Whether you’re 20 or older, the last thing you want are bags under your eyes. They are one of the most unpleasant aesthetic problems associated with the face. Although they are not usually related to a serious illness, puffy eyes just make you feel and look older, more tired, and less attractive – things that no one wants. With age, eye bags may get deeper and the use of make up becomes insufficient.
As we said, this is usually not a problem that requires medical attention, but the question is how to get rid of bags under the eyes? To answer it, we must first understand how and what causes the development of these bags and puffiness in that area?
The causes of eye bags
In general, the skin around the eyes and eyelids is very gentle and sensitive. With age, the tissues and muscles in this area weaken. It normally leads to negative changes that create a more tired and older looking face. There are numerous reasons why this puffiness occurs:
- One of the causes of bags under the eyes is heredity. You may have puffy eyes because your parents have.
- The other most common cause of puffiness under the eyes is an unhealthy lifestyle – lack of enough sleep, consumption of too salty foods, insufficient physical activity, or dehydration of the body.
- Eye bags can be also a natural part of the ageing process. We all have fat under the lash line, and the normal ageing process leads to a weakening of the elasticity of the skin and the supporting tissues around the eyes.
- Medical conditions such as sinus infections and some allergies can lead to puffiness under the eyes.
- The position in which we sleep can also have an adverse effect, so avoid sleeping on your stomach face down.
- Smoking, drugs, and alcohol can also damage the skin really fast.
No matter what causes the bags or puffiness under your eyes, you need to know how to deal with them and reduce their appearance.
Scarless Korean under-eye bag removal surgery
One of the most effective ways for eye bag removal is a surgical correction called lower blepharoplasty. This procedure is very popular among Singaporean and Korean people as it gives a very natural look and youthful appearance. Performed by a transconjunctival approach where the incision is inside of the lower eyelid, this under eyelid surgery doesn’t leave visible scars from the outside. That method is considered one of the most gentle and effective eye bag removal techniques. Patients experience almost no pain after such an intervention, and the recovery period is only 7 – 10 days.
The principle of transconjunctival blepharoplasty is to remove the bags and excess fat under the eyes by accessing the inside of the lower eyelid. It is usually performed under local anaesthesia. The procedure is safe. There a minimal chance of side effects that may include bleeding or bruising. To prevent the appearance of eye bags you need to avoid smoking, alcohol, and painkillers at least 1 week before the surgery. The recovery time is usually around 2 weeks. Mild pain and discomfort usually last 2-3 days. This is a good procedure for you if you are physically healthy and you have a positive outlook and realistic goals to improve your appearance.
Scarless eye bag removal surgery in Singapore improves the appearance of the eyelids, refreshes their look, and removes these unpleasant bags and puffiness. Micro fat grafting can be also performed together with this operation for better results.
The benefits of scarless eye bag removal surgery
- The surgery doesn’t require general anaesthesia;
- There is no downtime;
- There are no visible incisions and scars;
- The procedure reduces the excess fat, corrects loose skin, and reduces the wrinkles in the eye area.
How much does eye bag removal surgery cost?
The price of blepharoplasty is different for different countries. The approximate cost of a surgical eye bag removal in Singapore will vary for each patient and clinic and normally depends on some factors such as the surgeon’s fee, facility, and anaesthesia fees. In Singapore, you can expect to pay something between $2000 and $4000. In South Korea, this plastic surgery tends to be cheaper than in other countries. The price for scarless Korean under-eye bag surgery in Singapore is around $1000 while in America the procedure is around $3000.
We have an article in which we outline which are the premium eye bag removal clinics in Singapore.
Eye fat repositioning surgery during lower blepharoplasty
Traditional lower blepharoplasty is basically a fat removal technique that reduces the appearance of eye bags. Often people that have puffiness under the eyes also have tear trough deformity. This condition requires a procedure called eye fat repositioning surgery. What fat repositioning does it actually takes the fat from the lower eyelid and moves that fat down to the cheek to fills the hollowness and the tear through area.
