Non-surgical and surgical solutions
Under-eye bags and puffiness are a common problem for both women and men. This pesky problem can start as young as when you’re in your 20s and continue into your senior years when the puffiness can become saggy skin under the eyes.
Eyelid bags can be inherited or caused by lifestyle and dietary choices. Either way, they can affect not only our appearance but also our self-confidence. There are non-surgical and surgical solutions for minimizing or getting rid of your under-eye bags. Let’s take a look.
7 non-surgical solutions for treating eyelid bags
- Manage your allergies. Seasonal and other allergies can cause puffy, watery eyes. Taking allergy medicine can relieve your under-eye puffiness as well as your runny nose or stuffiness.
- Limit salt intake. Too much salt can cause puffiness over your entire body including under your eyes.
- Check your sleeping position. Fluids will more easily gravitate to under your eyes if you are a stomach or side sleeper. Try sleeping on your back and using an extra pillow to keep your head in a comfortable but more upright position.
- Don’t overdo alcohol consumption. Alcohol is dehydrating which means it pulls the water out of your body, including under your eyes where the result can be pouches and eyelid bags.
- Protect your eyes from the sun. Excessive sun exposure causes wrinkling and creasing of the skin, including the delicate skin under your eyes. Wear sunscreen special made for around the eyes and invest in a good pair of sunglasses with 100% UV protection.
- Eat a healthy diet, and get enough sleep. Easier said than done, but a diet rich in fruits and green/yellow vegetables, lean protein (fish and chicken), yogurt and other healthy sources of calcium… and low in saturated fat, carbs and salt will make your skin look and feel healthier, including the skin under your eyes. And, there’s nothing like routinely getting 7-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night for brighter-looking eyes and minimizing under-eye puffiness.
- Stop smoking. Nicotine can dry out your skin and cause wrinkly, droopy, saggy under-eye pouches
3 surgical solutions for treating eyelid bags
- Restylane®-type fillers. When expertly injected by a facial cosmetic surgeon/specialist such as Dr. Robert J. Smyth, these fillers specially developed for the delicate under-eye skin, will fill in the valley (tear trough) below the lower eyelids to help alleviate the illusion of under-eye bags.
- Laser resurfacing. Dr. Smyth uses the CO2 Fractional Laser to smooth fine lines and crepe paper-like skin under the eyes.
- Lower eyelid lift (blepharoplasty). This surgical procedure is used by Dr. Smyth to remove excess fatty tissue which produces the look of under-eye bags, and to tighten/smooth the skin under the eyes. Results will typically last up to 10 years or longer, based on proper protection of the under-eye skin (sunscreen, sunglasses). Dr. Smyth performs the procedure under strictly local anesthesia. Patients are entirely comfortable during the procedure and are spared the longer recovery and side effects associated with general anesthesia.
For more information about removing eyelid bags, the remarkable, minimally invasive Timeless You™ facelift, eyelid lifts, laser skin resurfacing, fillers, Botox, and other facial rejuvenation treatments, or to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, personal consultation with Dr. Robert J Smyth, please call the Robert Smyth MD Facial Cosmetic Surgery––Timeless You™ Cincinnati at 513.201.8490, or visit www.timelessyoumd.com.