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Under-Eye Bags

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How do we get bags under our eyes? Aging is the most common cause. As we get older, we experience a loss of fat padding and collagen, the major component of connective tissues in skin, muscles and other body parts. This loss of skin tone allows fat to shift forward into the lower eyelids, making them look puffy and swollen. Fluid can also pool in this area and lead to edema (swelling).

Other factors that can contribute to bags under your eyes include:

  • Fluid retention
  • Lack of sleep
  • Allergies
  • Stress
  • Eye fatigue
  • Inherited facial features
  • Infections
  • Smoking
  • Chronic medical conditions (such as thyroid disease)

Home remedies for under eye bags

Home remedies can help lessen the puffiness of under eye bags due to edema. Check out some tips below:

  • Get plenty of sleep. Experts recommend seven to nine hours daily.
  • Sleep with your head raised slightly. This can help keep fluid from pooling around your eyes.
  • Avoid fluids before bedtime. Avoid excess amounts of salt in your diet as it can help reduce fluid retention.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking can contribute to faster collagen loss.

Another way to diminish under-eye bags is a surgery called blepharoplasty. During this procedure, the eye surgeon removes or repositions excess fat through the incision or sometimes removes the extra skin. This procedure can be done on the upper eyelids as well.

If you’re concerned, see your eye doctor to identify the cause and recommended treatment. Click for more information.