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Dermacenter ‘Tip of the Month’ – Bags Under Eyes
By: Simone Abel, RN
I frequently get asked about what you can do to help with bags under the eyes. We are born with three fat pads under our eyes, and as we get older this fat can start to herniate. Swelling in this area can also be an issue with fluid accumulating around your eyes. The good news is, there are a few different options to treat bags under the eyes!
I always recommend starting with the least invasive treatments, and if you aren’t getting the results you wish, then you can move to the next option.
At-home Remedies that can help with bags under the eyes:
- Cool compresses. – Put 2 spoons in your freezer, and every morning place the spoons over your eyes for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Stay hydrated! This might mean to also cut back on your alcohol.
- Allergies can cause puffiness around your eyes. If you suffer from allergies, trying taking a Claritin or Zyrtec during the day and Benadryl at night.
- Sleep with an extra pillow so your head is elevated a bit more. This helps prevent the pooling of fluid in your face and around your eyes.
- SLEEP! It’s so important to get 8 hours of sleep!
- Cut back on the salty foods! Salt causes fluid retention and can make you puffy everywhere not just your eyes.
Next Step –> Skin treatments:
Microneedling – This treatment stimulates collagen and also helps with tone and texture of the skin. With this treatment, you won’t get instant gratification. You will need 3-6 treatments spaced about 1 month apart. The downtime is about 48 hours, in which you are red and should not wear any makeup. You also need to be careful about sun exposure after this treatment. To expedite the healing process and for better results, you can opt to include PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma), also known as the Vampire Facial.
Next Step –> Injections:
HA (hyaluronic acid) Fillers are great for bags and hollowness under the eyes. It is the only form of filler that is safe to inject in this area. My favorite product to use for under eyes is Restylane. This procedure takes about 15-30 minutes and costs roughly $600. The results last about 1 year and you can expect 40%-60% improvement. It is extremely important you are being treated by someone with the correct credentials as well as someone who has been performing this treatment for years. There is potential for bruising so you want to make sure you don’t have any events coming up within the next two weeks. Results are instant but you can have a little extra swelling from the injections, this can take a few days up to two weeks to completely go away.
Next Step –> Surgery:
If all else fails, there is a surgery that you can have done that removes these 3 fat pads under your eyes. It’s called a Lower Blepharoplasty. Some Plastic Surgeons require you to have general anesthesia for this procedure, and others perform this procedure under conscious sedation. The actual procedure itself takes roughly 10-15 minutes per eye, there are no sutures and scaring as they make the incision inside your eyelid. You can expect to have a great deal of bruising and swelling in this area that can last a few weeks. The nice thing about this treatment, the results are fantastic and they are permanent