1st November 2018

How Does Eye Bag Surgery Work?

Last Modified: June 10, 2023

The global market for cosmetic surgery and services is already worth more than £37.35 billion and experts predict that it'll grow to more than £48 billion by 2028.

The UK has a large share of this growth. Every year, cosmetic surgeons operated on tens of thousands of patients. In addition, 31% of adults in the UK are interested in having cosmetic surgery in the future.

One of the treatments that seem to have really gained momentum and become increasingly popular is eye bag surgery. After all, how our eyes look has an immense impact on how youthful and attractive someone looks.

That's right. Science says that the shape of the eyes and the surrounding area can make us look younger (or older!).

But what's eye bag removal and how can it help? Read on to find out all about it!

Why Bags Under the Eyes Develop in the first place

You've heard it before: the eyes are the windows to the soul.

But that's not just a "saying". How the eyes and the eye area look also reveals something about our physical and mental health. That's why other people can tell from your eyes whether you're happy, worried, anxious or sleep-deprived.

So if you're sporting bags under your eyes, most people will immediately think that you haven't been sleeping well. You may even look like a sad person to others!

But lack of sleep isn't the only cause of bags under the eyes. They're also a sign of ageing.

Our skin loses moisture and elasticity as we age (as early as in our 20s for some). Since this is the thinnest part of your face, it's the most affected by the loss of moisture and elasticity. this causes the eye fat padding to drop and form somewhat of a bump under the eyes.

But that doesn't mean you should readily give in to the effects of time. Minimally invasive eye bag surgery can breathe life back into your tired, dull-looking eyes.

So how does under-eye bags surgery work?

First things first: you've both surgical and non-surgical options to get rid of eye bags.

If you're ready to go under the knife, you should consider lower blepharoplasty. This procedure removes hooding ( excess skin, fat (the bags themselves) or both.

If you've had extremely loose skin in this area, your cosmetic surgeon may also recommend this procedure. An incision is made under your lower lash line to remove the excess fat or skin.

Once you've recovered, you'll see rejuvenated, more youthful-looking eyes.

Keep in mind, however, that recovery often takes several weeks. Mild discomfort is also common in the first few days. It can take up to two weeks for bruising to disappear.

How about the Non-Surgical Approach?

If you don't want to go under the knife, dermal fillers may be the right solution. There's no surgery, just simple injections to conceal the bags under the eyes.

Dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid. This is a natural substance (i.e. it occurs in the body) that helps to increase or restore the volume of soft tissue.

If your bags under the eyes are from sagging cheeks, dermal fillers can plump your cheeks again. The injectables can smooth out the area under your eyes and cheeks. This smoother transition from the eye area to the cheeks then helps to remove the appearance of under-eye bags.

Dermal fillers can also help with bags under the eyes caused by excess fat. However, this still depends on your facial anatomy. The doctor of your choice will determine this through a full assessment and mapping of your face.

The faster and safer way: non-surgical eye bag removal

Since you don't have to undergo surgery with dermal fillers, recovery is also a breeze. You can even go back to work the same day you've been treated. It's up to you if you want to rest overnight.

Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you may see some redness or be a little sensitive. This can happen within the first week after treatment, but it's rare.

In any case, the downtime with dermal fillers is minimal to non-existent. You'll also notice the effect much sooner than with surgery.

You can also get dermal fillers for many other problem areas on your face. Whether you've smile lines or marionette lines, you can smooth them out with fillers. They can also help reduce the appearance of vertical lip lines.

Profhilo: Another gamechanger in the world of eye bag removal

Like dermal fillers, the Profhilo treatment also uses hyaluronic acid. It helps you get rid of your bags by plumping and tightening the skin. The difference is the formulation of Profhilo.

Think of it this way: dermal fillers help create volume, while Profhilo moisturises. Instead of enhancing specific areas of the face, Profhilo rejuvenates the entire face.

Besides the face, this skincare treatment works wonders on other areas with thin or sagging skin. Do you suffer from sagging neck or flabby skin on your arms or knees? Then Profhilo is a treatment option you should try.

Do you want to learn:

  • The main benefits of tear trough fillers
  • The best place to get tear trough fillers
  • And how tear trough fillers work?

If that’s so then check out our next article for you here - Tear Trough and Eye Rejuvenation – Things to Know 

Don't let eye bags give you an older, perpetually tired look

Remember that your eyes can either make you look trustworthy or give you a depressed look. Since you don't want the latter, it's time to take care of your bags.

Again, eye bag surgery isn't the only way to get rid of these unwanted skin problems. It's best to take as much time as you need to explore non-surgical options.

Contact us now to learn more about dermal fillers and Profhilo treatment. You should also visit our Ask Aesthetica page. Here you'll find answers to cosmetic questions you've always.

Post Reviewed by: Dr Baldeep Farmah
Medically Reviewed on: 1st November 2018
Dr Baldeep Farmah is the Medical Director and lead Doctor of Dr Aesthetica, a Medical Aesthetic Clinic.

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