Lower eyelid bags can affect women of any age, and heredity plays a large part in it. While age certainly can cause dark circles, wrinkles and fine lines, and lower eyelid bags, genetics almost insists that if someone in her family has any of these conditions she probably will too. Diet and exercise can also cause bags and dark circles to appear under the lower eyelid. Woman who smoke, or have prolonged exposure to the sun are at a high risk. Poor diet that results in sudden weight gain or weight loss can begin to alter the shape of the eyelid causing it to drop over time. Like every other part of the human body, as a woman ages her skin will begin to drop and sag, even around the lower eyelid.
Lower eyelid bags are caused by sagging dropping skin. Combined with dark circles, a woman can appear tired and lifeless. To help correct these problems there are treatments that can help.
Creams for Dark Circles
There are creams available for treating and lightening dark circles under the eye. For best results, a dermatologist should be consulted since some whitening creams can be hazardous to a woman’s health. Other creams that are safer to use normally contain a concealer too. While this may not cure the problem, the dark circles can be masked with the cream concealers.
Less Invasive Options
If surgery is not an option, there are less invasive procedures that can help minimize the appearance of dark circles and deep wrinkles that could be causing lower eyelid bags. Facials and microdermabrasion treatments can help to smooth out smaller wrinkles and even skin tone. To tighten sagging skin, chemical peels can help to temporarily tighten the skin around the eye reducing the appearance of under eye bags. Chemical are harsh and can be dangerous around the sensitive under eye skin. While laser treatments and pulse light therapy may not reduce lower eyelid bags, it can help to reduce or eliminate dark circles under the eyes. Finally, whitening creams are an option for treating dark circles under the lower eyelid.
Lower Eyelid Bags and Surgery Options
There are two different types of surgery for removing lower eyelid bags. Transconjunctival Lower Blepharoplasty is considered a minor procedure that does not leave a scar. Usually preformed with a local anesthesia, this quick surgery removes the excess fat in the lower eyelid and does not require the lower lid to be cut. Instead, a small cut is made inside of the lower lid to remove the excess fat. If the lower lid needs to be tightened, sutures can be used in the outer corners.
The other type of lower eyelid bag surgery is the Standard Lower Lid Blepharoplasty. Instead of the small incision being made on the inside of the lower lid, the cut is made on the outside. This leaves a visible scar which can be excessive if mistakes are made.
While both of these surgeries eliminate lower lid bags and can help to tighten sagging eyelids. There is always the risk of altering the shape of the eyes. In many cases this can be corrected with a simple injection of a facial filler.
With a very limited recovery time, depending on whether any type of sedation was used during the surgery, many women can resume their daily schedule within hours. With minimal risk involved, surgery to correct lower eyelid bags may be the perfect solution.
Lower eyelid bags are caused by pockets of fat being deposited in the lower eyelid. If surgery is the right solution, then contacting a licensed ophthalmic plastic surgeon can help a woman get started on having a brighter and younger looking appearance.