Eye Bags Treatment in New Jersey
Patient Testimonial: Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Eye Bags Treatment & Surgery Options in New Jersey
As we age, the development of eye bags is common. Although there are several reasons that eye bags develop, one of the main causes is a weakening of the tissues and muscles that support the eyelids. Once weakened, these tissues and muscles are unable to provide adequate support, allowing the natural fat in the orbit of the eye to move forward into the lower lid. This fat previously helped support the eyes; however, once this fat moves forward the areas beneath the eyes begin to appear swollen/puffy. Individuals who experience repeated puffiness beneath their eyes may be good candidates for eyelid surgery. At Fresh Face & Eye in Chatham, New Jersey, Dr. Baljeet Purewal uses her skill, artistic vision and innovative techniques to address eye bags.
What Causes the Development of Eye Bags?
The skin that surrounds the eye is actually the thinnest skin on our bodies. For this reason, the eye area is frequently the first part of the body to show the signs of aging (e.g., wrinkles, eye bags, fine lines and lax skin, etc.).
Eye bags and other facial characteristics can occur for a variety of reasons. For example, the skeletal changes, aging skin and loss of support that occurs over the years all play a role in the development of eye bags, fine lines, wrinkles and lax skin.
Eye bags may result from an accumulation of fluid and/or the onset of inflammation beneath the eyes. Furthermore, there are several factors that can either cause eye bags to develop or hasten their progression.
Other causes of bags under the eyes include:
- Smoking tobacco.
- Genetics – the potential for developing eye bags can be inherited.
- Lack of sleep.
- Fluid retention – this retention typically occurs following the consumption of salty foods or upon waking.
- Poor diet.
- Sun damage.
Medical conditions include:
- Kidney disease.
- Nasal congestion.
- Seasonal allergies.
- Eyelid dermatitis.
- Thyroid disease.
Typical symptoms of under eye bags include:
- Loose or saggy skin beneath the eyes.
- Inflammation (mild).
- Dark circles under the eyes.
Camouflaging Under Eye Bags in New Jersey
Attempting to hide under eye bags using creams, moisturizers and makeup can be extremely frustrating because these products can only do so much. Dr. Purewal offers procedures that reduce the visibility of under eye bags for several months (e.g., peels and resurfacing treatments) or for years (i.e., eyelid surgery). The results attained with eyelid surgery in New Jersey usually last from five to seven years.
Temporary and Permanent Eye Bags: What is the Difference?
The reason eye bags develop can help determine whether or not an individual should consider seeking treatment from an experienced plastic surgeon.
Temporary bags beneath the eyes:
When bags develop under the eyes because of a temporary issue (e.g., eating salty foods, illness or lack of sleep, etc.), a variety of home remedies can be used to reduce their visibility. Once the issue causing the temporary bags ends, the eyes should return to normal.
Permanent bags under the eyes:
When under eye bags develop as part of the natural aging process and/or due to genetics, at-home remedies may help reduce their visibility for a short time, but these unsightly bags will return. Therefore, individuals who are experiencing eye bags for these reasons should consider having cosmetic eyelid surgery or non-surgical treatments with Dr. Baljeet K. Purewal.
Would Health Insurance Cover Eye Bag Treatment?
Although you may be unhappy with the way your eyes look, this condition is relatively harmless; therefore, addressing eye bags for cosmetic reasons is not considered a medical necessity, which means that health insurance will not cover procedures related to eliminating or improving the appearance of eye bags.
When to seek medical care:
If inflammation progresses to severe swelling and/or there is an area around the eye that is painful, red or itching, seeking medical care from an experienced ophthalmologist is recommended.
An ophthalmologist can determine the reason for the symptoms and treat the issue accordingly. Some of the medical issues that can cause these symptoms include allergies, infection or thyroid disease. When seeking treatment to address these symptoms, the patient’s insurance company should be contacted because these services will most likely be covered.
