Why Do I Have Bags Under My Eyes?

Bags Under the Eyes

Why Do I Have Bags Under My Eyes?

They say the eyes are the window to the soul. Our eyes express our current emotional state, thoughts, and attitudes. When we are stressed or tired, our eyes will tell others for us, even if it’s not verbalized. Our eyes are also one of the first facial elements noticed by another person since they are both prominent and expressive, so when bags under the eyes occurs, it can make us look fatigued and even older.

What are Bags Under the Eyes?

Having puffiness or mild swelling under the eyes occurs when the muscles and tissue structures that support the eyelids weaken, making the skin sag and the supporting fat move down into the lower eyelids. When fluid accumulates below the eyes, this creates the appearance of bags, which is heightened due to the dark circles made from the casted shadows.

What are the Causes?

As we age, the tissue around our eyes will start to weaken and sag, which can create the appearance of bags under the eyes. However, other factors can contribute to the appearance of bags:

• Lack of sleep/sleep deprivation
• Aging
• Allergies
• Sinus problems
• Smoking
• Alcohol consumption
• Sun exposure
• Poor diet
• Medical conditions
• Genetics

Treatments and Home Remedies for Bags Under the Eyes

While this condition is primarily a cosmetic concern and not a medical emergency that requires medical treatment, it is understandable if you are concerned about your appearance. The following tips can help you reduce or eliminate the appearance of bags under your eyes.

• Get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night
• Avoid allergens and take allergy medication to curb symptoms
• Apply a cool compress to the skin around your eyes
• Limit the amount of salt in your diet
• Quit smoking
• Sleep with your head slightly raised
• Cut down on the intake of fluids before bed

Eyelid surgery, a blepharoplasty, is also a treatment option, as long as there isn’t a medical condition present that is causing your symptoms. A blepharoplasty can be performed on the upper or lower eyelid or both. See your healthcare provider to rule out potential causes and to decide if eyelid surgery is right for you.

Interested in a Blepharoplasty?

If you are considering undergoing a blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery to improve the appearance of bags under your eyes, contact us today. Dr. Corinne Horn at the NY Facial Plastic Surgery Center can help you achieve a more youthful, rejuvenated look that lasts.

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