Eye bags are more common in men than in women in Singapore. It may present itself in patients who are older and those who also have a history of eye bags in the family. Patients in their 40s and 50s are most susceptible to eye bags as the skin membranes are greatly weakened by this age.
Eye bags can be treated through permanent and non-permanent methods such as blepharoplasty surgery and injectables such as Botox and fillers to the affected area.
A lower blepharoplasty procedure is a permanent way to improve the appearance of eye bags. It involves surgically removing fat and/or excess skin which leads to the swelling or puffy look to your eyes. You can expect to see tighter skin at the undereye area and a more “open” expression after a lower blepharoplasty. It is an outpatient surgery that takes around 90 minutes with a downtime of about 1 week.
Botox is an injectable that is used to relax muscles which cause wrinkles on your face. This treatment causes the skin to look less wrinkled and more even-looking. Botox is able to address eye bags as it is a treatment that decreases puffiness in the treated areas. This treatment can be injected around your crow’s feet (fine lines around the eye) to help the surrounding skin around the eye bags look tighter and improve the overall appearance of your eyes. However, Botox is unable to completely eliminate eye bags and can only improve your general look.
Similar to Botox, dermal fillers are able to alleviate the look of eye bags through injections to targeted areas on the face such as the undereye area. Fillers replenish the loss of collagen for those with eye bags to give you a more youthful and bouncier appearance. Some types of fillers that are commonly used in Singapore are hyaluronic acid (HA) which can help correct irregularities in the undereye area caused by eye bags.
Unlike a lower blepharoplasty, Botox and dermal fillers are a non-permanent method of treating eye bags and will require maintenance.