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What Causes Bags Under Eyes (How to Get Rid of Them)

The amount of mon­ey spent each year on beau­ty prod­ucts, make­up, and pro­ce­dures to help us fight the effects of time is quite stag­ger­ing. With new prod­ucts com­ing out, what seems to be on a week­ly basis, claim­ing to be the next “Foun­tain of Youth”, it is easy to get caught up in the hype and promise of cor­rect­ing any imper­fec­tions of our appear­ances.

Whether it is wrin­kles or thin lips, we live in a soci­ety that is dom­i­nat­ed and dri­ven by looks. One of the biggest issues that men and women face is bags under their eyes. There are a vari­ety of caus­es for these unsight­ly eye­sores, and the good news is that there are sev­er­al ways to help reduce or elim­i­nate them all togeth­er as well. We’ll dis­cuss what caus­es bags under eyes and how to get rid of them, so read on.

What Are the Causes of Bags Under Eyes

As we age, the tis­sues and mus­cles under our eyes, even through­out our body, begin to weak­en. This weak­en­ing caus­es tis­sues, includ­ing the skin, to sag and appear droopy or bag­gy under­neath the eyes. When nor­mal fat cells, that are present around everyone’s eyes for sup­port, shift and move into the low­er eye­lids, this makes the bags appear puffy.

Flu­id reten­tion is, also, anoth­er con­tribut­ing fac­tor for the puffi­ness under the eyes, that seems to give so many peo­ple prob­lems. While age is one of the most com­mon rea­sons for bags under eyes, there are sev­er­al oth­er cul­prits as well. Genet­ics, aller­gies, thy­roid or kid­ney prob­lems, iron defi­cien­cy, exces­sive caf­feine or even smok­ing can cause under eye bags.

Many peo­ple may only have bags under their eyes dur­ing the morn­ing, right after they wake up. This is because the cir­cu­la­to­ry sys­tem reduces its lev­el of func­tion­ing dur­ing the night, and this caus­es excess flu­id to pool in these tis­sues. For almost all indi­vid­u­als, the com­mon puffy, dark cir­cles are most like­ly going to be a cos­met­ic nui­sance, rather than an alarm for a seri­ous under­ly­ing con­di­tion, nonethe­less, some rare cas­es may be seri­ous.

Tips and Tricks for Getting Rid of Bags Under Eyes

While you can’t nec­es­sar­i­ly do any­thing about fight­ing the effects of time or genet­ics, there are sev­er­al tips, tricks, and reme­dies that can help reduce or elim­i­nate under eye bags. Below are some things that you can try, to help answer your ques­tion of, “how to get rid of bags under your eyes.”

  • Cold Com­press - just like when you get an injury, and you are sup­posed to ice it to help cut down on the swelling, cold com­press­es for your eyes are a great trick to help elim­i­nate any excess puffi­ness or inflam­ma­tion. Soak a wash­cloth or wrap an ice pack in a tow­el, and apply to your eyes for a few min­utes under slight pres­sure.
  • Green Tea - this may sound a bit out there but steeped green tea bags can help improve cir­cu­la­tion and reduce inflam­ma­tion. So, brew two bags of tea and let them cool before plac­ing them under your eyes.
  • Ele­vat­ed Head - while sleep­ing, try adding an extra pil­low to cre­ate more of an angle. This will help the grav­i­ty pull the flu­ids out, and reduce any unwant­ed reten­tion.
  • Reduce Salt Intake — avoid salty foods
  • Min­i­mize diuret­ic drinks - caf­feine and alco­hol are two big caus­es of flu­id reten­tion. They act as diuret­ics, which pull water from tis­sues. This caus­es the tis­sues under­neath the eyes to look sag­gy and deflat­ed.
  • Don’t smoke - not only can the smoke cause eye irri­ta­tion, nico­tine can dis­rupt nor­mal sleep­ing pat­terns, which can lead to an exces­sive buildup of flu­id around the eyes. Smok­ing also pro­duces sub­stances with­in the body that breaks down the col­la­gen (the nat­ur­al elas­tic com­po­nent of the skin).
  • Aller­gy med­ica­tions - if your puffy under eye bags are caused by aller­gies, get­ting on an aller­gy med­ica­tion can solve your prob­lem, along with your aller­gies.
  • Make­up - this is a two-way tip because make­up can be used to hide bags under­neath the eyes, but make­up can also cause prob­lems if it is not removed before going to sleep. So, be sure to always remove make­up entire­ly before going to bed, and if the above-men­tioned tips don’t help solve your prob­lem, then try get­ting cre­ative with make­up to con­ceal those bags.

While our staff of award-win­ning sur­geons at Dia­mond Vision can’t help you with the bags under­neath your eyes, we can help pro­vide you with the lat­est and most effec­tive treat­ments and pro­ce­dures to help you see as clear as pos­si­ble.

If you’ve been neglect­ing your vision for a while now, give us a call, and learn how easy bet­ter vision can be achieved. Call us at (888)678‑4341, today, for a free con­sul­ta­tion!

November 30th, 2018|Comments Off on What Causes Bags Under Eyes (How to Get Rid of Them)

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Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.


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