Unlike in the past, you can now treat your under-eye bags effectively these days. Most popular options include self-conducted interventions like ointments, creams, eye masks, and procedures performed by a doctor that may be surgical or non-surgical. This article explores the effectiveness of eye creams for under-eye bags and whether they can provide long-term results similar to that of eye bag surgery.
How Do Eyebags Develop?
Eye bags are amongst the first signs of aging due to the progressive changes in the skin sound of the eyes. This skin is fragile and highly delicate and contains a smaller amongst of subcutaneous fat compared to other parts of the body.
However, as individual ages, the under-eye skin cells start to divide more slowly, which leads to the dermis losing its thickness over time. This is also accompanied by a weakening of the elastin and collagen fibers, which start to loosen and lose their orientation. This causes visible depressions on the skin surface and facilitates its volume loss. As the skin loses its elasticity, it can no longer retain its moisture and starts to become drier. The oil secreting glands also become less efficient, and the skin loses its healing capacity. All this contributes to the development of wrinkles.
Moreover, this is also accompanied by under-eye swelling and puffiness due to intrinsic and physiological changes in skin structure. Certain lifestyle factors like smoking, drug use, and alcohol can contribute to the formation of under-eye bag. Diets containing a high salt content may also promote this. Hence, control of under-eye puffiness is not only associated with aging but may be a daily challenge for many due to their lifestyle choices on the diet they consume. Sometimes puffiness around the eyes may also be triggered by excess rubbing or scratching of the skin. Other factors like lymphatic drainage problems, inflammation, and congestion of the hemodynamic system may also lead to fluid accumulation under the eyes – further exaggerating the eye bags. The lymphatic drainage issues may be due to the gradual reduction in density of the lymphatic networks with aging, which promotes water accumulation.
Effectiveness of Eye Cream On Eye Bags
The topical therapy for under-eye areas may be characterized based on the route of entry into the skin. This includes:
- Intercellular route – where the components of the eye cream enter the skin through spaces between the keratinocytes.
- Transcellular Route – where the components of the eye cream enter the skin through the keratinocytes
- Tranappendageal Route – where the components of the eye cream enter the skin through the sebaceous glands, hair follicles, and sweat glands.
The topical eye creams are often recommended as an additional therapy for concerns and rarely as the primary treatment or therapeutic intervention. The two main ways through which eye creams can help improve the appearance of under-eye bags include their role in promoting hydration and reducing wrinkles and fine lines. On the other hand, the long-term effectiveness of eye creams for moderate to severe eye bags and dark circles was found to be generally low.
Eye creams containing contents like Emu oil can allow its penetration into the deeper layers of the skin and provide hydration to these cells. In addition, it prevents the cells from undergoing dehydration due to the abundance of unsaturated fatty acids like Oleic and Linoleic acids. Other than providing hydration to the skin, studies also found it to improve the skin’s ability to act as a barrier, preventing water loss and allowing the skin to stay hydrated for longer. When the participants of the study were clinically assessed individually after using eye creams, they were found to have a progressive improvement in their skin moisturisation and elasticity. This was also associated with a slight improvement in pigmentation.
Improvement of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Studies have found eye creams containing powerful antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Caffeine to be effective for under-eye fine lines and wrinkles. The antioxidants allow the removal of harmful radicals from the skin cells, which may decrease oxidative stress levels and improve the skin cells’ overall health.
One such study, which was conducted as a randomized controlled trial, was investigated to assess the effectiveness of eye creams for under-eye bags, fine lines, and wrinkles. The study participants were women between the ages of 30 and 70 years, with significant wrinkles around their eyes. They were all asked to apply 500 mg of antioxidant-based eye creams around their eyes for one month. The study showed improvement in wrinkles after four weeks of treatment compared to those who received no treatment.
Another component that is often used in eye creams is caffeine. Caffeine is found to have significant vasoconstrictive properties, which means it can cause the construction of blood vessels under the skin. Moreover, it also promotes blood flow, particularly in the capillaries found around the skin of the eyes. This increased blood circulation of the skin cells makes them healthier and allows the skin under the eyes to look fresh and rejuvenated.
Certain eye creams containing caffeine are often promoted for their ability to improve the appearance of under-eye puffiness -however, the results are short-lived. These eye creams contain very high levels of caffeine, which, when applied to the eye skin, cause constriction of the blood vessels. This constriction allows less blood to reach the eye area and improves puffiness by preventing fluid accumulation. Other than caffeine, creams containing menthol or other substances that can cool down the skin may also help temporarily reduce puffiness by helping constrict the blood vessels. However, the effects of these creams last just as long as their active ingredient is in contact with the skin and may not be an effective solution as a long-term treatment.
Eye creams cannot treat dark circles or make them disappear; however, they can provide a temporary improvement in their appearance. The eye creams designed for dark circles are often tinted so that they can correct or conceal the pigmentation. However, most individuals have dark circles, which are accentuated due to the hollow anatomy of the under-eye bone structure. Therefore, a fat transfer surgery or dermal fillers may be more effective.
Different Approaches for Eye Bag Removal Singapore
Non-Surgical Eye Bag Removal in Singapore
The two most popular non-surgical eye bag removal include:
Dermal Fillers: Dermal Fillers work by making the undereye area smoother and filling out any hollow areas created by the bone structure. This causes the under-eye area to be more even and the eye bags to be concealed. Dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid also provide ample hydration to the skin and stretch it out, which further improves the fine line and wrinkles. The filling out of the hollow areas under the eye has the added benefit of getting rid of the dark circles and making the eye area seem brighter. Dermal fillers last from 9 months to a year, after which they need to be reinjected.
Scarless Eye Bag Removal: Scarless eye bag removal involves the permanent removal of the under-eye, which causes the eye bags to look more accentuated and protruding. This removal is conducted by using a 0.6-millimeter laser which is directed at entry points and allows the fat and water to be removed. The procedure time is 30 to 35 minutes, followed by a short recovery period.
Eye Bag Surgery in Singapore
Two forms of eye bag removal plastic surgery conducted in Singapore include:
Transconjunctival Eye Bag Removal Surgery: This approach of eye bag surgery is conducted by removing fat tissues from the inner region of the lower eyelids. The benefit of this surgery is that it does not leave any visible scars on the individual’s face and has a recovery time of 7 to 10 days.
Incisional Eye Bag Removal Surgery: This form of lower blepharoplasty is conducted by making an incision within the lower lash line, which allows the removal of excess skin and fats accumulated in the eye bags. Incisional Eye bag surgery allows for a more even and firmer under-eye area.
The Bottom Line
While eye creams have become amongst the most popular approaches for the management of different skin concerns, their topical nature makes their effects short-lived. Studies have found eye creams to be effective at providing hydration to the skin and, in turn, correcting fine lines and wrinkles, but they may not be as effective for eye bags and undereye pigmentation. This is because individuals looking for long-term results often turn to other methods like dermal fillers, scarless eye bag removal, and incisional and transconjunctival eye bag surgery. While dermal fillers allow filling up of the hollow areas and evening out the undereye region, scarless eye bag therapy and eye bag surgery allow the permanent removal of the excess fat and skin that had been causing the look of budging eyebags.
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