Eye Bags Treatment Overview

Eye bags can become a chronic condition as we age. Often eye bags are a cosmetic problem, but sometimes they can cause functional issues like obstructing vision. Eye bags can occur on the upper or lower eyelid.

Potential causes of eye bags or puffy eyes include aging, fluid retention, allergies, sleep deprivation, smoking, stress, and heredity.

Eye bag treatments

To lose your eye bags, it's recommended to consult with your doctor. Your medical professional may recommend getting more sleep, elevating your head while you sleep, and evaluate your allergies and any medications you're taking.

Non-surgical options to reduce or eliminate eye bags include fat transfer and dermal fillers. These work by adding volume under the eye to correct unevenness or smooth skin.

Fat transfer is a more long-lasting solution in which fat is removed from one part of the body and injected under the eyes. Dermal fillers are often temporary, lasting for months. Restylane and Juvederm, made of hyaluronic acid, are popular choices to improve eye bags.

If nothing works, the most effective, long-lasting solution for eye bags is surgery. The two most common surgeries to treat eye bags are eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and cheek lift.

Eyelid surgery is the addition, removal, or repositioning of fat and sometimes skin. To minimize scarring, lower eyelid surgery incisions are often made inside the eyelid (transconjunctival blepharoplasty). A surgical cheek lift, with or without fat restoration, may also help those whose eye bags are caused by cheek descent.

*Treatment results may vary

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