If you have a bulge effect of fat underneath the eyes, a depression, or tear trough then you are a good candidate for fat repositioning.
What is under-eye fat grafting?
This is a procedure that uses your own fat from areas such as the abdomen, love handles, thighs, and other parts of your body to transfer that fat to the under-eye area. The fat cells which we all have also contain stem cells and when they are injected in the problem zone, they replace the lost volume and also keep regenerating skin. Theoretically, the results of this procedure are permanent. Most of the people will need two or three sessions. This number normally depends on the age of the person and the severity of signs of ageing.
Can Eyebags be removed without surgery?
In addition to the invasive eye bag removal methods, many clinics in Singapore offer non-surgical techniques that may reduce the puffiness. Some of the most popular are laser therapy, filler injection, and mesotherapy.
Lasers are devices that use energy to improve skin tone and stimulate collagen production. It is an easy and safe procedure. However, laser treatment for eye bags is more appropriate for people with dark circles because the laser doesn’t specifically remove puffiness and eye bags.
Filler injection is another non-invasive and safe eye bag removal method. Small amounts of filler are placed in the right places to fill in the sunken areas and correct the contours under the eyes. The filling of the indentations removes the shadows under the eyes and eliminates the protruding lower eyelid. After the procedure, there are cases of mild bruising or swelling that go away in a few days. The results are very good and last about a year.
It is used against sagging or dehydrated skin, as well as for treating eye bags and dark circles. The procedure can’t really remove the excess fat under the eyes but it may improve the skin in this area and slows the ageing process. It is important to know that the effect is obtained by several consecutive procedures.
Non-surgical eye bags removal methods can be a good choice if you want to improve your under-eye skin. You can’t completely remove puffiness and bags without its application in a more interventional approach such as lower blepharoplasty.
The correction and removal of eye bags can be achieved only surgically by repositioning the muscle, redistributing the fat cells located in the eye contour, and when it is necessary – removing excess skin. Other non-surgical methods of rejuvenation do not lead to the same result.
Under-eye fat grafting vs. dermal fillers
The main difference between fat grafting and dermal fillers is that fat transfer uses your own fat to fill the under-eye area while dermal fillers are usually made from hyaluronic acid so it is basically something foreign in your body. The fat transfer seems to be like a very natural way of putting fat back into the face. However this procedure requires liposuction albeit very mini liposuction it is still a bit more invasive procedure and it might be related to some discomfort, downtime, or complications.
Often a general anaesthetic or intravenous sedation is used for fat transfer because it is a bit more painful than the other non-invasive eye bag removal procedures. On the other hand, injecting dermal fillers can be done a lot quicker and easier in the doctor’s office while the fat transfer is a more complex operation that is normally done in the operating room. The other difference between these two methods is the cost. Under-eye fat grafting is more expensive compare to fillers which are pretty cost-effective.
Is the eye bag removal procedure permanent?
Usually, the results from eye bag surgery are permanent. Other non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers and laser therapy only last 1 or 2 years. After that, you have to repeat the treatment.
Although the results from blepharoplasty are permanent your skin will continue to age and change. That is why it is important to take good care of the under-eye area even after the surgery.
How to find a good surgeon in Singapore?
Eyelid surgery is one of the most common operations performed in Singapore. In good hands, this correction can result in a natural rejuvenation with a relatively fast recovery. So it is important to take some time and do some research to find the best surgeon for you. Firstly you should look for a specialist facial cosmetic surgeon who is experienced in this field and does a lot of eye bag removal surgeries.
There is a very large number of potential eyelid surgeries that can be done in Singapore- there is upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, scarless eye bag removal surgery, Asian blepharoplasty, fat grafting, and so on. So you really want to find a surgeon who specializes in all of these eyelid techniques to ensure that they can give you the best results. Secondly, it is good to see the artistic ability of your surgeon. A good way to identify it is to look at their before and after photos and see how that relates to you. It is also important to find a surgeon who is licensed and board-certificated.
Overall, it is good to take your time when considering eye bag removal surgery, do a sufficient amount of research to find the best surgeon for you, because it is worth it.