Eliminate Puffy Under Eye Circles with Lower Eyelid Surgery

By Dr. William Cohen on March 30, 2015

Female with tight, youthful skin around the eye areaBecause the skin around the eyes tends to be thin and delicate, it is one of the first areas of the face to show signs of aging. This is unfortunate because the eyes are one of a person’s most noticeable features. When the eyes begin to look heavy, saggy, and creased, it not only prematurely ages a person, but also gives inaccurate signals to how that person feels, often making them look tired or angry. Eyelid surgery can lift and tighten the skin around the eyes to create a more alert and refreshed appearance. While many traditionally think of eyelid surgery as a way for lifting and opening the skin of the upper eyelid, it is also a great solution for problems around the lower eyelids. For Dr. William Cohen’s Orange County patients, lower eyelid surgery is ideal for puffy under eye circles, or the bags of dark skin that often form as a patient ages.


As long as a patient is healthy enough to undergo surgery without an increased risk of complications, and the eyes are healthy and free of disease, they are likely ideal candidates for lower eyelid surgery. Although lower eyelid surgery takes skill and precision, it is a surgical procedure that is considered minimally invasive and results in a fairly short recovery period. Most patients are able to return to their regular activities within a week after surgery, making it an ideal solution for those who wish to refresh their appearance without committing to weeks of recovery. Below are some of the imperfections that can be corrected through eyelid surgery:

  • Puffy circles of skin beneath the eyes
  • Heavy lower lids that weigh down the eyes
  • Creases or wrinkles beneath the eyes

The Procedure

In order to lift and smooth the skin around the lower eyelids, Dr. Cohen will make a single incision just below the lower eyelid. This incision is carefully placed so that any resulting scar is hardly noticeable after the patient has healed. Through this incision, Dr. Cohen can remove excess fat and tissue to eliminate the puffy bags of skin that give patients a worn down appearance. When alterations have been completed, Dr. Cohen will close the incision with sutures and the patient’s recovery will begin. While the area around the eyes will initially appear bruised and swollen, when healing is complete, patients will benefit from firm, smooth under eye skin and a more alert and youthful appearance.

Schedule an Appointment

Dr. William Cohen is well-known for his high level of expertise and his history of natural-looking and beautiful cosmetic surgery results. If you are considering lower eyelid surgery to eliminate puffy bags beneath the eyes, schedule an appointment with Dr. Cohen at your earliest convenience and feel confident knowing that you will be cared for by an experience surgeon. We look forward to hearing from you! 

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