Surgery To Remove Bags Under Eyes

Dr. William Numa's patient post under eye bag surgery. (Lower bleph surgery) in Boston, Massachusetts. Before and After Under Eye Bag Surgery photo.

What Is Under Eye Bag Surgery?

Lower eye blepharoplasty, also known as lower eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic surgical procedure aimed at improving the appearance of the lower eyelids. It is commonly performed to address issues such as under-eye bags, puffiness, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Under Eye Blepharoplasty is an outpatient surgery typically performed in just a couple of hours.

During the lower eye blepharoplasty procedure, an incision is made inside the lower eyelid to access the underlying fat pads and tissues. The surgeon may then remove or reposition excess fat and tissue, tighten the skin, and make necessary adjustments to achieve a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance of the lower eyelids.

What Causes Under Eye Bags?

Most commonly, under eye bags are carried down by genetics. If your parents or close relatives have prominent under eye bags, you might be more likely to have them too.

As we age, the skin around the eyes tends to lose its elasticity and becomes thinner. This can lead to the fat that supports the eyes moving forward into the lower eyelids, creating a puffy appearance.

To summarize, common causes of under eye bags can be attributed to  the following factors:

  • Genetics
  • Aging


A number of different lifestyle factors can contribute to skin aging which can also exacerbate the appearance of under eye bags. These habits and behaviors that can worsen the prominence of under eye bags include:

  • A High-Sodium Diet
  • Lack of Sleep
  • Poor Sleep Quality
  • Excessive Alcohol Consumption
  • Smoking

 What Are The Risks And Side Effects of Surgery To Remove Bags Under Eyes?

The ultimate goal of this surgery is to keep a natural look without changing the shape of the eye. Like any surgical procedure, some risks may include:

  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Dry eyes
  • Asymmetry.

What To Expect During Eye Bag Surgery Recovery

A blepharoplasty surgery is generally well tolerated with little bruising or swelling. Most patients find relief with cold water compresses and over the counter acetaminophen.
For the first week, the patient should keep activities low despite how well they may be feeling. Sleeping in an upright position may help with the potential for swelling. The patient will have a small piece of tape on the corner of each eye which should remain in place for the first week. Dissolvable sutures are typically used so an eye lubricant may be prescribed which may cause blurriness; therefore, driving should be avoided for the first week.

What Is the Cost of Eye Bag Surgery?

Prices for plastic surgery procedures can vary by region, how experienced your surgeon is and a number of other influencing factors. When considering whether or not you plan to move forward with your procedure, it’s important to note that blepharoplasty costs are typically not covered by insurance when performed for cosmetic purposes.

However, each patient possesses unique physical attributes and characteristics. Therefore, scheduling a consultation with a board certified facial plastic surgeon becomes essential to receive a customized estimate for the cost of your surgery. This consultation enables your physician to conduct a thorough assessment and determine your specific needs.

How To Choose Your Doctor

The area that an eye bag surgery procedure is operated on is a delicate part of the face and choosing your surgeon is a decision that must be made with care and attention.

William Numa, MD, FACS brings decades of experience and a meticulous approach to every procedure. With a focus on precision and attention to detail, our practice is dedicated to delivering outstanding results.

At our practice, we believe in the power of personalized care. Your journey begins with a comprehensive consultation, during which Dr. Numa will listen attentively to your concerns, answer any questions, and develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. We prioritize your comfort and well-being, ensuring you feel informed, supported, and confident throughout the entire process.

We are committed to providing personalized attention and comprehensive post-operative care to optimize your recovery and result.

Ready to embark on a journey to remove bags under your eyes and achieve a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance? We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Numa where you will learn everything you need to know from an expert facial plastic surgeon about the lower blepharoplasty, also known as surgery to remove bags under eyes.

Our practice specializes in providing exceptional care for those seeking to remove bags under their eyes through lower lid blepharoplasty.
Contact us today to take the first step towards enhancing your natural beauty.