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Almost every person can relate to this experience: You wake up from your alarm clock ringing, feeling a little bit groggy from last night’s party. You stand up, rub your eyes and take in the light from the morning sun. You go to the bathroom, then stare at yourself at the mirror, hoping you can get yourself ready for the business meeting later. To your horror, you notice something wrong. You have eye bags!
Eye bags are the stuff of nightmares, especially to a working professional here in Singapore. They not only make you look 10 years older but can also lower your self-confidence and hurt your productivity.
There are a couple of ways to deal with eye bags though. These include changing to a less salty diet and adding exercise to your daily routine. For photos, you can even edit out your peepers using Photoshop. Some people swear to the effectiveness of these methods. But none really give you a solution that lasts.
For a long time, several beauty products have been introduced to the market. They claim to remove your bags and dark eye circles. These include hyaluronic acid eye creams, moisturisers and concealers. It’s unfortunate, however, that a lot of these so-called “solutions” are really just temporary fixes. The reason for this is that eye bags occur because the orbital septum is lax, letting fat that is present by default to bulge out. Sometimes the only way to deal with that is through surgery.
Wouldn’t you want a more long-lasting, even perhaps a permanent solution?
Then you can thank yourself for existing in this age of technology. Because several treatments are now available thanks to science and medicine. It all depends on how much you want to spend.
Here is how to remove your eye bags:
1. Scarless Eye Bag Removal Surgery
If you have no qualms with going under the knife, then scarless eye bag removal surgery is your best bet. This requires a deal of preparation though. A visit to your doctor is needed before you can have the procedure. And as always with regards to surgical procedures, there will be some downtime before you can resume your normal activities.
Remember to choose a clinic or specialist that you can trust and get a full consultation from them. It’s possible that your situation wouldn’t need plastic surgery. And they may advise you to choose a non-surgical treatment instead.
If you do get the go signal from your doctors, there are a couple of things you need to avoid at least 6 days before the procedure, namely:
- Vitamin E products
Also, during the day of the surgery, if you feel sick or experience red eyes or irritation, notify your aesthetic clinic about it. They will determine if you can still go through with it.
For the manipulation itself, the doctor makes a small incision on the lower eyelid area and remove excess skin as well as other tissue. The procedure can take from 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the skills of the professional. The great thing about it is that it leaves no visible scars, as indicated by its name. It can smooth out fine lines too.
After the surgery, the full recovery period takes about 1 to 3 weeks, however, it is possible to resume normal activities a week afterwards. The advantage of this procedure is that the results last a lot longer and are more noticeable compared to non-surgical treatments.
Scarless eye bag removal surgery will cost you about $2,000 to $4,000 depending on the clinic and the reputation of the cosmetic surgeon.
2. Radio Frequency Eyebag Removal Procedure
If you prefer a procedure that doesn’t involve going under the knife, then radio frequency (RF) eye bag removal may be the one for you. This eye bag removal procedure originated from Korea. It is now one of the non-surgical methods available here in Singapore. It helps reduce the appearance of eye bags without having to resort to invasive methods.
A topical anaesthetic is applied to the lower eyelids to minimise the discomfort. The procedure involves inserting a special, patented micro-needle that targets excess fat deposits under your peepers. It emits a radio frequency with extreme precision. Basically, it selects the subcutaneous fat under the skin and injects poly-L-lactic acid. The ultimate goal: to stimulate collagen formation. This tightens the tissue in the eye region and reduces puffiness. The whole procedure should take about 35 to 50 minutes.
There is minimal pain and discomfort when undergoing the procedure since no cutting is involved. The micro-needle insertions feel like mosquito stings. The good thing is that they disappear fast with the help of the topical anaesthetic.
There is almost no downtime after the procedure and no scarring occurs around the eye area. This procedure can also be done for the upper eyelid in cases where your eyes look droopy.
The unfortunate downside to this procedure is that it can only be done for mild to moderate eye bags. It wouldn’t be that effective for greater puffiness. This procedure costs around $3,500 to $4,500 and the effects last for up to two years.
3. Laser Blepharoplasty (Laser Eyebag Treatment)
Laser eye bag removal, or laser blepharoplasty, is another non-surgical procedure. It targets swelling and puffiness without a scalpel. The technique employs a carbon dioxide laser. Unlike the traditional manipulation, there is little bleeding. This is because the hot beam seals small blood vessels as it cuts tissues. This not only improves visibility for the plastic surgeons, but also reduces the overall duration. There is also lesser wound contraction, meaning the risk of scarring is minimal.
As with other procedures, a full consultation with your doctor is recommended. There are also a couple of characteristics that would make you a good candidate for this procedure. These include:
- Having no medical conditions or illnesses that can slow your recovery
- Being a non-smoker
- Not being a heavy drinker
The treatment is similar to traditional eye bag surgery. The difference is that it uses a laser instead of a scalpel, which is advantageous for the reasons stated above. Compared to traditional surgery however, there is less swelling and discomfort after that. This is because the carbon dioxide laser beam seals lymphatics under the skin and speeds recovery. The latter takes about 7 to 10 days.
Besides eye bag removal, laser blepharoplasty can also address these other issues:
- Droopy eyelids - The laser can make an incision on the upper eyelids instead. Similarly, the excess fat tissue is removed and the skin is pulled upward.
- Double eyelid surgery - For a lot of Asians, there is no visible crease that indicates the eyelids. Laser blepharoplasty allows for the creation of this crease. The skin above the eye is reshaped, which ultimately gives the patient a “double eyelid”.
Laser blepharoplasty costs about $3,000 to $5,000. Possible side effects include irritation and dryness around the treated area.
4. Non-surgical 4D Laser Eye Treatment
Finally, there is another procedure that targets eye bags. 4D laser eye treatment uses lasers and does not require incision. Instead of using the laser as a cutting tool, this procedure employs it to stimulate collagen production underneath the skin. This causes the tissue on your lower eyelids to tighten and shrink the size of the bags. After this, another laser is used to resurface and adjust the contour of the skin around the eye bags to give it a less wrinkly look.
The treatment takes less than 40 minutes to finish and is one of the safest. There is nearly no bruising and pain, and almost no downtime. In fact, a lot of patients have reported that they resumed normal activities immediately after the manipulation. High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment may be followed after this to further tighten the skin. It can also give your lower eyelids a firmer and less puffy appearance. For better results, the doctor may suggest that you undergo 2 to 3 sessions of 4D laser eye treatment.
This non-surgical option is suitable for small- to medium-sized eye bags and dark circles. Patients of any age can undergo it as long as they are allowed by the doctor after a consultation.
The price runs between $900 and $1,100 per session.
Thanks to scientific research, much safer and better procedures may be developed in time. For now, however, these four treatments are your best options on how to remove your eye bags. No matter what, choose a doctor you trust and listen to his/her advice.