Many people trying to maintain a beauty regimen are constantly faced with the problem of dealing with eye bags. According to The Dermatology Review, people are looking for an eye bag removal solution that will not only deliver fast results, but also address the problem in the long-term.
Typically, the first cause of action is to experiment with home remedies to see how effective they can be against eye bags. While there are several options out there, they usually have no effect at all, or produce short-term relief before becoming completely ineffective. Over-the-counter remedies are also not very effective, which is why people should consult a dermatologist to learn about the best types of treatments available for eye bag removal.
How Do Eye Bags Form?
Before looking at how to tackle eye bags, it is important that you understand what causes them. According to the NewBeauty magazine, eye bags are caused by the fat surrounding the orbital rim shifting out of place. As people age, the delicate structures in the eyelids, including the tendons, ligaments, skin, and muscle, become weak and disconnect from each other. Repeated movements weaken the skin and muscle, causing them to be less effective in containing the fat. Consequently, the tissue expands and the fat protrudes, creating contours that become more noticeable from the late 30s.
But this is not the only cause of eye bags. In fact, many cases of bags are the result of genetics. This means that you are likely to start developing bags in your thirties if your parents got them in their thirties, as well. Another factor that may cause eye bags to form is chronic allergy issues. Such sensitivities cause the section under the eyes to fill with fluid, stretching the delicate skin, before it drains, and the process repeats itself again and again.
Eye Bag Removal Options
The cases of eye bags that involve allergic fluid retention and excess consumption of sodium are rather easy to deal with, by simply employing an allergy management regimen and changing the diet, respectively. Alternative short-term non-surgical solutions are laser re-surfacing and chemical peels, which involve tightening of the skin under the eyes.
The best way to completely get rid of eye bags is through eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, which can be performed on either the upper or lower lids, or both. The procedure for the upper eyelid requires the cosmetic surgeon to make cuts into the natural lines/creases in the lid, as well as into the laughter lines at the corner of the eye. For the lower lids, the incision is usually made just below the eyelashes, to remove excess fat and muscle from around the eyes, and tighten the skin. This means that the scars will form along the natural folds of the eye, where they are less visible.
Blepharoplasty takes 1-2 hours or less if the procedure is for either the lower or upper eyelids only. However, it is recommended that the patient stays in the hospital overnight to rest and recover. The procedure can be performed under local anaesthetic, where the area around your eyes is numbed but you remain awake, or under general aesthetic, whereby you will be asleep during the procedure.
While eye bag removal through surgery is considered a permanent solution, you should expect some side effects, such as swelling and bruising for up to three weeks after the procedure; some discomfort as your eyes feel dry, itchy, and sticky; and some tightness that may make it difficult to close your eyes when you go to sleep. Your eyes may also become watery for a couple of weeks.
As with any other cosmetic procedure, patients should always review their expectations thoroughly before proceeding with the treatment. Your surgeon will inform you about the likely outcome, as well as the associated risks and possible alternatives before going ahead.