What Are Under Eye Bags?
A common condition as we age, under eye bags—areas of mild puffiness or swelling beneath the eyes—are frequently distressing to those who have them. As we get older, the tissues that surround the eyes get weaker, and so do many of the muscles that help lift and support the eyelids, even when they’re resting. Normal deposits of fat that also help support the eyes shifts with time, and can end up migrating into the lower eyelids. All of these changes cause the lids of the eyes to look puffy. Furthermore, as fluid builds up in the space underneath the eyes, the swelling becomes more pronounced.
Under eye bags are almost always a cosmetic concern—and almost never a sign of a serious medical problem. While that’s a wonderful thing, it doesn’t make the people who have and want to know how to get rid of under eye bags feel any comfort. And while home remedies, like cool compresses, can sometimes make a slight improvement if your problem is accumulated fluids, they usually don’t help. To get rid of under eye bags that are bothersome and persistent, you need cosmetic treatments—and fortunately, they are available.
What Are Some Common Causes of Under Eye Bags?
As we age, changes to the integrity of tissues happen all over the body, and the eyes are no exception. The muscles and tissue structures that support the eyelids get weaker and more fragile. The skin around those tissues gets thinner and frequently begins to sag. Add to that the fact that orbital fat, which in our youth stays put around the eye, often moves beneath the eye just where fluid accumulates, and you have a recipe for under eye bags.
There are several common causes of these contributing factors, and the under eye bags they cause, including:
- Fluid retention. Your body might retain fluids for many reasons, such as hormone levels which change permanently as we age; diet, especially one that’s high in salt; weather changes, especially humid, hot days; and the need to take certain kinds of medications that cause fluid retention.
- Lack of sleep. Whether you’re not getting enough sleep every once in awhile, or you’re experiencing chronic sleep deprivation like so many American adults do, this can cause under eye bags.
- Allergies or dermatitis. Both of these conditions can cause under eye bags, particularly if your symptoms include redness and itching as well as puffiness.
- Heredity. Yes, the tendency to get visible under eye bags is genetic, and often runs in families.
How to Get Rid of Bags Under Eyes
As we age, feeling tired is bad enough—no one wants to look tired, too! One of the best ways to fight the ravages of time is to get rid of the under eye bags that are so common as we age. These bags of mild puffiness or swelling beneath the eyes can keep us from looking our best, whether we’re tired or not. They also get worse year by year, as the body’s tissues weaken, causing fat to shift under the eyes and skin and muscles to sag.
Between the natural challenges of aging, our genes, and other issues, it’s easy to experience puffiness in the lower lids of the eyes and bags that end up being permanent. Under eye bag treatment is nearly always cosmetic, not medical, even though it can feel distressing. For persistent under eye bags that bother you, a cosmetic surgeon who has the skill to get rid of them is your best bet. Fortunately, there are options out there that can get rid of under eye bags for good.
Under Eye Bags Treatment
So, is it even possible to get rid of under eye bags? Yes! But not just by getting a good night’s rest, or putting ice packs or cucumber slices on your eyes, or trying other home remedies. If you really want to get rid of your under eye bags for good, you do have choices, but you’ll need the intervention of a cosmetic surgeon in most cases.
Fortunately, there is a range of choices out there, from minimally invasive in-office procedures such as treatment with hyaluronic acid injectables, and more aggressive surgical possibilities such as blepharoplasty, actual eyelid surgery. Which option is the right one is a uniquely personal decision, and only you can decide this with the advice of your cosmetic surgeon. Meet with them face-to-face for a frank, thorough discussion of your expectations, your limitations, your needs, your options, and your goals to make the best possible choice.
Under Eye Bag Treatment with Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
For most patients, tear trough filler treatment with hyaluronic acid fillers, the same kind of fillers used to smooth deep facial wrinkles, are an excellent choice. If you feel like your eyes look puffy, it may seem counterintuitive that a filler would help, but since the real problem is actually a loss of volume and structural integrity, hyaluronic acid, which helps the body hold on to moisture and smooths and firms, is a great option. They are also cost-effective, non-invasive, quick, and simple. With this tear trough treatment, you can expect a dramatic yet natural-looking improvement instantly that lasts for up to a year.
Under Eye Bags Versus Dark Circles
Although there is some overlap in the treatment for under eye bags and dark circles, there are some important differences. Both under eye bags and dark circles can be caused by fat pockets in the lower eyelid and volume loss in the lower eyelid that comes with age. However, the coloration of dark circles usually has to do with either genetic or medication-induced hyperpigmentation, rosacea, or thin skin that reveals the blood vessels and musculature under the skin.
If volume loss is the issue, fillers are still a great option, and they can also help if thin skin is one of the issues. In some cases, fat pads beneath the eyes may need to be removed surgically. When hyperpigmentation is an issue, skin brighteners may also be needed. Rosacea may need separate treatment by a dermatologist.
Under Eye Bag Treatments in Sacramento
Contact Dr. Khattab at Precision MD to find out which under eye bag treatment option is ideal for you. A careful assessment of all of your options and a trained eye will ensure you make the best choice.