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FAT LOSS UNDER THE EYE FOLLOWING RHINOPLASTY

In today’s Internet age, rumors and misconceptions tend to spread like wild fire. The realm of plastic surgery is no exception. One popular misconception holds that rhinoplasty (nose surgery) causes a loss of fat beneath the eyes. There is no truth to this rumor.

On message board and in chat rooms, some rhinoplasty patients have reported fat loss and/or a gaunt look around the eyes. Several factors may be involved. Facial aging is probably the biggest culprit. As we age, we do lose facial fat, and this includes the area under the eyes. In addition, tissue descends. Another cause may be weight loss. Also, because rhinoplasty patients are preoccupied with the appearance of their nose prior to surgery, and because the nose is such a prominent feature, some patients may not pay much attention to the appearance of other facial features until after their nose surgery. Any of these factors, or a combination of them, may be to blame for the gaunt appearance some rhinoplasty patients have reported following surgery.

Fortunately, there are a number of treatments to counter the effects of aging or facial weight loss. Restylane, Juvederm and other tissue fillers may be used to transform the appearance of the under-eye area, resulting in a smoother, more youthful look. In other cases, Dr. Rizk opts to perform fat transfer as another viable option. And a mid-face lift can provide a more dramatic transformation. Contact Dr. Rizk for more information on these treatments.

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