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How To Reduce and Prevent Under Eye Lines and Bags

As we get older, the skin around the eyes loses its elasticity and firmness, causing it to relax and form the common under eye bags. The weakening of the facial muscles around the eyes can also contribute to this effect, shaping the pouch-like appearance, with the naturally occurring wrinkles accentuating it even more. To prevent or treat under-eye wrinkles, aesthetic doctors will choose from a gamut of non-surgical procedures to reduce the lines under eyes.

There are various ways to lose the sagging skin or fat and to correct the discoloration around the eyes, in order to get a more youthful, fresher look. But the right treatment for your under-eye lines and bags will depend on its severity and other factors.

Why do I have eye bags or lines around the eyes?

Under-eye bags are primarily caused by the effects of aging, which influences the structure and firmness of the skin. As the skin and muscle tissues weaken, the skin surrounding the eyes loses its structure. Regular fatty matter can move into the empty space beneath the lower eye lids, creating a puffy appearance.

woman with eye bag linesAt-home remedies are commonly used to help get rid of under eye bags, such as cool compresses or tea bags, to counteract the puffiness and dim look. Hydration and sun exposure can also impact the depth of the under-eye bags, along-side other lifestyle habits and practices. These can conveniently be addressed through minor changes.

Although popular, at-home remedies have been proven ineffective in the long run, as most cosmetic concerns require professional help to be treated effectively with long-lasting results.

Can you get rid of under eye bags and lines permanently?

Wrinkles occur naturally with aging, as the body produces less collagen and elastin, causing the skin to lose its elasticity and firmness. Under eye wrinkles, which can create a similar effect to eye bags in terms of looks, can be reduced or removed using advanced techniques.

wrinkles and lines under eyesTreatments range from surgical interventions to minimally or non-invasive procedures. A standard, permanent solution is under eye bag removal surgery, which removes the excess skin and fatty tissue, tightening the loose layers around the eyes.

Scarless Eyebag Removal

Transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty, or scarless eyebag surgery, removes the fatty or muscular tissue which causes the eyebags. This procedure requires only a small incision in the inside of the lower eyelid, allowing for a precise and permanent correction of the affected area.

The procedure is generally performed under local anesthesia, and is well-known for leaving no visible scars, with permanent results.

Besides the standard treatment options, several non-invasive techniques can also permanently remove eye bags with scientifically proven effectiveness.

scarless eyebag removal

Dermal fillers

For patients who want to avoid surgery, dermal fillers can be used to fill in the pouch-like areas, providing a fuller, more youthful look. This can be achieved by smoothening out facial disproportions created by the eye bags, thus effectively diminishing their presence.

Dermal fillers are commonly used to fix and enhance a wide variety of facial features, including the smoothening of wrinkles. The results are long-lasting, but not permanent, as the filler compounds used include naturally occurring substances, which are dissolvable over time.

dermal fillers for eyebags


Illumia’s Baby Threadlift is a minimally invasive alternative, which uses Polydioxanone (PDO) threads to naturally lift and tighten the sagging skin, stimulating collagen production in the process. These threads are naturally absorbable by our bodies and are commonly used in many medical procedures.

Local anesthesia is administered in order to minimize the discomfort, with treatment sessions lasting between 15 to 30 minutes. The downtime following the procedure is low to non-existent, but it may require top-up sessions to maintain the results, as this treatment depends on natural collagen stimulation.

Non-Surgical Eyebag Removal

Illumia Medical’s Non-Surgical Eyebag Removal uses advanced high-intensity focused radiofrequency technology in combination with optic cannula to remove the unwanted eyebags without having to undergo a surgically invasive procedure.

This treatment relies on rejuvenating the structure and integrity of the skin and muscle tissues, effectively creating a more youthful, welcoming aesthetic. This approach is ideal for patients who prefer non-invasive and non-surgical procedures, with beautiful, permanent results.

HIFU Facelift

hifu for eyebagsIllumia’s HIFU facelift uses highly advanced ultrasound technology to lift and tighten the skin in a safe and clinically proven procedure. The Ultraformer 3 is a smart device that produces highly accurate beams of ultrasound energy to boost collagen production and reduce the sagginess of the skin.

By also targeting the subcutaneous fat layer to contract, the Ultraformer 3 can also help eliminate stubborn fat cells, creating an all-in-one treatment for revitalizing the face. It may require top-up sessions, as this technique depends on boosting collagen stimulation. However, the results are generally long-lasting.

Can I cover up the eye bags or under eye lines with makeup?

makeup for undereye bagsMakeup is a popular resort for those in their mid to late 30s, when the signs of aging become more prominent and harder to cover. Although makeup can hide the wrinkles and eyebags, it merely makes for a temporary solution, which requires continuous use.

Not to mention, the weight and contents of the makeup itself can aggravate the skin’s condition around the eyes, proving to be cosmetically harmful in the long-term.

How to determine the right treatment

Eye bags and under eye wrinkles are amongst the most common and distressing cosmetic concerns, but you do not have to live with them forever. With both surgical and non-surgical treatment options now being available, you can effectively diminish and remove eye bags and under eye wrinkles through the procedure which fits your needs perfectly.

Schedule a consultation to speak to our aesthetic doctor to determine which treatment options are most suitable for your particular needs and learn more about what you should be expecting from them.

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