Eye bags are pouches that occur in the lower eyelid area. They are typically characterized by mild to severe puffiness or swelling. There is usually no need to worry about eye bags – they are completely harmless and are not associated with any health problem. However, those protrudes can seriously affect your appearance. They may give you an older and tired look.
At first glance, its removal seems easy. You can find many home remedies and tips online that are supposed to solve your problem. Additionally, tons of face masks, eye creams, and eye patches are available on the market. All of these products promise to smoothen your skin and diminish those annoying bulges on the lower eye area. However, if you have tried any of these approaches, you have probably found that they do not work as expected. The question is, how can you deal with eye bags? Are there any techniques to reduce their appearance?
In this article, we will introduce you to a simple, non-surgical procedure called HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound) that can help you fight bags under the eyes. But before that, we would like to take a closer look at what eye bags actually are.
What is the difference between eye bags, puffy eyes and dark circles?
Eye bags are a condition where the lower eyelid skin sags and creates space in which fat pads form. This in turn results in eye bags. Over time and under the influence of other factors like an unhealthy diet or lack of sleep, these saggy skin and bulges in the under-eye area may become more prominent. Eye bags are best treated with different skin rejuvenation therapies such as HIFU, laser treatment or in severe cases – eyelid surgery.
Having puffy eyes is a condition where the lower eyelid is swollen and red. It is most commonly caused by allergies or fluid retention. You might be allergic to animal fur, pollen or even some cosmetics and make-up. In such cases, allergy medications prescribed by a physician are the best form of treatment. Some home remedies might also help reduce the swelling.
Dark circles are characterized by dullness and a darker colour of the skin in the under-eye area. Frequently this occurs as a result of too much sun exposure, which can damage the delicate skin around the eyes making the blood vessels more obvious.
Other causes of dark circles may include fatigue, smoking, or simply genes. It is possible to significantly reduce the appearance of dark eye circles with the help of HIFU treatment. By using ultrasound waves, HIFU penetrates the skin and induces collagen production. With this, the skin on the lower eyelid area will be tightened and smoothed, which will make dark eye circles less noticeable.
What is HIFU and how can it help you get rid of eye bags?
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound simply called HIFU is a non-surgical skin tightening and rejuvenation treatment. It can treat fine lines and wrinkles, lift the eyebrows, eyelids and cheeks, tighten and smooth loose skin. It can even be used for body contouring. The actual mechanism behind HIFU is the delivery of ultrasound energy to heat tissues and reach deeper levels of the skin. This process promotes the skin cells to produce more collagen. And we all know how important collagen is for the skin. It slows down the ageing process and enhances skin elasticity. For those who suffer from bags under the eyes, this can be extremely beneficial.
Ultrasound eye bag removal treatment can significantly improve the delicate skin under the eyes. It increases collagen production in multiple layers of the skin (up to 4). Thanks to its multifaceted approach the procedure can address and treat some of the main factors that lead to the appearance of eye bags – thinner skin, the formation of fat deposits and muscles relaxation.
HIFU eye bag removal is a very quick procedure, very tolerable and has no downtime.
How much does HIFU eye bag removal cost in Singapore?
The cost of HIFU for treating eye bags in Singapore starts at $500. You can normally expect the price of the procedure to vary depending on a number of factors such as what clinic you choose, how experienced your doctor is and how many sessions you receive.
One of the main factors that will determine the cost of the treatment is the type of HIFU. Professionals in Singapore use several different brands of HIFU machines to treat patients. They go under the names Sygmalift, Ultherapy, HIFU Agetide. The main difference between them is that they produce different outcomes in terms of longevity.
Ultherapy and HIFU Agetide results tend to last longer – 6 to 12 months – so their prices are generally higher – $1500 to $5000.
The Sygmalift treatment costs somewhere between $300 and $800, but its effects last around 3 months.
When to use HIFU for eye bag removal?
HIFU treatment works best on “permanent” eye bags caused by ageing, genes, bad habits such as smoking or alcohol consumption or excessive sun exposure.
Skin ageing is just a normal process that occurs throughout our lives. We usually see a lot of changes in our physical appearance with age, including changes to our skin. Over time the skin becomes thinner and weaker and this is especially true for the skin around the eyes. As a result, fine lines, wrinkles and eye bags often develop. Unfortunately, ageing is something that you cannot stop.
However, HIFU treatment can help you slow that process down. As the procedure increases collagen production, it can significantly diminish signs of ageing and improve the fat pads formed under your eyes.
Lack of sleep, smoking and alcohol are some of the biggest “enemies” of the skin. They speed up the ageing process and often cause loose skin and bags under the eyes. The HIFU treatment uses ultrasound energy to melt fat pads and tighten skin.
Ultrasound treatments can also help you get rid of eye bags caused by excessive sun exposure. We all know that sunlight is beneficial for us because it is a good source of vitamin D. However, excessive sun exposure is definitely bad for your skin. It promotes ageing and may cause hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and bags under the eyes. HIFU can be used to treat all of these concerns.
Sometimes even if you sleep well, follow a healthy lifestyle, and never forget to wear sunscreen, you can still develop these unpleasant pouches. This is because you might have inherited these under eye bags from your parents. HIFU is highly effective in melting fat pads in the lower eyelid region, making the treatment an excellent choice for people with genetically caused eye bags.
Is ultrasound therapy safe for under-eye bags?
According to several clinical trials, ultrasound eye bag removal is a safe and effective procedure. It produces long-lasting results and does not cause any serious side effects or complications. The only side effects you may experience after the procedure is very mild swelling and bruising in the treatment area. They usually go away in a couple of days. The procedure itself is not painful, however, you will be applied anaesthetic cream so that you won’t feel any discomfort.
As HIFU uses heat, many people are concerned that it can cause tissue damage. It is important to note that the treatment is not harmful and does not leave scars or injuries on the skin. Even though it delivers heat to penetrate into the skin, it does not damage the surface or the surrounding tissues.
Does HIFU get rid of dark circles?
In addition to targeting fat pads and protruding skin around the eyes, ultrasound therapy may be of great help in fighting dark circles. It has been explained above in this article that the development of dark circles is dependent on factors such as age, family history, lifestyle, and sun exposure. The biggest “opponent” of ageing and sunspots for the skin is collagen and HIFU is the best way to stimulate its production. This means that the therapy can minimize the presence of dark circles as well as improve the skin surrounding the eyes.
Can you completely get rid of eye bags?
Yes, you can completely get rid of those annoying pouches under your eyes. However, it requires some effort. HIFU eye bag treatments give great results that may last longer than a year. But to maintain your outcomes and prevent further eye bag formation you will need to make some lifestyle changes such as getting enough sleep, limiting the use of tobacco and alcohol, eating a balanced diet, etc. Furthermore, you need to take proper care of your skin, including wearing sunscreen regularly and using appropriate cosmetics.
In order to treat your under-eye bags properly, it is also important to find out what causes them. For example, if your bulges are a result of allergy then you will need to treat them with medications rather than by cosmetic procedures. If your issue is linked to skin laxity and loss of volume in the tear trough area then you may benefit more from dermal filler treatment. The most commonly used dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid fillers.
By injecting them in the tear trough area they can restore volume and help you appear younger. Also, if you have severe fad pads under your eyes that do not improve after ultrasound treatment or other skin-tightening procedures then you may need to undergo a surgery called blepharoplasty. During this operation, the plastic surgeon removes the excess skin and fat from the lower eyelids to improve the area. The primary benefit of this eye bag treatment is that it produces essentially permanent results.