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 facial skin.
Although eye bags are not usually related to any serious illnesses, they can make you feel and look older, more tired, and less attractive – things that no one wants. With age, the problem may worsen and the use of make-up may no longer be enough.
As we said, the occurrence of eye bags is usually not a condition that requires medical attention. However, it can negatively impact your appearance, so it is essential that you take early measures.
In this article, we will provide you with some tips on how to get rid of bags under the eyes. But first, let us examine how and what causes the development of eye bags and puffiness.
The causes of eye bags
In general, the skin surrounding the eyes is very sensitive and delicate. As you age, it gets thinner and more prone to damage. Moreover, over time, the muscles supporting your eyelids weaken as well. These changes commonly result in dark under-eye circles and bags around the eyes.
Skin ageing, however, is not the only factor behind puffy lower eyelids. Below are some other possible causes of the condition.
- Under-eye bags may be caused by heredity. You may have puffy eyes simply because your parents have.
- The other very common cause of puffiness in the lower eyelids is an unhealthy lifestyle – lack of enough sleep, consumption of too salty foods, insufficient physical activity, or dehydration of the body.
- Weakening of the eye muscle (orbicularis oculi) may also cause under-eye bags. We all have some fatty deposits under the lash line that support our eyes. Over time, this fat tissue weakens and creates puffiness.
- Medical conditions such as sinus infections and some allergies can make the lower eyelids appear puffier.
- The position in which you sleep can also have an adverse effect on the delicate eyelid skin, so it is good to avoid sleeping on your stomach face down.
- Smoking, drugs, and alcohol can also damage the skin really fast causing eye bags and dark circles.
Please note that eye bags are different from the new trend which is currently very popular among younger Asian females and is called “aegyo sal” (meaning “cute skin” or “eye smiles”). This beauty craze actually makes the eyes look more attractive and younger and there is nothing to do with eye bags and dark eye circles which are caused by ageing or tiredness.
Scarless Korean under-eye bag removal surgery
One of the most effective ways to remove eye bags is through plastic surgery called lower blepharoplasty. This surgical technique is very popular among Singaporean and Korean women. They often combine it with the so-called youthful eyelid fullness procedure to create the highly desired “aegyo sal” appearance.
When performed by the so-called transconjunctival approach where the incision is inside of the lower eyelid, this plastic surgery will not leave visible scars from the outside. In Singapore, South Korea and other Asian cultures, this surgical method is more commonly referred to as scarless eyebag removal surgery. It is considered one of the most gentle and effective ways to get rid of bags under the eyes. Patients experience almost no pain after such an intervention, and the recovery period is less than two weeks.
The principle of the scarless method 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 is a minimal chance of side effects that may include bleeding or bruising.
To prevent complications during and after your plastic surgery, you will need to avoid smoking, alcohol, and painkillers at least 1 week in advance. The recovery time is usually around 2 weeks. You may experience mild pain and discomfort which will last around 2-3 days.
Lower eyelid surgery is a good option for patients who want to improve and rejuvenate their appearance. In general, there are no specific requirements for getting the procedure. You just need to be physically healthy, have a positive outlook and have realistic goals.
Scarless eye bag removal surgery in Singapore improves the appearance of the lower eyelids, refreshes their look, and removes these unpleasant bags and puffiness. The surgery can be also combined with other procedures such as micro fat grafting. This way you can achieve better results.
The benefits of scarless eye bag removal surgery
Blepharoplasty or lower eyelid surgery offers many benefits and here will look at some of them.
- It is a simple procedure that doesn’t require general anaesthesia.
- There is no downtime.
- There are no visible incisions and scars.
- Lower eyelid surgery reduces the excess fat, corrects loose skin, and reduces the wrinkles in the eye area.
How much does eye bag removal surgery cost?
In Singapore, you can expect to pay 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 the US the procedure is around $3000.
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.
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 deformities. This condition requires a procedure called eye fat repositioning surgery. What fat repositioning does is it actually takes the fat tissue from the lower eyelid and moves that fat down to the cheek to fill the hollowness and improve the tear through area.
If you have bulges or excess fats 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 fat grafts 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 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 not a permanent solution. Additionally, it is more beneficial to patients with dark circles because it mainly helps to shrink blood vessels rather than reduce puffiness.
Filler injection is another non-invasive and safe procedure that can help you deal with eye bags. During the treatment, the doctor injects small amounts of filler material into the under-eye area to give it more volume and create youthful lower eyelid fullness. 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.
Dermal fillers are suitable for patients who have hollowness and sunken areas below their eyes. The procedure can make the under-eye skin plumper. However, fillers injections may not work well for patients with excess skin or skin laxity.
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 slow 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 surgical procedure requires liposuction albeit very mini liposuction it is still a bit more invasive procedure and it might be related to some mild 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 compared 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 resurfacing 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 eyelid surgery, fat grafts, and so on. So you really want to look for plastic surgeons who specialize in all of these eyelid surgery techniques to ensure that you will achieve 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 before and after photos of his/her work and see how that relates to you. Additionally, you may want to check the website of the provider, see how the clinic is rated online, if it offers quality care, what is the patient satisfaction rate, and so forth.
Overall, it is good to take your time when considering eye bag removal surgery, do a sufficient amount of research and find the best surgeon for you, because it is definitely worth it.