Is there a non-surgical way to treat bags under the eyes? I'm getting to the age where they are starting to become noticeable (I'm 41), so is there any drug or process to eliminate them at least temporarily? I'm really not interested in surgery, but I also don't want to waste my time.
Non-surgical Treatment for Undereye Bags?
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Is there a natural remedy for under eye bags and lower eyelid bags and festoons?
Often when this area is fuller, people can find us to appear tired, sick, old and sometimes drunk :)
People have tried preparation H with some mild success, in addition there are some skin solutions which create a membrane on the skin which has some mild success as well.
Finally, people have tried putting fillers under the eyes to camouflage the puffy lids.
These are all temporizing measure though, and the most definitive way to help lower eyelid bags is with surgery to remove or reposition the eyelid fat in the lower eyelid region.
In many cases though, patient also suffer with Malar Mounds and Lower Eyelid Festoons. If these are not fixed at the same time as the lower eyelid bags are addressed, the after surgery appearance can look worse afterwards. The best results come from addressing both the lower eyelid bags and festoons at the same time. I personally use my RESET laser festoon treatment to help both the Malar Mounds and Lower Eyelid festoons often in tandem with surgery to help under eye bags.
Under eyelid bags and dark circles can be improved
Good improvements can be made by using cheek volumization, tear trough filler and resurfacing with carbon dioxide. For a really nice improvement in the area, some patients would benefit from doing all of these procedures, but the problem can't be completely solved without surgery.
Non-surgical treatment for under eye bags
Now I am a surgeon, I like doing surgery, and there are definitely times where it is the best option, but it is not the only option if it is something that you are vehemently trying to avoid.
Fillers can be an excellent option to address under eye bags, and there are even new types of clear skin tape/under eyes stickers that are aimed at reducing the appearance of under eye bags. Most nonsurgical options are going to just camouflage or try to disguise the under eye bags, but sometimes this may be all you want or all you need.
Those camouflaging options are often something that needs to be repeated, from daily to every few months.
To find the best option for you, seek out a dermatologic surgeon, oculoplastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon who is board certified and fellowship trained in one of these "core four" cosmetic specialties.
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There is No Effective Non Surgical Treatment for Under Eye Bags
Thank you for your important question.
Puffiness of or Bags Under Eyes is a structural problem caused by excess or herniation of eyelid fat bulging against the eyelid skin.
This fat must be repositioned and or removed to remove the puffiness or bag.
Do not believe ads that say a cream or laser treatment will remove puffiness or eye bags-they will not.
Fat injection and Filler injection such as Restylane can camouflage the problem but injections into the eyelid can be dangerous and should only be done by an expert who is familiar with this technique
Restylane might help
At 41, you might have early tear troughs making it look like you have buldging fat bags above them. It may be that rather than needing fat removed or repositioned, you could mask the tear trough very effectively with Restylane. I have had many patients with this and they have great non-surgical results that last a year or longer.
How can I fix my puffy, heavy, lower eyelid bags without surgery?
Lower eyelid fillers can help lower lid bags
Here is how it works. As our faces age we lose fat in our cheeks and in the area right below the eyelid bags. Fat that causes lower lid bags does not get smaller as we age. When we are young there is a smooth curve from the lower eyelid down onto the cheek. However as the cheek fat gets smaller with age the adjacent lower eyelid fat becomes more noticeable and looks like a bag. In other words our face has hills and valleys. In the lower eyelid, often the hill is not getting higher, the valley beneath is getting deeper.
That is where fillers like Restylane and Voluma come in. The filler is injected in the office to replace your cheek fat smooths the transition from the eyelid to the cheek and effectively removes the bag.
Of course you did not provide a photo, so I can not say if this treatment is the best for you. I would suggest an evaluation with a cosmetic surgeon who is experienced with lower eyelids to see what treatment might be right for you.