Michael R. Macdonald, MD
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Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon

It may be a bit unorthodox…and it will definitely make you LOL (laugh out loud), but don’t dismiss it until you’ve tried it. It really does work…albeit a temporary solution.

To temporarily diminish puffy under-eye bags apply to the swollen area an over-the-counter hemorrhoid ointment such as Preparation H made by Pfizer. Various formulations of the product contain drugs such as phenylephrine, pramoxine, and hydrocortisone. Each of these ingredients works by constricting blood flow, which reduces inflammation, thereby decreasing the visible puffiness under your eyes.

If you’re too embarrassed to wait in the check-out line at Walgreens with your hemorrhoid gel in hand, then green tea bags may be a better alternative for you. Apply the green tea bags under your eyes for some temporary relief of the swollen, puffy look around your eyes.

Still…these are only temporary solutions for puffy eye bags. If you’re looking for a permanent solution, schedule a consultation so that I can assess your condition and thoroughly discuss your options for a lower blepharoplasty - a surgical “incisionless” lower eyelid lift. With this very straightforward low-risk surgery, you can experience the satisfaction of complete and permanent resolution of your swollen, puffy eyes bags.