The main reason for lower eyelids sagging as people get older has been revealed by a new research.
Experts at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have discovered that the main cause is fat accumulating in the eye socket over time. The researchers monitored 40 people aged from 12 to 80 using high-resolution magnetic resonance in order to establish possible reasons why the face around the eyes changes with age and revealed that it is due to increasing levels of fat in the eye socket.
The revelation is published in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and suggests that fat removal should be the main focus of a cosmetic procedure known as blepharoplasty, which is targeted at getting rid off puffy eyelids.
“Our findings may change the way some plastic surgeons treat baggy eyes,” commented study co-author Dr Timothy Miller, who is also a professor and chief of cosmetic surgery at the Geffen school. “Our study showed that a component of a patient’s blepharoplasty procedure should almost routinely involve fat excision.”