Bags under the eyes and how to handle them

Bags under the eyes and how to handle them

Bags under the eyes or “Periorbital Puffiness” is most usually resolved if you have a good rest and adequate sleep. But those who have a serious problem with bags under their eyes know that this is not so easy.

What are bags under the eyes and how are they formed?

Bags under the eyes may include mild swelling, relaxed skin and / or dark circles around the eyes or just under the eyes. It is true they do not look representative, but these are usually harmless and do not require medical help, as this is a phenomenon that can happen to each of us, and under certain circumstances.

However, if you have: dark, serious, persistent bags followed by redness, itching or pain, you may need to contact your doctor because you already know that they are not very easy to get rid of.

Also, if you notice redness, itching, or pain in other parts of your body, you may have an allergic reaction and you may need professional medical attention.

The doctor should also exclude all other possible and potentially life-threatening causes that may contribute to swelling such as thyroid, kidney or certain infections in the body.

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Bags Under the Eyes and Risk Factors

Different types of bags may appear in different shapes. So in some cases they may be reddish, bruised or just as relaxed tissue located underneath the eyes. As you age, tissue structures and muscles supporting the eyelids are weakened with collagen loss. This weakening of the tissue can cause the skin to begin to relax.

The fat usually found in the eye area can be pushed into the area under the eyes, accumulate fluid and make the area under the eyes swollen.

Some factors that can trigger bags under the eyes include:

  • Your body retaining fluids due to changes in the environment
  •  Hormone levels
  • Consuming salty foods
  • Insufficient sleep
  • Allergies
  • Dermatitis, especially if it is accompanied by redness and itching, and inheritance

Bags under your eyes are common in old age, but they are more and more common among young people, primarily because of an unhealthy lifestyle. Going to sleeping in the later hours (sleeplessness), smoking, drinking alcohol, unhealthy eating, and other bad habits.

These bags are usually just a factor of cosmetic care and a rare sign of a serious medical condition. They are not a cause for panic, but they should not be ignored, and one should pay attention to all the possible causes to their emergence. Therefore, if you are unable to find out the cause of your own Periorbital puffiness, contact your doctor who can help you.

It is good to know that there are natural medicines, such as cold wraps, which can help you improve the appearance of the bags.

Possible ways to resolve Periorbital Puffiness

These bags maybe caused due to some bad therapies with certain medications

If you think that the bags under your eyes are caused by allergies to the medicines you use, then you should check with your physician to use the proper allergy medicines or to change your existing therapy.

Here’s how to get rid of the bags under your eyes:

Different treatments that are normally applied against wrinkles around the eyes are also used to improve the appearance of the bags. This includes laser treatment, chemical peeling and fillers, which can improve the skin’s tone, tighten the skin and reduce the bags under the eyes.

The following tips can help you to reduce or even completely remove the bags under your eyes:

  • If you want to get rid of these bags, make sure that you use cold cloths. Moisten a clean cloth with cold water. While sitting, apply a damp cloth to the skin under and around the eyes for a few minutes using mild pressure. One can use cold linens, cold spoons, cucumber slices, or even cooled wet tea bags with a drop of essential oil of lavender can be used. It should be emphasized here that cold temperature is what makes this a natural remedy for Periorbital Puffiness.


  • Reduce fluid intake before bedtime and reduce the amount of salt in your diet. This will reduce the retention of liquids that can cause the bags under the eyes.


  • Do not smoke. Smoking can aggravate the problem of these bags!


  • The basic recommendation you will get when you are wondering how to get rid of these bags is to say – get some sleep. For most adults, 7-9 hours is the recommended amount sleep.


  •  Sleep with a slightly raised head. It may help if you insert an extra pillow or lift your mattress up to elevate your head. This prevents the accumulation of fluid around your eyes while you are asleep. The dark circles are caused by the retention of the fluid in the lower eyelids, which usually disappears when you get up.


  • Remove all make-up before going to bed. Leaving the makeup on the eyes can irritate the eyes, causing swelling – and thus creating those bag. So always make sure to carefully remove the makeup around your eyes.


  • Limit or eliminate alcohol. Alcohol dehydrates the body and skin, and this dehydration can cause the sensitive area around the eyes to look bad. Instead, drink plenty of water.


  • Use a natural cream to care for the area around your eyes. It would be desirable that this cream contains essential oil of frankincense, aloe vera gel, shea butter, coconut oil, vitamin E. These ingredients will help reduce inflammation and regenerate the skin, which can surely help you to get rid of these bags.


  • Increase collagen intake in your diet. Collagen is the most widespread protein in the body, and it is found in the skin. Collagen provides the skin with strength and elasticity, and helps replace the dead skin. The production of collagen naturally begins to slow down with aging, and this process just leads to the appearance of these bags. Therefore, increasing the level of collagen can help your skin look tougher, smoother and helps your skin cells regenerate normally. Try chicken or a collagen supplement, such as collagen in a powder form in order to maximize your intake.

Can the surgery help you get rid of the bags under your eyes?

For persistent or disturbingly swollen periorbital bags, which do not resolve themselves and cannot be resolved using natural methods, eyelid surgery can be an option.

Therefore, depending on what causes the bags, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can be a treatment option. In this case, during blepharoplasty, a plastic surgeon removes excess fat through a cut in the natural upper eyelet or inside the lower eyelid.


Then the skin is then rejoined with tiny, soluble stitches, which do not leave any visible scars behind.


If you need more detailed information, call Atlas General Hospital phone service and schedule consultations with a doctor or aesthetic surgeon: +381 11 785 88 88