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Bags under the eyes are experienced by many people as they age. While this condition is typically not a sign of any serious medical condition, it can cause a tired appearance that some people wish to correct using cosmetic treatments.

Eyesthetica, a premier facial surgery practice in Los Angeles, offers a number of procedures to treat bags under the eyes and other problems with the lower eyelids. In this post, our cosmetic eye and facial surgeons discuss the causes of bags under the eyes and several treatment options.

The Causes of Puffy, Swollen Eyes

The muscles that support your eyelids can weaken as you age. This causes some of the fatty tissues supporting the eyes to drop into the area below your eyes. Excess skin and fluid buildup can also contribute to the appearance of bags under the eyes.

Puffy eyes are a common symptom of the aging process, but may also be caused by hereditary factors or lifestyle choices. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, it could worsen the appearance of bags under your eyes.

Even with good lifestyle behaviors, some people can’t eliminate the puffiness under their eyes. Several types of cosmetic treatments are available to reduce bags under the eyes and rejuvenate your face’s appearance.

Cosmetic Treatments for Sagging Eyelids

The most common procedure for treating bags under the eyes is lower eyelid surgery, known as lower blepharoplasty. This involves using an incision that is carefully hidden inside the lower eyelid, then removing or repositioning the fatty tissue in the lower eyelid to achieve a more refreshed appearance.

A skilled oculoplastic surgeon will be sure to retain a natural look and maintain the function of the lower eyelid muscles. Some patients will be satisfied with lower blepharoplasty as a standalone procedure, while others may prefer to have the lower eyelid surgery in conjunction with other treatment options.

For example, patients who have a hollowed-out appearance under their eyes may want to use a filler such as Restylane to complement their lower eyelid procedure. The lower eyelids can also be tightened by removing a small portion of skin and reattaching the remaining edges. Each patient has unique goals and cosmetic issues which require a personalized cosmetic solution.

Schedule Your Appointment with an Experienced Oculoplastic Surgeon

Learn more about lower eyelid surgery by talking to experienced eye and face cosmetic surgeons at Eyesthetica. Schedule an appointment at one of our six Los Angeles locations by emailing or calling (213) 451-6824 today.