IN THE PAST
The treatment options for eyebag removal in the past have largely centred on the surgical technique called blepharoplasty. Blepharoplasty involves a transconjunctival incision and the removal, or repositioning of the medial, central and lateral fat pads of the eye. Blepharoplasty is often combined with surgical tightening of the skin in the infraorbital region. While the aesthetic outcomes are generally good, there is much downtime and discomfort which, can last up to 2-4 weeks.
Fortunately today with advanced technology, we are able to perform the treatment with a non-surgical method that involves a one-time treatment with minimal downtime – the NILER procedure.
The NILER procedure is carried out with local anaesthetic injected into the eyebag area. A small needle entry point is made at the lateral edge of the eyebag through which, the 600 micron bare laser fibre is inserted into the eyebag. The laser induces a simultaneous fat emulsification effect on the eyebag fat while achieving a skin tightening effect.
The whole procedure typically requires only 5-10 minutes to complete.
Dr Chew is the innovator and pioneer of the NILER procedure in this region. Although there is minimal downtime of a few days, swelling and occasional bruising of the treatment area is to be expected.
In cases where there is an associated tear trough depression, this can be corrected in about 1-2 months post procedure with the aid of hyaluronic acid filler.
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