Under eye bags are a common cosmetic concern that can make you look tired and older than you really are. While they are usually harmless, many people want to know what causes them and how they can be treated. At the Eyes Defined Clinic in London, owned by Ahmad Aziz, we offer a range of effective treatments to help reduce the appearance of under eye bags.
What are bags under the eyes?
As we age, the tissues around our eyes that support our eyelids begin to weaken. When this happens, fat that is usually limited to the area around the eyes can shift to the area below our lower eyelids and make them look swollen and swollen. Fluid can also begin to collect in this area and further contribute to edema (swelling) and puffiness.
Such swollen and puffy eyelids may also begin to cast shadows under the eyes. This can create those dark circles that we are afraid to see in the mirror in the morning. Although usually harmless, bags under the eyes are a common concern for both men and women all over the world.
What factors can we address?
Aside from aging, there are several factors that can cause or worsen the appearance of bags under the eyes.
Exposure to ultraviolet rays can damage the collagen in our skin, which can lead to laxity of the orbital tissue, pigmentation, compositional changes, and wrinkles.
Loss of skin elasticity can also lead to the appearance of eye bags and dark circles. To prevent these signs of aging, it is important to use daily sunscreen with an SPF. This helps to protect the skin and prevent damage from ultraviolet radiation, which can lead to premature aging and other skin concerns.
Smoking can have a significant impact on the appearance of our skin, especially around the eyes. The habit can lead to the degradation of collagen and elastin fibers, which keep our skin firm and toned, contributing to wrinkles and eye bags.
Smoke inhalation can also cause damage to blood vessels, leading to leakage and pooling under the eyes. This can cause dark circles and swelling, further contributing to a tired, aged appearance.
Research has shown that skin cells have their circadian rhythm and during our sleep, the skin enters a state of repair and renewal.
Your skin depends on a good quality of sleep to keep you rested and healthy, so try to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. When we lie down at night, fluid can accumulate around our eyes which is why puffy eyes are more common first thing in the morning (and swollen feet are more common in the evening).
Sleeping with your head slightly raised can help prevent fluid from settling around the eyes. You can achieve this by simply adding an extra pillow under your head at night.
Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it dehydrates our body when we drink it, which can affect our skin. After consuming too much alcohol, our skin may appear pale, sallow, and less plump. Dehydration can also result in visible bloating as our body clings to any water available. Heavy drinking can also deplete the body of vital nutrients and vitamins required for healthy skin functions. Furthermore, alcohol interferes with the quality and quantity of sleep, reducing the restorative effects of sleep.
To minimize alcohol’s effects on the skin, moderation is key. Choosing less sugary drinks and staying hydrated by drinking lots of water over the course of the evening and rehydrating the following day can reduce the effects on the skin. Remember, the skin is the largest organ in our body, and it needs proper hydration and nourishment to maintain its health and vitality.
Allergies and sinus problems
Dark circles, also known as ‘allergic shiners,’ can occur when blocked sinuses lead to congestion in the small blood vessels under our eyes. Dilated blood vessels can lead to the appearance of dark circles, swelling, and puffiness. Dark circles can be brought on by any type of nasal allergy, including an allergy to pollen or certain foods.
To reduce the swelling, dark circles, and puffiness around your eyes and inside your sinuses, it’s important to avoid the triggers for your allergies where possible and seek proper medical treatment when required.
Effectively managing your allergies can also improve sleep quality by reducing symptoms such as headaches, sneezing, and a runny nose. So, if you’re experiencing dark circles and other allergy-related symptoms, be sure to seek medical attention to address the issue and improve your overall health and well-being.
Eating well and maintaining a good diet is essential, not only for our general well-being, but also for our skin health. Excess salt in the diet can cause water retention and may contribute to swelling and puffiness around the eyes. To reduce inflammation and free radical damage in the skin, it’s recommended to eat a diet rich in oily fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
A build-up of makeup on the eyelids can contribute to blepharitis, which is inflammation of the eyelids. Removing makeup each evening should reduce any eyelid swelling and improve symptoms of dry eyes
Fillers may contribute to under-eye swelling, and we would usually recommend that they are dissolved in the clinic before proceeding with further treatments.
Causes of Under Eye Bags
There are several factors that can contribute to the appearance of under eye bags. As we age, the skin around our eyes loses elasticity, which can cause bags to form.
Genetics can also play a role, as some people are more prone to under eye bags than others. Other factors that can contribute to under eye bags include lack of sleep, stress, and allergies.
Treatments for Under Eye Bags
At Eyes Defined Clinic, we offer several treatments to help reduce the appearance of under eye bags. These treatments include:
Tear Trough Filler: This treatment involves injecting hyaluronic acid filler into the area beneath the eyes to smooth out the appearance of bags and dark circles.
Laser Resurfacing: This treatment uses a laser to remove damaged skin around the eyes and stimulate collagen production, which can help to reduce the appearance of under eye bags.
Chemical Peels: This treatment involves applying a chemical solution to the skin around the eyes to remove damaged skin and promote the growth of new, healthy skin.
Eye Creams: We also offer a range of eye creams that can help to reduce the appearance of under eye bags and dark circles over time.
Consultation at Eyes Defined Clinic
If you’re concerned about under eye bags, we recommend booking a consultation at Eyes Defined Clinic. During your consultation, we will assess your skin and discuss your concerns with you to determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs. Our team of experienced professionals, led by Ahmad Aziz, will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your desired results.
In conclusion, under eye bags can be a frustrating cosmetic concern, but there are several effective treatments available at Eyes Defined Clinic in London, owned by Ahmad Aziz. If you’re interested in reducing the appearance of under eye bags, book a consultation today to learn more about our range of treatments and how we can help you achieve a more youthful, refreshed appearance.