address Eye Bags in Dallas
Patients should prepare for their recovery by purchasing gel packs to freeze and use for reducing inflammation, as well as several extra pillows so they can keep their head elevated.
Patients Must Bring a Driver With Them on the Day of Surgery
Since patients are unable to drive following eyelid surgery to address festoons, they need to bring a driver with them. Patients who arrive without a driver must reschedule their surgery.
Can a Patient Use For-hire Transportation on the Day of Surgery?
It is Dr. Law’s dedication to his patients’ safety that led to the implementation of Law Plastic Surgery’s policy regarding for-hire transportation following surgical procedures. Dr. Huay-Zong Law does not permit his patients to use any kind of for-hire transportation after procedures that can make the patient vulnerable. These procedures include those that require the use of sedation or anesthesia, as well as procedures that affect an individual’s ability to see. Furthermore, if a patient needs assistance walking, it is unlikely that a for-hire driver will be able to meet this need.
Patients Also Need an Overnight Caregiver
Following eyelid surgery, patients need to have someone they trust remain with them for at least 24 hours.
For at Least Two Weeks Before Eyelid Surgery to Address Eye Bags and Two Weeks After, Patients Need to Discontinue the Use of Certain Products
To reduce the likelihood of excess bleeding, patients must stop taking certain vitamins, herbal supplements and medications. Products to avoid include vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Patients need to stop using products that contain nicotine (e.g., traditional cigarettes, smoking-cessation products that contain nicotine, cigars).
Patients who take prescription medication must speak with the prescribing physician before they discontinue or decrease the dose of their medication. Following this is vital because some medications can cause an individual to experience withdrawal symptoms.
For Two Days Before and Two Days After Eyelid Surgery, Patients Need to Refrain From Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol increases inflammation. Therefore, patients need to refrain from drinking these kinds of beverages for at least two days before and two days after their blepharoplasty procedure.
Specific Instructions for Lower Blepharoplasty Patients
Lower eyelid surgery to address bags underneath the eyes takes approximately an hour. However, patients who choose to have several procedures during the same surgical session (e.g., upper and lower eyelid surgery) will stay in the treatment area for a longer period of time.
On the day of their surgery, Dr. Law recommends that his blepharoplasty patients wear clothes that fit loosely. In addition, patients must wear a top that does not need to be pulled over their head.
For some time after eyelid surgery, patients are unable to wear tops that must be pulled over the head; therefore, blepharoplasty patients must wear tops that button up or have a zipper.
Patients must not wear contacts, facial lotion, nail polish or makeup on the day of their surgery.
Following eye bag surgery in Dallas, to avoid injuring or aggravating their eyes, patients cannot wear contacts. For this reason, patients have to use their eyeglasses until Dr. Law releases them to wear contacts again.
Patients must leave their valuables at home (e.g., jewelry, money, credit cards).
Eyelid Surgery With Dr. Huay-Zong Law in Dallas
Upon arrival, patients need to provide the receptionist with a photo ID.
A Team Member Escorts the Patient to Pre-op
Once the patient checks in, a friendly team member leads the patient to pre-op. While the patient is here, a nurse takes his or her vitals, which usually includes checking the patient’s blood pressure, oxygen level and temperature. Patients also receive and change into their surgical attire.
Directly before surgery, Dr. Law stops in to see the patient and answers any questions he or she has. Dr. Law also asks the patient to sit up, so he can make markings on the lower eyelids.
During eye bag surgery in Dallas, Dr. Law asks patients to follow certain directions; therefore, he or she must be coherent. As such, plastic surgeons rarely use twilight or general anesthesia during a blepharoplasty procedure to treat festoons. Instead, patients receive oral medication to keep them comfortable throughout their eyelid surgery. Oral medications that Dr. Huay-Zong Law frequently uses include Tylenol and Diazepam. Patients who have allergies to either of these medications need to inform Dr. Law during their initial consultation for a blepharoplasty to address eye bags.
Before beginning lower eyelid surgery to address eye bags, Dr. Huay-Zong Law gently injects a local anesthetic (i.e., Xylocaine [Lidocaine]), into the lower eyelids. This anesthetic numbs the patient’s lower eyelids. In addition, Dr. Law may place a few drops of an ophthalmic anesthetic into the patient’s eye. This anesthetic numbs the white portion of the eye (i.e., the sclera).
The Patient Receives a Protective Eye Shield
After numbing the patient’s sclera, Dr. Huay-Zong Law ensures the patient’s eye remains safe during surgery by covering it with a protective shield.
