Under Eye Bags and Stretched Skin?

Hello, I am a 25 year old male. I have been going through an extremely rough 2/3 month period. In this time due to lack of sleep, medication, diet I kept waking up with bags under my eyes due to water retention. Every morning they kept getting bigger. Now if I dont watch what I eat or drink alcohol they swell up like balloons. Can you please offer me some advice. Will the skin tighten up again? I never had this issue before and it's destroying my confidence and my life

Doctor Answers 4

Baggy eyelids

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Water retention in the lower lids can come from a variety of sources, such as allergies, salt and alcohol intake.  There are several medical conditions that will cause fluid retention as well and you should rule these out first with your physician.  Your skin should tighten up again.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 157 reviews

Bags under eyes, eyelid bags

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Acute changes in eyelid bags can be caused by water retention from medications. Check with your physician if this is a possible side effect.

If changing medication and limiting salt intake does not correct this injections of fillers or fat below the lids will help to diminish their appearance.

Please consult in person with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon prior to making any treatment decisions.

Luis A. Cenedese, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon

Eye Bags Getting Worse in Short Time Period

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

    Eye bags getting worse in a short period of time can be due to a number of endocrine problems or fluid balance problems.  What is the medication or medications you have been taking?  If caused by a medical problem, treatment may reduce the swelling.

Lower Eyelid Bags in a Young Male

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Premature bags under the eyelids can be very annoying to anyone let alone a young person like you. Although there may be genetic predisposition, many factors can accentuate formation of these bags. Lack of sleep, unhealthy eating habits, smoking and alcohol use can definitely exacerbate. Any inflammatory process can also result in edema in certain areas of the body. I have seen these bags more in a person being overweight, having thyroid disorder and orbital inflammatory disorders. The septum behind the eyelid skin and muscles which keeps orbital fat at its proper location may become week from different stresses and lead to bulging of lower eye as well as skin laxity. I would recommend careful evaluation in your case prior to any surgical intervention.

Imtiaz A. Chaudhry, MD, PhD, FACS
Houston Oculoplastic Surgeon

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.