Almost everyone has heard about ‘bags under your eyes’, but what causes puffy eyes, and what can be done about it?
Non-severe swelling or puffiness below the eyes will be common as you age. There are 43 muscles in the face, each supporting parts of your appearance to maintain the youthful and smooth look we have when we are younger. As the body ages, so do the muscles, and the tissues around the eyes begin to droop as the supporting muscles weaken. Fluid and fat around the eyes can then accumulate and pool beneath the eyes, causing a swollen and puffy appearance.
While having bags under your eyes is often a minor concern, easily solved through home remedies, it can be more severe requiring dermal fillers or minimally invasive surgery. Whatever your reason for wanting to talk about treatment for the bags under your eyes, we’re here to help. Read below to learn more about the symptoms of bags under the eyes, and what you can do about it.
Generally, bags under eyes will look unappealing but 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 or eye disease.
As you grow older, the support muscles around your eyes weaken and result in bags under the eyes. Eyelids begin to weaken, and skin around the eye can begin to sag as well. While there is little to do about the effects of gravity and age without cosmetic treatments, you can prevent any exacerbation of bags under the eyes by identifying a few influencing factors:
There are many home remedies that can be applied to the face for reducing swelling and puffiness in the eye area:
These home remedies will give short term relief but for a more lasting result Palm Clinic can advise on dermal fillers to better support the skin and reduce bags under eyes, or a surgical option. Dermal fillers are a minimally invasive and safe way to treat under eye bags. You can read more about these on our dedicated treatment page.
Depending on the severity of your concern and the underlying cause behind the bags under your eyes, we may recommend blepharoplasty as a minimally invasive surgical treatment option. This works by removing excess fat from the lower eyelid and can also be used for a number of eyelid concerns. Blepharoplasty is a simple and easy procedure, which you can read more about on our dedicated treatment page.
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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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