Everyone wants to look fresh and energetic throughout the day and one of the things that can stand in your way are bags under the eyes. Under-eye bags or saggy skin around the eyes is a common aesthetic concern. Puffiness around the eyes can be caused by various factors, such as:
- A diet high in salt
- Medical conditions
- Sleep issues
- Side effects of certain medicines
- Overexposure to sun
There are home remedies and cosmetic surgical treatments for the condition. Plastic surgeons provide surgical and non-surgical options for treating bags under eyes.
Non-Surgical Options for Under-eye Bags
This procedure, also known as collagen-induction therapy, uses small or tiny needles on the surface layer of the skin to stimulate the production of collagen and improve the appearance of the skin.
2) CO2 Laser
This technique removes skin layers via heat vaporization without using chemicals. Though you may get optimal results after the first session, the procedure may need to be combined with other procedures like microneedling for better outcomes.
3) Injectable or Derma Fillers
Though fillers provide only temporary results, many people prefer them over other treatments. Fillers (usually hyaluronic acid) are injected under and around the eye bags to hide the sagginess and soften the transition from lower lid to the cheek. The procedure is performed on an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. End results may last up to 12 months.
4) Chemical Peels
Chemical peels treat under-eye sagginess and also wrinkles by removing the superficial surface layer of the skin. This outpatient procedure uses a chemical solution to dissolve old skin cells, improve the skin’s texture and lessen wrinkles. Results are subtle but improve with repeated treatment.
Surgical Options for Under-Eye Bags
In addition to non-surgical options, there are surgical treatments for this aesthetic concern. The non-surgical options include:
1) Blepharoplasty or Eyelid Surgery
This cosmetic surgical procedure removes excess skin from above and below the eyelids. It can address sagging eyebrows, droopy upper lids and bags under the eyes. Blepharoplasty can improve vision problems caused by severely, sagging skin around the eyes.
2) Fat transfer
The procedure involves removing fat from the belly or thighs and injecting it below the lower eyelid, to treat under-eye hollows. This procedure is considered more “natural” and lasts longer than commercial wrinkle fillers. However, it would take at least six months to see optimal results.
Medications such as antihistamines or diuretics are also used to correct under eye bagginess if the condition is the result of allergies or fluid retention.
Home Remedies to Reduce Under-Eye Bags
Before considering cosmetic treatments, consider trying these home remedies to reduce inflammation and puffiness under the eyes:
- Cold compression
- Hemorrhoid creams
- Cosmetic creams containing caffeine and retinol cream
- Tea bags are a powerful antioxidant and improves blood circulation
- Stay hydrated throughout the day
- Wear sunscreen when you step out
- Remove makeup before going to bed
- Keep your head in elevated position while sleeping
- Include more collagen- and iron-rich foods in your diet
- Limit or cut intake of salty foods
- Quit smoking and alcohol use
- Get enough sleep
Bags under your eyes don’t usually affect vision or health, but can make you look tired and older. If home remedies don’t work to address the condition, consult a cosmetic surgeon who is specialized in treating the condition. The area under the eyes is very delicate and complications can occur if cosmetic procedures are not handled properly.