Periorbital Puffiness

Under-eye Bags

Under-eye bags can be effectively treated with injectable fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm at Direct Aesthetics. These fillers are strategically injected beneath the eyes to restore lost volume, smooth out hollows, and reduce the appearance of bags. The procedure is minimally invasive and offers immediate results, rejuvenating the under-eye area for a more refreshed and youthful appearance.

Face Under Eyes

As we age, many of us experience the emergence of under-eye bags, often accompanied by mild swelling or puffiness. Fortunately, there are various in-office treatments and topical skincare solutions available to minimize their appearance. In this guide, we explore effective prevention strategies and treatment options aimed at eliminating under-eye bags for a rejuvenated appearance.

What are under-eye bags?

Puffiness, swelling, and dark circles can all contribute to the appearance of under-eye bags. Although this issue is more common as you age, individuals of any age can experience them.

Typically, under-eye bags are a cosmetic concern rather than a sign of a medical issue. Fortunately, various temporary at-home remedies and longer-term, in-office treatments are available to address them.

What causes under-eye bags?

As we age, the muscles and tissues surrounding the eyes gradually weaken, while the natural fat that supports the eyes may shift, resulting in the appearance of puffy and swollen lower eyelids. This can be exacerbated by the herniation or protrusion of fat pads, which can also contribute to the formation or accentuation of tear troughs—those creases extending from the inner corner of the eye to the upper cheek.

Additionally, excess fluid accumulation beneath the eyes can stretch the skin further, increasing puffiness. Common causes of under-eye fluid retention include consumption of salty foods, allergies, inadequate sleep, and smoking, as noted by the Mayo Clinic. Furthermore, genetics can play a role, with some individuals inheriting a predisposition to prominent under-eye bags, which may manifest from an early age.

Over time, the severity of under-eye bags may fluctuate, with daily changes becoming more apparent.

How to get rid of bags under eyes?

To reduce the appearance of bags under the eyes, you can try several methods:

  1. Get Sufficient Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to prevent fluid retention and puffiness.
  2. Elevate Your Head: Sleeping with your head slightly elevated can help prevent fluid from accumulating under your eyes.
  3. Cold Compresses: Applying a cold compress, such as chilled cucumber slices or a damp cloth, can constrict blood vessels and reduce puffiness.
  4. Topical Treatments: Look for eye creams or serums containing ingredients like caffeine, hyaluronic acid, or vitamin C, which can help reduce swelling and brighten the under-eye area.
  5. Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water can help prevent water retention and keep your skin hydrated.
  6. Reduce Salt Intake: High sodium intake can lead to fluid retention, so try to limit your consumption of salty foods.
  7. Protect Your Skin: Wear sunscreen and sunglasses to protect your under-eye area from sun damage, which can exacerbate the appearance of bags.

If home remedies don’t provide the desired results, consider consulting with Direct Aesthetics for professional treatments such as injectable fillers or chemical peels to address under-eye bags more effectively.

Under eye bags treatment options

At Direct Aesthetics, we offer a range of non-invasive treatment options to address under-eye bags and rejuvenate the delicate skin around the eyes. We tailor each treatment plan to meet the unique needs and goals of our clients, ensuring natural-looking results and enhanced confidence.

There are several treatment options available to address under-eye bags:

Under eye fillers:

Injectable under eye fillers offer an immediate solution to under-eye contour irregularities by providing volume, though their effects are temporary, typically lasting up to a year. While they do not directly reduce puffiness, fillers work to fill in hollows beneath the fat pad, seamlessly blending the lower eyelid with the cheek and lightening shadows in the process.

Despite not being FDA-approved for under-eye use, injectable fillers are commonly administered off-label by experienced practitioners like those at Direct Aesthetics, who possess in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy. Using a blunt-tipped cannula during the quick in-office procedure helps minimize bruising and discomfort.

Thinner fillers, such as hyaluronic acid-based Restylane Silk, are preferred for the delicate eye area due to their reduced risk of lumps, bumps, and excessive swelling. Additionally, hyaluronic acid fillers offer the advantage of being easily dissolved with hyaluronidase enzyme if needed.

While bruising is a common side effect, it typically resolves within two weeks and can be concealed with makeup. Applying cold packs before and after the procedure can help mitigate bruising.

Chemical Peels for under eye treatments:

Chemical peels are a non-invasive cosmetic treatment option that can help improve the appearance of under-eye bags. These peels involve the application of a chemical solution to the skin, which causes the outer layer of skin to exfoliate and peel off. By removing dead skin cells and stimulating collagen production, chemical peels can help tighten and rejuvenate the skin around the eyes.

The type of chemical peel used for under-eye bags typically contains gentle acids such as glycolic acid or lactic acid, which are milder and safer for the delicate skin around the eyes. These peels work by promoting cellular turnover and collagen synthesis, which can help reduce puffiness and improve skin texture.

Chemical peels for under-eye bags are usually performed as in-office procedures and may require multiple sessions to achieve optimal results. Patients may experience some redness, peeling, and temporary sensitivity following the treatment, but these side effects typically resolve within a few days to a week.

Microneedling for under eyes:

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is another effective treatment option for under-eye bags. This minimally invasive procedure involves the use of a device equipped with fine needles that create microscopic punctures in the skin’s surface.

The controlled injury from microneedling stimulates the body’s natural healing response, triggering the production of collagen and elastin. This, in turn, can help tighten and firm the skin around the eyes, reducing the appearance of under-eye bags and dark circles.

Microneedling can be customized to target specific concerns, including under-eye bags, and is safe for use on all skin types. The procedure is typically performed in-office and may require multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart to achieve optimal results.

Patients may experience mild redness, swelling, and sensitivity following microneedling, but these side effects are temporary and usually subside within a few days. With regular treatments, patients can enjoy smoother, firmer skin and a reduction in under-eye bags over time.

Products for Under Eye Bags

In addition to professional treatments, incorporating targeted skincare products into your routine can help address under-eye bags and minimize their appearance. Look for products formulated with ingredients known to improve skin texture, reduce puffiness, and hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes.

Recommended Skincare Products by SkinBetter Science

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InterFuse® Treatment Cream EYE

SkinBetter Science’s InterFuse® Treatment Cream EYE is specifically designed to address concerns such as under-eye bags, puffiness, and dark circles. This luxurious eye cream features a proprietary blend of potent ingredients, including caffeine, peptides, and humectants, to hydrate, firm, and brighten the under-eye area.

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InterFuse® Intensive Treatment LINES

Another standout product from SkinBetter Science is the InterFuse® Intensive Treatment LINES, which targets fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity around the eyes. By promoting collagen production and improving skin elasticity, this advanced formula helps smooth and tighten the under-eye area for a more youthful appearance.

Alto Defense Serum

Alto Defense Serum™

While not specifically marketed for under-eye bags, SkinBetter Science’s Alto Defense Serum™ provides comprehensive antioxidant protection to combat environmental stressors and free radical damage. By shielding the skin from oxidative stress, this powerful serum supports overall skin health and resilience, which can contribute to a reduction in the appearance of under-eye bags over time.

Even Tone Correcting Serum

Even Tone Correcting Serum™

Dark circles often accompany under-eye bags, making it essential to address uneven pigmentation as part of your skincare routine. SkinBetter Science’s Even Tone Correcting Serum™ is formulated with a blend of brightening ingredients, such as alpha arbutin and kojic acid, to help fade discoloration and promote a more even skin tone.

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