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In the UK, Laser treatment is utilized for under eye bags. Why not in the US?

Q:

I have been trying to find a minimally invasive procedure to remove under eye bags. When I search for this procedure it is always in the UK. When will the less invasive laser treatments to eradicate under eye bags be approved here in the US? The results seem amazing and the testimonials are all praises for the great outcome. I don't want surgery, if I can help it.

A:

Michelle,

 Laser ablation with eyelid surgery for bags & wrinkles has been performed for decades. Now, practioners are even utilizing fat gratifying as an adjuvant procedure. We commonly perform these procedures as part of what is called Facial Rejuvenation ( http://garyculbertson.com/facial-plastic-surgery-before-and-after/ ). Consider an evaluation with an ASAPS Member in your area. I am sure they will be able to assist you. Best,

Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS

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I have been doing laser treatment for the lower eyelid area for almost 20 years so it isn't a new procedure and is widely used in the U.S. What has changed over that time is a more sophisticated understanding of the causes of under eye bags and new options to treat them based on the specific issue for each patient. Sometimes laser works well, sometimes noninvasive technologies such as focused ultrasound or radiofrequency, sometimes fillers or fat grafting, sometimes fat pad removal or repositioning, sometimes a combination. The best approach is to see a qualified ASAPS member who can evaluate your condition and offer the best treatment based on that, rather than deciding on the procedure based on online reviews.

Richard A. Baxter, M.D. - View Other Answers by this Doctor
Mountlake Terrace, WA

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