Are the Bags Under Your Eyes Indicating a Health Issue? | Tips to get rid of bags under eyes

Bags under your eyes are one of the most common problems we correct at VERVE Medical Cosmetics. There are multiple causes of under eye bags, but are there any health issues that may be indicated by bags under your eyes? 

What Causes Bags Under Eyes? 

Under eye bags are often associated with fatigue or aging, but can sometimes be indicative of underlying health issues. Their presence not only affects aesthetic appearance but may also serve as a subtle signal from the body about deeper health concerns. Understanding the potential health implications behind under eye bags is crucial for addressing both cosmetic and health-related aspects effectively.

Fluid Retention and Kidney Function

One of the common medical reasons for worsening bags around your eyes is fluid retention. This condition can be exacerbated by factors such as high salt intake, hormonal fluctuations, and poor sleep. However, persistent fluid retention, particularly in the under eye area, could  also point to compromised kidney function. The kidneys play a vital role in removing excess fluid and waste from the body. When they are not functioning optimally, fluid can accumulate, leading to swelling in various parts of the body, including under the eyes.

Allergies and Sinus Problems

Under eye bags can also be a manifestation of allergies or sinus issues. Allergic reactions can cause inflammation and swelling in the nasal passages, leading to congestion. This congestion can hinder proper drainage and cause blood vessels in the under eye area to become dilated or engorged, which in turn can manifest as puffiness or dark circles. Chronic sinus infections, which are often linked to allergies, can have a similar effect, emphasizing the importance of managing allergies and sinus health to mitigate under eye concerns.

Thyroid Health

As previously discussed, thyroid disorders, both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, can impact the skin and tissues around the eyes. Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism and influence the health and appearance of the skin. Imbalances in these hormones can lead to changes in skin texture, elasticity, and fat distribution, contributing to the appearance of under eye bags. Hyperthyroidism can cause the skin to become thin and fragile, while hypothyroidism might lead to puffiness and swelling in the face, including the under eye area.

Sleep Patterns and Cardiovascular Health

Lack of sleep and poor sleep quality can contribute to the appearance of under eye bags, but they also have broader implications for cardiovascular health. Chronic sleep deprivation is linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. These conditions are associated with  poor circulation and fluid imbalance, further exacerbating under eye bags. Ensuring adequate and restful sleep is thus essential not only for reducing under eye bags but also for maintaining overall cardiovascular health.

Lifestyle Factors

Certain lifestyle choices, including regular  alcohol consumption, marijuana use,  and smoking and vaping, can contribute to the development of under eye bags and also worsen  broader health issues. Alcohol can lead to dehydration and poor sleep quality, while smoking vaping and marijuana use  can accelerate the aging process of the skin and impair circulation. Lifestyle habits can worsen the appearance of under eye bags and are associated with a range of health risks, including liver damage, cardiovascular diseases and toxic effects on all organs of the body, including the skin. 

READ MORE: 9 Lifestyle Changes That Can Get Rid of Bags Under Eyes

Addressing Under Eye Bags and Health Concerns

Recognizing under eye bags as a potential indicator of health issues prompts a holistic approach to treatment. This includes:

  1. Medical Evaluation: Regular consulting with a healthcare provider can help determine if under eye bags are linked to any underlying health conditions that require attention.
  2. Lifestyle Modifications: Embracing a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise including both cardiovascular and full-body strength training, adequate hydration, and proper sleep, can mitigate under eye bags and improve overall health.
  3. Cosmetic Treatments: While addressing potential health issues, cosmetic treatments like the EyeRise filler procedure can provide aesthetic improvement by restoring lost support  beneath the skin, offering a more youthful, refreshed and natural appearance.

Home Remedies to Combat Dark Circles and Under-Eye Bags

There are numerous natural remedies that may help in reducing under eye bags and puffy eyes, however, there are also numerous natural remedies that may serve as a protection against eyebags in the long term or to help get rid of bags. 

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Eye Bags 

  • Hydration
  • Sleep Quality and Position
  • Cold Compresses and Cucumber Slices
  • Caffeinated Tea Bags
  • Anti-Inflammatory Diet
  • Sun Exposure Management
  • Regular Exercise
  • Inflammations Central Role


Cosmetic Ways to Get Rid of Bags Under the Eyes

EyeRise: Non-Surgical Under-Eye Filler

EyeRise utilizes gentle dermal fillers like Belotero and Radiesse to enhance structural support. Multiple filler types are combined for optimal results. The goal is to lift and support the skin beneath the under-eye and mid-face areas, restoring their original position without the need for cutting or stretching. 

Blepharoplasty: Eyelid Surgery and Under-Eye Bag Removal

Blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure primarily designed to improve the appearance of under eye bags and dark circles by focusing on the lower eyelids. During the procedure, your surgeon’s goal is to remove or reposition excess skin, fat, and muscle. The results of a lower blepharoplasty are to reduce creases through cutting, removing, and repositioning tissues. However, this surgical method not only changes the appearance of the area around the eyes but also impacts the micro blood vessels supplying the tissue. 

In summary, while under eye bags may be a medical sign for some – for many the underlying confluence of genetics, lifestyle and aging  plays the most significant role.  By seeking regular health provider visits , and adopting a comprehensive approach to wellness, individuals can minimize the risks associated with under eye bags. Promoting both external beauty and internal health can be done simultaneously.  

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