Many women in Tampa wonder what causes the bags under the eyes and what can be done to make the ugly bags disappear.  In our younger years, bags under the eyes were usually a result of a lack of sleep, allergies, a cold or simply too much salt in the diet.  These temporary problems would allow fluid to gather under the eyes causing the bags.  But as we get older, the dark circles can be created by an entirely different set of issues that may not be as easy to fix.

The easiest way to diagnose whether the bags under the eyes are caused by fluid retention is to apply something cold under the eyes for a few minutes, like a chilled spoon or cucumber slices.  If the swelling goes down and skin under the eyes appears lighter, then the bags will likely be a short term problem.  If you have tried the quick cool remedy and the bags remain, then it may be age or loss of volume in the skin under the eyes.

Age Related Bags Under the Eyes

As people get older, there are many shifts that occur in the facial tissue.  One common reason that bags develop is that the fat in the underlying layer of the skin diminishes or migrates due to gravity.  This also happens because the connective properties of the skin weaken and because the skin becomes looser and more translucent.  This exposes blood vessels which may look dark against the outer tissue.  The thinning skin can also allow the orbital bones to show through creating the dark circles.

For some people, the issue is something that is inherited.  This occurs more often in people of Asian or African descent but can happen to Caucasians as well.  In most cases, it is the aging process that creates bags that simply will not go away – no matter how healthy or rested.  The delicate skin under the eyes is often one of the first areas affected by aging and may appear as early as age 30 in some people.   If the darkness is created as a result of a hollowing under the eyes, then make-up can be an interim way to cover up the problem but will not be a long-term solution.

Solution to Reduce Bags Under the Eyes

If the dark shadows remain throughout the day and cannot be reduced by more sleep or a cold compress, then dermal fillers may be the answer.  An experienced plastic surgeon can inject a dermal filler such as Juvederm or Restylane to restore the volume under the eyes.  This will restore a younger natural look to the skin and is a quick way to remove the dark circles.  If this is something you wish to consider, make sure that you choose a well-qualified medical professional that has shown good results with such a procedure.  In the Tampa area, Dr. Dominic Castellano is one facial plastic surgeon that has seen how effective dermal fillers can be in counteracting the effects of aging.  Dr. Dominic is a master with injectable products and knows how to administer the fillers in the proper amounts to provide the most natural appearance.  Done correctly, fillers can mimic the youthful look by correcting the contours of the eye socket.

In severe cases, blepharoplasty may be called for to provide a permanent solution to cure the bags under the eyes.  In some patients, the lower eyelids lose their elasticity and sag, forming the deep dark pockets under the eyes.  The lower eyelids may also become puffy as fat settles into the eyelid creating shadows beneath the eye.   Lower lid blepharoplasty treats the puffiness by removing or repositioning the excess fat.   The lids can also be tightened through surgery to restore a more youthful and rested appearance.

Bags Under the Eyes Require a Specialist

If you are concerned about the bags under your eyes and would like to seek a long-term solution, then seek out a good plastic surgeon to give you an examination.   At Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, you can schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Dominic.  He can make a recommendation on the best way to restore your appearance and reduce the bags under your eyes.

Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility located in Tampa Florida. Medical Director, Dr. Dominic Castellano, is a highly respected, board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. The medical team is well trained and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and injectable procedures.  Call (813) 975-3223 today to schedule your complimentary visit or go to our website for more information:

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