Woof! Time really flies! Didn’t realize I have my surgical eye bag removal procedure done more than three years ago. It has been a long while since I’ve met Dr Woffles Wu. I have recently visited him again for my third follow-up consultation.
To be true, I was a little unhappy with the result few months upon the procedure. As the swelling started to subside, I began to notice an indention at tear trough area (right below the ‘love roll’ muscle at the lower eyelids). The indention became more obvious especially between 6th to 12th months upon the procedure and prior the swelling was fully subsided.
Above image : An illustration by Dr Wu while explaining about the cause of my depression.
After checking with Dr Wu, I got to understand what are the causes of the depression. The depressions are not due to the amount of fat being removed but it is part of the aging process and for my case, it is due to swelling too. As we age, the lower eyelid above the cheek and below begin to sag however the tear trough cannot sag with the rest of the facial skin due to its ligaments attachment to the bone of the eye socket.
As the muscle right below the tear trough and ‘love roll’ were still swelling even few months after the procedure, hence the depressions became more obvious.
The above picture was taken prior the procedure. My eyes were squinting because of the numbing drops.
Thankfully, the depressions are not very obvious by now!
I’ve also checked with Dr Wu in regards to the Fat Redistribution procedure, if this procedure will be a better option to remove the eye bags instead. Unlike the trans-conjunctival (closed technique) approach, also known as Scarless Eyebag Removal which Dr Wu has performed on me, the Fat Redistribution procedure may cause scarring and is prone to more complications. The trans-conjunctival eyebag removal method leaves one with NO VISIBLE scar because an incision is made from the inner side of the eyelid. The bulge of fat from the undereye is then removed and the incision is closed with dissolvable stitches. However, the Fat Redistribution procedure involves making a cut along the lower eyelid where the ‘love roll’ is. The fats will be redistributed to right below the tear trough and thereafter stitched up with a non-dissolvable stitches which need to be removed later. This method has more risks and complications like scarring.
Oh ya, I actually love my “love roll” upon the procedure. “Love roll” also known as “love band” is super popular in Korea now! “Love band” actually makes us look younger and more attractive too! Many women who are afraid of surgical procedure, have created a temporary “love band” using fillers actually.