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.
How to Get Rid of Under Eye Bags: 5 Methods
Under-eye bags can be prevented or managed with a few simple lifestyle changes, such as:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
Eliminate Eye Bags at Pacific Heights Plastic Surgery: 3 Options
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.
The best non-invasive option is Neotensil. Neotensil is a topical ointment that acts as a tightening agent for loose skin under the eyes. With a once-daily application, you can better conceal your under-eye bags without surgery. It is an ideal short-term solution and lasts for approximately 16 hours—perfect for an important meeting, event, or party.
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.
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.
Call or text Pacific Heights Plastic Surgery at 415-923-3005 to find out more about our procedure and pricing schedule, or book a consultation with Dr. Kaplan to rejuvenate your eye area and achieve a more youthful and revitalized appearance.