Festoons: The Common Problem you Don’t Hear About

BlepharoplastyAs an experienced oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Murrell routinely performs blepharoplasty and other eyelid procedures. For the most part, eyelid surgery is perceived as a procedure for individuals who want to refresh their facial aesthetic. However, there is another reason for blepharoplasty; one that we don’t often hear about: festoons.

What are Festoons?

Festoons are more than your average under eye bag. This problem goes beyond. Typically, puffiness on the upper or lower eyelids is an age-related condition. As we lose collagen and elastin, the delicate skin around the eyes becomes ultra-thin, and barely supports the fat pads beneath. Festoons could be called secondary bags, because they sit below the primary bag, on the upper cheek. Because festoons counterbalance bags, it is quite possible that their appearance would look more pronounced if they are not reduced in the right manner.

Dr. Murrell is an Amarillo ophthalmologist with extensive surgical experience. His understanding of facial structure enables him to treat festoons with the appropriate method during the blepharoplasty procedure.

Why Does this Matter?

Appearance matters. When the upper or lower eyelids become excessively saggy, human interaction is disrupted. Have you ever had a conversation with someone who looked angry or tired? Chances are, you were at least somewhat challenged in hearing what they had to say without a preconceived notion of their mood or personality. You didn’t mean to do this; it’s just a natural human tendency. We are wired to respond to attractive objects, including another human face.

Blepharoplasty can be an intricate procedure, especially when festoons are also present. The standard of care may not apply to the same degree in every case, and severe malar mounds are one example. In such cases, it is necessary to consult with a highly-trained surgeon who understands the nuances of these related, but not identical, problems. Dr. Murrell obtained fellowship training under Dr. Robert Wilkins, renowned oculoplastic surgeon and other of the Blepharoplasty chapter in the textbook Oculoplastics. Since his fellowship training, Dr. Murrell has performed thousands of blepharoplasties on patients of all ages.

Learn how to correct eyelid sagging. Call our Amarillo office for more information on blepharoplasty.

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