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  • Writer's pictureJean-Paul Abboud, MD, PhD

How to Get Rid of Under Eye Bags: Causes and Effective Solutions

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

Are you tired of those pesky under-eye bags that seem to have taken up permanent residence? Don't worry, you're not alone. Under-eye bags can be frustrating, but the good news is that there are ways to address and even prevent them. In this article, we'll delve into the world of under-eye bags, exploring their causes and offering practical solutions to help you regain a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

Can Under-Eye Bags Go Away? The burning question on many minds is whether under-eye bags can actually go away. The answer isn't always straightforward, as it depends on various factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and age. Mild under-eye bags caused by factors like lack of sleep or temporary fluid retention might diminish with proper care and lifestyle changes. However, more pronounced bags, often caused by factors like aging and loss of skin elasticity, may require more intensive interventions to fully eliminate.

What Causes Bags Under Your Eyes? Understanding the root causes of under-eye bags is essential in effectively addressing them. While genetics play a role, several other factors contribute to the development of under-eye bags:

  1. Aging: As we age, the skin's collagen and elastin levels decrease, leading to sagging and the formation of bags.

  2. Fluid Retention: Excess fluid can accumulate under the eyes due to factors like allergies, high salt intake, or hormonal changes.

  3. Fat Redistribution: The natural shifting of fat within the face over time can cause puffiness and bags to become more prominent.

  4. Sleep Deprivation: Lack of quality sleep can cause blood vessels to dilate, leading to dark circles and puffiness.

  5. UV Exposure: Sun damage weakens the skin's supportive structures, contributing to the development of bags.

  6. Stress: Chronic stress can lead to inflammation and poor circulation, exacerbating under-eye issues.

How Can I Tighten the Skin Under My Eyes? While surgical interventions are an option for severe cases, there are non-surgical methods to tighten the skin under your eyes and reduce the appearance of bags:

  1. Topical Treatments: Look for eye creams containing ingredients like retinol, hyaluronic acid, and peptides to improve skin texture and hydration.

  2. Cold Compresses: Applying cold compresses can help constrict blood vessels and reduce puffiness.

  3. Facial Exercises: Gentle facial exercises can improve blood circulation and tone the muscles around the eyes.

  4. Healthy Lifestyle: Stay hydrated, maintain a balanced diet, and get adequate sleep to promote overall skin health.

  5. Cosmetic Procedures: Non-invasive treatments like CO2 laser therapy can stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin. Learn more about CO2 laser skin resurfacing here.

Can Stress Cause Eye Bags? In short, yes. Stress can have a significant impact on the appearance of your under-eye area. When stressed, your body releases cortisol, a hormone that can lead to inflammation and fluid retention. Additionally, stress often results in poor sleep quality, which exacerbates under-eye bags and dark circles. Incorporating stress-reduction techniques such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing can not only benefit your overall well-being but also contribute to healthier-looking eyes.

For those seeking a more dramatic and permanent solution, surgical options like lower eyelid blepharoplasty might be considered. Before undergoing any procedure, it's essential to gather information and make an informed decision. You can find answers to common questions about lower eyelid blepharoplasty here. Additionally, if you're curious about potential results, explore our before-and-after blepharoplasty gallery to gain insights into the transformation that this procedure can offer.

In conclusion, getting rid of under-eye bags requires a multifaceted approach that includes lifestyle adjustments, skincare routines, and stress management. By understanding the underlying causes and exploring both non-surgical and surgical options, you can take the first steps toward achieving a rejuvenated and refreshed under-eye area. Remember that consulting with a qualified professional is crucial when considering any procedure, ensuring that you make choices aligned with your individual needs and goals.


Dr. Abboud is an oculofacial plastic surgeon in San Diego who is an expert on cosmetic eyelid surgery. He is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology (AAO) and is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).

For more information about under eye rejuvenation or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Abboud for personalized advice on eyelid surgery, call our office at 858.356.2647


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