I went to the airport last month for a conference and they wanted to charge me for excess baggage. Eight hours, and three time zones later I checked into the hotel, exhausted. When I looked in the mirror I realized there were two bags I wished I could have checked, they were under my eyes.
Genetics and aging are the main culprits behind under eye bags. I’m fortunate that my baggy eyes were the result of not enough sleep. Salt, too much sun, and stress can contribute too. Salty foods, and allergies can make a baggy problem baggier. The bags are actually small packets of fat around the lower eyelids that succumb to gravity and fall and push out. To make matters worse, the skin around the eye is some of the thinnest skin on your body so it will probably show your age before anywhere else.
How you sleep may also play a factor in baggy and puffy eyes. Fluids tend to pool around your eyes when you sleep. If you sleep on the side of your face you are inviting unattractive problems. Try sleeping on your back and tuck an extra pillow behind your head to ensure that the fluids pool up somewhere else…God forbid.
Dr. Shoib Myint, the internationally recognized plastic surgeon and founder of Myint Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery says surgery is the best remedy for chronic baggy eyes. “Lower Blepharoplasty, or lower eyelid lift is a fairly simple procedure but slightly more complex than an upper eyelid lift. It is a permanent solution to the problem”, say Dr. Myint. “I call this bladeless blepharoplasty mainly because I don’t use a blade and there are no visible scars as the procedure is done from the inside of the eyelid. If there is hollowness under the eyes that accompany the fat then a fat transposition lower blepharoplasty is performed. Instead of removing the fat, it is moved into the hollow area. This fat does well because it is still connected to the blood supply, unlike other surgeries where fat is moved from one part of the body to another.”
Lower blepharoplasty is performed with local anesthesia and lasts anywhere from one to two hours. Recovery time is usually at least one week. Extremely small sutures are sometimes placed with little chance of noticeable scarring. The price to alleviate those unsightly bags will cost anywhere from $3,000-$5,000 depending on where the surgery is performed.
If you haven’t lived with baggy eyes since your youth try a little lifestyle change. If that doesn’t improve things by all means think about lower eye lid surgery. It’s time to leave that excess baggage behind.
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