Can The Hollowing Of My Eyes Be Improved With Implants?

Q: Dr. Eppley, on your website you mentioned orbital implants. I have deep set eyes. Can these orbital implants be placed in the upper eye area to fill in the hollowness. Thank you.

A: No they can not. There is no easily accessible superior bone space above the eye to access without significant risk. Actual implants can only be placed on the floor of the eye socket in which that space is more easily accessible without risk of eye muscle injury. Hollowness of the eyes, however, is rarely treated by implants anyway. It is better treated by fat injections/grafting which is placed between the skin and the underlying muscle. This is far easier to do and more effective. Its risks are largely cosmetic, how well does the fat survive and how smooth is its outward appearance.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana