Eye Bags/ʌɪ bags/ puffiness under the eyes..
People with eye bags often look like they had cried the night before and look tired. Eye bags problems are common and could affect your social life and confidence. The above photo showed a classic example of eye bags, and often people mistaken the 3D band at the lower eyelid as eye bag. That is actually the pretarsal muscle and this is actually a very in trend beauty trend right now, with a lot of Korean and Taiwanese celebrities spotting that pretarsal muscle commonly known as “aegyo sal”. So, to better understand how eye bags are formed and what can be done to get rid of these eye bags, you would have to understand the fat pads structure under the eye area.
How Eyebags are Formed
Lower eyelid bags in the aging face are made up of several tissue components including loose skin and muscle as well as protruding fat. In the younger patient who just has bags or puffy lower eyelids the issue is one just of protruding fat. But in either the young or old, fat originated from under the eyeball, which acts as a cushion for the eyeball, moves forward, causing what we call as eye bags. This fat is normally contained to the under the eyeball due to a ligament in the lower eyelid known as the septum. But as we age this ligament weakens, allowing the fat to come spilling out creating the puffiness or bags. In the younger patient with bags, this ligament is naturally or congenitally weak allowing the fat to prematurely bulge out. In essence bulging lower eyelid fat is the result of a weakness or hernia in the lower eyelid ligaments. This herniated lower eyelid fat has three distinct pockets of fat known as temporal, central and medial or nasal fat pockets. Interestingly, while fat is well known to have a yellow colour the nasal fat pocket is white and no one knows why. However, a new study by plastic surgery researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles shows that this long-accepted theory may be off the mark. Rather than the membrane weakening with age, the scientists report that the amount of fat beneath the eyes actually increases to cause baggy lower eyelids. More research is needed to pin down the exact mechanism to explain droopy lower eyelids, but scientists agree that as the calendar pages turn, the bag-forming process naturally progresses.
While there is no proof of a relationship between snoozing and under-eye bags, it does seem that a lack of sleep affects the severity of the condition. Some other behaviour that appears to affect puffiness are eating salty foods, which cause your body to retain water, and rubbing the eyes because of allergies. Irritants in the air such as pollutants and mould also seem to exacerbate the bags.
But changing your behaviour won’t obliterate sagging lower lids from your face. There is a genetic factor at play as well. If your parents puffed up, then you probably will too at around the same age.
Non-Surgical Eye Bags Removal Solutions
Now we understand the actual things that are happening in the eye, you would then realise that there is no way that over the counter eye creams, eye masks and eye gels sold in major shopping centres or other famous cosmetic brands would work to remove or alleviate the severity of your eye bags.
Here is a non-surgical medical procedure that can be performed to improve your eye bags.
Dermal Fillers can improve your eye bags condition
Dermal fillers are temporary injectables that are injected within the skin tissue layers to create volume thus, erasing static wrinkle lines and reshape and volumize facial features that look flat or sunken.
What are Fillers?
Fillers are made of biodegradable material like Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in all living things and it breaks down within hours. Hyaluronic acid fillers are cross-linked to ensure that the body doesn’t metabolize the hyaluronic acid within hours, allowing some hyaluronic acid fillers to last from 3 months to a year after injection.
Fillers can be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, and are injected into either the skin tissue layers or on the bone to achieve reduction of static wrinkles appearance and enhancement of facial features due to its volumizing and sculpting abilities.
How do Fillers help my eye bags?
When fillers are injected in the area just under the eye bags, the bulginess of the eye bags are reduced. Filler for eye bags is a good option for those whose eye bags are considered mild. For those who have serious bulging eye bags, they would have to consider surgical eye bags removal solutions.
What to expect from Fillers?
Having fillers injection will not change your look into a different person. It enhances your current facial features while still looking like yourself and no one can tell that you actually had fillers injection done. Even though fillers are clinically proven to last up to a year, its longevity depends a lot on individuals’ metabolic rate, lifestyle, area injected and volume injected.
Side effects of Fillers
Complications from fillers are uncommon. Potential risks vary depending on the specific filler used and the relative permanence of the filler substance and include:
1. Acne-like skin eruptions
3. Bruising, bleeding from the injection site, swelling
4. Damage to the skin that results in a wound and possible scarring
5. Infection at the injection site
7. Palpability of the filler under the surface of the skin
8. Skin rash with itching
9. Skin redness
10. Under- or over-correction of wrinklesInterested to learn more about Dermal Fillers and how this procedure can help you? Please call 65 6532 2400 to book an appointment with Dr Ee or leave a comment at the end of the article, or simply drop Dr Ee an email here.
Surgical Eye Bags Removal Solutions
Depending on the severity and type of pre-existing eye bags you have, surgical eye bags removal is another option. Here are 2 types of surgical medical procedure that can be performed to remove your eye bags.
Surgical: Cutting Approach
Trans-cutaneous (cutting) approach of eye bags removal involves making a cut along the lower eyelid. Thereafter, the eyelid skin is being pulled down exposing the fats. The surgeon will then have the fats and excess skin (if necessary) removed. The eyelid skin is then flipped back and stitched up.
This method has got fairly higher risks and complications, such as over excising the skin, causing eyelid retraction (lower eyelid to turn outwards), injuring of the orbicularis muscle and the much dread scarring.
However, this method is excellent for individuals with excess under eye skin.Are your eye bags causing your self confidence? Do you want to learn more about eye bags removal solutions? Please call 65 6532 2400 to book an appointment with Dr Ee or leave a comment at the end of the article, or simply drop Dr Ee an email here.
Surgical: Scarless Approach
An incision is made from the inner side of the eyelid instead of a cut along the lower eyelid, and the bulge of fat from the undereye is then removed and the incision is closed with dissolvable stitches.
The Scarless Eye Bags Removal solution is a minimally invasive approach, performed under local anesthesia. It has a much shorter downtime, faster recovery rate, reduced risk of scarring and eyelid retraction, as compared to the cutting approach.