Question: I’m an African American female in my mid 40s who would like eyelid surgery to get rid of puffiness or fat bags under my eyes. My sister told me about ethnic blepharoplasty and I would like to know how it would be performed on me.
Answer: Lower eyelid fat excess is very common in patients of all races and ethnicities and ages. If there is no excess skin then a lower eyelid transconjunctival blepharoplasty would be ideal. This surgery takes about 30 minutes under anesthesia and there are no external skin incisions or scars. Down time for this type of lower eyelid lift is just a few days and bruising is rare. Cost with anesthesia fees and hospital fees and surgeons fees add up to around $5000. There usually is no pain associates with this type of lower eyelid fat bag removal.