The Difference Between Shadows Beneath the Eyes and Dark Circles
While initially one might think that dark circles and shadows under the eyes are the same thing, this is not the case. After enduring a long, sleepless night dark circles may be evident beneath the eyes; however, this darkness is probably just a shadow being cast upon puffy eyelids that resulted from the inability to get a good night’s rest. On the other hand, if an individual notices that he or she has persistent dark circles beneath the eyes, hollows (i.e., dark circles) are most likely the culprit. Unfortunately, the development of dark circles is a natural part of the aging process.
What Causes Hollowing?
While some people have puffy bags that develop under their eyes, others have a hollowing that occurs. This hollowing results due to a loss of fat in that area of the face. In addition, a loss of elasticity, weakened tissues that sag and thin skin frequently result in a darkening beneath the lower eyelid. This darkening occurs because as the skin thins it becomes more transparent. This skin transparency allows some of the blood vessels that lie beneath to become slightly visible. This darker-looking skin can be present even if an individual does not have hollowing or puffiness beneath the eyes.
Facts about dark under eye circles:
- This facial characteristic is usually genetic.
- Anyone can develop dark circles under the eyes; however, due to fat loss and slowed collagen production, resulting in thinner skin beneath the eyes, seniors are far more likely to have this facial characteristic.
- For some, just spending time in the sun can lead to the development of dark circles under the eyes: These individuals are those who produce additional melanin, which is the pigment responsible for giving skin its darker color when it exposed to UV light for any length of time.
- Allergies and hay fever can cause dark circles to develop beneath the eyes.
- People who have darker skin tones are more likely to develop circles beneath their eyes. However, these circles are not related to the blood vessels beneath thinned skin, as is common with age, but instead result from hyperpigmentation. Darker skin tones have more melanin than lighter skin tones do. This additional melanin increases the likelihood of an individual developing hyperpigmentation around the eye area.
Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Treatments to Address Eye Bags in New Jersey
While there are some effective at-home treatments that temporarily reduce the visibility of puffy eyes, Oculoplastics and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon Dr. Baljeet K. Purewal addresses eye bags with non-surgical and surgical procedures. By performing these innovative procedures, Dr. Purewal can reduce the frequency of, or eliminate the cause of, eye bags.
Personalized Treatment at Fresh Face & Eye
Besides being an Oculoplastics and Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon and Expert Injector, Dr. Baljeet Purewal also specializes in cosmetic eyelid surgery and non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques.
As a dedicated, caring plastic surgeon Dr. Purewal uses her 10 years of experience to determine which eye bag treatment will provide the patient with his or her desired result. Once Dr. Baljeet K. Purewal determines which procedure or treatment will serve the patient best, she takes the time to create a custom-designed treatment and/or surgical plan.
Cosmetic Treatments and Surgical Procedures for Under Eye Bags in New Jersey
At Fresh Face & Eye in Chatham, New Jersey, Dr. Purewal uses some of the most innovative wrinkle treatments and surgical procedures available to improve the appearance of, or to eliminate under eye bags and puffiness.
Non-Surgical Procedures Available in New Jersey to Address Eye Bags
Non-surgical procedures available at Fresh Face & Eye include chemical peels, fillers and laser resurfacing treatments.
Resurfacing procedures and chemical peels are designed to tighten and tone the skin, which is why these kinds of treatments are great options for rejuvenating the area beneath the eyes and reduce the visibility of eye bags.
These non-surgical treatments tighten the skin and improve its tone. Furthermore, collagen production in the treated areas increases, which can help thicken the thin skin beneath the eye that is allowing blood vessels to make the skin in that area appear darker than the rest of the skin on the face.
A Blepharoplasty (aka Eyelid Surgery)
Eyelid surgery is one of the ways that Dr. Purewal can eliminate under eye bags.
When excess fat is the reason for puffiness beneath the eyes, a blepharoplasty can be performed to remove this fat. In addition, Dr. Purewal can tighten any lower eyelid skin that sags.
