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How Can I Reduce Under Eye Bags
Options : Not entirely possible, but make sure you control allergy type of problems. Hay fever very commonly creates a puffy appearance to the eyelids plus other symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, tearing, coughing, redness to eyes. If chronic, you get puffier. However some genetic predisposition to baggy eyelids which if cosmetically displeasing, can be treated surgically by eye plastic surgeon. ...Read more
Varies by cause: Dark circles under the eyes can be caused by brown pigment in the skin, thinning of the skin so that the blood shows through, or by the shadow cast by a "bag" under the eye, or by a combination. The skin can be lightened by microdermabrasion and skin lighteners. The bag can be surgically improved with a lower lid blepharoplasty. Not much to offer except concealer for thin skin. Good luck! ...Read more
No quick fix: There are some cosmetic agents such as Neotensil that may provide immediate relief but it is only short term (daily) . Definitive treatment usually requires surgery to address the excess or malpositioned fat, skin or muscle of the lower eyelid and cheek junction. ...Read more
Surgery or lasers: Temporary measures consist of using fillers such as Restylane (dermal fillers) or juvederm. This can help the appearance of wrinkles and bags under the eyes. A more permanent solution would be cosmetic surgery. Also laser resurfacing with co2 laser can help. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Plastic surgery: If your bags are there all day long (not worse in the morning and better by evening--this is fluid), you have protruding fat pads (caused by aging or genetics and weakening of the orbital septum and skin/muscle layers). Plastic surgery (blepharoplasty) can trim, reposition, and tighten the lower eyelids beautifully, but have an abps-certified plastic surgeon do the work to minimize risks! ...Read more
Surgery: The most effective treatment for bags under the eyes is surgery to remove excess skin. In some instances, fillers can be injected below the bags to "lift" the upper cheeks in order to lessen the appearance of bags. Other non-surgical treatments have varying success and are not permanent. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
Dark Bags: Dark bags under eyes are often due to: fluid from thin blood vessels under eyes. This can be due to genetics (got it from mom or day), excess rubbing (shiners), allergies, excess salt in those with kidney issues. Cold ice packs might help decrease bags by contracting the vessels. Older patients benefit from seeing an eyemd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cool compresses: Depending on the cause of the swelling, cool or cold compresses can help a lot. If an infection is causing the swelling, further treatment may be needed. Blepharitis is a common cause of eyelid swelling, you can get more info: http://www.2020vision.Com/blepharitis.Html. ...Read more
It depends: Circles under the eyes is a common sign of fatigue. It can be genetic as well and has many factors. Stay hydrated, use sunblock on your face, get enough rest to help this. One can also use makeup or in severe cases may have facial plastic surgery (also called blepharoplasty). Good luck and have a nice day! ...Read more
Not a good idea: The level of melanin in your eye (such as your eye color) is genetically determined and cannot be changed. Not sure why you would want to reduce the melanin in your eyes. Its both normal and healthy to have melanin. As a matter of fact, people who have no melanin have a condition called albinism and can have significant eye problems as a result of the lack of melanin. ...Read more
You cant: Dark circles are due to the thinness of the lid skin- the darker tissue is showing through. Retin-a cream increases collagen and may decrease it by thickening the skin a little-it also reduces wrinkles, but can be very irritating- consult a dermatologist. Or apply makeup. There is no "natural" remedy. ...Read more
Sleep well: Many times under eye circles are caused by exhaustion. Some other reasons include dry skin/excema/allergies. So the best solution is to sleep well (as well as you can), moisturize your skin (the skin under the eyes is very sensitive) and if you have allergies which cause you to rub the skin around your eyes heavily, a steroid ointment such as hydrocortisone may be helpful. Best of luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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