Surgery or injectables for tired eyes?

Dark circles, under-eye hollows, uffy bags, and a dependence on concealer or heavy pancake makeup are concerns that weigh on many patients. All of these issues can make a person look more tired than he or she feels.

There are two major approaches to addressing a tired under-eye appearance: surgery and tear trough augmentation.

The surgery in question is referred to as lower eyelid blepharoplasty with autologous fat transfer or fat transposition. This is the gold standard approach and most definitive way to correct aging in the lower eyelid area. With this approach, Dr. Devgan reduces puffy fat pads, removes excess skin, and softens undereye hollows with a patient's own fat tissue. This creates a smooth, rejuvenated lid-cheek junction, with hidden incisions and almost invisible scars. Lower eyelid surgery takes about 40 minutes, has a week of associated downtime, and lasts forever.

 Dr. Devgan's OR art.

Dr. Devgan's OR art.

A second approach to under-eye aging is using injectable filler to camouflage areas of concern. With this technique, the skin is thoroughly numbed and sterilized, and Dr. Devgan performs meticulous micro-droplet injection of hyaluronic filler to soften hollows, brighten dark circles, and make the eyes look more youthful and alert. This technique takes a few minutes, has no associated downtime, and lasts for 1-2 years.

 Dr. Devgan's results from tear trough augmentation.

Dr. Devgan's results from tear trough augmentation.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Devgan takes great pride in being able to offer patients both types of approaches, depending on their unique anatomic concerns, available downtime, and desire to have surgery. In addition, her best-selling Platinum Eye Repair Complex offers nourishment of delicate under-eye tissues for those who prefer to try a non-invasive approach.

Dr. Devgan has become known for both her surgical and non-surgical approaches to rejuvenating the eyes, and her techniques have been acclaimed by her discerning patients and written up in the New York Times. For questions about these procedures or products, please email office@LaraDevganMD.com or call 212-452-2400.

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