Under Eye Bags

Are you tired of people saying you look tired—even when you got a full night’s sleep? Or do your eyes show the world how over-worked and under-rested you really are? Whether due to genetics, fatigue, or the natural aging process, under-eye bags and a tired appearance are a common concern for women and men alike.

Puffy or swollen eyes can be caused by water retention, stress, allergies, hay fever, hormonal changes, alcohol consumption and a high sodium intake. Crying doesn’t help either, as the glands around the eyelids that produce tears become inflamed from too much activity. Flying and lack of sleep are some other common contributors.

1. Injectable Fillers

Hyaluronic acid-based fillers, such as those in the Juvéderm (Allergan) and Restylane (Galderma) ranges, as well as Belotero (Merz) are worth a shot when your eyes need a scalpel-free lift. The different variations can be used to smooth fine fines, fill under-eye hollows and camouflage darkness.

Now that there are formulations made specifically for different issues and areas, eye rejuvenation with injectables can be completely customized for the most natural-looking results—and improvement can last for up to one year or more.

“New injectable fillers are getting better and better. I explain to patients that the fillers differ in consistency, ability to add volume (or lift) and in longevity. Some have a thin consistency to treat fine lines, others are firm and globular that can add significant volume and lift. The choice of product depends on the areas the patient wants to treat and the results they are seeking,” explains Dr. Brown from Wellness Med Art.

2. Botox

Another highly effective way to reduce the fine lines and wrinkles that appear when you squint or smile is Botox Cosmetic, Dysport or such alike, which are FDA approved neurotoxins on the market. These injectable treatments minimize the muscle contractions that lead to visible wrinkles associated with facial expressions, and results last for three to four months until the muscle movement gradually returns.

They can also be used to smooth furrows between the brows and horizontal lines across the forehead, as well as to give the brows a little lift. Minimizing muscle movement in the upper third of the face can have a profound anti-aging effect on the eye area, and can also help prevent visible wrinkles when the face is at rest.

“Botox has become almost an essential. No wonder – it works so well to help soften lines and wrinkles and prevents them from settling into your face and becoming permanent,” says Dr. Brown from Wellness Med Art. “Everyone loves the results, but maintenance is needed about two to three times a year.”