What Causes Bags Under the Eyes?


Swelling and puffiness under your eyes — often called “bags” — are pretty common! There are a variety of facial creams and makeup products designed specifically to help you get rid of, or just cover up the irritating under-eye “baggage.” Many of these products prove to be ineffective and don’t actually correct the underlying problem. Have you ever wondered what actually causes the puffiness though? 

Bags under the eyes are caused by a variety of things, most commonly aging. As you get older, the tissue structures and muscles supporting your eyelids naturally begin to weaken which allows fatty tissue from the eye socket to move forward. The skin under the eye begins to sag and retain fluid, leading to a swollen appearance. Other factors can make under-eye puffiness worse, including:

  • A diet high in sodium

  • Inadequate sleep

  • Smoking

  • Allergies

  • Not removing your makeup

  • Frequent alcohol use

The good news?

Even though bags and dark circles under the eyes can make you feel insecure or make you look older than you are, you do have options! McFarland Eye Care’s very own Dr. Byron Wilkes  has undergone specialized training in oculoplastic surgery and has years of experience when it comes to helping patients look and feel their very best. 

If you’re ready to freshen up your appearance and “unpack” those bags, outpatient plastic surgery may be the perfect solution for you. Before pursuing surgery, you should rule out any possible causes of under-eye bags that are not related to aging, such as an allergy or infection. 

In addition to reducing under eye puffiness, Dr. Wilkes also offers services such as drooping upper lid repair, Juvéderm injections, forehead lifts, Kybella, brow lifts and more! For more information, contact us today to schedule your personal consultation! We look forward to seeing you, and look forward to YOU seeing the face you remember staring back at you in the mirror!