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Eye Bags, Treatments and Removal FAQ

Over the last few months, we’ve received a lot of questions regarding eye bags, what causes them and how to best treat them so we decided to compile them into one article so we can point people into one place where they can find the answers they’re looking for.

How do you get rid of bags under your eyes?

There are many different ways to reduce or remove eye bags. These include home remedies, lifestyle changes, taking certain medications, getting various non-invasive procedures or undergoing eye bag removal surgery. What treatment method is right for you depends on the cause and severity of your eye bags.

Home remedies and lifestyle changes can help reduce mild puffiness under the eyes caused by lack of sleep and fatigue. Some of the natural treatments that may improve the condition include cold compresses, cucumber or potato slices, rose water, vitamin E, coconut oil and many others. Drinking enough water and having a good night sleep can also help you lessen eye bags.

If the swelling is due to allergy then your doctor may recommend taking allergy medications.

Non-invasive procedures such as chemical peels, laser therapy and fillers can be used for rejuvenating the skin around the eyes and improving the appearance of eye bags.

For severe bags under the eyes that are genetic or caused by ageing, a surgery called blepharoplasty can be a treatment option. This is a procedure where excess skin and fat are removed from the lower eyelid. Eye bag removal surgery gives long-lasting results.

What causes eye bags?

Undereye Bag Beauty PadsHere are some of the most common reasons for developing bags under the eyes.

  • Ageing;
  • Genetic;
  • Lack of sleep and fatigue;
  • Excessive consumption of salty food;
  • Water retention;
  • Allergy;
  • Smoking or drinking too much alcohol;
  • Excessive sun exposure.

In very rare cases eye bags are a sign of any underlying medical issue.

What foods cause eye bags?

Salty Snacks Junk-FoodFoods high in salt and sodium cause the most bags under the eyes. Eating too much salty food leads to water retention in the body resulting in puffy eyes. This most often happens in the morning after you have had abundant dinner.

Foods that contain a high amount of salt and sodium include:

  • fast food such as sandwiches, pizza, fries, and so on;
  • canned food including beans, chickpeas, corns, pickles, diced tomatoes and tomatoes sauces, etc;
  • sausages, smoked meats, ham, caviar and many others;
  • salted nuts;
  • some dairy products like cottage cheese and buttermilk;
  • bottled sauces and salad dressings.

The excessive consumption of sugary foods may also lead to puffiness and bags under the eyes. This is because white sugar may lead to inflammation all over the body and this is especially noticeable in the area under the eyes.

How can I remove eye bags naturally?

Aloe Vera GelSome natural eye bag treatments can lessen the presence of bags under the eyes. However, home remedies probably will not entirely remove them. If you want to minimize the appearance of puffiness in the long term you will have to change your lifestyle. In some cases, eye bag removal surgery is the only treatment that can completely eliminate your eye bags. This is particularly true if your puffy eyes are genetically inherited.

To reduce your eye bags naturally, you can use the following tips.

  • Get enough sleep. It is best if you can sleep at least 7 hours per night. Furthermore, the quality of your nap is also a big factor.
  • Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is important for your body and your skin. When your skin is not hydrated enough, it will be more prone to ageing and developing dark circles and bags under the eyes.
  • Quit smoking. Cigarette smoking can do a lot of harm to your body and skin. Almost every smoker get wrinkles, dry and dull skin as well as unpleasant bags and dark under-eye circles.
  • Avoid eating salty and spicy food. The excessive consumption of foods high in salt and sodium causes water retention and thus puffy eyes.
  • Protect your skin from UV rays. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen every day even if it is not sunny. The UV rays can lead to damages to the skin and cause pigmentation and premature ageing.
  • Use retinol cream. Retinol or Vitamin A have the ability to boost the production of collagen. And we all know how important is collagen for the skin. It can reduce wrinkles, fine lines and improve the presence of eye bags and dark circles.
  • Apply cold compresses. Cold compresses such as ice packs, chilled spoons or cold green tea bags have the ability to shrink the blood vessels and relieve the swelling in the under-eye area.

If you have severe puffiness that does not go away for a long time, it is best to see a doctor.

What is the best non-surgical treatment for eye bags?

The best treatment for eye bags should be determined depending on the cause of their appearance as well as their type. If you have a loss of volume and hollowness under the eyes,  dermal fillers will be the best non-surgical treatment for you. The injected substance fills the area beneath the eyes creating smoother and firmer contour.

Laser resurfacing will work well in case you have wrinkled skin and mild bags under the eyes caused by ageing. The treatment stimulates the production of collagen, giving a rejuvenating effect to the skin.

Medication treatment is recommended when the puffiness is related to allergy. It should be prescribed by a doctor.

If you have accumulated fat in the under-eye area then non-surgical treatments may not really affect your bags under the eyes.

Can oversleeping cause eye bags?

Both sleep deprivation and oversleeping can affect the skin surrounding the eyes. They usually lead to fluid accumulation in the body causing puffiness, eye bags and dark eye circles. The recommended amount of sleep is not less than 7 hours and not longer than 9 hours per night.

Your position in the bed is also important. Sleeping face down slows down the circulation and causes water retention which may result in puffiness and wrinkles in the area surrounding the eyes.

