We have all experienced this! It’s 2 p.m., and you catch a glance of yourself in the mirror. Why do your eyes look so tired?? While occasionally the bags under our eyes will look more prominent at certain times (such as when you don’t get enough sleep, hence the idea that they make one look tired), some people are more predisposed to prominent bags under their eyes. What’s more, as we age, our skin naturally loses elasticity, and bags under the eyes become more pronounced. There are several things you can do to help.
Although they won’t make a drastic change in the look of your under-eye bags, there are certainly some things you can try at home to help. Placing tea bags under the eyes, especially green tea, may help increase blood flow to the area. Cool them for added calming power. It causes the blood vessels to constrict, which can help if you also have dark circles under your eyes. Also, stay hydrated. It’s one of the best things you can do for your skin overall and may help with under-eye bags as well. Certain creams and serums give a small reduction in dark circles and fluid retention that can cause bags. And try your best to get enough sleep each night, at least 7-8 hours a night.
For minor eye bags, there are certain injectable treatments like Restylane that can help reduce the sleepy look. They do so by helping to build up the skin in the area around the bags, resulting in more even skin all around and less noticeable eye bags.
Lower eyelid blepharoplasty
If the bags under your eyes are due to age or are very prominent, you may want to consider a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. This minimally invasive surgical procedure gets rid of excess skin and fat in the lower eyelid area. It’s often done along with an upper eyelid blepharoplasty if one has age-related upper eyelid drooping, but it can be performed alone as well.
If you are experiencing under-eye bags and need more help, and are located in the LA area, consider coming to see Dr. Torkian, who specializes in treating the under-eye area with care both surgically and non-surgically.