Fun facts about eye bag removal

Are you aware that occurrence of eye bags is more common in elderly people than in their younger counterparts? Are you also aware that the condition, for some strange reason, is more common in ladies than in gentlemen?

Did you know that eye bags can be managed by both surgical and/or no-surgical procedures?

If you were not aware of these facts, then you should read this article. 

Non-surgical methods of eye bag removal

Drinking plenty of water

One major cause of eye bags is water retention as a result of high concentration of salt. You may notice eye bags in the morning after crying at night or consuming salty dinner. The salt draws water to your beautiful face, thus causing unusual retention.

The excess salt can be eliminated by drinking plenty of water.

It’s also important to avoid salty foods as well as dehydrating drinks such as alcohol and caffeine.

Changing sleeping positions 

Eye bags generally occur in people who love sleeping on their sides or stomachs. This is because such sleeping positions encourage collection and accumulation of fluid under the eyes.

If you experience such a problem, then you can correct it by placing one or two pillows under you head when going to sleep.

You can also consider changing your sleeping position by going to sleep on your back.

Soothing eyes using cold cucumber

Soothing your eyes using cucumber or other cold items is an effective method of removing eye bags. Cucumbers are ideal because of the perfect shape, texture and size.

Treating allergies and avoiding allergens

Eye bags often occur after consumption of exposure to allergic substances which cause inflammation.

Since skin that surrounds the eyes is thinner and more sensitive than in other parts of the body, accumulation of fluid occurs under the eye lids.

Eye bags that occur as a result of allergic reactions can be removed using allergy medication. You can prevent such occurrences by avoiding the allergens.

Putting on make-up

This is one of the most effective and efficient methods of dealing with eye bags. It maintains your fresh look throughout the day and also hides the eye bags.

The make-up should suit your skin complexion.

Using tea bags

Tea bags are quite effective in eye bag removalbecause they contain tannin.

To ensure effectiveness, the tea bags should be placed in boiling water, properly soaked, removed and then placed on a plate to allow cooling.

Thereafter, they should be placed on the affected areas for approximately 10 minutes.

Eye bag removal can also be achieved by taking the following measures:

  • Removing make-up before going to sleep.
  • Avoiding alcohol consumption.
  • Regularly washing and drying your face.
  • Minimizing the amount of salt that you consume every day.
  • Regularly moisturizing your face before going to sleep.
  • Using sunscreen daily.

Surgical method

Eye bags can be removed through a surgical procedure known as blepharoplasty.

The process involves excision, repositioning and/or removal of skin, adipose fat and other unwanted tissues. It may also involve reinforcement of affected tendon tissues and muscles.

The main objective of this procedure is to restore aesthetics of the eyes by getting rid of undesirable skin from eyelids, making the underlying eye-muscles smoother, tightening supporting structures and re-draping excess fat from the eyes’ retroseptal areas.

Possible complications caused by eye bag removal through cosmetic surgery

Permanent loss of vision and deep orbital haemorrhage

The probability of occurrence of permanent loss of vision and deep orbital haemorrhage as a result of cosmetic blepharoplasty is 0.05% and 0.01% respectively.

Persistent conjunctiva chemosis

This complication arises due to inaccurate dissection of periorbital areas and lateral canthus, and may further result in epiphora, ocular discomfort, conjunctiva and corneal drying, and blurred vision.

Post-surgical wound infection

This is a possible complication that may arise. However, it rarely occurs if an eye surgeon ensures that his/her patient’s pre-orbital region is extensively vascularized.


Lagopthalmos/poor closure of eye lids is a complication that is caused by a dysfunctional pretarsal orbicularis muscle, myotoxicity or denervation as a result of improper administration of anaesthesia.

Severe edema

This is a common condition that temporarily occurs in 85% of all eye surgeries. Extent of swelling generally depends on surgical factors like ecchymosis, nature of dissection in the eye’s lateral canthal area, excessive cauterization and extensive excision or manipulation of tissues.


This is a serious condition that an eye surgeon can avoid if he/she takes into consideration the eyes’ palpebral fissure height, levator muscle function as well as distance between the lower eyelid margin and the corneal light reflex.

Other complications that may result from surgical eye bag removal include; eyelid crease asymmetry, scar & incision abnormalities, diplopia, hyper-pigmentation, wound dehiscence and medial canthal webbing.


If you have a recurrent problem with eye bags (or if you have had them in the past), then you don’t need to worry anymore. They can easily be removed through surgical or non-surgical procedures.

If you opt for the surgical procedure, then it’s important to choose an eye surgeon who has proper and adequate qualifications, skills and experience.

The surgeon have the ability of avoiding possible complications by taking measures such as; careful selection of patients, having a good surgical plan, conducting comprehensive pre-surgical assessment, having meticulous surgical techniques and carrying out appropriate post-surgical care.


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