How To Get Rid Of Puffy Eyes And Dark Circles
Eye bags (dark circles, swelling or puffiness) are a common occurrence for many men and women. Eye bags are typically a cosmetic problem, although in some cases extreme puffiness can visually impair sufferers. Let’s take a close look at eye bags, including causes, prevention, and treatment.
Types of Eye Bags
While bags underneath the eye tend to be the most prevalent, eye bags can form around the upper eyelid as well:
- Upper eyelid bags – puffiness occurs when the development of excess tissue in the area combines with a decrease in skin elasticity.
- Lower eyelid bags – formed by a combination of facial volume loss, unnatural bulging of lower eyelid fat, and the descent of the cheek bones.
Causes of Eye Bags
There are many factors that spur the development of eye bags. Common causes include:
- Natural aging
- Chronic or acute sleep deprivation
- Fluid retention (stemming for hormonal fluxions or environmental issues)
- Allergies- which is a big issue in Texas with Cedar Fever.
- Persistent stress
- Dry eyes-which causes us to rub our eyes more frequently and blinking to keep the eye lubricated.
Treatment Options for Eye Bags
There are many ways to prevent the development of eye bags or reduce their visual effects. The efficacy of each treatment option can vary greatly depending on a person’s individual need (specifically the cause of their eye bags and their prevalence).
An Ounce of Prevention
Depending on the causes of your eye bags there are some simple yet effective ways to treat early stage eye bags:
- Make sure to get a sufficient amount of sleep each night. For most adults that’s between 6-8 hours each night.
- Use a second pillow to elevate your head when you sleep. Elevating will minimize the buildup of fluids around the eyes while you sleep.
- Stay on top of your allergies by using prescribed medication when applicable. Antihistamines will decrease the swelling and histamine response we get from external allergies.
- Use sunscreen daily and avoid excessive sun exposure.
- Drink lots of water to stay well hydrated.
- Limit your consumption of sodium (salt) and alcohol.
- Use a neti-pot to regularly clean your sinuses. This is very helpful during the allergy season so that
- You don’t get the build- up of fluid in the sinus cavity that will cause the under eyes to look puffy.
- Always remove your makeup at night before going to sleep. Especially if you leave your eye makeup on it can clog your tear ducts.
- If you’re a smoker, quit!
The regular application of cold to the eye region can greatly reduce puffiness. Grab a frozen compress, cold cucumber slices, or chilled tea bags and apply to both the upper and lower eyelid for 5 minutes twice a day.
There are many great eye creams made specifically to reduce eye bags. Some of our favorite products are growth factor based like NeoCutis Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream which is great in the winter months. The Neocutis Riche Bio-Restorative Eye Balm is better for the summer months because it has an added moisturizer. LifeLine Eye Firming Complex can dramatically reduce the visible signs of aging. Proteins, peptides and extracts help repair delicate skin around the eyes. Powerful nutrients reduce puffiness and dark circles- creating younger-looking, brighter eyes. Important note, do not use old-fashioned hemorrhoid cream (a common wives tale treatment). It can lead to significant irritation of the skin around your eyes.
Dermal fillers such as Belotero or Restylane Silk can be used to add more volume in the tear trough area. Both of these fillers are very smooth and soft and will give a nice smooth appearance in the tear trough area especially with the delicate skin under the eyes. The duration is 6-9 months. Juvederm Voluma can be added to the midface to help smooth the transition from the lower eye lid to cheek junction. This filler is non hydrophilic so it does not have the swelling features of other fillers on the market. Juvederm Voluma has a longevity of two years. Fat harvested from the patient via a fat transfer procedure can also be used. Given the sensitive area of the face, it is extremely important to choose a physician or provider with lots of experience for any injectable procedure.
The most effective and permanent solution for eye bags is often plastic surgery. Eyelid surgery, also called blepharoplasty, is a permanent way to remove excess skin and tissue from the upper and lower eyelids