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As a senior citizen I have puffy bags under my eyes. I once saw a non-invasive procedure o

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As a senior citizen I have puffy bags under my eyes. I once saw a non-invasive procedure on your show that might reduce this. I am a woman who wore glasses and now since eye surgery do not.This is much more noticeable.They are red in the evening. Do you have any suggestions. H.Peaceman

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what type of eye surgery did you have?
It sounds like you have orbital fat prolapse. This is a benign condition.

The most common cause of dark circles under the eyes is breakdown of the orbital septum which allows the normal orbital fat tissue that surrounds and cushions your eyeball to "pooch" forward.

As you know, there are tons of creams and lotions for the ladies to use for this issue. Why are there so many different ones? Because none of them work :-)

With age the thin, tough membrane (orbital septum) that keeps the normal fat pad in place behind your eye becomes weak and tears. When this happens you start to notice the swelling, or bags, under your eyes. It is nothing to worry about.

The only way to treat this problem is with surgery, called a blepharoplasty. Many times it can be done in a procedure room in the ophthalmologist’s office.

Here is a good webpage that discusses this surgery:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blepharoplasty


There really is no non-surgical treatment that will work for your condition.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Who is qualified to do this surgery. What might be the cost ? And how do you find a qualified doctor. My surgeon does not do this.
An oculoplastic surgeon would be the best doctor qualified to do this type of surgery but many general ophthalmologists are comfortable doing the procedure.

The cost varies from place to place but you can expect, if you were to pay out of pocket (insurance will sometimes cover this) you can expect it to be in the $1,800 to $2,500 range.

You can ask your general doctor, ophthalmologist or friends for a referral or you can google for oculoplastic surgeons in your town.

If you would like I would be happy to search for an oculoplastic doctor in your area. Just let me know what city you live in, or what major city your are near and how far you can travel for treatment.

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