How to get rid of bags under your eyes: 3 options

Under-eye bags are pockets of skin underneath your eyes that fill with fluid or fat, giving your face an aged appearance. This is typically caused by a loss of skin elasticity that occurs naturally as you age. There are numerous non-surgical ways to prevent or reduce the appearance of eye bags and puffiness; however, when these remedies don’t work, there are several options available to conceal or eliminate eye bags at your cosmetic surgeon’s office. They range from non-invasive to non-surgical to minimally invasive. Pacific Heights Plastic Surgery is your premier destination for under-eye treatments, cosmetic surgery, and Botox in San Francisco. Explore our range of treatment options for concealing or removing under-eye bags.


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How to Minimize the Appearance of Under Eye Bags: 3 Methods

1. Lifestyle

Under-eye bags can be prevented or managed with a few simple lifestyle changes, such as:

a. Staying Hydrated

Dehydration can contribute to poor circulation, causing lymph fluid to build up in the pockets underneath your eyes, leading to puffiness. Consuming at least 6-8 glasses of water per day and eating food with a high water content can help flush your system and eliminate excess fluid from the eye area.

b. Eating a Healthy Diet

Diets high in salt can cause fluid retention that leads to eye bags. Improving your diet by reducing your sodium intake and increasing your intake of leafy green vegetables and fruits that are high in vitamins A and C and foods containing collagen can counteract the effects of fluid retention.

c. Wearing Sunscreen

UVA rays damage skin cells and degrade the skin’s elastin, creating deep wrinkles that can form under-eye bags. Wearing broad-spectrum SPF50 sunscreen every day and a pair of polarized sunglasses when outdoors can minimize sun damage to your eye area.

d. Getting Enough Sleep 

Getting adequate rest is crucial for all body functions, but a lack of sleep can increase the levels of stress hormones—like cortisol—in your body, which can contribute to premature aging. Cell renewal is higher at night while you sleep, including skin cell renewal.  The average adult needs between 7-9 hours of sleep per night to allow their body to rest and rejuvenate.

e. Managing Allergies and Health Conditions

Some underlying health conditions can contribute to the development of under-eye bags. Thyroid and sinus dysfunction, as well as several inflammatory disorders, can cause puffiness under the eyes. Even menstruation can increase fluid retention, giving your under-eye area a fuller appearance. Talk to your doctor about testing for thyroid issues, and keep track of your menstruation to determine whether changes in your eye’s appearance coincide with the onset of your period.


Eliminating Eye Bags at Pacific Heights Plastic Surgery

If you have persistent under-eye bags, consider these three options, depending on how aggressive you want to be with the treatment and the time frame in which you wish to achieve the results.


2. Non-Surgical

If you want to go one step further, then consider fillers. While fillers don’t remove under-eye bags, they can help camouflage them by injecting filler into the deep crease below the under-eye bag, so there’s a smoother transition from the lower lid to the cheek. Pricing for non-surgical options.

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3. Minimally Invasive

Surgical under-eye bag procedures are suitable for heavy bags, subtly lifting them to give you a more youthful appearance. By making a small incision on the inside of the lower eyelid, the fat that causes the under-eye bag can be removed. After removal, no stitches are needed to close the incision. Since the only incision is on the inside of the lower lid, there’s no visible scar. 


Most patients have no pain postoperatively; however, you may experience bruising, which resolves over the course of a week. Most importantly, there’s almost no downtime with any of these options. Plastic surgery prices for eye-bag-tightening procedures vary depending on the severity of your under-eye bags and which treatment you select.

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Book a Consultation with Pacific Heights Plastic Surgery


Call or text Pacific Heights Plastic Surgery at 415-923-3005  to find out more. Book a consultation with Dr. Kaplan to rejuvenate your eye area and achieve a more youthful and revitalized appearance.

Click here for the original blog post written by Dr. Jonathan Kaplan for BuildMyBod.

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