Eye-bag Removal in Dallas: The Transcutaneous Method
Dr. Law typically uses the transcutaneous technique to address the dark circles and festoons that develop in the area underneath the eyes. During transcutaneous surgery for the treatment of eye bags, Dr. Huay-Zong Law may reposition or remove fat, cut away any excess skin and tighten the eyelid.
When using the transcutaneous approach to address festoons, Dr. Law makes a short incision along the lash line on the outer side of the lower lids.
Addressing the Issues That Cause Dark Circles and Under-eye Bags Using the Transconjunctival Technique
During transconjunctival eyelid surgery, Dr. Huay-Zong Law creates an incision inside the eyelid. He creates the incision along the patient’s lash line. Through this incision, Dr. Law can remove excess fat; however, he is unable to remove any excess eyelid skin.
Incision Closure, Eye Lubrication and Gauze Placement Following a Transconjunctival or Transcutaneous Blepharoplasty Procedure
Once he completes a transconjunctival or transcutaneous blepharoplasty procedure, Dr. Huay-Zong Law uses extremely small sutures to close the incisions. Next, he applies lubricating ointment and then places gauze over the patient’s eyes.
After removing the gauze, sensitivity to light is normal, and so is blurry vision.
Before releasing the patient to his or her driver, the patient receives information about post-surgical eye care (e.g., applying the eye lubricant, using cryotherapy to decrease swelling). In addition, the patient’s attending nurse schedules his or her follow-up appointment.
Tips for Remaining Comfortable While Recovering From Eye Bag Surgery in Dallas
To reduce swelling, patients must keep their head raised, even as they sleep. Cryotherapy helps reduce swelling. Dr. Law recommends that his patients use gel packs for their cryotherapy treatments instead of ice cubes. Gel packs are more comfortable and easier to maneuver.
The Post-surgical Appointment
During the patient’s post-surgical appointment, Dr. Huay-Zong Law examines his or her eyes. If any stitches remain, Dr. Law removes them.
Scars Are Well Hidden Following Surgery to Address Eye Bags in Dallas
Any scars resulting from surgery to address festoons are just inside the lower eyelid or beneath the eyelashes on the outer side of the lower lid. Nonetheless, as time passes, these scars become almost invisible.
What to Expect While Recovering From Surgery to Address Festoons in Dallas
Side effects that patients should expect following their eyelid surgery include bruised and irritated-looking eyes. Post-surgical bruising is the most prevalent during the first week and a half of recovery. Changes in sensation and excessive tearing may be present during this stage of recovery. Although the bruising dissipates rather quickly, the inflammation usually remains for several months.
The amount of pain a patient experiences following eyelid surgery is typically minimal, however, for the sake of comfort, Dr. Law may recommend an over-the-counter medication or prescribe the patient a pain medication.
Patients who choose to have multiple procedures are more likely to receive pain medication than those who only had lower eyelid surgery to address festoons.
If Pain Worsens, Patients Need to Call Law Plastic Surgery
Worsening pain during the first 7 days of recovery must be investigated because this may indicate that the patient has an infection or is experiencing some other type of complication. Consequently, it is crucial that a patient who is experiencing increasing pain calls 972-331-1900 to speak with Dr. Law.
Recovery following eyelid surgery using the transconjunctival or transcutaneous technique typically lasts a week, sometimes two. The majority of Dr. Law’s blepharoplasty patients return to school or work about a week into their recovery.
Restrictions Following a Lower Blepharoplasty for Eye Bags
For several weeks following their surgery, patients must refrain from participating in any strenuous activities. These activities include exercising, as well as lifting anything that is heavier than 5 pounds.
As long as the tasks are light and do not require bending at the waist, patients can perform them. For example, a patient can wash dishes in the sink, but must avoid bending forward to load a dishwasher.
To prevent eyestrain, patients must limit how long they watch television, read or work on a computer.
Patients typically exchange their glasses for contacts within the first three weeks of their recovery. However, it is critical that patients receive a confirmation from Dr. Law or one of his staff members before they begin wearing their contacts again
The Results of Eyelid Surgery to Address Eye Bags in Dallas
A blepharoplasty to address festoons provides long-term results, however, with time, the patient’s results may begin to diminish. Nonetheless, even if the surgical results Dr. Law achieves with a blepharoplasty start to dwindle, the patient’s eyes still look more refreshed and youthful than they would have without eyelid surgery to address festoons.
