There are all sorts of home remedy websites that claim to know how to get rid of bags under the eyes. Unfortunately, most at-home remedies aren't effective. Most health professionals agree that cosmetic eyelid surgery proves highly effective for healthy patients seeking to eliminate drooping pockets of facial skin. That said, these treatments may be changing, thanks to a recent study which has shed new light on what actually causes the condition.

Eye Bag Removal

For decades, medical experts have argued that sagging lower eyelids stemmed from a weakening orbital septum, which is responsible for keeping fat in place. As we age, this ligament weakens, which was thought to create a so-called fat herniation. To promote a younger, smoother appearance, cosmetic surgeons commonly perform a lower-lid blepharoplasty that tightens facial muscles or repositions fat. That said, a new study has shed doubts on what actually causes drooping facial skin, and it may change how cosmetic surgeons choose to get rid of bags under the eyes.

Promising New Research

Recently, researchers at the University of California took a closer look at what causes these unsightly bulges, and the results may have a significant impact on blepharoplasty procedures going forward. According to Dr. Sean Darcy who authored the study, his team's findings suggest that a weakening orbital septum is not to blame. After closely examining 40 subjects between the ages of 12 and 80, he found that excess fatty tissue was the main cause of eye bag problems.

Blepharoplasty Recommendations

According to Dr. Darcy, because fat tends to build up around the eyelids as we age, modern cosmetic eyelid surgeries should focus on fat excision to encourage better results. Additionally, before seeking treatment, patients should consider losing weight to see if this yields any sort of acceptable improvement.

How to Get Rid of Eye Bags at Home

Most experts agree that popular non-medical eyelift treatments, such as cucumber, teabags and creams, aren't likely to improve sagging skin beneath the eyelids. That said, there are some moderately effective things people can try.

Because salt and diuretics, such as caffeine, can cause the body to retain water; patients should consider cutting back to see if this helps to remove bags under the eyes. That said, if your problems are owed to aging, you may have no choice but to get a cosmetic eyelift. When performed by a reputable, experienced surgeon, these procedures tend to yield effective results, especially in younger patients who are showing signs of premature aging.

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