Eye Bags, Freshen Up Your Tired Eyes

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Eye Bags, Freshen Up Your Tired Eyes
August 26
07:28 2016

Article Highlights

  • Eye bags of the lower eyelid resolve from fat that surrounds your eyeball, sagging out through the skin
  • It usually occurs with aging
  • Consuming too much water and salty food will retain fluid in your body and add extra puffiness under your eyes

After that unpleasant alarm wakes you up, you slowly walk towards the bathroom, and passing by the mirror you see a reminder of the eye bags you endure daily. Refusing to recognize your reflection, you begin your extensive daily makeup routine, determined to hide the eye bags disguised as two pillows under a blanket.

Eye bags—an unwanted feature that can be difficult to hide—aren’t just due to a bad night’s sleep.

“Basically, eye bags of the lower eyelid resolve from fat that surrounds your eyeball, sagging out through the skin,” said Dr. David A.F. Ellis, a Facial Plastic Surgeon at the Art of Facial Surgery. “It usually occurs with aging but we have seen families that have it in their late 20s and 30s.”

Apart from aging being another cause of under-eye bags, consuming too much water and salty food will retain fluid in your body and add extra puffiness under your eyes. If we could sleep vertically, the amount of fluid around our eyes would significantly decrease, leaving no chance for the bags to surface.

Eye bags may also be a sign of underlying health problems, such as allergies and chronic sinus infections or kidney disease. While you may try to control your diet and deal with health issues, there is no way to prevent the aging process and the eye bags associated with it.

Changes under the eyes are most noticeable around the age of 45. The tissues and muscles around your eyes weaken, and the fatty tissues supporting the eyeballs start to move forward, accumulating in the lower lids, stretching sensitive skin.

More women than men are worried about the aesthetic look of their under-eye areas, often confusing them with ordinary wrinkling. To treat this aging problem, Dr. Ellis uses Botox, which effectively makes eyes more aesthetically pleasing with a small chance of complications.

“Risk of Botox, in terms of complications, is very, very rare. I think people taking Advil or Aspirin have more complications than people having Botox,” said Dr. Ellis.

If you still deal with eye bags (not wrinkles), after evaluating the volume of your lower eyelid, your doctor will be able to suggest a surgical or non-surgical treatment.

One of the non-surgical treatments Dr. Ellis offers to his patients is an infrared laser. This laser heats the skin, inducing collagen to stiffen the eyelid skin. Different laser techniques can also be effective when treating other skin problems associated with eye bags, such as minimizing the appearance of a blue vein under the eyes.

When non-surgical methods are not effective, your doctor may suggest lower blepharoplasty, a surgery that aesthetically modifies the under-eye area. It doesn’t require multiple treatments, and only one procedure is necessary to obtain the best results. The downtime is usually 10 days. Like with any surgery, there is a remote possibility of complications such as temporary double vision, bloodshot eyes and bruising, or even blindness.

But possible complications didn’t scare Dr. Ellis’s patient, 57-year-old Susan.

“I had [blepharoplasty] surgery done in 2007, and it was something I wanted to do, because it bothered me to have the bags under my eyes,” she said. “No matter what I did, there was nothing I could do to get rid of them.”

Susan was impressed by before-and-after pictures of Dr. Ellis’s patients and was eager to make a choice. While Susan was under the anesthetics, Dr. Ellis cut some of the bottom of her lid, removed the fat and stitched the lid back together.

After the surgery, Susan was in some discomfort, which she soothed with ice and painkillers prescribed by Dr. Ellis. Generally, patients having had a blepharoplasty would be able to return to work in seven to 10 days.

“For me, it was worth it,” said Susan. “It was a noticeable improvement. I felt better having just not to think about these bags under my eyes, because I felt very self-conscious. It gave me more confidence, and I wasn’t distractively thinking about them all the time.”

Six years after the surgery, Susan is still very pleased with the results.

You can prevent or even postpone some signs of aging, but unfortunately your eyes may still have those annoying bags. There are various technologies available to deal with those problems, which will give you a chance to look at the world anew.

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