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When we all watched Neda Iranpour on Channel 2 we saw a smart, funny professional. But she didn't see all those attributes. Instead only focusing on the puffiness below her eyes.  "My entire life, even as a kid, all I would even see was these puffy eyes and I always wanted them to be gone and I would constantly put concealer on over and over five times a day. I would be putting concealer to try and cover up the dark puffiness."

Dr. Louis Bonaldi, who was recently named top plastic surgeon in Reno by the International Association of Healthcare Professionals, is going to cut out her fat pads in a procedure called blephroplasty. "There's a membrane between the lower eyelid and the fat that surrounds the eye. The fat is a protection mechanism. And what happens is that septum instead of being straight and firm, weakens and bulges out. And that's the genetic part of it."

Dr. Bonaldi cuts the lower eyelid just below the eyelash line. He then cauterizes down to the layer of the fat pads. "Anatomically there are three fat pads we take out. Here's one right here. It's called the lateral fat pad. Expose that and let it pop out like that. That's what the fat looks like," he explains.

He doesn't cut out all the fat. That would leave Neda with a hollowing look below her eyes. It's also important to know, people with dry eyes aren't good candidates for this surgery.

Moments before Neda entered the operating room she told me this will be a life-changing procedure for her. "I would constantly get asked how tired I was or what's up with the dark circles. People have asked me before if I've been punched in the face because they would just look so dark."

After two weeks of recovery, Neda says she's thrilled with the result. Now when people ask if she's tired, it will only be because she's joined our morning show.

Dr. Louis Bonaldi is with The Center For Plastic Surgery.  For more information click here or call (775) 828-7400.

Written by Wendy Damonte
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