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May 17, 2019

Eye Bags: Understanding and Treating Them


Do you ever get the questions about whether you have slept well or are feeling okay? You may feel completely fine but it could be your eyes bags that's causing all the concerned looks. Dermatologists in Singapore will certainly tell you that eye bags are harmless but they can be an eyesore to your appearance. At Cambridge Medical Group, we might just have the solution for you. We will tell you about some of the causes to your eye bags and how you can remove your eye bags.

Person with eye bags

Eye bags occur at the little space at the bottom of your eye. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest as compared to the rest of your face and the spaces around your eye sockets are filled with fat. In younger people with a healthy lifestyle, the skin will be able to hold onto the fat. However, due to age and gravity, the skin can lose its elasticity and would not be able to hold the fats up. The fats then get displaced at the lower eyelid which creates eye bags. That space can also get filled with liquid, leading to that characteristic puffy look



Like how everything loses its prime with age, your eyes are no exception. As explained above, with age comes with slower production rates of collagen which leads to your skin losing its elasticity. This causes the skin to droop. As the skin around of our eyes is thinner, the effect is more obvious there. [1]

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Sometimes you may notice other people, who may not sleep at all, still look fresh without any eyebags. This may have something to do with genetics. Simply put, if you have a family member who has eye bags, it can explain why you are having them.


Smoking slows down collagen production and breaks down healthy skin cells, leading to premature or accelerated ageing. Water retention also can occur around the eyes to prevent the skin from getting too dehydrated from the smoke.

Lack of Sleep

This is probably one of the most common reasons for many people at any age. Most of our body’s maintenance happens when we sleep; it allows wounds to heal and your mind to rest. This goes for your eyes too. While you sleep, the body will flush out excess liquid from the bottom of our eyes. Without adequate rest, your body will not be able to do that and accumulate liquid at that spot, leading to eye bags.

Salty Food

Eating too much salty food before you sleep will lead to eye bags the next day. Too much salt causes a mild form of water retention around your eyes. Water retention occurs when the body is too dehydrated so it stores water as a form of survival tactic.



Blepharoplasty is a form of cosmetic surgery for the eyes, specifically for the eyelids. Blepharoplasty is the most commonly requested cosmetic procedure in Asia and third most commonly requested by Asian Americans.

During blepharoplasty, the surgeon will make incisions around the eye and remove excess fats there. Incisions are usually made on the natural creases around the eye, such as the eyelid, so that cuts are not obvious. After that, the extra skin may be tightened or removed completely. [2] You definitely need to take some downtime to ensure that your recover fully from the surgery but after that, you will be left with your ideal appearance.

Non-Surgical Alternative

There are non-surgical treatments that can get rid of your eye bags. One such way is our Eye Revo procedure. Micro injections are used at the eye bag area to spread out the excess fats, tighten the skin and stimulate collagen production around the eye. This procedure requires no incisions and no general anaesthesia. It would just feel like an insect bite. There is minimal downtime where you can continue with your way of life almost immediately. However, you need to go for a couple of sessions as the results may not be instant.


Getting Enough Sleep

Since one of the main causes of eye bags is lack of sleep, you should start getting some early nights in. You should get at least get seven hours of sleep and try to keep a regular sleep schedule.

Healthy Lifestyle

Eat a balanced diet with a lower intake of salt. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and water retention. If you are smoking, it is highly advisable that you quit smoking too.

Skin Care Products

There are skin care products in the market that can alleviate your eye bag issue like creams, roll-on serums and special cooling masks. There are skin care products designed to tightened the skin around your eyes and reduce water retention. They are a quick and convenient way to manage your eye bags. However, these products cannot guarantee results as it does not tackle the root cause. You also would need to regularly use these products in order to see any improvement.

Eye Bags may seem like a blemish to your appearance but you can get rid of them via treatments and home remedies. The best of all is that you do not have to go under the knife to get the perfect look. Contact us for more enquiries and we will tell you what is the more suitable treatment options for you!

  1. Aghaei, S. (2016). An approach to dark circles under the eyes. Journal of Surgical Dermatology1(2), 55-56.
  2. Naik, M. N., Honavar, S. G., Das, S., Desai, S., & Dhepe, N. (2009). Blepharoplasty: an overview. Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery2(1), 6–11. https://doi.org/10.4103/0974-2077.53092


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