What Causes Eye Bags and How Can I Get Rid of Them?

 What Causes Eye Bags and How Can I Get Rid of Them?

It doesn’t seem to matter how much you rest or how healthy of a lifestyle you live. Every morning, you wake up with dreaded bags under your eyes that make it look like you got no sleep.

When you have bags under your eyes that just won’t go away, it’s time to move away from home remedies and consider more permanent cosmetic solutions. Learn from board-certified plastic surgeon Joseph Fodero, MD, PA, from Northeastern Plastic Surgery in Florham Park, New Jersey, what causes eye bags, and the blepharoplasty procedure that removes them.

What are eye bags?

Eye bags refer to the puffiness that can occur under your eyes. It might look as if the area just under your eyes is mildly swollen.

It’s rare for eye bags to indicate a medical problem, but they can make you self-conscious about your appearance. They can make you appear tired, look older than your age, and decrease the perceived size of your eyes.

What causes eye bags?

Eye bags can have several causes. Some of the most common reasons you might have eye bags include:

Getting older

The aging process tends to increase the appearance of eye bags. As you get older, the skin under your eyes gets less full, which means your skin gets puffier as a way of compensating.


The extent of your eyebags can often be traced back to your parents. You’re more likely to have excessive eye bags if the issue runs in your family.

Poor sleep

Not getting enough sleep can cause you to develop eye bags. You can also get dark circles under your eyes from lack of sleep, which increases the impression of your eye bags.

Fluid retention or dehydration

Your eyes can get puffier if you retain fluid from allergies or even eating an overly salty meal. On the other hand, if you get too dehydrated, the skin around your eyes might appear baggy and sunken.

Skin irritation

You can develop eye bags if the delicate skin gets irritated under your eyes. Not washing your face or removing makeup are common causes of skin irritation under the eyes.

Removing eye bags with blepharoplasty

You can treat some temporary causes of eye bags by changing your lifestyle and using moisturizer and under-eye cream. However, aging and genetics, the most common causes of eye bags, typically need to be reversed with a surgical procedure called blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery.

Dr. Fodero recommends blepharoplasty if you have permanent bags under your eyes that won’t go away. This revolutionary procedure removes fatty deposits under your eyes, which he accesses by making small incisions around the eye.

This is an outpatient procedure, which means you can go home the same day as the surgery, and you usually get it done under local anesthesia. You can expect to recover comfortably and quickly at home.

After recovery, you can expect your lower eye area to look rejuvenated and take years off your appearance. Dr. Fodero can combine blepharoplasty with other facial rejuvenation procedures to further enhance your appearance.

You can’t prevent many causes of eye bags, but you can get rid of them for good with blepharoplasty. For more information, contact us to schedule a consultation.

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