I’ve always had dark circles and lines under my eyes. Does an entire face-lift have to be done or is there a less expensive procedure?
For dark circles and lines underneath the eyes, I would most often suggest laser resurfacing and fat grafting. The former will tighten the lines, and with the most up to date laser involves 5 days of down time. Fat grafting can be done at the same time, and involves using a fine cannula (think of it as a blunt needle) to harvest a tiny amount of fat from the abdomen most commonly, and then place with an even finer cannula underneath the eyes. Generally there is minor bruising which resolves within about 5 days. Some patients benefit instead from a lower eyelid blepharoplasty but an in person examination is necessary.
There are not too many procedures that treat dark circles under the eyes. This is typically caused by too much pigmentation. There are some laser treatments that may be effective, but the results are inconsistent. Fine lines will require some sort of surface treatment, either laser or a chemical peel to smootht the surface. Rarely will a lower eyelid lift solve this problem unless there is excess skin and bulging fat present. Any of these procedures will be much less costly thanb a facelift, which will not treat your concerns. Best to be examined to evaluate the problem and offer a solution.
Hello, and thank you for your question! To answer your question, a facelift actually does not treat wrinkles or dark circles under your eyes. A facelift will smooth wrinkles and get rid of excess loose, saggy skin from the lower 1/3 of the face and the neck. To rejuvenate the eyes, we will typically perform upper and lower eyelid lifts, also known as blepharoplasty. It is this procedure that will help smooth the wrinkles and lines that form around the eyes as we age. The surgery will also treat excess puffiness. As far as cost, a facelift will typically be more expensive than an eyelid lift.
Best of luck!
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