Bags-under-eyesWant to get the full scoop on your under eye bags?

And know how to fix what’s going on south of your lashes?

First you need to understand the causes and the bad habits you need to quit, if you want to prevent them.

CAUSES OF BAGS UNDER EYES

Sleep: It can be hard to distract from tired looking eyes no matter what you do, puffiness and dark shadows just seem to stick around, especially when we wake up. This is because the area under the eyes retains fluid, which accumulates under the eyes during the night, resulting in the area under the eye becoming puffy.
The Answer: Sleeping with your head slightly elevated will prevent fluid collecting in the tissue around your eyes.

Fat Pads
For some people, puffy eyes may just be their natural appearance, based on genetics. Typically, this results from overly large fat pads around the eyes or because the fat pads, over time, have pouched through the facial muscles and begun to sag (commonly referred to as undereye bags). If that is the case, the only way to get rid of the problem is with cosmetic surgery,which almost always is incredibly effective.

And in some extreme cases, the fat pad that protects your eyes in the eye socket (orbit) can extend beyond where it should, causing the appearance of under eye bags.

There are a number of factors that cause bags under the eyes:

  • Allergies
  • Genetics
  • Excess salt
  • Excess alcohol intake
  • Because the skin is so thin around the eyes, excess fat deposits create a bulging effect, basiclly ligaments that support fat pads under the eyes weaken,causing fat to slip and bulge forward
  • Sinus congestion can be a major cause of eye bags
  • Over the years the skin around the eyes starts to stretch, caused by years of wear and tear such as rubbing, removing makeup and wiping. When this skin stretches, contours around the our eyes drop, it becomes loose and the pouch of fat under the eyes starts to balloon
  •  An underlying medical condition, such as a sluggish lymphatic system or kidney problem.such as kidney, liver, or thyroid disease

Are there habits we can quit to make our eyes look better?

Yes! Lead a healthier lifestyle, stop smoking, reduce your salt intake, get adequate sleep, minimise alcohol consumption, avoid known allergens, review your medications.

if you suffer from blocked sinuses it is advisable to seek medical advice

When it comes to under eye bags, what’s the best way to treat them? 

I get asked this question a lot by my clients and I truly wish there was a quick fix.

This condition is ultimately correctable only through eyelid surgery referred to as blepharoplasty, is an option to remove the fat pads in the lower lid.

During treatment the surgeon cuts below the lashes in the eye’s natural crease.

This excess fat, muscle and sagging skin is either redistributed or completely removed, the procedure is fairly straight forward and usually done as an outpatient procedure.