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BAGS UNDER YOUR EYES – WHAT ARE THEY AND WHAT CAUSES THEM?

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UNDER EYE BAGS — a mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes — are common with age.

Bags under eyes are more of a cosmetic issue and rarely a sign of a serious underlying medical condition. Creams may help improve the appearances of eye bags. At-home remedies, such as a cool compress may also assist to improve the appearance of under eye bags. However, if the puffiness persists surgery is one of the options.

What are the visible symptoms of eye bags?

Most commonly these are:

  • A mild swelling
  • Saggy or loose skin
  • Dark circles under the eyes

Should you see a doctor?

Under eye bags are more of a visual thing and usually, surgery is not required.

However, a trip to the Doctor may be advisable if you are experiencing inflammation, severe persistent pain or itchiness.

Your doctor will wish to eliminate possible causes of swelling, such as thyroid disease, infection or an allergy. You may be referred to a Specialist in ophthalmology, or an oculoplastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery for the eye area.

Causes of eye bags

As we age the tissue surrounding the eyes, and some muscles that support the eyelids can weaken. The normal fat content that provides support for the eyes can then drop into the lower eyelids, resulting in a puffy appearance. Fluid can also rest in the space below your eyes, increasing the swelling.

The effect can be worsened by a number of factors including:

  • The retention of fluid, this may be caused by too much salty food
  • A lack of sleep
  • Allergies
  • Smoking
  • Or it may be heredity — under-eye bags can run in families

We always like to think of cosmetic surgery as the last resort, it can be a slippery slope once started.

We offer a range of products to help reduce eye bags, forehead lines, neck and jaw wrinkles and general facial lines and wrinkles.

Author: Ross Stansfield

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