“Eyes are the windows to our souls.” Engaging eye contact creates a great first impression. But, puffy, baggy and/or saggy eyes can leave one feeling self-conscious. Puffy and baggy eyes can occur for many reasons, including inherited facial features, allergies, stress, eye fatigue and individual skin characteristics such as texture.
What Causes Puffy Eyes and Dark Circles?
Puffy eye means you have an excessive accumulation of fatty tissue (fat pads). Because the skin around the eyes is the thinnest skin in the body, swelling and discoloration can be quite prominent. Discoloration is commonly hereditary and or an allergic etiology.
With aging, eye puffiness can be caused in part when fatty tissue that ordinarily protects the eye inside the bony eye socket begins to push forward and fill in spaces below the eye.
This happens because aging processes cause thinning of the membrane or "septum" that ordinarily holds back fat in both the upper and lower eyelids. As the membrane thins, the fat herniates and pushes forward. This is when bags or bulges start forming under the eye.
What are the Top 3 Things You Can Do for Under-Eye Bags?
Use a cool compress on your eyes. Wet a clean washcloth with cool water. ...
Make sure you get enough sleep. ...
Try to avoid drinking fluids before bed, and limit salt in your diet. ...
Many temporary remedies can help reduce the swollen look around eyes, such as:
Using eye drops for irritation caused by allergies, if appropriate.
Drinking ample fluid to prevent dehydration.
Applying iced compresses when your lids are swollen.
Applying cucumber slices or chilled tea bags over closed eyes.
When you want or need more help in treating baggy eyes.
We’re certainly not talking about dark circles from lack of sleep or stress. And if your dark circles are caused by skin pigmentation, lower eyelid surgery won’t help there either.
However, if you have excessive puffiness under the eye, the eyelid fat can cast a shadow, leaving you with both puffy eye bags and dark circles, which just aren’t pretty. This is the perfect situation to consider lower eyelid surgery.
To eliminate the problem, Eyelid surgery (also called an eye lift or blepharoplasty), reduces bagginess from lower eyelids and removes excess skin from the upper eyelids. This surgery is usually done for cosmetic reasons. It's also an effective way to improve sight in older people whose sagging upper eyelids get in the way of their vision. Eyelid surgery ranks in the top 5 along with liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and breast lift.
Whenever someone looks at a face, the first thing the notice is the eyes. You want to maximize the chance to make a good first impression.
Can eye bags be removed?
Eyelid lift (or blepharoplasty) is the preferred treatment for removing bags under the eyes or drooping eyelids, conditions that can add years to your appearance and even impair your vision.
By choosing a highly qualified surgeon with experience in facial plastic surgery, you have little to be concerned about. You’re going to look natural and more refreshed, not have your eyes pulled so taut that it makes you look strange.
The ultimate goal of cosmetic eyelid surgery is to enhance the appearance of the eyes and provide a more rested look by restoring the eyelid to a youthful state.
Heavy upper eyelids cause hooding of the eyelids which may lead to visual obstruction. Dr. Magassy removes the redundant skin and the sutures are hidden in the natural folds of the upper eyelid crease which makes the scars virtually impossible to detect.
Frequently, both upper and lower eyelids are performed together to add an attractive balance to the upper portion of the face. Eyelid surgery may be performed in our fully accredited surgical facility in McLean, Virginia.
How long does it take to recover from blepharoplasty?
Most patients are back to their normal routine within days, although complete recovery may take a few weeks. Swelling, bruising, and some discomfort are part of the recovery process, and usually can be alleviated with cold compresses and appropriate medication.
Dr. Magassy is top-rated within the Northern Virginia, Washington DC area. During your consultation he will be able to give you expert advice on surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Don’t trust any type of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures to the “cheapest” doctor and remember, that the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten. Make sure you look at the surgeon’s credentials to make sure they are top-rated and most importantly, board certified. Plastic Surgery Associates’ private surgical suite is conveniently located in McLean, VA for patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. We look forward to scheduling your
consultation and welcoming you to Plastic Surgery Associates, PC.