Dark eye circles are one of the most common complaints people have about their skin.
A dark spot here or a pimple there don’t hurt because they can be covered or ignored. But heavy eye bags are hard to hide, hard to get rid of, and hard to ignore.
Moreover, aging, genetics, and the stress of everyday life means that some of us are predisposed to dark circles while others can skip through life without ever feeling the weight of tired looking eyes.
We’ve previously talked about eye creams and how these products help gloss over the problem, but few are unable to properly solve it.
Because of the difficulty in finding a product to treat them, some people turn to cosmetic surgery to remove their periorbital dark circles.
For better or worse, these treatments are becoming more and more popular, but is it the right decision for you?
What Causes Eye Bags?
Before we talk about surgery and other cosmetic procedures, let’s discuss why surgery is even an option for these skin issues.
You have dark eye circles if you find there is perpetual discoloration underneath your eyes. Here’s what the color of your eye circles says about the cause of your eye circles.
If the eye bags under your eyes are bluish in color, then they’re most likely caused by a lack of sleep.
Creams will help, but only a stable sleep cycle will get rid of them completely.
Are the circles under your eye a strange violet color? It’s possible these are caused when the skin underneath your eyes begins to become thin. Because the skin is thin, you’re better able to see the blood vessels filled with red blood under your skin.
Brown or Black
Brown, black, or brownish-black spots represent changes in the pigment of your skin in that area. The most common cause of these circles is sun damage.
Shadowy eye bags are sometimes confused with the violet or purplish-red eye bags caused by thinning skin. Both are caused by aging, but shadows occur when the skin begins to deteriorate and lose its elasticity.
These are the most common causes of dark eye circles. But they can also be caused by temporary inflammation occurring as a symptom of allergies or poor circulation as a result of anemia or dehydration.
Remember, the effects of these causes can be compounded by genetics and your general health. For some of us, eye bags will plague us regardless of how often we moisturize or how much sleep we get.
Eye Bags Aren’t Just About Color – Your Skin Plays a Role
Discoloration is the most common feature cited in under eye bags. But sometimes, the bags are the result of another issue.
Excess fat, muscle, or skin can also cause your eyelids to droop; though, excess skin is the most common cause.
You’re more likely to find this when you have purplish-red or shadowy colored circles because these are the two caused by skin factors like aging including loss of elasticity or degraded skin.
In fact, these are the two causes that are most easily treated by surgery. A surgeon can’t perform an operation to make you look less tired than you are, but they can help treat skin that damaged due to aging or genetics.
That’s why eye bag surgery has become an option for those whose eye bags just aren’t going away.
Why Eye Bag Surgery?
Getting more sleep will only help some eye bags – it won’t help everyone.
For many, it requires both a healthy diet and lifestyle and the right eye cream to manage them.
However, even the right combination of lifestyle and beauty products won’t cure everyone’s eye bags. And not everyone wants to wait months or years for the right product to come along.
That’s why some consider a procedure called a lower blepharoplasty – more commonly referred to as eye bag surgery.
What’s a Lower Blepharoplasty?
A blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure performed on your eyelids. The primary goal of the surgery is removing excess skin or fat that may cause your eyes to look heavy and create the appearance of eye bags.
The surgery can be performed on your upper eyelids to stop the excessive dropping caused by aging or genetics. But a lower blepharoplasty is performed on your lower eyelids to remove the excess skin that may be the result of your undereye bags.
Who’s a Candidate for Eye Bag Removal?
You’re not a candidate for a lower blepharoplasty if your eye bags are only dark circles caused by tiredness, allergies, stress, anemia, or discoloration from the sun or aging.
You are a candidate if:
- You are otherwise healthy and don’t have circulation problems
- Your eye bags aren’t caused by underlying medical conditions
- Your age, skin type, and weight don’t limit the outcomes of the procedures
Additionally, you’re a prime candidate if:
- Your eye bags are caused by excess fat under your eyes.
- Your eye bags are caused by excess or dropping skin under your eyes.
Pros and Cons of Eye Bag Removal
Eye bag removal is considered to a be a generally safe and minor procedure. However, if you choose it, then it should always be carried out by a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in working with the most delicate areas of your face – the area around your eyes.
Just because you qualify for the surgery doesn’t mean it’s the right option for you.
The biggest advantage of the surgery is the instant anti-aging effects provided. Removing the excess skin or fat from your lower lids can transform your appearance, making you look and even feel more youthful.
Surgery is the fastest way to remove excess fat from the areas. But just because this is the primary option for treatment, doesn’t mean it’s not without its limitations.
Here are a few things you must consider before making the final decision:
You Have to Find the Right Doctor
The area around your eyes is delicate and one wrong move could not only botch the surgery but could damage your sight or make your eyes look unnatural or worse.
Choosing a board-certified surgeon goes without saying, but you’ll be better suited by going a step further to find an oculoplastic surgeon.
Additionally, you’ll want to find a surgeon who works extensively on this procedure. It should be a fairly common procedure in their office and other patients should seek them out as a result of it.
Finding the right surgeon isn’t a fast process because you need more than credentials. You also need to know they understand what you want and can deliver it. The right surgeon should also make you feel comfortable about the procedure itself – not just excited about the eventual results.
It Will Cost You $$$
These surgeries don’t come cheap and insurance policies cover this procedure very rarely (such as in the event of cancer or reconstruction surgery).
The cost of your surgery will depend on the area. One estimate places the average cost of the procedure in the United States to be $4,525 but it can range from $1,000 to $9,000.
Cost also depends on the complexity of your procedure. If there are issues with your eyes that deviate from a normal procedure, you should expect to pay more.
It Won’t Transform Your Face
Removing your eye bags will help your eyes look brighter, more open, and youthful.
However, your eye and facial structure will remain the same.
Mentioning this is important because the procedure is best for those who are seeking a rejuvenating treatment for their eyes – not those who expect a dramatic change to their appearance.
A successful surgery will enhance your existing appearance, not transform it.
Your Eyes Will Swell
Eye bag surgery is an invasive, albeit minor, procedure. You can expect to experience:
These side effects could last for weeks or even months after the surgery.
This brings us to our last point.
Results Take a Full Year
You won’t walk out of the surgeon’s office with brand new eyes. Because of the swelling and recovery period, the true results will show themselves slowly over a period of several months.
The full impact of the procedure will begin to reveal itself six months to a year after the surgery.
Is Eye Bag Surgery Right for You?
Eye bag surgery may sound like a miracle, but it’s no quick fix even when you do qualify. The first few months after surgery may keep your eyes red and swollen – and in many cases, you aren’t allowed to wear makeup until the doctor gives you the go-ahead.
Are you considering eye bag surgery? Why or why not? Share your stores in the comments below.
- 1 What Causes Eye Bags?
- 2 Why Eye Bag Surgery?
- 3 Who’s a Candidate for Eye Bag Removal?
- 4 Pros and Cons of Eye Bag Removal
- 5 Is Eye Bag Surgery Right for You?