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Facial Fat Transfers vs. Eyelid Lifts

Facial Fat Transfers vs. Eyelid Lifts

Posted by Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman on April 30th, 2015

Choosing the kind of facial cosmetic procedure that works best for you can sometimes be confusing. If you are like many other patients who have experienced the facial changes brought on by aging, cosmetic procedures such as fat transfers and eyelid lifts can help relieve the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and hollows that develop around the eyes. So, which one will work best for you? In general, younger patients who have good skin elasticity and do not have very much excess skin will most likely benefit from fat transfers that help with hollows under the eyes. Older patients with substantial sagging or wrinkly skin under the eyes are normally better candidates for lower eyelid lifts.

The Difference Between Hollows and Bags Under The Eyes

Hollows occur along the deeper, flatter parts of your bone just under the eyes and can often extend into the cheek. Some people have had under eye hollows their entire lives while others develop them over time. The skin affected by hollows can appear shadowed and darker compared to the rest of the skin on your face. Conversely, bags under the eyes are due to the loss of skin tone or elasticity that occurs as we age. The sagging skin under the eyes can cause your eyes to appear wrinkly and puffy. Treatments for these common concerns can take years off of your facial appearance, tightening the skin and leaving you with a vibrant look.

Treatments for Hollows

Dark hollows under the eyes can be treated with facial contouring by adding volume under the eyes with either temporary fillers or facial fat transfers. For multiple reasons, we recommend fat transfers for correction of dark under eye circles. Facial cosmetic surgeons, Drs. Solieman and Litner, begin by taking the fat from a different part of your own body. After cleansing and isolating the fat, it is then implanted to the affected areas of the face to create a more contoured look. Fat transfers help hollows in the face appear fuller, and also serve to balance the shape of the cheeks with other facial features. This kind of procedure is more suitable for younger patients who have not acquired excess skin around the eyes. It is also suitable for patients whose hollows are a genetic trait.

Treatments for Bags Under The Eyes

Eyelid lifts are procedures used to treat the unwanted bags under your eyes that can make you look tired and old. Facial cosmetic surgeons perform lower and upper eyelid lifts by first making a small incision in the natural crease just below the eyelashes to conceal the incision and to ensure a natural look. The incisions heal quickly after surgery, and the best facial plastic surgeons will ensure there is no visible scarring. Excess fat may be removed and excess skin and muscle are tightened and trimmed to create a smoother, younger looking face. Middle aged and older patients are generally the most suitable candidates for this procedure.

Your Consultation

Facial cosmetic procedures such as eyelid lifts and facial fat transfers vary with each individual’s need. Many times a combination of treatments works best for patients. The key is finding a surgeon who knows exactly what each area needs. At Beverly Hills Profiles, Drs. Jason Litner and Peyman Solieman take the time to tailor surgeries to each patient. As experienced facial cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman have expert eyes for facial symmetry and harmony. The doctors place the utmost importance in natural results so you can look effortlessly younger and be happier with your appearance.

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