A Consultation With Dr. Huay-Zong Law for the Treatment of Festoons
During this appointment, patients must fill out paperwork detailing their health conditions, including any previous surgeries or treatments. In addition, the patient needs to provide information related to his or her drug allergies, smoking status, frequency of alcohol consumption and use of recreational drugs. Furthermore, Dr. Law needs a list of the medications, herbal supplements and vitamins the patient currently takes. Please include frequency, dosage amount, as well as the reason for the medication or herbal supplement.
To ensure the patient’s safety, it is vital that all the medical information he or she provides is accurate. All the information the patient provides is part of his or her medical record, which means it is confidential.
Dr. Law may want patients who wear eyeglasses or contacts to bring the results of their last eye exam with them to the initial consultation.
Attaining the Desired Result
The only way that Dr. Huay-Zong Law can provide a patient with the results he or she desires is if the patient is candid with him during the initial consultation.
Patients who would like to learn more about other procedures that Dr. Law performs in Dallas should feel free to inquire. At Law Plastic Surgery in Dallas, patients never need to worry about Dr. Huay-Zong Law or his staff trying to coerce them into having additional procedures. Dr. Law is happy to provide any information the patient requests to determine if a procedure is something he or she wants to consider.
Examining the Patient’s Eyes
Once Dr. Huay-Zong Law understands what the patient would like to accomplish, he studies the physical characteristics of his or her eyes. Dr. Law may also take a variety of measurements and photographs. In addition, to ensure there are no tear-gland obstructions, he may perform a tear-gland test.
After gathering this information, Dr. Law knows if the patient will benefit from a lower blepharoplasty to address eye bags. The patient may choose to begin preparing for a blepharoplasty to address festoons, or take some time to consider his or her options.
If a patient is considering more than one procedure, Dr. Law may examine and take photos of the additional areas. He may also take measurements.
A Custom-designed Eyelid Surgery Plan
Using the information he gathers during the patient’s consultation, Dr. Law creates a personalized blepharoplasty procedure plan to address eye bags.
Risks and Possible Complications Associated With Eyelid Surgery to Address Eye Bags
All surgical procedures and treatments have risks. Therefore, the patient should consider the risks before choosing to have any type of elective surgery or treatment.
Some of the postoperative complications include:
- A corneal abrasion.
- Visible scarring.
- Irritated eyes.
- Dry eyes.
- Vision changes.
- The inability to completely close his or her eyes.
- Uneven results.
- Nerve damage.
- Although rare, bleeding behind the eye can result in vision loss.
- Entropion or ectropion.
- A negative reaction to the medications or products the surgeon uses during surgery.
- An undesirable result.
Complications that may arise a short time after eyelid surgery include:
- Double vision.
- Abnormal tearing.
- Injury to the muscle.
Symptoms That Require Medical Attention Following Surgery to Reduce Eye Bags in Dallas
If a patient experiences any of the signs and symptoms below, he or she needs to contact Law Plastic Surgery by calling 972-331-1900 or, if the signs and symptoms are potentially life-threatening (e.g., difficulty breathing, chest pain), the patient needs to dial 911 right away.
These signs and symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Excessive bleeding.
- Heart palpitations.
- A chest that feels tight.
- Chest pain.
- A feeling of pressure on the chest.
- Fainting spells.
- The inability to use the washroom.
- Variations in the attentiveness of the patient.
- A fever above 101° Fahrenheit (38.33° C).
- Inflammation, redness or leg pain could indicate that the patient has a post-surgical blood clot, which can be life-threatening.
- Unexpected pus or drainage.
How to Reduce the Likelihood of a Complication Following Surgery for Eye Bags in Dallas
Choosing an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Law, helps reduce the likelihood of a patient experiencing a complication.
What Does Eyelid Surgery to Address Eye Bags Cost?
A surgeon can determine how much an individual’s custom-designed eyelid surgery to treat eye bags costs during an initial consultation.
Does Health Insurance Cover Lower Eyelid Surgery to Address Festoons?
Since lower eyelid surgery to address festoons is usually considered a cosmetic procedure, unless medical necessity is proven, health insurance does not cover a blepharoplasty to address eye bags.
Reasons Patients Choose Dr. Huay-Zong Law to Perform Their Plastic Surgery Procedures
Dr. Law’s dedication to excellence and commitment to creating each patient the most natural-looking results possible make it easy to see why men and women choose him to perform their plastic surgery procedures in Dallas.
If you live in Dallas, or have plans to visit this area, and you are interested in learning more about eyelid surgery to address eye bags, please schedule a consultation by calling Dr. Law’s office. Law Plastic Surgery’s phone number is 972-331-1900. The address for Law Plastic Surgery in Dallas is 7777 Forest Lane, C-258.