Common Causes and Treatments of Under Eye Bags

dermal eye fillers for under eye bagsAfter a super party weekend, I thought it fitting to discuss what a lot of us will be dealing with tomorrow morning – <in horror> under eye bags.

I’d like to share with you some quick remedies, as well as long term solutions, for treating those icky under eye bags.

What are Under Eye Bags?

Under eye bags can range from minor short term puffiness to long term permanent fat pads and any of these tips works on ladies AND gentlemen so don’t be shy guys!

First, let’s address the easy undereye baggage, that temporary eye puffiness that shows up for a day or two then leaves you in peace for a week before showing up again, usually on the day of a hot date or a board meeting.

(If you have the more permanent kind of under eye bags scroll below for long term treatment options)

The best way to treat any aesthetic issue is knowing the cause.

Causes of Temporary Undereye Bags

Here are some causes and simple solutions for temporary under eye bags.

Overindulging in Alcohol or Salty Foods

Cause: The sodium content found in alcohol and salt causes you to retain water in your face and, since the skin under your eyes is thinner, it is most noticeable there.

Solution: I’m the last person to tell you to lighten up on the alcohol but it’s the obvious solution. However, if you must indulge, there are a few things you can do to lessen the puffy aftermath:

  • Drink lots of water to help flush the sodium out of your system.
  • Soak two tea bags in cold whole milk and let them sit in the fridge for 5-10 minutes. Apply one on each eye and relax for 10 minutes. Any flavor of tea will do but I prefer the Bigelow Mint Medley Herbal Tea because it’s super refreshing (sounds lame but trust me on this).
  •  Add an extra pillow under your head at nighttime. This does wonders to help the lymphatic system drain down away from under your eyes making them less puffy.


Cause: Allergens can dilate the capillaries around your eyes causing them to become puffy.

Solution: Take an oral antihistamine. I always make sure to have Chlorpheniramine Extended Release 12mg tabs on hand because they last all day and don’t make me tired like others I’ve tried.

Sleeping on a Flat Pillow

Cause: The flatter you lay when sleeping the more fluid tends to pool around the eyes. Just remember to keep your head above your heart.

Solution: Add an extra pillow or get one that’s slightly puffier than the one you’re using.

Stress and/or Inactivity

Cause: Stress can cause the tiny blood vessels around your eyes transporting lymphatic fluid and blood to become congested and overflow or leak, causing the tissue to swell.

Solution: Get your blood pumping with an early morning workout. If this isn’t possible then slather on some caffeine-based eye cream with a cold compress. The caffeine helps to constrict the blood vessels. I love the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream if you go that route.


teeny heart Don’t wash your face with hot water, use lukewarm instead. Hot water can exacerbate under eye puffiness, making it more noticeable and less easy to camouflage.

Long Term Under Eye Bags

More complicated to deal with are lose long term eye bags that stay with you no matter how good you’ve been the night before.

These are usually due to uneven fatty pads that form under your lower eyelids that, because of the thinner skin in that area, bulge out a bit forming those lovely under eye bags.

Long term under eye bags are largely genetic and even happens to women (and men) who have low body fat on the rest of their body. The good news is that it can be helped!

Treatments for Under Eye Bags

We’ll start with the less expensive, immediate result super short term solutions then move onto more serious solutions.

LPG Mobilift M6 Depuffing Device

Mobilift M6 Depuffing Device

Mobilift M6 Depuffing Device

The LPG Mobilift M6 depuffing device is a temporary fix for puffy under eyes regardless of the cause. It encourages lymphatic and circulatory exchange with no downtime and no discomfort.

The procedure is quick and painless, taking about 10 minutes for the practitioner to roll a handheld wand over your under eye area which uses suction to gently massage. The results only last about three days and the treatment runs at about $180.

After only one treatment you can see dramatic results in the reduction of puffiness in your skin.

Belotero Dermal Filler

Belotero Balance is a dermal filler that has small molecules with the ability to be super precise when filling in small areas such as the under eyes.

A little Belotero Balance injected around our fat pads can smooth out under eye bags making them less noticable.

It sounds counterintuitive, to add dermal filler to the bags but by filling in those concave parts you can make the contrast less severe, making your under eye skin appear smoother,

beautyblackbook heartOther fillers like Juvederm or Restalyne can also work but I first mentioned Belotero Balance since it’s low viscosity and harder for your injector to screw up. So, unless you trust your injector implicitly, you may want to try Belotero Balance your first time around.



You may also be interested to read: Dermal Fillers to Wake Up a Tired Face

THERIsmooth Face

thermismooth face

The ThermiSmooth Face uses controlled heat to promote the growth of collagen.

The THERMIsmooth Face by Thermi Aesthetics smooths out the under eye area by promoting the growth of new collagen.

Collagen is what makes our skin strong and elastic. As we age we lose collagen and our skin thins so much that it is unable to keep our undereye fat pads all saran-wrapped up like they were when we were younger.

The THERMIsmooth uses controlled heat to begin the neocollagenesis process necessary to recover lost elasticity improving the look of under eye bags.

You can read more about THERMIsmooth here.

Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty

Lower Blephoroplasty

Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is the surgical removal of excess skin and fat, as well as, the tightening of the muscle in your lower eyelid. In more minor cases the surgeon may choose to redistribute the fat, spreading it out more evenly for a smoother appearance.

A good way to see if  Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty is a good option for you is to use your finger to pull your lower lid out and up, raising the outer corner slightly. Like the look? Then read on because that’s what a good lower blepharoplasty should look like.

Lower blepharoplasty involves an incision is made on the inside of the lower lid so must be done by a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Learn more about this procedure on my article Lower Blepharoplasty: Greek for ‘Please take my Bags!’.

According to the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the average cost for this procedure is $2,818 depending on where you live.

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