A mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes causes bags under the eye and are quite common as you age. With aging, the tissues around your eyes and some of the muscles supporting your eyelids weaken. Normal fat that helps support the eyes can then move into the lower eyelids, causing the lids to appear puffy. Fluid also may accumulate in the space below your eyes, adding to the swelling.
Under eye bags are usually an aesthetic concern and seldom a sign of a severe underlying medical condition. You can try home remedies such as cool compresses that can help improve the appearance of bags under eyes. You may not like the way they look, but bags under eyes are usually harmless and don't require medical care. See your doctor if the swelling is severe, persistent, painful, itchy or red. Your doctor will want to rule out other possible causes that can contribute to the swelling, such as thyroid disease, infection or an allergy.
Several factors cause or worsen this effect, including:
- • Fluid retention, especially upon waking or after a salty meal
- • Lack of sleep
- • Allergies
- • Smoking
- • Heredity — under-eye bags can run in families
Depending on what's causing bags under the eyes, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) may be a treatment option. During blepharoplasty, the surgeon removes excess fat through an incision in the natural crease of the upper eyelid or inside the lower lid. The skin is then re-joined with tiny dissolving stitches. The procedure is usually done as an outpatient procedure.
In addition to correcting bags under eyes, blepharoplasty can also repair baggy or puffy upper eyelids, excess skin of the upper eyelid, droopy lower eyelids, and excess skin on lower eyelids
For persistent or bothersome under-eye puffiness, eyelid surgery is a good option. It is advisable to seek expert opinion at Aayush Eye Clinic with Dr Akshay Nair, Oculoplastic Surgeon who can explain to you the benefits and side effects of eyelid surgery including dry eyes, watery eyes, pain, swelling, bruising and blurred vision
For more details check out our website at www.aayusheye.com