Under-eye bags are a stereotype of exhaustion and hangovers for a reason; the mild swelling and puffiness under the eyes instantly add age and fatigue to anybody’s appearance. It’s for this reason that those bags are dreaded by so many. But what can be done about them?
Why Do Under-Eye Bags Form?
Aging causes the body to naturally weaken, and this can be seen clearly as the tissues around your eyes and the muscles that support your eyelids begin with swell and sag. Matters are made worse when the fat that normally supports your eyes ends up moving lower into your eyelid and creating a puffy appearance while fluid simultaneously intensifies the swelling.
While bags under the eyes are hardly a dangerous condition, they are obnoxious and often unsightly. Men and women alike want to eliminate under-eye bags and regain a healthy and attractive appearance. There are two treatment options to make this happen: dermal fillers and blepharoplasty.
Also known by some as volume restoration, a dermal filler is an injection of a certain gel that adds volume to the face in order to minimize the appearance of dark circles. By supporting the underlying tissue of the face, a filler can wipe away classic signs of aging and rejuvenate the skin.
Juvederm Voluma XC, for example, uses hyaluronic acid, a substance already naturally occurring in the body, to restore plumpness to the face while smoothing out lines and wrinkles. It gets right down into the dermal layers of the skin to restore volume that has been lost due to age.
Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
While dermal fillers are a great non-surgical option to resolve dark bags under the eyes, they do only last between 6 and 12 months, so patients looking for a more permanent solution often turn to eyelid surgery. During blepharoplasty, a surgeon cuts just below the lashes to remove or redistribute excess fat, muscle, and sagging skin.
This is a simple outpatient procedure that is healed with dissolving stiches along the lid’s natural crease, so you can enjoy the benefits without looking like you underwent surgery at all.
The bottom line is, regardless of the method you choose, dark circles under the eyes no longer need to be a fact of life.