Baggy Eyelids: Causes and Treatments

Baggy under-eyes add years to your appearance or cause those around you to ask why you’re so tired. If you’re like many people, though, you may think that under-eye bags develop simply due to a lack of sleep and you may believe that it’s difficult to eliminate or even minimize them.

The truth is that eye bags can form for one of a variety of reasons; sometimes, it can be a combination of factors. Although eye bags can develop in 20-something women and men, they are more common in people who are middle-aged and older. While sagging under-eyes don’t normally cause pain or affect your vision, regardless of the cause, eye bags are a nuisance because of how they affect your appearance.

Causes of Under-Eye Bags

A variety of factors contribute to the development of eye bags – sometimes, it’s a combination of factors. Causes include:

  • Heredity
  • Facial fat loss
  • Thin eyelid skin

Other causes (often temporary):

  • Allergies
  • Not enough sleep
  • Dermatitis with redness and itching
  • Rapid weight loss that causes volume loss in your cheeks
  • Fluid retention
  • Hormones
  • Salty foods
  • Weather changes (heat and humidity)
  • Overindulgence in skin care products
  • Retinol, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid are great for your complexion, but applying too much or rubbing it too close to your sensitive eyes can lead to irritation
  • Shampoos, conditioners, and facial cleansers
  • Hypoallergenic products can minimize this risk

Treatment Options

A type of eyelid surgery known as a lower blepharoplasty is a common option. A blepharoplasty specifically corrects excess skin and fat in the upper and/or lower eyelids.

Dr. McFate is fully trained with the most current techniques of blepharoplasty, and he looks forward to meeting with you to discuss if a blepharoplasty is the right procedure for you. Contact us here at Precision Plastic Surgery to get started today. Consultations are free.

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