Difference Between Eye Bags and Puffy Eyes | Treating Eye Bags and Puffiness

A common misconception about under eye appearance is the difference between eye bags and general puffiness under the eyes, but what distinguishes them from one another? 

Eye Bags VS Under-Eye Puffiness 

Under-eye bags and dark circles primarily arise from structural changes beneath the skin, including the gradual loss of bone, and muscle, and altered fat distribution, which contribute to the sagging and bulging characteristic of bags.

Eye puffiness, in contrast, is often a temporary condition caused by fluid retention, influenced by lifestyle and environmental factors such as lack of sleep, stress, diet, medical conditions, and hormonal imbalances.

The structural changes contributing to under-eye bags, involving bone, muscle, and fat, are usually long-term and may require interventions like surgical blepharoplasty or cosmetic dermal fillers for such as the Eyerise procedure for   noticeable improvement.

Puffiness around your eyes tends to vary throughout the day, often appearing more pronounced in the morning due to overnight fluid accumulation and diminishing by evening as fluids are rebalanced.

Genetics plays a significant role in the development of under-eye bags, with inherited facial structures determining the extent of changes and bag formation as one age.

Lifestyle-related puffiness is linked to a range of environmental and personal habits, with adjustments in these areas potentially mitigating puffiness.

In essence, while both under-eye bags and puffiness can affect the appearance of the under-eye area, bags are usually a result of permanent structural changes, whereas puffiness is more often a temporary issue responsive to lifestyle changes.

Causes of Eye Bags and Puffy Eyes 

Under-eye bags can emerge due to a variety of factors, including inherited traits, the natural aging process, and lifestyle habits.

  • Hereditary Factors: The configuration of the under-eye region, including the bone structure, skin thickness, muscle dimensions, and fat distribution, is inherited. These genetic factors play a significant role in determining the unique appearance of the under-eye area for each individual.
  • Aging Process: Over time, the under-eye area experiences a reduction in the supportive structures beneath the skin, mainly due to the diminishing presence of fat, muscle, and bone or redistribution of fat. This loss of support can cause the skin to droop, leading to a more pronounced appearance of under-eye bags. Additionally, the orbital rim and midface malar bone, which provide structural support around the eyes, also decrease in prominence with age, further accentuating under-eye hollows and creases.
  • Lymphatic Function: The body’s lymphatic system, responsible for fluid removal and immune defense, can affect the under-eye area. Dysfunction or obstruction in this system, whether from health conditions, allergies, or compromised facial movement, can intensify under-eye puffiness.
  • Lifestyle Influences: Sleep quality, dietary and nutrition habits, and personal behaviors can all impact the appearance of under-eye bags. Insufficient sleep can make blood vessels more visible and exacerbate fluid accumulation, while high sodium intake can increase puffiness. Dehydration might lead to a gaunt look around the eyes. Smoking and the consumption of alcohol and marijuana are linked to the accelerated formation of under-eye bags due to their effects on collagen production and structural integrity.
  • Previous Facial Procedures: Surgeries like rhinoplasty can alter midface support structures, potentially leading to the development of under-eye bags. Facial injuries and dental issues, such as tooth loss or bone degradation supporting the teeth, can also influence the appearance of under-eye creases.

READ MORE: How Can I Get Rid of Eye Bags?

How Can I Get Rid of Eye Bags and Puffiness? 

Managing under-eye bags can involve either surgical interventions or non-surgical treatments like cosmetic fillers. Surgical options provide lasting changes by permanently altering tissue structure, but they can significantly change the under-eye appearance. Non-surgical treatments, on the other hand, offer a less invasive and adjustable way to replenish lost support, utilizing hyaluronic acid fillers such as EyeRise procedure to restore the skin under the eye to its more rested and youthful position. These filler treatments yield a natural look and can be tailored over time but typically require annual maintenance.

In essence, understanding the multifaceted causes of under-eye bags enables more effective targeting of treatments, whether opting for medical treatments, surgical solutions or exploring non-surgical filler methods such as the EyeRise procedure to rejuvenate and support the delicate under-eye area.

Schedule a Complimentary Consultation with Dr. Bracci

VERVE offers a free consult for every procedure to ensure you are have all the information when choosing the right cosmetic procedure from an expert you can trust for full facial rejuvenation and eye bag elimination, Verve Medical Cosmetics offers the most focused non-surgical solutions.

Book with Form
Free Consult