If you have dark and puffy sagging under your eyes, you have what's commonly called under-eye "bags." These bags affect both men and women, and treatment is the same for both. From home remedies to surgical lifts, many treatments are available to renew the skin under your eyes.
Like it or not, dark, puffy sagging under the eyes is commonly caused by aging. When you age, the tissues around your eyes weaken, causing the skin to sag. Fat sinks to your lower eyelids, causing that puffy appearance. You may also have fluid in the space below your eyes, adding to the puffiness.
Allergies can cause dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. Your doctor can perform an allergy skin test to determine the cause of your allergies. The most common allergies are pollen, mold, animal dander and dust, says FamilyDoctor.org. If allergies are causing the bags under your eyes, take antihistamines, decongestants or nasal sprays to help alleviate them. If you can’t avoid the things you are allergic to, your doctor may also prescribe allergy shots.
For under-eye bags not caused by allergens, home remedies may help. How much sleep you get can affect your eyes. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep at night, and sleep with your head propped up to prevent fluids from settling around your eyes. Add an extra pillow or elevate the head of your bed, if you can. A little cold water or a cool compress applied with mild pressure in the morning may relieve the puffiness under your eyes.
Medical treatment can give results that home remedies cannot match. A dermatologist can administer laser resurfacing or a chemical peel to tighten the skin and reduce puffiness and discoloration. An eyelid lift, called a blepharoplasty, can repair sagging eyelids. A blepharoplasty cannot eliminate dark circles or wrinkles, however, notes Medline Plus.
Rarely, bags under the eyes signal a more serious condition. If you have severe and long-lasting swelling under your eyes; the area becomes red, itchy or painful; or any other part of your body begins to swell, see a doctor, as the bags may be signs of a kidney problem, thyroid problem or infection.