Bags under the eyes, known medically as infraorbital edema, are a concern for many people, especially as they age.
In this article, we look at a number of ways in which people can treat bags under their eyes in order to improve their appearance.
Causes of bags under the eyes
Bags under the eyes are usually a cosmetic concern and do not require medical attention, but their appearance can be bothersome to some people.
Excess swelling and sagging under the eyes, which may cause an undesirable appearance, can be caused by one of the following conditions:
the movement of fat from the upper eye area down below the eyes
excess fluid buildup under the eyes
weakened of muscles below the eyes
aging, leading to thinner skin and wrinkles, making bags more noticeable
In most cases, bags under the eyes are a cosmetic concern and do not indicate any health problems.
However, people should see a doctor if the undereye area is itchy, red, or painful, or changes happen suddenly. This could be a sign of an allergic reaction or illness.
Although aging is the main cause of bags under the eyes, many people are simply prone to them due to their genetics. Often, people in the same family will share this trait, much as having a similar nose or face shape.
In other cases, bags under the eyes are due to lifestyle factors that can be changed to reduce or get rid of this problem.
Although bags under the eyes are usually not a medical concern, their appearance can be bothersome. Some people tend to have severe under eye bags that can cause emotional stress and insecurities.
They may not be eliminated completely with home remedies, but the following tips may improve their appearance.
Though genetics cannot be changed and aging is inevitable, following a healthy lifestyle and caring for the skin can help the eye area look its best.
Many dermatologists and plastic surgeons offer treatments for bags under the eyes that can reduce their appearance or get rid of them.
Depending on the person’s skin type, age, and lifestyle, the following treatments may be considered:
Chemical or laser peels, which remove the outer layers of skin, leaving a smoother appearance.
Dermal fillers, which temporarily plump wrinkles and restore volume or fullness to areas of the face.
Eyelid surgery, which involves removing excess skin around the eyes and reshaping the skin.
A person should ask their physician which treatments might work for them. They should also discuss costs, recovery, risks, and realistic results to expect.
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