Do you ever wake up to find puffy bags under your eyes that make you look tired and older than you actually are? Under-eye bags can be a frustrating and persistent issue for many people, and the thought of undergoing surgery to fix them can be daunting. The good news is that there are natural and effective ways to reduce under-eye bags without resorting to surgery.
From simple lifestyle changes to skincare procedures, the specialists at Victorian Dermal Group have got you covered with some of the best tips and tricks for getting rid of under-eye bags without surgery. Say goodbye to puffy eyes and hello to a more refreshed, youthful appearance!
What Causes Under-Eye Bags?
According to the Mayo Clinic, swelling or puffiness under the eyes occurs when the muscles and skin cells surrounding your eyelid begin to weaken. The fat and tissue that would normally support the muscles will slowly move into your lower eyelid and under-eye area, causing the appearance of puffiness.
Several factors that can cause saggy eyelids and droopy under-eye bags. This includes:
- High-salt diet - eating many salty foods can cause you to retain water, leading to swelling.
- Allergies - allergies can lead to congestion and inflammation and cause under-eye puffiness.
- Medical conditions - health conditions can cause under-eyes to become hooded, swollen or droop down.
- Genetics - sometimes, under-eye bags can be a physical characteristic that runs in your family, making it a genetic condition.
- Natural aging process - the most common cause of under-eye bags is aging, in which you lose firmness in the skin and muscles, creating droopy eyelids.
Ways To Get Rid of Under-Eye Bags Permanently Without Surgery
While surgical procedures are available to remove loose skin and dark circles around the under eyes, it isn’t always a favoured solution. Instead, opt for non-surgical facial enhancement solutions and cosmetic procedures to create a more vibrant look.
If your under-eye bags aren’t severe, we recommend trying a range of at-home remedies. One popular option is using a cool compress, such as chilled spoons, cucumber slices, or green tea bags, to reduce swelling and inflammation. You can also try incorporating more vitamin C and antioxidants into your diet, as they can help promote healthy skin and reduce the appearance of under-eye bags.
Other at-home remedies include getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, taking prescription allergy medication to fight off any allergy symptoms and using gentle facial massages to promote lymphatic drainage. While at-home remedies may take longer to show results than cosmetic options, they are an affordable way of getting rid of multiple eyelid creases without surgery.
Chemical peels are a popular cosmetic treatment that can help reduce the appearance of under-eye bags. These peels work by removing the outer layers of damaged skin, revealing smoother and younger-looking skin underneath. The chemical solution used in the peel contains acids that dissolve the top layer of skin, allowing the body to generate new, healthy skin cells.
By removing the damaged skin cells, chemical peels can improve the skin’s texture and tone, reducing the appearance of under-eye bags. Additionally, the treatment can stimulate collagen production, which can help plump up the skin, making it look firmer and more youthful.
Eye fillers tackle the prominent fat pads surrounding the eyes and the dark circles that appear underneath. The filler is made of hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the body that can attract and hold moisture, which helps to plump up the skin. When injected into the under-eye area, the filler can fill in hollows, making the skin appear smoother. Eye fillers can also stimulate collagen production, improving skin elasticity and firmness over time. The treatment is typically quick and relatively painless, and the results can last for several months to a year or more.
While eye fillers can target sagging skin and decrease fluid retention, it is important to note that dark eye circles can also be caused by natural pigmentation and skin tone. In this case, cosmetic surgery or under-eye dermal fillers will not be able to lighten these areas.
When Should I Seek Treatment for Saggy or Droopy Eyelids?
Knowing when to seek treatment for saggy, droopy or noticeable under-eye bags will not only completely transform your appearance but also help to keep your eyes healthy. Get the treatment you need when you notice:
- Your under-eye bags are causing significant discomfort or affecting your vision.
- Your under-eye bags are accompanied by redness, swelling or pain.
- Increased puffiness or darkening of the skin.
- Your under-eye bags are persistent and do not improve from lifestyle changes or at-home remedies.
- Your under-eye bags are affecting your confidence and daily life.