Bags under your eyes can make you look permanently tired, no matter how much you slept the night before. This causes many women to feel self-conscious and unhappy about their looks. However, there are aesthetic treatments available that may reduce the appearance of under eye bags.
In the past, one of the only ways to minimize the look of bags under the eyes was a surgery known as blepharoplasty. Yet, many people don’t necessarily want to go under the knife to address bags under their eyes. The good news is there are other options to address concerns about your under eye area. Today, there are many non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments that work well for mild to moderate under eye bags. Some aesthetic treatment options for under eye bags include fillers, plasma pen skin resurfacing, and Botox.
There may be many reasons you notice bags under your eyes. If bags under your eyes are temporary, then typically lack of sleep, allergies, or fluid retention are to blame. However, many people experience permanent under eye bags. In these cases, there may be other factors causing your under eye bags.
For instance, under eye bags can be genetic. If your parents had permanent bags under their eyes, then there’s a chance you will, too, as they can be hereditary. However, age is one of the most common causes of under eye bags. As we age, our skin starts to sag and lose some of its support from the muscles and other tissues in the face. This can create hollow areas and wrinkles under the lower eyelids. These hollow areas can also increase shadows that make the under eye area look darker.
That’s why many aesthetic treatments for under eye bags focus on plumping to even out hollow areas under the eyes with the rest of the face. Improving fullness under the eyes helps bring the skin slightly forward, making the area look softer, smoother, and brighter.
Fillers are one of the most common aesthetic treatments for under eye bags. Fillers, as their name may suggest, fill in hollow or wrinkled areas in the skin.
There are several types of fillers available that our providers may recommend for your mild to moderate under eye bags. The most common is a hyaluronic acid filler. Another popular under eye filler option is poly L lactic acid, also known as Sculptra injections.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the skin. Dermal fillers, like Restylane and Juvéderm, use hyaluronic acid gel to increase fullness in the skin. These aesthetic treatments are frequently used to help smooth out lines and wrinkles as well as restore lost volume in the face.
As an under eye bag treatment, hyaluronic acid fillers help fill in hollow areas under the lower eyelid that cause bags and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers allow our providers to control where they add extra volume in the face to specifically target problem areas. Many women love the natural-looking results they see after using hyaluronic acid fillers on the under eye area.
It’s important to keep in mind that you may need a few rounds of under eye fillers to achieve your desired results. Also, your body will naturally absorb the hyaluronic acid over time, meaning the filler wears off typically within nine months to one year. Therefore, you may need maintenance fillers on a regular basis.
Another type of filler many people use on under eye bags is poly L lactic acid, more commonly known as Sculptra injections. This filler option is much different from hyaluronic acid, as it uses poly L lactic acid gel to promote collagen and elastin production in the deeper layers of the skin. The poly L lactic acid offers more gradual results, as it uses your body’s natural collagen production to increase volume in problem areas, such as hollow areas under the eyes.
Everyone is a little different, but generally it takes several weeks to see full results from Sculptra aesthetic treatments. However, unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, results from Sculptra injections can last up to two years. Therefore, if you’re looking for a longer-lasting, more natural option to treat under eye bags, Sculptra may be a good option for you.
Many women love Sculptra because it uses your own collagen to improve the look of sagging and wrinkles. However, it’s also important to understand that results do appear progressively, so it’s not a quick solution. Also, often your body may still not produce enough collagen to sufficiently fill in hollow areas under the eyes even after Sculptra fillers, so this may be a better treatment option for mild under eye bags.
Our women’s health clinic also offers advanced skin resurfacing services with plasma pen technology. These aesthetic treatments can help tighten and rejuvenate skin. The plasma pen is gentle enough to use on the eyelids, including for bags under the eyes, yet may offer dramatic results.
Plasma pen treatments use an arc of plasma to send thermal energy into the skin in specific treatment areas. This helps stimulate the fibroblasts, which produce collagen and elastin. Plasma pen treatments also create micro-traumas in the top layers of the skin to encourage skin cell turnover. This can help tighten skin, improve texture, and brighten the area. Results last up to three years.
With plasma pen treatments, there may be some downtime afterwards, unlike with fillers. Plasma pen skin resurfacing creates carbon crusts that look like small dots on the surface of the skin in the treatment area that naturally flake off typically within five to seven days. You may also need several treatments for your under eye bags, as well as additional treatments to help maintain your results.
Many people wonder if Botox injections can help with under eye bags. Botox is made from botulinum toxin A, which helps relax muscles that can cause lines and wrinkles. Typically, Botox is only recommended for reducing dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles that appear when you move your face. For instance, it’s a common aesthetic treatment for crows feet that appear when you smile or squint your eyes.
Botox is an incredibly popular type of aesthetic injectable. Some studies have found that Botox can help improve the look of wrinkles and bagginess in the under eye area. Therefore, this treatment option may work well for you.
However, in many cases bags under the eyes aren’t caused by dynamic wrinkles or muscle movements. Therefore, Botox may not be the right treatment option for you, as Botox primarily works by relaxing muscles in the face to help treat and prevent dynamic wrinkles.
Our team at HerKare understands you want to look and feel your best. That’s why we offer a wide range of health and aesthetic services to help you do just that. We offer quality care for everything from treating under eye bags to finding hormone replacement therapy solutions for menopause. We are here to help you address your overall wellness so you can live a happier, healthier, and more empowered life. Get in touch today to make an appointment at one of our convenient women’s health clinic locations.