Getting Rid of Undereye Festoons or Baggy Eyes

by Marisa Amorasak

Getting Rid of Undereye Festoons or Baggy Eyes

Undereye festoons is the medical term for the excess skin or bags that tend to pop up underneath the eyes of aging men and women. These unpleasant bulges are harmless, but can make a person look significantly older and chronically sleep-deprived. Since festoons are a textural issue rather than discoloration, concealer, and other cosmetics fail to cover them. They are also notoriously difficult to treat both surgically and non-surgically, because the skin around the eyes is so delicate. Read on to learn more about pesky undereye festoons, and how you can safely and effectively remove them.

Understanding Undereye Festoons

Undereye festoons develop when the tissue beneath the eyes loses its structure. Muscle tension caused by aging, sun exposure, genetics, and smoking travels to the skin and damages essential muscle fibers. Without healthy fibers, the skin forms gaps between its layers. These gaps are what cause undereye puffiness and swelling, which may worsen over time.

Since undereye festoons are caused by structural issues beneath the skin, they are best treated by surgical procedures. But if you’re not ready for a blepharoplasty, certain dermal treatments can help lessen the look of undereye festoons.

Festoon Treatment Options

Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery. A common misconception is that blepharoplasty is only performed on the upper eyelids. Undereye blepharoplasty can involve a number of techniques including gentle liposuction and skin tightening. In the case of undereye bags, a plastic surgeon may perform a blepharoplasty that uses liposuction to remove a tiny bit of the fat buildup underneath the eyes. Alternately, he or she may choose to reposition the fat throughout the face.

Fractional Laser Resurfacing. Fractional Laser Resurfacing, or Fraxel, is a non-surgical procedure that can dramatically improve skin tone and texture. An erbium laser penetrates the skin’s outermost layers and actually wounds them so that they have to re-grow. The new skin will have more even pigmentation and texture. Dr. Adam Scheiner, a Tampa Bay plastic surgeon and a featured doctor on “The Doctors,” explained how Fraxel can help with festoons: “We intentionally injure the skin on the lower eyelid with the laser - just enough to stimulate it to re-grow itself with brand new skin." Dr. Scheiner calls this process “resetting.”

Dermal Injectables. Certain dermal injectables like Restylane and Radiesse™ can be used around the eye area to improve the look of festoons. However, these fillers are best used on festoons or eye wrinkles that are mild—if you have a substantial amount of excess tissue, it won’t be enough.

Thermage. If your undereye festoons appear to be a result of sagging skin, Thermage may help. Thermage uses radio frequencies to tighten facial skin. It’s safe for use around the eyes and for treating festoons.

If you’d like to learn more about undereye festoon treatments, contact our representatives today. We’ll be happy to book you a consultation with a cosmetic specialist in your area with experience in treating festoons.

Related Articles

Permanent Makeup: Once and Done?
Creating Dimples Through Cosmetic Surgery
A Brief History of Rhinoplasty
Young Crowd Goes for Mini Lift Procedures
Turkey Neck Lift: Treatments For Loose Neck Skin
On the Nose: A Rhinoplasty Rundown
Punk Goes Adult: Ear Lobe Reconstruction on the Rise
Lip Lift vs Lip Fillers
The Perks of a Fall & Winter Facelift
Venezuelan Women's Emphasis on Caucasian Features Boosts Rhinoplasty Numbers
Indians Undergoing Social Media Inspired ‘Facebook Facelifts’
Facial Geometry: A New Technique Realigns Boy’s Face
Plastic Surgery for a Permanent Smile Trending in South Korea
Innovative New Lower Eye Lifts
An Asian-American's Perspective on the Eyelid Surgery Trend
Butts and Boobs Move Over, Faces are Back
Can Forehead Lifts Cure Migraine Headaches?
Cheek or Buccal Fat Removal
Study: Chin Implant Surgery Numbers Skyrocketed in 2011
Cleft Chin Surgery
Cupid's Bow Lip Augmentation
Doctors Borrow Parts From Man's Leg to Repair Face After Firework Explosion
Epicanthoplasty Eyelid Surgery: What to Know
Eyelash Restoration Options
The 'Facelift Bungee': A $25 Botox Alternative?
Facelifts Give Job-Seekers An Edge
Facial Liposuction: An Introduction
Feather Lift: The Surgical Alternative
5 Rhinoplasty Myths Unveiled
Getting Rid of Undereye Festoons or Baggy Eyes
A Guide to Chin Augmentation: Costs, Risks, & Recovery
How Long Does a Lip Augmentation Last?
Injection Rhinoplasty: The Non-Surgical Nose Job
Lip Implants from Neck Muscles?
Long-Term Study Shows Patients Satisfied with Forehead Lift
Lower vs Upper Eyelid Surgery: Breaking Down the Differences
Madonna Lift: An Alternative to Eyelid Surgery?
Mag 5 Facial Surgery: Look 5 Years Younger in 5 Steps
Makeup Contouring to Replace a Nose Job?
Microtia Ear Reconstruction: An Introduction
Mid-Face Lifts Turn Back the Clock on Aging
QuickLift Facelift Surgery
Recycling Eyebags Into Cheek Lifts
Rhinoplasty Surgery: A Step By Step Guide
Secondary Facelifts: Corrective Surgery
Serdev Lift: The New Twist on the Thread Lift
Silhouette Lift: A Facelift Alternative
Silicone Perma Lip Implants
Study Estimates How Many Years Younger Facial Surgery Can Make You Look
Top 5 Reasons for a Rhinoplasty
Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty: An Introduction
VeraFil: Saline Lip Implants are Here
What is Facial Feminization Surgery?

Contact us for a consultation

866-471-8873

Home | Find a Plastic Surgeon | Research Procedures | News & Resources | About Us | Contact Us | Join Our Network | Newsletters | Privacy

©2018 Plastic Surgery Portal