You’re here because you’re concerned with under-eye bags or even puffiness.
Great because you have come to the right place, that is if you want to know, how to treat what’s going on south of your lashes.
So join us to get the full scoop, on how to get rid of your under-eye bags.
Why do we get bags under our eyes?
Scroll through the gods of Google and you often hear the word “bags” used interchangeably with “puffy eyes,” but eye bags are markedly different from puffiness or dark circles for that matter.
Puffy eyes are the result of temporary swelling that is often caused by seasonal allergies. Puffiness can also arise if you’ve had too much salt or alcohol, which can leave your skin dehydrated—this leads to water retention, which in turn leads to swelling in the face.
Under-eye bags are caused by structural puffiness, a combination of fat herniation and skin laxity. Vascular and lymph structures can become inflamed, and as a result, they begin to leak fluid into and accumulate in the under-eye area. Bags can also be caused by deposits of fat accumulating over time.
Regardless of how they’re caused, we understand that they’re not ideal and knowing the cause is necessary for finding a treatment that works:
Causes of your under-eye bags
Fat Pads: Because the skin is so thin around the eyes, excess fat deposits can create a bulging effect. Basically, the ligaments that support the fat pads under your eyes weaken, which causes fat to slip and bulge forward, creating the appearance of under-eye bags.
The Answer? The only way to really reduce these is through cosmetic procedures, which we discuss below.
Wear and Tear: If you’re serious about learning how to get rid of bags under the eyes, then you should know that years of rubbing, removing makeup, and wiping your eyes can make it worse. When the skin stretches, the contours around our eyes drop and become loose, and the pouch of fat under our eyes starts to balloon.
The Answer? You may want to consider surgery, as discussed below, avoid touching and pulling the delicate skin around this area.
Lifestyle: Alcohol, smoking, and high salt intake can cause water retention around your eyes.
The Answer? Think about leading a healthier lifestyle; stop smoking, minimise your sodium intake, get adequate sleep, and reduce alcohol consumption. Eating anti-inflammatory foods rich in omega fatty acids will help keep your skin supple.
Sun Damage: This is possibly the most ageing problem around the eyes – where the skin is thinner than anywhere else on the face. UV rays break down our internal scaffolding – collagen, and elastin, which leads to fluid accumulating in the area.
The Answer? Wear good shades and use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above.
Medical condition: Sinus congestion, kidney problems, a sluggish lymphatic system, liver disease, or thyroid disorders can all lead to bags under the eyes.
The Answer? Each of these problems needs to be addressed individually, so ideally you need to seek medical attention or a dermatologist, who will help you get to the root of the problem.
Ageing: The hardest form of under-eye bags is of course outside of our control. “As we age, we lose fat on the orbital rim and some of us develop a herniation, creating a bulge followed by a trough.” Not only does this cause undereye puffiness that never seems to go away, but the shadow made by that bulge can also contribute to the look of dark circles.
The answer: In this instance, surgical procedure as discussed below, is usually the treatment of choice.
Sleep: Lack of sleep makes eyes worse, because of the pooling of fluid in the area. As a result, puffiness is often worse in the morning and resolves itself by the afternoon as the accumulated fluid drains with the help of gravity and time.
The Answer? Sleeping with your head slightly elevated will prevent fluid from collecting in the tissues around your eyes.
Surgical treatment – what are my options?
The reality is that there is no quick fix when it comes to knowing how to get rid of bags under the eyes, this condition is ultimately only correctable through the following procedures:
Fillers: These may help raise the skin to counteract sagginess, they elevate the surrounding skin to the level of the fat, to make the texture smooth and uniform again.
Radiofrequency: This treatment is another alternative to tighten and smooth the area. The procedure heats the skin to induce collagen and elastin formation
Eye-lift surgery: The only real way to get rid of genetic eye bags? Don’t freak out—the answer is surgery, but it’s a relatively easy one – an in-office procedure that removes periorbital fat that creates a bulge. The fat is removed or sometimes repositioned and your eye shape won’t change and the really best part, there are no incisions on the skin and no stitches. The procedure is fairly straightforward and usually done as an outpatient procedure.
The naked truth
A question we are often asked is, does hemorrhoid work? Well, yes and no. Put it this way – if it is immediate results you want, then yes.
Haemorrhoid creams contain benzocaine, an active ingredient that causes blood vessels to contract, which reduces puffiness.
As an aesthetician, I find hemorrhoid creams too dehydrating, so whilst you may be temporarily shrinking your eye bags, long-term you are causing more fine lines and irritation. I have also found that many of my clients develop an allergy to benzocaine, which can make eye problems worse.
It is pretty eye-opening – wink-wink – to learn the differences between bags and puffy eyes, since so many of us think we have them.
Under-eye bags can develop as a result of sun damage, lack of sleep, and ageing. The vascular structures can become inflamed, and as a result, they leak fluid into and accumulate under the eye.
Bags can also be caused by deposits of fat accumulating over time – regardless of their cause, they are difficult to treat topically, which is why we recommend using surgery as discussed above.