A pair of puffy under eyelids can cause us look exhausted and old. Sometimes these would be amplified by a dark shade, making us to look like a panda. The only difference between us and the panda is, well, the panda is arguably a lot cuter than us.
No one is a fan of eye bags. These pesky flaws are not a sight for sore eyes or anyone’s eyes at all.
So, you have tried every available cosmetic eye cream, serum, cooling gel, and eye pad, but your eye bags still clutch to your eyelids. Is there ever a way to effectively reduce their appearance, if not remove them?
Your problem is the same as with a majority of patients that come to my clinic. My answers to their usual questions about eye bags are what I am going to share in this article. Be sure to read until the end to know about useful treatments for eye bag reduction.
Eye Bags—what are they exactly?
Bulges of fat that cling to the lower eyelids are called eye bags. Eye bags appear when the muscle tissue that covers the fats in the under eyelid become lax and weak, therefore allowing the fats located in the lower eyelid to stick out. Fluid retention may also happen in this area, which adds to the puffiness of the lower eyelids.
Causes of eye bags
The number one culprit for the cause of eye bags that people think is lack of sleep. This reason is just one of the following:
- Ageing – Our skin has the capacity to produce 2 important components that promotes skin hydration and elasticity. These are collagen and elastin. Our body’s production of collagen and elastin decrease as we age. This means that our skin begins to lose its suppleness. When this happens to the lower eyelids, the muscles begin to give way for the under-eye fats to bulge, resulting in the existence of eye bags.
- Allergies – One condition that can contribute to the worsening of the appearance of eye bags is allergic rhinitis.
- Genes – Ever wonder why even though you get the right amount of 8 hours of sleep you still have puffed up under eyelids? You can blame it on your genes. If any of your parents’ bloodline has this condition passed on through generations, then it is highly likely that you will inherit them.
- Fluid retention – Too much salty food, sleep, or crying can cause fluid build-up in your lower eyelid, resulting in unwanted excess eye baggage.
- Medical conditions – Sinus problems can also cause the appearance of eye bags.
- Smoking – A study showed that it is possible that being unable to smoke during sleeping time can actually cause you to stay awake as your body temporarily withdraws from nicotine. Lack of sleep equates to, you guessed it, eye bags!
Ways to reduce or remove eye bags
Eye bags can be removed in two ways: surgical and non-surgical methods.
Surgical methods offer a more permanent result than non-surgical ones. For this, patients will undergo an operation called Incisional Lower Blepharoplasty.
Surgeries can be intimidating to some people and can expose them to a lot of risks. If you are not interested in getting surgery, you can explore non-surgical methods to have your eye bags removed.
These are the popular non-surgical eye bag procedures in Singapore:
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are a type of dermal fillers that are gel-like inconsistency. These substances are injected into the empty space of the lower eyelids to fill the hollowness as a result of sagging and bulging skin, therefore eliminating the appearance of eye bags.
- Benefits: Quick procedure, no downtime, immediate and effective results.
- Risks: Bruising in the injection area, bumps, Tyndall’s Effect
- Cost: $700 to $1,200 per syringe
- Popular brands: Rejuran Healer and Rejuran I
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Treatment
HIFU treatments use a medical grade ultrasound device to treat skin sagging. The heat that HIFU releases travels deep into the SMAS layer of the skin and works to stimulate collagen and elastin production. As a result, sagging skin is tightened and becomes thicker. Patients can expect to see significant reduction in the volume of fats in their under eyes over time, making them less puffy.
- Benefits: Quick procedure, no downtime, gradual but effective result.
- Risks: Slight swelling
- Cost: Starts at $400
- Popular brands: Ultraformer, Ultherapy
Laser Blepharoplasty is a non-surgical procedure that uses powerful laser beams that emit heat in order to promote collagen production in the skin. The eye bags begin to reduce in size as collagen helps tighten loose skin. There are a wide range of lasers available in Singapore for cosmetic use and not all are suited for laser Blepharoplasty. Always consult with your doctor first before undergoing this treatment.
- Benefits: Quick procedure, minimal to no downtime, immediate and effective results
- Risks: Bleeding (depending on laser used), swelling
I hope this information has been useful. One last piece of advice I have for you is to do your research, read reviews about eye bag removal surgery in Singapore such as this one from TheLookBook.sg, educate yourself as much as possible before you make your final decision on where to go for the procedure.