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What Are Eye Bags and What Causes Them?

Significant reduction of your eye bag, or removal, can now be treated non-surgically in Singapore. This has long been desired by patients who are bothered by their eye bags but are not keen to risk surgery, surgical scar, bruising and downtime.

Eye bags can often make you look tired and older than your age. With permanent eye bag reduction treatment, it can improve your overall appearance and give you a more youthful and refreshing look.

Bags under eyes — mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes — are common as you age. With aging, the tissues around your eyes, including some of the muscles supporting your eyelids, weaken. Normal fat that helps support the eyes can then move into the lower eyelids, causing the lids to appear puffy. Fluid also may accumulate in the space below your eyes, adding to the swelling. Bags under eyes are usually a cosmetic concern and rarely a sign of a serious underlying medical condition.

a man with eye bag issue

Eye bags = skin laxity + fat herniation

What causes Eye Bags?

As you age, the tissue structures and muscles supporting your eyelids weaken. The skin may start to sag, and fat that is normally confined to the area around the eye (orbit) can move into the area below your eyes. Also, the space below your eyes can accumulate fluid, making the under-eye area appear puffy or swollen. Several factors cause or worsen this effect, including:

  • Fluid retention, especially upon waking or after a salty meal
  • Lack of sleep
  • Allergies
  • Smoking
  • Heredity — under-eye bags can run in families

Difference between Dark Eye Circles and Eyebags

Dark circles and eyebags - although often used alternately - are actually two different things. The key difference is that dark circles are characterized by the darkening of the under-eye skin, They are often caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, aging, allergies, and lack of sleep. Dark circles can also be a result of thinning skin, which can make the blood vessels around the eyes more visible. Dark circles can be treated with topical creams, lifestyle changes, and in some cases, medical procedures.

While on the other hand, eye bags pertain to the swelling or puffiness around the eyes. Eye bags are often caused by fluid accumulation in the tissues around the eyes. This can be caused by factors such as genetics, aging, allergies, and lack of sleep. Eye bags can be temporary or permanent and can be treated with lifestyle changes, topical creams, and in some cases, medical procedures.


Non-Surgical Eye Bag Removal & Reduction in Singapore

  • Eye Bags Removal with Dermal Fillers

The traditional non-surgical eye bag removal, here in Singapore, uses dermal fillers to temporarily fill the area below the eye bag, giving the optical illusion of a reduction in the eye bags. While this method can be used to treat younger patients, however, this method is not suitable for some individuals, especially older patients. Fibre-optic laser technology can shrink eye bag fat for patients with mild conditions. However, some patients see increased skin laxity and more wrinkles below the eye after this procedure.

Using advances in technology and improved techniques over the last few years, FOTONA has developed its 4D laser eye treatment. Our doctor finds this innovative new technique for non-surgical eye bag reduction very rewarding. As this treatment uses two 4D lasers - dermal collagen stimulating laser and gentle resurfacing laser. This non-invasive treatment is done on the palpebral conjunctiva (on the inside of the bottom eyelids) for an effective tightening of the eye bag region. The non-ablative SMOOTH® mode also helps to stimulates collagen remodeling and initiates neocollagenesis (wound repair) which helps with overall improvement of wrinkles, laxity and elasticity in the treatment areas around the eyes. 

  • Eye Bags Removal with HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound)

Aside from the above treatments, the removal of eye bags using High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) also tightens the skin and shrinks fat more precisely within a short period of time. The treatment takes less than 30 minutes for a visible reduction of fat bulge under the eye. Stitching is not required for this procedure and you will not experience pain or bruising. Recovery time is also very quick.

For an accurate treatment plan for your eye bags, we recommend to consult with your doctor for a detailed assessment. Some of these treatments can be used individually or in combination depending on the severity of your condition and goals.



Frequently Asked Questions on Eye bags Treatment


Q. How can eye bags be removed non-surgically?

A: Significant reduction of your eye bags can now be treated without resorting to surgery. This has long been desired by patients who are bothered by their eye bags but are not keen to risk surgery, surgical scar, bruising and downtime.

Eye bags can often make you look tired and older than your age. With permanent eye bag reduction treatment, it can improve your overall appearance and give you a more youthful and refreshing look.

Dermal Fillers

At Ensoul Medical Clinic, we have various safe eye bag removal treatments in Singapore. Dermal fillers in the tear trough is one of the effective treatments.  This treatment uses hyaluronic acid to temporarily fill the area below the eye bag to elevate the surrounding skin to the level of fat to make the texture smooth and uniform. While this method can be used to treat younger patients, however this method is not suitable for some individuals, especially older patients.

FOTONA

Using advances in technology and improved techniques over the last few years, FOTONA has developed their 4D laser eye treatment. I find this innovative new technique for non-surgical eye bag reduction very rewarding. It uses two different lasers; a dermal collagen stimulating laser and a gentle skin resurfacing laser to lift and tighten the skin around the eye bags to make it less obvious.

HIFU

Other treatments include High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) treatment to the eye bag area, further tightening the skin and precisely shrinking the fat faster. The treatment takes less than 30 minutes for visible reduction of the fat bulge under the eye area. The heat can also help the skin to induce collagen and elastin production making the skin tighter and thicker.

Stitching is not required for this procedure and you will not experience any pain or bruising.

For an accurate treatment plan for your eye bags, we recommend consulting with our doctors for a detailed assessment. Some of these treatments can be used individually or in combination depending on the severity of your condition and goals.


Q. What is the downtime for eye bag removal treatment

A: The majority of the treatments have no downtime, ideal for those who want to quickly return to their normal activities after the procedure. Recovery time is dependent on your skin’s healing speed. It is often advised to avoid heat exposure 48hrs after the laser treatment and appropriate sun protection is required.