Overview: Eye bags and dark circles

Eye bags, dark circles under the eye and puffy eyes are some of the most common complaints people make about their appearance.  They can affect the way you feel, and make you look tired, older than you years and less approachable.

Facial features change naturally as you get older and the eyes are some of the most sensitive areas where these changes are most noticeable. The skin around the eye area can begin to change in texture and lose elasticity which can lead to eye bags forming.

This, for some people is a big concern as eye bags are generally associated with aging. As skin ages it begins to lose its youthfulness and may begin to excessively store liquid in the skin tissue under the eye, which is how eye bags are formed.

Having said that, there are many ways to prolong the appearance of eye bags and dark circle around they eye. Or, if they have already started developing, it is possible to have treatment to remove them to regain a more youthful appearance.

What causes eye bags and dark circles?

Sleep – It’s well known that lack of sleep is a significant contributor to the development of eye bags and dark circles around the eye. It’s believed the lack of sleep prevents the body from resetting itself and flushing out excess liquid from the body. Instead, excess water gathers in skin tissue under the eyes to form puffy eye bags. Having a good 8 hours sleep per night is thought to reduce the likelihood of eye bags and circles forming.

Age – Aging is an inevitable part of life. As we get older fat and tissue under the eye start to soften and loosen. This then gives the appearance of puffy bags under the eye. Muscle tissue which usual holds fat into place will also weaken over time and can cause sink to sag and make eye bags more visible.

As we get older the skin begins to lose fat and collagen, especially around the eyes. The lack of fat and collagen will mean the skin appears thinner than usually, making veins visible, and resulting in dark circles.

Lifestyle – Although its not possible to completely blame your lifestyle for the formation of eye bags and dark circles, there is a strong correlation between an unhealth lifestyle and the signs of aging.

Hydration is extremely important. Anything that can cause dehydration, like the over use of salt in food or having too much alcohol, is a likely contributor to the cause of eye bags. Your body naturally holds on to excess fluid to avoid further dehydration and, as previously mentioned, the excess fluid can be stored in the skin under the eyes.

Smoking – Cigarettes can damage the skin by killing healthy cells in the body that would normally produce collagen, which is a protein that gives skin strength and elasticity. This can significantly affect the aging process and increase lines and wrinkles in the skin. The cigarette fumes contacting the skin can also dehydrate the skin and accelerate the development of eye bags.

Allergies – When you experience an allergic reaction the body releases chemicals which cause parts of the skin to swell and become puffy, commonly around the eyes. Reactions like this increase fluid build-up under the skin, as a defence mechanism, which further causes eye bags, puffiness and dark circles to appear.

Genetics – For some people the onset of eye bags and circles is a genetic issue. Even so, using the appropriate skin care can reduce the signs.

If it is hereditary, you should be able to see signs from your parents and family.

Medical – There are many medical condition that can cause eye bags, dark circles and general damage to skin to occur. Some medicines used to treat conditions may have some side effect that effect the skin. If you’re on treatment and are experiencing symptoms medical advice from your doctor is recommended.

Benefits of eye bag treatments?

Removing bags or loose skin from around the eyes can help to:

  • Improve confidence and self-esteem
  • Gain a more youthful appearance
  • Appear less tired
  • Improve the balance of facial features.

Why some people want to remove eye bags?

There are many reasons why some people choose to have treatment to remove or improve the appearance of the skin around their eye. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Loose skin around the eyes
  • Excess fat and tissue build-up
  • Wrinkles in the corner, or around, the eyes
  • Excess tissue effecting eyesight
  • Having a tired expression
  • Appearing older than your years.

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Eye bag treatments

If eye bags have become very prominent, using make up to cover it up might not be enough which is why so many people choose to have eye bag removal surgery to get rid skin from around the eyes that has become loose, wrinkled and lost its youthfulness.

Eye bag removal surgery

Eye bag removal surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to remove eye bags. The procedure usually takes one to three hours to complete and can be done using general or local anaesthetic.

The length of time the surgery takes depends on the type of surgery you’re having, above the eye, below the eye or both together.

  • Upper Blepharoplasty surgery
  • Lower Blepharoplasty surgery

Facial peel

Facial peels, or chemical peels, are a non-surgical cosmetic procedure designed to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the face with the use of chemicals.

Generally, facial peels are better suited for fair-skinned patients. If you have darker sink, you may also achieve good results but there is more risk of uneven skin tone.

Facial peels are generally used on the face and neck, and can treat fine lines around the eyes and mouth.

Face lift

Face lift surgery, also known as Rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure designed to reverse the early signs of aging by removing loose skin that has lost its elasticity, specifically focusing around the eyes, mouth and jaw.

It is ideal for treating loose skin around the eye and sagging skin around the face and neck.


Microdermabrasion is a safe, controlled non-surgical cosmetic treatment that exfoliates the surface of the face. The procedure uses fine crystals and a vacuum to remove dead skin cells to rejuvenate the skin.

The purpose of this treatment is to remove fine lines and blemishes and can be used around the eyes.

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Medical Tourism

Travelling abroad for medical treatments can bring with it many advantages. Some of the biggest worries many people have when seeking treatment is the time it takes to have the treatment and how much it will cost. The flexibly of travelling to access good quality treatment means treatments can often be carried out when it suits the patient, and the patient can save money. Having said that, cost should be a part of the consideration, but not the only consideration when choosing a care provider.

As a medical travel facilitator we currently work with highly experienced care providers in Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Turkey.

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