Eye Bags FAQ

Q: My eyes are puffy first thing in the morning. Are these puffy areas eye bags?

  • A: No, they are not, not yet, anyhow. If dealt with immediately, the skin will spring back into its natural position once the swelling subsides. If left untreated, however, proper eye bags are likely to develop sooner or later.

Q: What are eye bags?

  • A: Eye bags are wads of loose skin sagging down below the eyes. They are caused by a combination of genetic disposition and aging skin naturally losing its elasticity and consequently not being able to pull back and tighten itself after fluid retention or other causes created puffiness of the area.

Q: What causes puffy eyes?

  • A: There are natural deposits of fat tissue behind the skin. They are held in place by ligaments. Fluid retention, coupled with a weaking of ligaments, surrounding capillaries and other tissue due to aging, can result in the fat tissue being pushed forward or expanded, resulting in the puffiness.

Q: My parents had eye bags at a relatively young age. Will I get them?

  • A: Yes, a genetic disposition to develop eye bags is hereditary. Weak capillaries, ligaments and other skin tissue, the main causes of eye bags, are all the result of an individual’s genetic composition and therefore hereditary.

Q: I have always suffered from puffy eyes, but they used to subside. Now I have noticed that I am developing eye bags. Why is that?

  • A: As a person ages, capillaries and ligaments weaken, making the occurence of puffy eyes more likely. In addition, skin loses its ability to produce sufficient amounts of collagen and elastin, both necessary to maintain elasticity and tightness. This makes it impossible for the skin to tighten again after it has been stretched by puffiness, resulting in eye bags.

Q: Can puffiness under eyes be reduced?

  • A: Yes. There are some very simple home remedies to reduce puffiness and eye bags, as well as some excellent organic creams that assist the skin in maintaining youthful strength and elasticity. Often, simply changing one’s life style, such as getting more sleep, stopping smoking, adopting a healthier diet or reducing coffee, alcohol and/ or salt intake can make a huge difference.

Q: Can you suggest some home remedies for eye bags?

  • A: A very simple method of reducing eye bags consists of placing very cold spoons onto the affected area for a couple of minutes. Tea bags, cucumber or potato slices and cold compresses placed onto closed eyes are also very effective, although all of these remedies will require time.

Q: Someone told me that tea bags are effective in reducing the puffiness under eyes. Is that true, and why?

  • A: Yes, tea bags can help to reduce eye bags and puffiness. In particular white, green and black tea varieties are known to help. This is because the natural caffeine contained within tea helps to draw out excessive fluid and aids lymph drainage. In addition, the astringent properties of tea assist the skin in healing itself, while the coldness provides a soothing, cooling effect.

Q: My eye bags are making me look tired and drawn. I want to look my best for an interview. Is there any way I can hide my eye bags effectively?

  • A: Eye bags can be hidden quite effectively by using a concealer. Most individuals find that using a white or ever so slightly green tinted concealer is best for hiding bags. Concealers in pots are the best choice, as they are applied with a specifically designed brush, thereby reducing drag and avoiding further stretching of the skin. Slightly darker skinned individuals may find a salmon coloured concealer, or one as close to their natural skin tone as possible, more effective.

Q: Can eye bags be prevented?

  • A: Yes. By adopting a healthier life style, such as ensuring sufficient restful sleep, exercising regularly, getting plenty of fresh air and eating healthily, a person can improve their overall health and subsequently reduce the risk of developing eye bags. Cutting out alcohol, salt and caffeine will avoid dehydration and fluid retention, removing one of the main causes of bags.

Q: Are there many differences in all the eye creams available?

  • A: Absolutely. Many eye creams still contain synthetic ingredients. These should be avoided, as they often irritate the skin. Hypo allergenic, organic creams using only the finest natural ingredients are the best, most efficient and effective options.

Q: I have tried every home remedy and eye cream on the planet, but nothing seems to reduce my eye bags. What can I do?

  • A: If a healthy life style has been adopted, a necessity for home remedies and creams to be effective, the first thing is to ensure that there is no underlying medical condition, such as thyroid or kidney problems, by seeking medical advice. Dealing with such conditions usually results in a reduction of the eye bags as well.

If there is no such illness causing the problem, and the bags really are simply a result of genetic disposition and aging, the last resort may be to undergo surgery to have them removed. Eye lid surgery, known as blepharoplasty, very effectively removes bags and should last for many years.

Q: My eye bags are very heavy and nothing will reduce them. A friend suggested having them removed through surgery. Is eye lid surgery safe?

  • A: Eye lid surgery, like any other invasive procedure, carries risks. As a rule, however, side effects and complications are rare and easily treatable.

Q: Can anybody have eye lid surgery?

  • A: There are some medical conditions that greatly heighten the risk of serious complications during or after eye lid surgery. Some of these conditions include high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease; Graves’ disease or hyperthyroidism; tear duct problems and a condition generally referred to as Dry Eye, as well as glaucoma, a detached retina and diabetes. Depending on the severity of a present condition, the individual may be advised not to have the surgery.
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