Under-eye bags, characterized by puffiness and a tired appearance, can be a source of frustration for many individuals. These bags often result from a combination of factors, including genetics, age-related changes in facial anatomy, and the loss of facial volume. While various treatments are available to address under-eye bags, cheek augmentation has emerged as a powerful and innovative solution to not only camouflage but potentially remove these unwelcome features.
Understanding Under Eye Bags
People of all ages can have bags appear under their eyes. Most eye bags are temporary, caused by sleep loss, illness, fluid retention or other factors. However, if you have permanent eye bags, they are typically caused by a combination of factors:
- Loss of Elasticity: The skin loses its natural elasticity as we age, making it more prone to sagging and forming pockets. This is especially common in the thinner skin under the eyes.
- Fat Redistribution: The natural distribution of fat in the face can change over time, leading to fat accumulation or displacement in the under-eye area.
- Genetics: Some individuals are genetically predisposed to develop under-eye bags, which may run in their families.
- Loss of Facial Volume: Aging results in volume loss in the facial tissues, especially in the cheek area. This contributes to looser skin that can sag under the eyes and in the cheek area.
Permanent eye bags contribute to a tired and older appearance. While facial filler injections may offer a temporary solution, a cheek augmentation can rejuvenate the eyes and face.
Benefits of Cheek Augmentation
Cheek augmentation is a cosmetic procedure that involves the enhancement of the cheekbones and mid-face area using various techniques. This can include fat grafting or implants to replace lost volume, lifting and enhancing the cheek area. This procedure can help address under-eye bags through the following mechanisms:
- Restoring Volume: One of the primary causes of under-eye bags is the loss of volume in the cheeks. Cheek augmentation can restore lost volume by adding fat grafts or implants to the mid-face region. This helps support the under-eye area, reducing the appearance of bags and tightening loose or sagging skin.
- Smoothing the Transition: When under-eye bags are caused by a transition between the lower eyelid and cheek, cheek augmentation can create a smoother, more natural contour. By filling in the hollows or depressions in the mid-face, the abrupt change in topography is softened, and it can remove the “double bubble” effect that many older individuals experience.
- Enhanced Symmetry: A well-executed cheek augmentation can enhance facial symmetry, which can help draw attention away from under-eye bags and create a more harmonious overall appearance.
Cheek augmentation is a versatile and effective solution for addressing under-eye bags by restoring lost volume, improving the transition between the lower eyelid and cheek, and creating facial harmony. Cheek augmentations and lifts can help you achieve a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance, reducing the visible signs of under-eye bags and boosting your confidence in your overall look. To learn more about cheek augmentation to eliminate or minimize permanent eye bags, contact the office of Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS. Call our clinic in NYC to schedule a cheek augmentation consultation with Dr. Maurice Khosh.