These kinds of problems usually start small. First, you may notice an insignificant puffy “pillow” under the lower eye lid. When untreated, however, this can worsen over time and you can develop a typical dark circled eye bag.
Why do the puffy pillows occur and how does it happen? Experts say that one cause is the natural aging process. Ligaments hold in place the fat that is naturally under the eyes. Over time the ligaments weaken which allows the fat to push forward and create the puffiness under your eye.
Gradually the puff grows in size. When the skin becomes less elastic, loose “bags” of skin form below the lower lid. How early on this will happen to your eyes is highly dependent on how your parents looked at your age and when their problems began.
Inheritance is most influential. How soon a person develops this problem can be determined by structural, anatomic or genetic issues.
Heredity is not the only cause. Another cause is lifestyle. The amount of sleep you get matters very much. Eating salty foods can make you retain water. Even regular physical activity is a factor that can determine how soon the bags will form.
Processes like the repeated swelling and deflating caused by a chronic sinus condition or a nasal allergy can influence the loosening of the skin and eventually contribute to the formation of the bags. If your nose is stuffy and you’re experiencing pain over the cheek bone or the brow, or if your eyes are watery and itchy (and of course puffy) you should visit an allergist. Treating an underlying sinus condition or an allergy can often help substantially reduce the puffiness.
An extra pillow under your head or a wedge to prop your head up higher when you sleep may be of some help. These are ways of creating some drainage which provides relief. It can also reduce the puffiness of the eyes in the morning.
How to treat the puffy area under the eyes:
Covering the bags under the eyes with frozen tea bags, with the back of a very cold spoon or with cucumber slices are some of the most popular treatments that provide relief for some time. The low temperature that temporarily helps to reduce the swelling is why this treatment works.
The natural anti-inflammatory chemical known as EGCG that green tea bags contain can work very well to reduce the build-up of fluid that increases the puffiness.
Injections of wrinkle fillers like Juvederm or Restylane can help if you’re looking to temporarily fix the problem.
This kind of injection is directed just under the puffy area to level out the skin and fill out the indentation created by the puffiness. Afterwards, a Botox injection helps to remove the lines. The eye looks younger altogether. Though this procedure can work when the puffiness and baggy eyes begin to develop, when the condition returns after 8 or 9 months the injections have to be repeated and this can cost up to several thousand dollars every time.
A surgical eyelift is the only procedure that can provide permanent results that will last up to 20 years or more. The surgeon injects a very small electronic probe into the puffy pillow and melts the fat. This can be fully sufficient for younger people. More aged skin has probably lost elasticity in this area, so the excess skin will need to be pulled up and tucked just below the lower lash line or inside it. A smooth, even a much younger looking eye can be guaranteed.
This is an outpatient procedure and lasts about an hour. The eyelift only requires local anesthesia and light sedation. The healing takes about two weeks, although many patients can go out after 8 days with little covering make up.
$6,000 dollars, the price in some areas of the country, can seem high, but the result is definitely long lasting.
“Raccoon eyes” is another condition besides the puffy eye bags that many people battle daily. Varying degrees of darkness under the lower lid can make even the most vital person appear tired, worn out and older than their real age. One reason that makes this problem so difficult to remove is its frequent misidentification as the experts point out.
“Dark circles” is the name of the condition that many label as “raccoon eyes”, but it is actually less common. What really happens in most cases is that the dark shadows, not the same as dark circles, frequently develop along with the puffiness and are caused by the same aging process.
The “tear through” is the area on either side of the bridge of the nose close to the eye where the muscles and ligaments hold up the skin. Over time this can weaken. Without this supporting structure the skin loosens and creates an indentation, this is often called the “gutter” effect. The build-up of puffiness in the adjacent area, the “gutter”, casts a shadow on the skin below which optically creates a dark circle.
To find out whether it really is just an illusion you can pull the lower eyelid skin taunt, if the dark shadows disappear you will know you don’t have dark circles. In this case the procedure that treats this problem is the same as for puffiness. A wrinkle injection will make the darkness disappear.
However, if you find out that when you pull the skin the discoloration is still visible, you really have dark circles. This can frequently be a part of the aging process. The skin naturally thins and causes the netting of reddish-blue blood vessels to show from underneath. This is the dark circle that you see.
Different types of laser or Intense Pulse Light treatments are the most common solutions in this case. Heat is used to vaporize the extra vessels in order to make their color less noticeable under the skin.
Pigmentation issues can often result in creation of the dark circles under your eyes. This is a common problem for African-Americans as well as Asians. Skin-lightening treatments can help in this case. Hydroquinone or kojic are also used to treat the skin in order to even out its tone and make the darkened areas less noticeable.
Even though medical treatments usually offer the longer lasting results, much immediate improvement can simply be achieved with make-up. The art of “cover-up” combined with proper skin care can instantly make your eyes look better.
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