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    Eye Bags

    Our eyes are perhaps the first to get noticed when we meet someone. So naturally, taking care of it is vital. But, sometimes, whether be it our lifestyle or genetics, we are left with bags under our eyes which is not a great sight.

    Although eye bags are generally considered cosmetic concerns, numerous surgical and medical treatments are available these days that help in tackling this stubborn condition. Seeking medical help and some home remedies and lifestyle changes can go a long way in completely eradicating this issue.

    Eye bags refer to the mild puffiness and swelling of the skin below your eyes. It is a skin condition that practically no one is immune from, and with age, you are going to witness it more prominently.

    As we age, the tissues and muscles around our eyes weaken. This leads to the fat that helps in supporting our eyes, move into our lower eyelids, ultimately resulting in our eyelids appearing puffy. Sometimes, fluid gets accumulated in the space below our eyes, which makes them swell up.

    Possible Causes

    Age is the primary reason for eye bags. But other than that, in younger people, eye bags can be the result of the following:

    • Smoking
    • Lack of sleep
    • Fluid retention
    • Heredity
    • Allergies
    • Chronic fatigue
    • Sun exposure
    • Pigmentation issues
    • Eczema

    Risk Factors

    Although aging is the main cause of eye bags, several risk factors may worsen the effect. These are:

    • Allergies
    • Heredity
    • Fluid retention
    • Smoking
    • Lack of sleep

    Signs and Symptoms

    The common symptoms of eye bags are as follows:

    • Dark circles
    • Loose or saggy skin under the eyes
    • Mild swelling of the eyelids

    Diagnosis

    Eye bags are quite evident and can be easily diagnosed. However, our plastic surgeon prescribes several tests that are required for the surgery to correct the problem. For blepharoplasty, first, your eyes are examined and measured during a physical exam. Sight and abrasion checks are also carried out. For non-invasive procedures like microneedling, these tests are recommended.

    Treatment Options at 7DMC

    The skin around your eyes is one of the thinnest and most sensitive ones. Poor or inexperienced treatment can not only affect the skin negatively but also may damage your eyes. You need to seek the help of certified professionals in a safe, controlled environment like that of a dermatology clinic.

    Mild conditions can be treated with Over-The-Counter (OTC) creams and ointments. In some cases, you may be prescribed other non-invasive methods such as chemical peels, fillers, and laser resurfacing, among others. These methods help tighten the concerned skin while also improving your skin tone, leaving you with rejuvenated skin.

    Microneedling is another way of addressing this issue. This involves inserting fine needles to puncture your skin. The idea here is to create a controlled injury that would, in turn, result in skin rejuvenation.

    If your condition is a bit severe, you can opt for blepharoplasty, a type of plastic surgery that helps correct various disfigurations, deformities, and defects of the eyelids.

    In this procedure excess fat is removed from your upper and lower eyelids by creating an incision in the natural folds of your eyelids. Blepharoplasty also helps in removing any excess skin that might block your vision. In addition, it also helps in repairing droopy eyelids.

    Speak with your dermatologist thoroughly since, in some cases; this surgery may involve side effects such as swelling, watery eyes, dry eyes, blurred vision, bleeding, injury to eye muscles, or even vision loss in some rare cases. Therefore, seeking this treatment should be done by medical professionals only.

    7DMC has some of the best and experienced professionals trained to tackle various skincare issues, including your eye bags. Consult with them, talk about your symptoms, get a thorough diagnosis and learn from them what sort of treatment – non-invasive or surgical treatment would work best for your condition.

    FAQs

    Frequently asked questions

    The best-recommended treatment to remove eye bags is blepharoplasty. It is an outpatient procedure. The surgeon adjusts the fat under your eyes and tightens the muscles. The results are permanent. Only in rare scenarios people require future touch-ups.

    Fat deposits under your eyes are meant to protect them. However, as you age, these fat cushions can escape the membrane, causing under-eye bags. It usually begins at the age of 40-50 when your membrane gets weakened and fat slips out.

    Eye bags or bags under the eyes are formed when fat pads under the eyes slip out of the membrane. The fat accumulates under the eyes and fills the space, giving the appearance of a bag. Sometimes body fluids also pool in this area, which makes the eyes look more swollen or puffy.