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What is Under-eye bags?

18:14 - 5 December , 2023


It is a condition in which the lower part of the eyes is swollen because the tissues and muscles that support the eyelids weaken and the skin becomes saggy. Fluid or fat can also accumulate in that area, making it look puffy.

There are a series of conditions that favor the appearance of under-eye bags, such as:

  • Allergies.
  • Family background.
  • Sinusitis.
  • Excess exposure to sunlight.
  • Not removing makeup before sleeping.
  • Fatigue.
  • Alcohol and tobacco consumption.
  • Dermatitis.
  • Excessive intake of salt or foods high in sodium.
  • Kidney diseases.
  • Aging process.
  • Insomnia.
  • Medicines.
  • Thyroid ophthalmopathy.
  • Dermatomyositis.
  • Fluid accumulation.

Signs and symptoms Under-eye bags

  • Dark coloring.
  • Swelling.
  • Skin sagging.

Under-eye bags are not a condition that requires medical attention, but rather a cosmetic problem.

Diagnosis and treatment Under-eye bags

After analyzing your symptoms and clinical history, your doctor will perform a physical examination and recommend some of the following actions based on your needs:

  • Medical treatment:
    • Laser exfoliation.
    • Chemical exfoliation.
    • Facial fillers.

These types of treatments can help strengthen the skin and give a more youthful appearance to the surrounding eye area.

  • Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, whose purpose is:
    • Remove excess adipose tissue.
    • Remove excess skin on the upper eyelid.
    • Reduce bags or swelling in the upper eyelids.
    • Improve the appearance of drooping lower eyelids.

The use of cold compresses can also help improve their appearance, as well as making changes to your diet and lifestyle.

In ABC Medical Center Internal Medicine Department, we provide you with health care services with the highest quality and safety, from prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and follow-up of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological conditions, both chronic-degenerative and acute, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.


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