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What Are My Options to Reduce Under-Eye Bags?

Many individuals experience under-eye bags when their skin starts sagging as their body produces less collagen and elastin with age. There is a variety of possible causes for under-eye bags, including genetics, poor sleep or diet, allergies, extensive sun exposure, or nicotine use. The appearance of under-eye bags usually consists of puffiness under the lower eyelid. This can happen due to fluid buildup in the area, which leads to swelling.

It is possible to make under-eye bags less visible thanks to at-home solutions and healthier habits. In certain cases, they may require professional treatments such as microneedling or dermal fillers, to restore a more youthful appearance.


Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that focuses on reducing the appearance of fine lines, scars, and under-eye bags. This treatment utilizes your skin’s regeneration capabilities. Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling uses tiny needles to safely puncture the skin to kickstart your body’s healing process and resurface your skin.

Your aesthetician or dermatologist will review your medical history and perform a physical examination of your skin to make sure microneedling is an appropriate solution for you. On the day of your treatment, your provider applies a topical numbing cream at least 10 minutes before beginning the procedure. This helps minimize discomfort.

You can return to your normal activities right after receiving treatment, but you should avoid strenuous physical activity for 72 hours. You may also experience some redness or sensitivity, but these possible side effects go away on their own within a couple of days.

Most people notice visible improvements within a few days after their first session. Your skin care provider will determine if you need additional treatments to maximize and maintain your results.

Dermal Fillers

Cosmetic injectables can reduce certain under-eye bags. Your dermatologist or aesthetician can conduct an in-depth evaluation of your situation to determine whether dermal fillers may help. Professionals usually choose hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvéderm or Restylane to boost natural collagen production and enhance the health of the sensitive skin around your eyes. These two fillers can rejuvenate the area and yield natural-looking results for a more energized and youthful appearance.

A dermal filler session usually takes 30 minutes. This minimally invasive treatment requires no downtime and lets you go back to your regular activities right away. Many providers recommend that you sleep with your head elevated for a few nights to minimize swelling. Your skin care professional will determine whether you need follow-up appointments or what your upkeep injection schedule should be to preserve your results.

Implement Healthy Habits

When your under-eye bags are due to temporary swelling, allergies, or water retention, you may make them less noticeable with specific lifestyle changes. Most of the following suggestions are effective to improve and maintain healthy skin.

The following habits can support your well-being and help prevent under-eye bags:

  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Limit your salt intake
  • Eat more iron and collagen-rich foods
  • Get enough sleep
  • Keep your head elevated with pillows
  • Stay hydrated
  • Keep away from allergens or take an antihistamine if applicable
  • Remove your makeup before going to bed
  • Wear sunscreen every day

At-Home Solutions

You have a few effective options to treat under-eye bags without seeing a professional. This can be convenient when it is a rare and temporary occurrence. One of the easiest ways to reduce puffiness is to place caffeinated tea bags under your eyes. Caffeine stimulates circulation and has a cooling effect. Make sure to brew green or black tea for its anti-inflammatory qualities that can alleviate swelling. Chill the tea bags before setting them under your eyes for up to 30 minutes.

Another tried-and-true solution is using cold compresses. You may purchase one or use any of the following options you already have available: chilled spoons, cool cucumber, or a wet washcloth. You only need to apply the cold compress for a few minutes to tighten the blood vessels and reduce swelling for quick relief.

You should see your doctor if:

  • Your under-eye bags do not respond to at-home treatments
  • The symptoms are only under one eye
  • The puffiness gets worse or persists
  • You experience redness or pain in the area

Your physician can determine whether your under-eye bags are due to a medical condition, and if so, prescribe topical creams or other medications. They may also suggest that you see a dermatologist to get professional care.

Contact Advanced Dermatology Center today at (818) 284-4003 to schedule a consultation to discuss your options to reduce under-eye bags!