Eye bags can make a person look tired and years older than they really are. It can even have a number of causes. From stress and allergies to hormonal changes, high sodium intake and skin laxity, swollen, puffy eyes can have many contributors. While some causes of eye bags can be treated or prevented, others are more difficult to manage.
For many individuals, hollows and eye bags develop in their 30s and worsen over time. While anyone can get them, they are also associated with extended exposure to sunlight, smoking, and similar factors.
The natural aging process can also greatly affect the skin. By the time we reach our 40s, many of us have some degree of hollowing occurring on the face. While getting enough sleep and eating healthy can help reduce the appearance of eye bags, leading a healthy lifestyle isn’t always enough.
On these occasions, many men and women turn to safe, non-surgical eye bag removal to restore a fresher appearance. However, treatment options varies from restoring volume below the eyes to applying lightening products depending on the causes of the eye bags and dark circle.
At the Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore, we start with a computerized skin analysis and consultation to identify the suitable treatments for each skin concerns. We provide several treatment options designed to reduce the appearance of eye bags for a more youthful look. Learn more about these treatment options and how they work.
Eyebags Caused by Volume Loss
If the cause of the eye bags are hollowness or loss of fat under the eyes, eye fillers can instantly help to reduce the appearance of eye bags. Eye fillers for dark circles or eye bags such as Juvederm Volbella, a hyaluronic acid filler which is ideal for the under-eye area as it molds very well with the surrounding tissues and has minimal swelling.
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in our body and so our body recognizes it as ‘its own’ hence, the filler gradually disappears as the body metabolizes the substance.
Injectable dermal fillers under eyes help to enhance shallow contours, remove eye wrinkles, and soften facial creases. The number of injections you’ll need and the depth of these injections will depend on the type of filler used and the severity of the eye bags. There is little to no discomfort as numbing cream can be applied on the area before the treatment begins.
Most dermal fillers last one to two years. Although there is no downtime following your filler treatment, it is best to avoid sun bathing and hot activities until any redness and swelling disappear. Also, avoid exercise and alcohol for at least six hours following your treatment.
Under Eye Bags Caused by Skin Laxity
If laxity of looseness of skin the main culprit for your eye bags, skin tightening treatments are a great way to build collagen and restore firmness of the skin.
Exilis Ultra is the first and currently the only device to simultaneously combine radiofrequency with ultrasound energy to tighten skin around the eyes.
Like dermal fillers, Exilis Ultra results in little to no discomfort and you can return to your normal activities directly after a session. The technology is also safe as it uses an Energy Flow Control system that ensures the energy is monitored at all times.
Exilis Ultra uses controlled heating to deliver energy deep into the tissues. Throughout the process, the skin’s temperature is closely regulated to ensure safety and comfort of the patient. The procedure is not painful and feels similar to a hot stone massage. It is performed while you are lying on down so you can easily relax throughout the therapy. Most patients experience visible results with at least four to eight sessions.
Dark Circles Caused by Blood Leakage
The skin under the eyes is very thin and is very susceptible to discoloration. Despite general opinions, dark circles beneath the eyes are not primarily due to tiredness and stress.
One of the causes is fragile vessels under the eyes that leak hemoglobin (iron pigment). As hemoglobin breaks down, pigment leaks from very fragile veins around the eyes leaving dark stains resulting to the formation of dark circles. It can be difficult to remove and it is almost similar to a tattoo.
Fortunately, Lasers such as Laser Genesis are able to dissolve the straining as well as tighten the skin around the eyes. Laser Genesis is a skin rejuvenation device made by Cutera which is a US FDA-cleared treatment.
This treatment has no downtime where you can go back to your normal activities after the treatment. At least five sessions are recommended to see noticeable results.
Dark Circles Caused by Skin Pigmentation
Another cause for dark under eye circles is hereditary melanin pigmentation in the deeper layers of the skin. If you’re parents have dark eye circles, chances are you may get them too.
For this kind of concerns, lightening creams such as our Dr. Sylvia’s Skin Lightening System, which contains Hydroquinone, can help. Hydroquinone is a well-known and proven lightening ingredient that, when used properly, can effectively treat pigmentation.
Although hydroquinone is safe, it can only be bought through our doctor’s prescription. Dr. Sylvia Ramirez, our Harvard-trained Medical Director and aesthetic doctor, may recommend one product over the other depending on the depth of the skin pigmentation that you have. She usually prescribes additional creams to enhance the treatment effect.
In summary, looking refresh and youthful has never been so attainable with these non-surgical treatment options to remove eyebags and dark circles. But in order to know which dark circle or eye bag removal treatment is necessary, a computerized skin analysis is needed to determine the specific cause which should then be followed by a consultation with a qualified aesthetic doctor.
To schedule a consultation and find out which treatment is suitable for you, please contact Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore.