Lower-lid “Bags” or Festoons?
- Posted on: Mar 15 2017
The term “festoon” is not one that’s understood very well by most people. In fact, many individuals who have festoons may mistake them for eye bags. Bags occur when fat or fluid protrudes through the skin in lower eyelid area. Festoons are lower, protruding primarily from the upper part of the cheek. Together, eye bags and festoons can look like one big protrusion, but they’re separate issues. Here’s how to determine if you have bags or festoons, as well as the causes and solutions of both.
Understanding the Difference
Puffy circles underneath the eye are bags, and they feel firmer to the touch and are difficult to move from side to side. And when you look up, eye bags become more pronounced. On the other hand, festoons sit high on the cheek and feel squishy to the touch. They can easily be moved from side to side and don’t look more pronounced when you look up.
Bags are typically caused by fatigue, aging, and allergies, while festoons are caused by damage such as smoking, poor diet, sun exposure, and drinking coffee and alcohol. Festoons can be a sign of a serious medical condition, but more often than not, they occur as a result of diet and lifestyle.
Lower eyelid surgery (or lower lid blepharoplasty) is an effective way to treat bags and festoons. However, because they differ in location and cause, addressing bags and festoons requires a great deal of experience by the surgeon to provide a successful, natural looking outcome. Lower eyelid surgery is usually an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia with sedation. An incision is made in the interior lid which prevents visible scarring and quick healing time. Lower lid blepharoplasty is an outpatient procedure with minimal pain and discomfort following the surgery. Your vision will be blurred temporarily but will return to normal after about 24 hours. Swelling and bruising around the eyes is normal and can last up to 10 days. Most patients return to work within a week.
To learn more about the benefits of lower lid blepharoplasty, contact Consultants in Ophthalmic & Facial Plastic Surgery online or call us at 248.357.5100 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!
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