Eye bags refer to the puffiness and swelling under the eyes. They are very common and almost no one is exempt from dealing with puffy eyes as we age. While they are not medically dangerous, many people seek treatment for eye bags because they often make us look tired and older than we really are.
What causes eye bags?
Eyebags are caused by a few pathophysiological processes. As we age, supporting structures around our eyes, consisting of the muscles and ligaments, weaken. As a result, the fat under our eyes, known as the infraorbital fat, starts to protrude outwards, to form an unsightly bag.
The fat protrusion is made even worse by ageing of the thin undereye skin, and volume loss in the cheek area which creates a hollow under the bags, making them look even more obvious.
Lifestyle plays a big role. If you live a stressful lifestyle with not enough sleep, you smoke, you get exposed to the sun, and you drink lots of alcohol, your skin ages faster. You will retain more fluid and your eye bags will look even worse.
What are some in-clinic treatments available to remove eye bags non-surgically?
For starters, invest in a good eye cream that contains collagen-stimulating ingredients to tighten the skin. Ingredients you should look out for are retinols and peptides. Retinols are vitamin A derivatives that have been shown to stimulate collagen production, reducing appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. On the other hand, peptides are also a sought-after moisture-boosting ingredient aimed to revitalize skin and improve elasticity.
At Radium Medical Aesthetics, we treat eye bags according to the cause, after a detailed examination by the doctor.
Skin tightening treatments help to strengthen the skin. The PicoSure Laser has a unique, patented function called the Focus Lens Array. It uses a diffractive lens to rejuvenate the skin with minimal downtime.
Micro focus ultrasound, also known as Ultherapy, reaches deep into the skin to tighten both the muscular layer and the skin layer. This increases the strength of the support structures.
For better, longer lasting results, the doctor may use microneedle radiofrequency for a tightening effect. The best treatment will depend on your skin texture and severity of your eye bags.
Besides the skin, we also need to target the fat. At Radium, Eye Bag Resus is a treatment that uses direct delivery of radio-frequency energy into the bags to melt the fats.
It may sound counterintuitive to add dermal fillers to the undereye when you are trying to get rid of the puffiness. The truth is, certain people may require volume replacement in the tear trough and cheek area to reduce the appearance of eye bags. You will be amazed at what undereye filler can do. Sometimes, that’s all you need to improve the appearance of eye bags significantly.
Sometimes, severe cases of eye bags cannot be treated non-invasively. In such cases, the only option is to undergo surgery to remove them.
Speak to an experienced doctor who can diagnose your condition accurately and offer you the best advice and treatment to suit your needs.