Usually associated with aging, eye bags and droopy eyelids are often caused by weak and stretching muscles that help these eyelids, which may get fat to accumulate over and below them. Sagging skin in the eyes will make you seem older or look like you’re tired all the time. It may also damage your peripheral vision, as the extra surface will take down the eyelids, making it harder to move them the whole way.
Depending on what’s the cause of the bags under these eyes, eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty (blef-uh-roe-plas-ti) may be the best option. Blepharoplasty is the process of removing extra fat through the incision at the physical crease of the upper lid or inside the lower eyelid. Besides correcting eye bags, blepharoplasty can also repair puffy or baggy upper eyelids. In the surgery, the surgeon will rejoin this surface with small dissolving stitches. This surgery is usually made as an outpatient process. Meaning you don’t have to stay overnight at the hospital to get this process done. Most of the time It will be done in about 2 hours. If the patient also suffers from astigmatism, then a laser treatment will be a better option. Laser therapy not only removes your eye bags but also dark spots under your eyes. Laser treatment is safer for people with astigmatism.
When to See a Doctor
Most people want to get rid of their eye bags as soon as possible, but usually, bags under eyes don’t require medical attention. You should only be alarmed when the bags under your eyes start swelling, are persistent, painful, red and itchy.
Your doctor will want to rule out other possible causes that can contribute to the swelling, such as thyroid disease, infection or an allergy. He or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in the eyes (ophthalmologist), medical aesthetic or plastic surgery of the eyes (oculoplastic surgeon).
For more information on this, we recommend to visit Vogue Clinic in Kuala Lumpur to schedule an eye bag removal consultation.
Preparing for Your Appointment
Before deciding to go through with the surgery, you need to make sure you’re in good health to do it. It is advisable to do a medical check up to see if you’re eligible for blepharoplasty.
Making a mental note of a number of questions will help you prepare for your time with your doctor. For bags under eyes, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What may be the cause of my symptoms?
- Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
- What treatment approach do you recommend, if any?
- What will the treatments cost? Does medical insurance cover these costs?
- What results can I expect?
- Can I do anything at home to improve my symptoms?
- What kind of follow-up, if any, should I expect?
Here are some things to take note of just in case your doctor wants to know:
- When was the first time you noticed the puffiness under your eyes?
- Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
- What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
- What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?
If your eyes are burning, wash your eyes with plain water. Make sure that you do not rub your eyes. If you’re wearing contacts, take them out and don’t reuse them. Same goes with eyeglasses. Take it off and wash it with soap and water. But you can wear them again after being washed.
Side effects of surgeries are very rare but they do exist in the form of swelling of the eyes, dry or watery eyes and blurred vision. Do discuss with your doctor about the risks before deciding to go through with the surgery.
Home Remedy and Lifestyle:
1. Rest with Your Head Slightly Raised
Rest with your head slightly elevated. It may help to put double pillows below your head or prop up the front of the mattress. This helps keep fluid from accumulating in your eyes as you rest.
2. Cucumber Eye Patches
I think everyone would agree the most obvious remedy is putting cucumbers on your eyes. Even if you haven’t tried it yourself, I am sure you’ve seen it on TV, especially in Asians dramas. To DIY it yourself, buy a cucumber from a grocery store, cut it into 2 thin slices and then put them over your eyes for around 15 mins. The cucumber helps in reducing puffiness in your eyes. If you prefer to make your life easier, you can easily purchase cucumber eye patches from stores like Watsons and Guardian.
3. Reduce Salt in Your Diet
Reducing salt can also reduce the fluid retention which resulted in eye bags. Here’s an example of reducing salt in your diet; whenever you go to a fast food joint, tell the server that you do not want salt in your fries.
4. Reduce or Stop Smoking
Smoking can worsen your eye bags. So try to stay away from the cigarettes for your own health benefits.
5. Get Enough Rest
Your body rejuvenates when you rest. So when you sleep, your eyes are finally getting its proper rest. The suggested sleeping hours for adults are 7 to 9 hours. Get your wink on!
6. Reduce allergy symptoms
Avoid allergens when possible. Try over-the-counter allergy medications. Talk to your doctor about prevention strategies if you develop under-eye reactions due to hair dyes, soaps, cosmetics or other allergens.
7. Use Cosmetics
Cosmetics are great as a temporary fixer for facial flaws. It is a cheaper option and will make you instantly look better and fresher. Cosmetics are not just for ladies, as per common perception. Most male celebrities put on makeup before appearing in movies or shows they are on.