Festoons (Eye Bags) Treatment in St. Petersburg, FL

What are Festoons?

Festoons are bags which occur anterior to the cheek bones in some individuals. They are also called cheek or malar bags, or even malar mounds. When they are pronounced, they can cause seriously deleterious effects on one’s appearance. What is worse is that some folks, who may not know better, assume that their presence indicates that the person with them has a problem with chronic drinking.

Unlike bags in the lower eyelids, festoons are not due to herniated or anteriorly protruding orbital fat, and they are not improved with eyelid surgery. In fact, cosmetic surgery on the lower eyelids, which does not address the festoons, may even make them appear worse by removing the eyelid fullness above the festoon.

Traditionally, festoons have been difficult to treat. As mentioned above, they are not improved with traditional lower eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty). Unfortunately they are not improved with a traditional facelift procedure either.

See Clinical Descriptions of Selected Patients in Photo Galleries: Festoon Elimination Before and After Photos

If any surgeon says that he knows how to treat festoons, ask to see before and after photos of other patients he or she has treated whose festoons look similar to yours. He or she should be able to show you photos of at least several patients that they have successfully treated. In our opinion, festoons can only be treated by an oculofacial plastic surgeon.

And if your non-oculofacial plastic surgeon suggests that he or she can treat your festoons either with commercial fillers or by Fat Transfer (normally a wonderful procedure for other conditions), we suggest that you run, don’t walk, away from that surgeon before he causes you irreversible harm to your appearance.


We believe that Dr. Kass has developed treatment options for this difficult problem which have proved greatly successful in the vast majority of the patients he has treated. Treating the festoons with a combination of orbicularis muscle plication, a midface lift, and a unique resurfacing technique, Dr. Kass avoids the unacceptable scars associated with direct surgical excision, and also avoids the use of costly, less predictable, and more dangerous laser procedures.

There are very few surgeons, even amongst the super selective field of oculofacial plastic surgery, who have the requisite knowledge and experience to perform such delicate procedures near the eye. And even among these few who do, most of the others rely on severely burning the skin with invasive laser treatment which could result in permanent pigment abnormalities. We truly believe that our treatment options are superior to this!

Dr. Kass has treated so many patients who are desperate and despairing because of their unsightly festoons. He routinely treats patients who come to him from far away for his expertise and the excellent results that he achieves.

With more than 35 years of clinical practice and after performing thousands and thousands of cosmetic procedures, Dr. Kass is simply the most experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon practicing in the Tampa Bay area today. Do you really want to trust your surgery to anyone else?


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Kass Center for Cosmetic Surgery

6025 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
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Kass Center for Cosmetic Surgery
1811 N Belcher Road, Suite H-1
Clearwater, FL 33765

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