Dr Ko Eyebag Surgery

Dr Ko Eyebag Surgery

Eyebag Surgery

Do you look tired and haggard all the time despite having adequate sleep? Have you been greeted with “you look tired, are you ok?”, despite feeling completely fine? The culprit may be your bulging lower eyelids with deep tear troughs. Saying goodbye to tired-looking eyes and regain youthful lower eyelids is just a step away. A lower eyelid or eye bag surgery may be what you need to restore that gorgeous and refreshed lower eyelids.

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Lower eyelid blepharoplasty or better known and eye bag surgery, is a surgical procedure that corrects excess skin, fat, and wrinkles around the lower eyelids. The under-eyelid fats that contribute to eye bags’ appearance are either removed and discarded or repositioned to the tear troughs to create a smoother lower eyelid. This procedure is frequently combined with canthopexy, a surgical approach to tighten lower eyelid laxity.

Eye bags surgery can be performed either:

  • Transcutaneously (incision done on the skin at the lower eyelid)
  • Transconjunctivally (incision done at the inner side of the lower eyelid – no skin incision)

Potential risk from this procedure include:

  • Allergic reaction to anesthetic drugs and antibiotics
  • Infection
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Lid retraction / ectropion
  • Skin numbness
  • Fat atrophy
  • Excessive tearing

Before you decide on undergoing this procedure, do consult a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to discuss:

  • Your expectation
  • Any pre-existing medical condition or known allergy
  • Any pre-existing eye problems or previous eye/ eyelid surgery
  • Which method is a better option
  • Details of the procedure and choice of anesthesia
  • Risks and complications of the procedure and recovery period

Transcutaneous Method

Subciliary incisions are commonly used for this method. This method is a good option if you have excess skin to be removed. It also gives better access to the surgeon for fat transposition techniques. This procedure usually lasts 1 ½ – 2 hours. It can be done as an outpatient day care surgery under local anesthesia and light intravenous sedation.

Although this method leaves a scar in the subciliary area, they usually heal well, and the scar eventually becomes inconspicuous.

Potential risk from this procedure include:

  • Allergic reaction to anesthetic drugs and antibiotics
  • Infection
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Lid retraction / ectropion
  • Skin numbness
  • Fat atrophy
  • Excessive tearing
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Transconjunctival Method

With this method, there is no skin incision involved. Incisions are made at the inner aspect of the lower eyelid. This method is suitable for a younger person, where the removal of excess skin is not required.

Similarly, this procedure can be performed on an outpatient day care basis under local anesthesia and light sedation. This surgery typically takes about 1 ½ – 2 hours.

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Potential risks include:

  • Allergic reaction to anesthetic drugs and antibiotics
  • Infection
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Lid retraction / ectropion
  • Eye irritation due to conjunctival scarring

Pre-Operative and Post-Operative

To minimize the risk of bleeding during and after the surgery, it is advisable to check with your doctor if there are any medications or supplements you need to withhold. Anti-platelets and anti-coagulants such as aspirin should be stopped at least 1 week before the procedure. Supplements containing ginkgo Biloba, ginseng, and fish oils should also be withheld for at least 1 week prior to the surgery.

Post-operative swelling will usually resolve within 1 week. This can be expedited with regular cold compression over the eyes. Medication to help reduce swelling may be prescribed as well. Bruising may occur and will usually resolve within 2 weeks. The internal recovery process may take up to 3 months before you enjoy your flawless under eyelids.

Eye bag surgery is relatively simple, and it can bring tremendous satisfaction to a person. Despite that, one should sort for an experienced board-certified Plastic Surgeon to ensure a safe procedure. At dr Ko Skin Specialist – Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Department, eye bag surgery is among the core services we perform daily. It is both rewarding for the surgeon to see the patient’s transformation and rewarding for the patient, having able to say goodbye to their eye bags and tired and haggard look.

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By Dr Kathleen Chang
Consultant Plastic Surgeon & Reconstructive surgeon
Ko Skin Specialist Centre.

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