Under Eye Bags - Festoons
Festoons, also called Malar Bags or Under Eye Bags, are sagging baggy swellings below the eyes primarily over the cheek mounds. They make you look constantly tired or unwell and are a significant cosmetic derangement.
These are not to be confused with lower eyelid fat pads which are fat swellings involving the lower eyelids and are caused by the enlargement of normally existing fat pads with age.
Festoons can be caused by four key things: Heredity – There are inherited anatomical structural problems here that run in families; Sun exposure – chronic skin damage with thinning, loss of elasticity, and support by the skin; Aging – loss of underlying structural support allowing skin sag as well as fat and fluid buildup; Lifestyle factors – in particular, smoking which weakens skin support, circulation, and lymphatic drainage
Since festoons are caused by a combination of skin laxity and weakening of the muscles and tissues under the eyes creating spaces that allow a build-up of fat and fluid then treatment should aim at reversing these.
Topically applied remedies such as eye creams or products do not help because they cannot fix or correct the underlying structural problems.
Treatment should be directed at regenerating both the dermis (skin layer) and the sub-dermis structures in order to regain long-term elasticity and support. Only this way can we achieve long-term improvement.
Sub-dermis regeneration – Radiofrequency (RF) micro needling (“Morpheus8”) is proving to be the most reliable and safest option to achieve subdermal as well as dermal regeneration. This is new technology and is not the same as the common radiofrequency micro needling as the depths and energy levels required to achieve correction of this condition are unique to this technology. Usually, one or two treatments may be required for long-lasting results however, because this treatment is non-invasive, carried out under local anaesthetic, is well tolerated, and has little downtime it can be readily repeated whenever required for maintenance!
Contact the team at GMC to talk about how we can help with this treatment or recommendations for your unique goals.
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