How much does eye bag removal surgery cost in Singapore?

stethoscope on top of banknotesIt has been estimated that eye bag removal surgery in Singapore costs between $5000 and $15,000. You can expect price differences based on several factors.

  • The severity of your eye bag condition. If you have too much skin and fat under your eyes that need to be removed then your surgery will be more expensive.
  • Experience of the doctor. More experienced surgeons in Singapore are more expensive.
  • Complexity, length and intensity of the treatment. When it comes to eye bag removal surgery you have two options in Singapore – to undergo a non-incisional procedure or incisional surgery (open blepharoplasty). The technique that does not require incisions tends to be cheaper than open blepharoplasty.

In addition, the location of the clinic, the equipment used and its brand can also affect the price of your eye bag removal surgery.

Since it is a cosmetic operation blepharoplasty is not covered by insurance.

Is eye bag removal permanent?

Eye bag removal surgery can permanently remove bags under the eyes. In addition, it improves and rejuvenates the condition of the skin in this area. Most of the patients observe this youthful appearance for up to 10 years. However, with age and under the impact of environmental factors,  the skin surrounding the eyes continue to change and lose its elasticity. It is recommended to protect the skin around your eyes with daily moisturizing and sun protection in order to maintain the outcomes of your eye bag removal surgery as long as possible.

How much does laser eye bag removal cost?

In Singapore, the prices of laser eye bag removal vary widely – from $500 to $1500 per treatment. Several factors may affect the total cost of the procedure.

  • The type of laser device that is used. Different kinds of devices can be used to treat the area beneath the eyes. One of them is Picolaser which is considered one of the most advanced technologies on the market. On the other hand, this device is more likely to cause unwanted side effects. The other type of laser is called Fractional CO2 laser. It tends to be safer for the skin. The prices for treatment with Picolaser in Singapore start from $1000. Fractional CO2 laser procedure is cheaper – the cost is priced between $500 and $700.
  • The number of treatment sessions. How many procedures you need to get depend on the severity of the condition. Recommended number of treatment is at least three sessions.
  • The clinic and doctor you choose. Different aesthetic clinic and doctors in Singapore charge differently for laser therapy.

Laser eye bag removal procedure should be done by certified and qualified specialist.

Can eye bags be removed without surgery?

Young female beautician or nurse in a skin clinic doing laser skin treatment on a woman to rejuvenate her skin or treat dark eye circlesSome home remedies, lifestyle changes, eye bag creams and cosmetic treatments may significantly improve the presence of under-eye bags. However, they may not completely eliminate them in the long term. This is especially true in case you have severe bags under your eyes and excess fat in the lower eyelids.

At-home treatments such as green tea bags and cold compresses can help lessen a temporary swelling caused by lack of sleep or water retention.

Under-eye creams and masks are useful for preventing the development of eye bags. Once the bulges appear, cosmetic products will hardly help.

Non-surgical procedures such as laser therapy and dermal fillers can minimize or even eliminate slight to moderate under-eye bags. However, they usually have a temporary effect (from six months to two years) and then you will need to repeat them.

What procedure is best for bags under eyes?

Eye bag removal surgery or lower blepharoplasty is a procedure that can eliminate eye bags, get rid of wrinkles and fine lines, and boost the skin surrounding the eyes giving you a more youthful appearance.

The operation can be performed in two ways – through incisions on the lower eyelid skin which is known as incisional eye bag removal surgery and without any cuts or so-called scarless eye bag removal.

The operation that is done through cuts in the lower eyelids usually works well on patients who have too much excess skin and fat beneath the eyes. People who don’t have a huge amount of accumulated fat under the eyes can be good candidates for non-incisional operation.

Both lower blepharoplasty techniques are considered safe and give beautiful and long-lasting outcomes.

Can botox get rid of under eye bags?

Although Botox can boost the skin around the eyes and minimize wrinkles and other signs of ageing, such an injection carries many risks. That is why injecting Botox to treat bags or dark circles under the eyes is considered an off-label use in the U.S., and it has not been FDA approved.

Having botox under the eyes can lead to a number of complications and side effects because this area is really delicate. Some of the risks include swelling in the treated area, struggling with closing the eyes, droopiness of the eyes, pain, redness, bleeding, dizziness and in some cases fainting.

Even though Botox can rejuvenate the skin and reduce the bags under the eyes this procedure is not suggested to be done in the lower eyelid area.

Can filler help eye bags?

Under-eye bags that are characterized by volume loss and hollowed-look in the tear trough area can be corrected with dermal fillers. These issues are usually caused by ageing. However, dermal fillers are not a permanent solution as their endurance typically ranges between six and twelve months.

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are considered the best fillers for eye bags. They contain a substance called hyaluronic acid, which has the ability to keep the skin moisturized. Thus in turns make the skin look fresh and healthy. One of the biggest benefits of hyaluronic fillers is the reduced risk of allergic reactions, as the human’s body naturally produces hyaluronic acid, which is the main ingredient in the filler.

Are you a man who’s looking to get rid of his eye bags? Check out our article on what men can do about eye bags.

I hope you’ve found this useful. If you have a question that wasn’t answered, don’t hesitate to submit it in our contact form. Last week we published our FAQ on dark eye circles which you can find by clicking here.