Holiday craziness may have you feeling tired and worn, but that doesn’t mean you have to look it. Eye bags are an obvious sign of tiredness and aging, but there are gentle as well as drastic ways to remedy them. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Leif Rogers shares his six safe solutions for stubborn eye bags – including four options that are completely non-invasive.
Before deciding the best solution for each person, it is important to understand the causes of periorbital puffiness, commonly referred to as eye bags. The delicate skin around the eyes is 10 times thinner than the skin on the rest of the face and requires extra care and attention. While puffiness under the eyes can definitely be hereditary, other causes include sleep deprivation, stress, smoking, allergies and fluid retention due to hormones, medication or even changes in the weather. Under-eye bags become more pronounced when skin laxity no longer holds the fat pads in place, making them more visible.
Six treatments for the puffy and pronounced area under the eyes
The following is a list of solutions recommended by Dr. Rogers, starting with the least invasive:
1. Eye creams: Dryness, crepiness in the skin and very slight bagging are the first signs of chronic under-eye bags. Start treating them early and eye creams can make a noticeable difference. Dr. Rogers recommends these products:
- A.G.E. eye complex by Skin Ceuticals
- Skin Medica TNS cream
- Elastiderm cream by Obagi
2. Neotensil: Described as the shapewear of skin, Neotensil is a film that’s great for a quick, short-term fix. Simply glide two thin layers of gel under the eyes – one base and one activator – and allow it to dry for all-day effects with no down time.
3. Lasers: Dr. Rogers recommends several different lasers that are safe to use around the eyes. Lasers are proven to be effective in tightening sagging skin and treating crepey skin, but also have some affect on more pronounced bags that can occur. From the most mild to the strongest, they include:
- Clear & Brilliant – Safe for both the upper and lower eyelids, Clear & Brilliant gives tired-looking eyes a pick-me-up with minimal down time, but does not completely eliminate significant bags.
- Fraxel Dual – With a few days required for recovery, the Fraxel Dual laser is stronger than Clear & Brilliant and is more effective in treating eye bags.
- Fraxel Co2 – Much stronger and more effective than Fraxel Dual, Fraxel Co2 reduces wrinkles around the eyes. Recovery time is approximately two weeks.
4. Fillers – According to Rand Rusher, RN, whose aesthetic practice is situated within Dr. Rogers’ office, one way to treat bags is with fillers, specifically Restylane Silk, which is proven to be effective for use around the fine orbital contour. This technique produces results that can last up to four years, though bruising around the area is a common side effect. Recovery time is approximately one week.
5. Fillers and Ultherapy – Dr. Rogers recommends a combination of fillers and Ultherapy. Ultherapy tightens the skin by delivering micro-focused ultrasound deep below the skin’s surface and Restylane Silk then can be used to fill in the troughs. Ultherapy is the only non-invasive procedure approved by the FDA that tightens and lifts.
6. Blepharoplasy – Blepharoplasy may be considered the best solution for dealing with significant under eye bags in terms of the best results, value, recovery time and the fact that it is a one-time procedure. There have been great advances in this surgery and the procedure can now be done under a local anesthesia, which means a short recovery time of approximately one week.
A natural alternative
Perhaps the most natural solution of all is facial exercises, such as Cynthia Rowland’s Facial Magic. Whichever avenue you elect, one thing is certain – getting rid of eye bags could make you look refreshed and younger.