Get Rid of Those Bags! Ways to Defeat Under-Eye Drooping

Photo-of-Get-Rid-of-Your-Under-Eye-Bags-LocateADocAs we age, many of our body’s features change. One thing that many people notice is the appearance of bags and drooping skin underneath the eyes. For those who are open to the idea of cosmetic surgery, an eye lift procedure, or blepharoplasty, may be the best choice. Others who do not have the financial resources or simply prefer not to pursue surgery, can still seek improvement through more natural lifestyle changes. Here are five ways – some minor and some major – to defeat the bags and drooping:

1) Drink more water.

Hydration plays a critical role in our skin’s appearance as we age, plus it contributes greatly to overall better health. Make sure to drink a minimum of 64 ounces, or eight 8-ounce servings, each day.

2) Get more sleep.

While everyone has different sleep needs, most people require between seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Lack of sleep can contribute to many health problems and can certainly impact your appearance as well.

3) Cut the salt.

Excess salt in your diet not only negatively impacts your blood pressure, but can also cause bloating throughout your body, including under the eyes. Watch out for processed foods, which often have alarmingly high amounts of sodium.

4) Consider injectable fillers.

Fillers that are administered by a skin care professional, such as Restylane, can give extra volume. Individuals who consider themselves too young for an eye lift, or don’t believe their appearance warrants surgery, often prefer injectables.

5) Pursue cosmetic surgery.

An eye lift is considered by many to be the absolute best solution when it comes to combating drooping and other signs of facial aging. During your consultation with a surgeon, he or she will discuss your situation and whether or not you would be considered an ideal candidate for the procedure.

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Further Reading

  • Plastic surgeons are experimenting with Plasma Rich Platelet (PRP) therapy and stem cell fat transfer procedures for facial rejuvenation.

  • Cosmetic surgeons that specialize in rhinoplasty and other aesthetic enhancement procedures often use specialized tools to ensure a more precise surgery. A recent study shows the benefits of an ultrasonic aspirator for rhinpolasty procedures.

  • Many cosmetic surgeons and medical spas offer hyaluronic acid gel-based fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm for filling out wrinkles and lines, and use them for the “liquid facelift” procedure. A new development announced at the American Society of Plastic Surgery annual conference, Plastic Surgery 11 THE Meeting in September 2011 is a solid – not gel – hyaluronic acid filler that is instantly reversible. This filler may offer a more precise correction of wrinkles and lines than gel-based fillers, and is an exciting development in the field of minimally-invasive plastic and cosmetic surgery.