Dreaded under-eye bags are responsible for aging many of us well past our years. Whether you’re a mom, busy at work, or just plain tired from your holiday party circuit, you may be searching for ways to conquer your eye bags.
Here are five different ways — without surgery — to treat eye bags.
Injectable fillers can plump your lips, fill your cheeks, and yes, defeat eye bags. One of the most popular non-surgical methods for treating eye bags, popular fillers include: Juvéderm, Restylane, and Radiesse.
Dr. Michele S. Green, a New York dermatologist, likes to inject Juvéderm Voluma into the cheekbones which improves the appearance of eye bags by gently lifting the upper face. She also likes to use Restylane or Belotero in the tear trough to improve the overall appearance of eyes.
Results: Immediate to two weeks
Recovery: None to a week
How long it lasts: Six to 12 months
Looking for a longer-term solution? You may want to consider fat transfer to fill the hollows under your eyes.
RealSelf user, Scott113, shares his experience with fat transfer: “I had dark circles under my eyes and wanted to get major eye surgery to get them removed and was willing to pay for it right then. Instead, he [my surgeon] said we should do a much cheaper and simpler procedure where he took some fat from my side torso and injected it under my eyes to fill the circle. … Now my eyes look as good as they possibly can without a major eye surgery and a major bill.”
Results: Six months
Recovery: One to two weeks
How long it lasts: At least half the fat will stay put after a year, and it’s usually permanent.
Popular with celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kourtney Kardashian, and Jennifer Aniston, microneedling triggers new collagen and elastin.
“Microneedling stimulates collagen production and assists with texture and pigment issues,” says Dr. Justin Harper, a Columbus, Ohio, physician. “It can help with under-eye bags, depending on the severity. You may have to pair the microneedling with another procedure, such as fillers, to achieve the best result.”
Results: After three treatments
Recovery: One to three days
How long it lasts: Four treatments, spaced four weeks apart for best results (doctors say most people need more than one treatment to see results). Maintenance every six to 12 months.
Lasers: Fraxel and CO2
“Lasers can help in tightening the skin, improving lines and wrinkles, as well as eliminate or reduce undesirable skin discoloration,” says Dr. Robert W. Sheffield, a Santa Barbara, California, plastic surgeon. “However, your surgeon’s skills and experience are as important as the laser treatment itself.”
Results: After two to three treatments
Recovery: One to two weeks
How long it lasts: Start with three to four treatments, four weeks apart. Maintenance once per year.
How long it lasts: Will require weekly treatments
Cost: Averages $100 per treatment
Acupuncture treatment will vary widely based on your personal needs. Visit a licensed practitioner to determine a treatment plan.
One woman on RealSelf, nettie33, shared her experience with acupuncture: “I do not have a lot of fine lines and my skin is in pretty good shape, but I do have deep forehead lines, sagging skin, dark circles under my eyes, and a couple of concave scars on my cheeks. I noticed after the first two treatments that sagging in the tear trough area was virtually gone.”