The go-to culprit for under eye bags is always a lack of sleep, however this isn’t always the case. Puffy dark circles under the eyes, usually known as under eye bags occur when skin tissue around the eyes and eyelids weakens and sags, causing fluid to accumulate beneath the eyes. This results in puffiness and skin discoloration. Causes for this range from seasonal allergies or eczema to aging. It could be hereditary, or be caused by unhealthy habits such as smoking. Whatever the cause, there are a number of ways to get rid of them. Here we explore 5 ways to reduce the puffiness without resorting to make-up.
#1 Home Remedies
Home remedies are the easiest go-to solution for temporary or quick fixes. Cooling the area with a cold compress, placing a cold spoon under your eyes, or using cold slices of cucumber can reduce the inflammation and cool down the blood vessels. Making an under-eye mask using beaten egg-whites can help tighten the skin, and gently applying fresh tomato juice, potato extract or diluted lemon juice using a soaked cotton ball can lighten the dark circles.
#2 Lifestyle Changes
Another quick fix to remedying under eye bags is making small changes to your lifestyle that have a big knock on impact. The quality and quantity of sleep you get plays a crucial role, but so does the position you sleep in. Sleeping on your side or belly can create a buildup of blood and fluid in the face, causing morning puffiness. You can counter this by sleeping on your back or by adding an extra pillow to elevate your head when you sleep.
Exposure to tobacco smoke can cause skin damage and rapid aging, especially around the mouth and eyes. They could also be a result of any allergies you may have, and it would be worth investigating the core issue, as this could be easily cured by taking antihistamines.
#3 Eye Bag Surgery
A more permanent and long term solution is eye bag surgery. This is recommended only in very severe cases, where under eye fat is hereditary or caused by a weakening of the orbital septum under the eyes, which results in fat bulging outward. In this surgery, your doctor would remove the fat and possibly even remove excess skin from the eyelids to remove the effect of drooping eyelids and under-eye puffiness. This is a surgical procedure that requires a rest period of almost a week. Full recovery takes between four and six weeks.
#4 Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are gels composed of a substance called hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in the body that can restore lost volume (or add new volume) to facial soft tissue. Particularly for patients with eye bags from cheek deflation, dermal fillers is a relatively non-invasive solution to remedy the issue by restoring the smooth transition from the under eye to the cheek, reducing the appearance of under eye bags. It is a quick procedure and requires almost no recovery time.
#5 Laser Blepharoplasty
Similar to eye bag surgery, laser blepharoplasty uses a carbon dioxide laser to make incisions which can treat eye bags by creating an incision near the lash line or in some cases, inside the eyelid, making the scar completely invisible when it heals. The fatty tissue is completely removed and skin tightened to give a smooth and unblemished look. The treatment can be done on an out-patient basis and recovery is only a few weeks. Unlike eye bag surgery, this procedure leaves less swelling and bruising, and has a quicker recovery period as a result.
No matter what the cause, it is important to understand the cause of your eye bags before resorting to any type or remedy or treatment. With Malena App, you can easily book a consultation with a specialist who can help you determine the root cause, and the possible treatments for your skin needs.