What Causes Bags Under Your Eyes?

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Getting Rid of Skin Under Your Eyes | Salem, NH | Dr. ChatsonYou may have noticed them after pulling an all-nighter, or when you were suffering through a bout with the flu: dark circles under your eyes, looking like light bruises. As you age, they may appear more easily and frequently, eventually becoming a permanent feature of your face. Eyelid surgery is a fast and effective way to remove baggy skin beneath the eyes, but what causes it in the first place?

Excess skin under the eyes is a natural part of the aging process. As we get older, our skin loses its tightness, and the muscles around our eyelids tend to weaken. This can cause loose skin under your eyes, which creates the pockets that can give them a hollow look. Fluid may begin to accumulate in this space, giving the skin around your eyes a puffy appearance.

You can correct the appearance of these bags of skin under your eyes with eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty. Candidates for blepharoplasty:

  • Have loose skin around the eyes that needs tightening
  • Must have a positive outlook and realistic goals.
  • Must not smoke, or be willing to quit before the procedure
  • Should be in generally good health
  • Should not have any serious eye conditions
  • Should not have any diseases that can impair healing

While eyelid surgery that only corrects baggy or puffy eyes is purely cosmetic, the procedure can be considered a necessary medical procedure in cases where it affects patient health. For example, if excess skin on your upper eyelids is making it difficult to see, removing this excess skin can improve your vision.

If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon who will give your eyelid surgery the attention it requires, Dr. George P. Chatson has the skills and experience you deserve. Contact his plastic surgery practice at 978-687-1151 today. Dr. Chatson serves patients in Salem, Lowell, Andover, and the surrounding communities.