BAGGY EYES CAUSES & SYMPTOMS
Dermatochalasis or baggy eyes with mild puffiness or swelling under the eyes represent a common condition that may develop as you age. If you are bothered by the persistent under-eye puffiness, you should consider eyelid surgery as a safe and proven option. During your initial consultation, your eye surgeon will explain to you the underlying causes of dermatochalasis and help you make an informed decision.
What Causes Dermatochalasis (baggy eyes) Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Hui provides treatments for baggy eyes and other conditions to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, La Quinta, Coachella Valley, Riverside, Redlands, Yucaipa, Loma Linda, and surrounding locations.
The usual signs of dermatochalasis include mild swelling of puffiness under the eyes, loose or saggy skin, and the appearance of dark circles around the eyes. Aging effects can contribute to this condition in most cases. As you age, the tissue around your eyes as well as some of the eyelid supporting muscles will tend to become weak.
Normal fatty tissue that provides support to the eyes may gradually move into your lower eyelids. This will result in your lower lids looking puffy. In some cases, fluid may also accumulate within the space under your eyes, which will further add to the swelling and bagginess.
Your oculoplastic surgeon will first rule out any other potential causes that may be causing the under-eye swelling, such as an allergy, infection or thyroid disease. Once they have determined the cause, they may recommend you to have eyelid lift cosmetic surgery to restore attractive, youthful looking appearance of the eyes.
HOW AGING CONTRIBUTES TO DERMATOCHALASIS
As you age, your skin will gradually experience loss of elasticity. Once you start losing natural elasticity in the connective tissue that supports the structure in the front part of your eyelids, it will cause dermatochalasis.
In this condition, the excess tissue will tend to hand down over the eyelid’s front edge. Loose tissue could also cause vision obstructions, which can be as high as 50 percent of your superior visual field in severe cases.
The weakening of the muscles and tissue structures that support your eyelids will happen with age. As a result, the eyelid skin may start drooping, and the fatty tissue that is usually deposited in the orbital area may move in the space under your eyes.
OTHER CAUSES OF BAGGY EYES
- Gravitational effects: Gravitational forces over time will push the muscle and fat downward, causing your eyelids to sag and puffiness to occur under the eyes.
- Heredity factors: Genetic causes are often long-term and hard to resolve. If bagginess occurs because of heredity factors, you may have to undergo eyelid surgery even at a younger age.
- Fluid retention: Sometimes the choice of your foods, especially the ones that contribute to fluid retention, such as salty foods, can contribute to puffiness under the eyes.
- Stress, lack of sleep, environmental sensitivities, seasonal and other allergies, and certain types of medications taken over the long term can cause baggy eyes over time.