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Plastic Surgery In Santa Barbara

Dr. Sheffield is a prominent Santa Barbara plastic surgeon who specializes in eyelid surgery and non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Some of our patients have brought forth interesting and detailed questions about upper eyelid surgery, otherwise known as upper blepharoplasty, and eye bags treatment.


:Will Eyes by Thermage Help Reduce Puffy, Baggy Eyes?

I am a 27 year old female and have had puffy eyes for as long as I can remember. I get bad allergies in the spring which I believe to be a lot of the cause. However, I have bags all year long (just worse with allergies). I recently visited a dermatologist who said she did not believe I had “fatty bulges” but more fluid retention and suggested Thermage. I am desperately looking for a procedure other than invasive surgery and I feel that the bags make me look unhappy and old. Is there any proof that Thermage will work for this? Are there any other treatments that will last a long time and be effective?

: That is an interesting question. In my practice, I do not use Thermage for improving eye bags non-surgically. I experienced better results using hyaluronic acid fillers to conceal eye bags. Although the results are temporary, the longevity of the result is still a good deal since it can last for about a year. The result looks natural as well. That said, fillers only work for mild cases of eye bags. I do not use fillers for eye bags, which are large. Other kinds of treatments, possibly surgical in nature, may be needed to accommodate large eye bags. Thermage, on the other hand, works by tightening the skin, but it does not help in removing or improving eye bags.

Related: Ask Dr. Sheffield – Malar Bags – Festoons. What Do You Recommend? (photo)

I would highly recommend that you visit a board certified Santa Barbara plastic surgeon who could evaluate the severity of your eye bags as well as take into account your desired result. Your surgeon should be able to develop an effective treatment plan after a proper evaluation. Best of luck!


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Interested to know more about Upper Blepharoplasty, Eyelid Lift Surgery or Eye Bags Treatment? Wondering if you are an ideal candidate for these procedures? Schedule your consultation today for your Santa Barbara plastic surgery!  Call Dr. Sheffield at our Santa Barbara office (805) 318-3280.

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