A Lower Blepharoplasty, Upper Blepharoplasty or Full Blepharoplasty
Dr. Baljeet Purewal can perform lower eyelid surgery, upper eyelid surgery or a full blepharoplasty to address issues related to both the upper and the lower eyelids.
During a full blepharoplasty, Dr. Baljeet K. Purewal can address:
- Bags beneath the eyes.
- Excess upper and/or lower eyelid skin.
- Puffy-looking or baggy upper eyelids.
- Excess upper eyelid skin that is interfering with an individual’s vision (i.e., ptosis).
- Lower eyelids that droop, exposing the white portion of the eye beneath the iris.
An Overview of the Lower Blepharoplasty Procedure
While performing lower eyelid surgery, Dr. Purewal has two incision options: If Dr. Purewal is removing excess fat, she creates an incision inside the lower eyelid, if Dr. Baljeet K. Purewal is not removing fat, she creates the incision on the outside of the lower eyelid, just below the eyelashes.
Once Dr. Purewal removes the excess fat and/or the extra skin, she closes the incision using tiny stitches. Since Dr. Baljeet Purewal specializes in performing cosmetic eyelid surgery, her skill, experience and artistic vision allow her to provide patients with the beautiful, natural-looking results they desire.
There are other cosmetic eye issues that Dr. Purewal can address one of these issues is cholesterol deposits.
Cholesterol deposits are soft, flat, yellow lumps that form in areas surrounding the eye. These deposits can accumulate on the lower lid and/or the upper lid. These deposits frequently accumulate near the inner corner of the eye. Sometimes, these deposits will accumulate symmetrically around both of the eyes.
As time passes, cholesterol may continue to accumulate in these areas, which results in the lumps becoming larger and more noticeable.
Reasons People in the New Jersey Area Choose Dr. Baljeet K. Purewal at Fresh Face & Eye
Dr. Purewal has been serving the Northern New Jersey area for 10 years.
People who choose Dr. Purewal to perform their cosmetic, reconstructive and plastic surgery procedures know that they are receiving treatment from an experienced oculoplastics and reconstructive plastic surgeon who is an expert injector specializing in cosmetic eyelid surgery and non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments.
Dr. Baljeet K. Purewal’s commitment to patient safety, excellent non-surgical cosmetic procedure techniques and exceptional surgical skills have placed her as one of Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for 2020, and as a New Beauty Top Beauty Doctor for 2020.
Preparing for an Initial Consultation to Address Under Eye Bags
Once you decide to schedule an initial consultation at Fresh Face & Eye, preparing a list of questions to ask Dr. Baljeet Purewal can help you make the most of your initial consultation.
Some of the most common questions patients ask are listed below:
1. What do you think is causing my symptoms?
2. Is this eye condition temporary? If not, what treatment approach would you recommend for me?
3. How much will the recommended treatment cost?
4. Will my health insurance cover this type of treatment?
5. What can I expect in relation to results?
6. Is there anything I can do at home to reduce my under-eye puffiness?
7. Will I need follow-up appointments or additional treatments? If so, what are they and what can I expect?
At Fresh Face & Eye, patients are always encouraged to ask questions. Therefore, please do not hesitate to ask any other questions that may arise during your appointment with Dr. Purewal.
Questions that Dr. Baljeet K. Purewal will most likely ask:
1. How long have you had bags under your eyes?
2. Do these bags develop occasionally or are they always present?
3. Have you found anything that decreases the visibility of the bags under your eyes?
4. Is there anything that seems to worsen the bags under your eyes?
Individuals residing in the New Jersey area who would like to learn more about addressing dark circles, lax skin, puffy eyes and under eye bags should contact Fresh Face & Eye in Chatham, New Jersey at (973) 635-4000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Baljeet K. Purewal. If you prefer, you can click here to request an appointment using an online form.
Besides offering in-house appointments, Dr. Purewal also provides virtual consultations. To request a virtual consultation, please click here and choose the orange box located in the upper right-hand corner of the page.
Fresh Face & Eye’s address is 82 Main Street, Chatham, New Jersey.