Festoons and Under Eye Bag Surgery
Beautiful models on TV offer hope in a jar: lotions and potions to fix the bags under your eyes. For severe eye bags, topical treatments aren’t much help. When you wake up in the morning and you see bags on bags, it’s time for professional help.
What are Festoons?
Severe under eye bags that are caused by fatty deposits or fluid under the eyelid can create depressions and bulges. They are sometimes referred to as ‘bags on bags.” These are medically known as malar bags or festoons. The malar pockets are located very low in the eyelids, at the top of the cheekbones.
How We Treat Festoons
Treatments for festoons often include blepharoplasty (skin removal), direct excision, liposuction, fat or filler injection and steroid injection. Unfortunately, none of these procedures have proven to be successful long-term solution.
Dr. Allan Wulc of Philadelphia has been successful in the treatment of this frustrating condition with a combination of microdroplet liposculpture and dual erbium laser resurfacing. Removal of even the most problematic festoons is possible. Better still, treatment is typically performed in an outpatient setting. The surgery is painless and swelling lasts anywhere from seven to ten days.
Are there any non-surgical treatments like Botox® or fillers that work on festoons?
It is our opinion that Botox® and fillers can worsen festoons. Botox weakens the muscles that squeeze out edema. Certain fillers, such as Juvederm®, often draw water to them and worsen the bags. More often than not, our first treatment for festoons that are caused by fillers is to remove the filler.
Under Eye Bag Surgery Results
Not every patient’s journey to eyelid rejuvenation is the same. Together, we can help you discover the best treatment options to restore youth and beauty to your eyes. Some typical festoon treatment results are featured in our gallery.