Eye Bags & Malar Festoons

Expert Removal of Eye Bags and Mounds on Top of the Cheek

Are you self-conscious about the bags under your eyes or the folds of skin that appear as mounds on the tops of the cheeks (malar festoons)? This condition often gives men and women a tired and “worn out” looking appearance.

Dr. Greg Chernoff has successfully improved over 10,000+ under-eye bags and malar festoons. He is an internationally recognized expert for his proprietary and minimally invasive laser eye bag removal technique.

Depending on the severity of the bags and/or festoons, Dr. Chernoff may use a combination approach that uses a laser and/or Microneedle RF device along with a second technique to address excess tissue. This approach not only removes the underlying excess tissue and fat that causes the eye bag but also helps to shrink the tissue over time to improve the under-eye skin tone and quality. Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery in Indianapolis, IN, can help you address these concerns to help you look rested and refreshed.

What Are Eye Bags & Malar Festoons?

While malar festoons and eye bags can often be mistaken for one another, there are several differences that are distinct. In fact, many people aren’t familiar with the term malar festoons.

Malar Festoons are a concern in which the lower eyelid appears damaged, causing folds that can result in mounds on the tops of the cheeks. Festoons are typically caused by a swelling within the skin that protrudes fat in the lower eyelid. Festoons are made worse by the age-related loss of bone and fat below the muscle of the lower eyelid. Dr. Chernoff will customize a treatment plan for Malar Festoons that begins with a non-surgical approach and then, if no improvement can be made, he will work with the patient to put a surgical treatment plan together.


The development of eye bags is due to fat protruding through to the lower eyelid as a result of aging. While eye bags are only seen in the lower eyelid region, malar festoons generally develop on the cheek with a minor presence in the lower eyelid area.

Are You A Candidate For Eye Bag or Malar Festoon Treatment?

You may be a candidate for eye bags and malar festoons procedures if you are bothered by any of the following conditions:

  • Sagging under the lower eyelid eye
  • Excess amount of skin in the lower eyelid/upper cheek area
  • Swelling within the skin that protrudes fat in the lower eyelid
  • Folds and mounds that develop on the cheek

Dr. Chernoff and his expert team can help you decide if an eye bag and/or malar festoon procedure is right for you. During your consultation, we will evaluate the skin under your eyes and at the top of your cheeks. If you are a candidate for lower eyelid bag or malar festoon removal, computer-projected imaging is offered to show a result you could expect from the procedure.

You're In the Right Place

From the moment I was led into Dr. Chernoff’s office was where his practice truly separates itself from the others. Once it’s laid out for you and he customizes his plan to what your needs are specifically, you start to feel that you’re in the right place.

- John

How Is Eye Bags And Malar Festoons Surgery Performed?

Dr. Chernoff customizes each patient’s treatment plan based on the severity of the bags and/or festoons. Dr. Chernoff will often use a combination approach to obtain optimal results. He will use a laser and/or Microneedle RF treatment along with the removal of excess fat and/or tissue. This approach not only removes the underlying excess tissue and fat that causes the eye bag and/or festoon but also helps to shrink the tissue over time to improve the under-eye skin tone and quality.

Patients can expect a short period of minimal swelling and bruising. You must carefully follow all instructions provided by Dr. Chernoff in order to achieve the best results possible. He will advise you as to when you can return to your normal lifestyle and exercise routine.

Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery offers advanced treatment to correct malar festoons and eye bags. Many patients combine lower eye bag treatment and malar festoon treatment with another facial surgery or laser treatment. Our center in Indianapolis offers all options for total facial rejuvenation.

Preparing for Surgery

Prior to any surgical procedure, Dr. Chernoff recommends that all our patients read our “Patient Guide for Plastic Surgery”. The guide explains important points that all patients should think about as they are considering a surgical procedure.


What Results Can You Expect After Your Surgery?

Following your eye surgery, Dr. Chernoff and his dedicated team of recovery and aftercare nurses will provide you with specific instructions regarding the best way to care for your eye rejuvenation procedure.

After the surgery, you may expect some discomfort, swelling, and bruising, but they subside within a couple of days. The results of eye bags and malar festoon surgery can last for years.