Many people have bags under their eyes or puffy eyes, which causes them to look tired or run down even when they’re not. So what causes it and what can be done about it?
At our clinic in Auckland, NZ we treat under eye bags on a daily basis with treatments that are fast, safe, with immediate results, and in most cases avoid the need for bags under eyes surgery.
Swelling below the eyes tends to appear as we age. There are 42 muscles in the face, each supporting it to maintain the youthful and smooth look we have when we’re younger.
As the body ages, so do the muscles, which become more lax and cause the tissues that support them to droop. In the eye area, this results in sagging and bags under eyes.
Fluid and fat can pool beneath the eyes, causing a swollen and puffy appearance, which many people seek a fix for. Bags under eyes may cause you to look tired, but usually cause no discomfort. They can appear as:
If however, you’re experiencing bags under your eyes where the swelling is painful, red, itchy or severe in size, it’s important you see a doctor immediately to rule out any medical concerns such as infection, allergy, or eye disease.
Aside from the effects of gravity and age, you can prevent any exacerbation of bags under eyes by identifying influencing factors such as smoking, fluid retention, sun exposure, stress, lack of sleep or allergies to certain foods, products or medication.
Our treatment of choice at Palm Clinic, Auckland, NZ is hyaluronic acid dermal fillers because they are a minimally invasive way to treat under eye bags which is fast, safe, and has immediate results.
Dermal fillers are injected into the temples, cheeks and under eye area (tear trough) to lift the tissue and disguise the full lower eyelids.
Most of our clients would prefer a cosmetic procedure that avoids cosmetic surgery, and dermal fillers provide this.
If you have puffy eyes or bags under eyes, it is best to avoid using Botox® to treat crow’s feet as this will often exacerbate this condition. This is one of many reasons that it is best to see an experienced and accredited clinic like Palm Clinic for any cosmetic procedure. Palm Clinic is accredited with the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine and has been an Auckland favourite for 25 years.
Complementary to hyaluronic acid injectable fillers, is the use of either ResurFX™ laser or Dermapen microneedling to improve the skin tone and texture of the under eye area. Each of these technologies damage the skin in a controlled way, harnessing the healing response to promote collagen production.
To enhance and protect your result, we recommend seeing our skin therapist. She will prescribe medical grade skincare products (such as vitamin A, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and other active ingredients) and/or medi-facials and chemical peels to further improve your skin health.
Depending on the severity of your concern and the underlying cause behind your puffy eyes, we may recommend a lower lid blepharoplasty (lower eyelid surgery), performed by a plastic surgeon, as a minimally invasive surgical procedure. This works by removing excess fat and excess skin from the lower eyelid and can also be used to address upper eyelid concerns. Blepharoplasty is a simple and easy surgical procedure that you can read more about on our dedicated treatment page.
Lastly, there are some lifestyle changes that you can make at home, in addition to using medical grade skincare, to help with eye puffiness:
These before and after images displays the use of dermal fillers in the tear troughs to reduce dark circles beneath the eyes. You can see more examples of dermal filler results here.
Botox® is a prescription medicine for the treatment of frown lines, horizontal forehead lines and crow’s feet round the eyes. Botox® has risks and benefits. Ask your doctor if Botox® is right for you. If you have side effects, see your doctor. You will need to pay for Botox® and clinic fees will apply. For details on precautions & side effects consult your healthcare professional or the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) at www.medsafe.govt.nz. Botox® treatment lasts about 4 months and further courses of treatment may be necessary. Should only be administered by trained medical professionals.(Contains botulinum toxin A 50,100 & 200 units). Allergan (NZ) Limited, Auckland.
Juvederm Ultra™ & Juvederm Ultra Plus™ are medical devices Class III for the filling of medium size and deep facial wrinkles by injection into the skin and for creating definition and volume in the lips. Contains 24mg/mL. cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Juvederm has risks and benefits. Cautions: Use in an area that has been treated with another dermal filler, people with autoimmune disease, or who are pregnant, breastfeeding, under 18 years of age or have an increased susceptibility to keloid formation and hypertrophic scarring. People on blood thinning medicines. Possible side effects: injection site inflammatory reactions (redness/swelling, itching/pain on pressure) induration or nodules; discolouration; weak filling effect. If you have side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. Product and treatment costs will apply. Note: Juvederm treatment lasts about 12-24 months. For product information check with your doctor or product information at Allergan (NZ) Limited, Auckland.
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