The eye is the window to the soul, they say, but what happens when the window is weighed down by deep, dark circles that do not seem to go away? Do you still consider it as a window, or is it more like a prison now?
Eye bags are notorious for giving a fatigued or perpetually tired look. It is a result of the accumulation of fatty tissues under the eyes and commonly associated with different factors such as lack of sleep, stress, allergies, genetics, and loss of collagen due to ageing. Aside from these known factors, we have ourselves partly to blame; we like to pamper the body and face with lotions, serums, and moisturizers, and yet, we neglect to take care of the small, delicate portion of skin under our eyes. The skin under the eye is thinner and highly sensitive, and it is also the first to show signs of ageing.
The appearance of eye bags can range from mild to extreme. For certain people, you can only see a hint of the eyebags when they look upwards while in extreme cases, the eyebag is always protruding and visible. However, the option to remove eye bags is not for everyone. The procedure is only recommended to people with good skin elasticity who suffers from mild sagging or mild to moderate bulge on the lower eyelids.
On the other hand, most individuals are put off by the idea of undergoing surgery around the eye area; the mental image of having a sharp object like a scalpel near your eyes can induce nightmares for some. But with the availability of different eyebag removal techniques nowadays, it is just a matter of choosing the best doctors to perform the procedure.
With the help from Allure, an innovative day surgery centre in Singapore, this article will answer two important things you need to know: the types of eye bag removal surgery in Singapore and tips on how to prevent eyebags. Because prevention is always, always better than cure, right?
Types of Eyebag Removal Surgery in Singapore
There are two methods to permanently remove eye bags:
- Subciliary Lower Blepharoplasty. This is recommended to patients with a lot of lower eyelid skin and fat deposits underneath the eye. During the procedure, the doctor creates an incision below the lower lid eyelashes to remove excess fat and skin. In some cases, additional tightening procedure (lateral canthopexy) may be needed to hasten the sagging of the lower eyelid after the surgery. The scar that is left below the eyelashes will be unnoticeable after about three months.
- Lateral canthopexy. This is a separate procedure that is done to tighten the lower eyelid. The doctor places a non-absorbable suture on the corner of the lower lid and then it is tied to the sidewall of the bony socket of the eye.
- Transconjunctival Lower Blepharoplasty. This method is best suited to younger patients with little to no skin laxity (loose skin). It is done by creating a small incision in the back of the lower lid and then removing the fat pocket with a cannula, a non-sharp, thin-tubed needle. This guarantees a higher level of safety and a lesser risk of blood vessel damage. Transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty is also called the ‘scarless’ method because no scarring involved.
Prior to eyebag removal surgery in Singapore, anaesthetics will be used to numb the eye area so that you will not feel any pain. You may also ask your doctor for a sedative. We at Allure will do our best to make sure that you are comfortable before, during, and after the procedure.
Useful Lifestyle Tips on How to Eliminate Eye bags
As part of the natural ageing process, there is little that we can do about the appearance of the inevitable under-eye bags on our faces. But this should not stop us from incorporating several tips into our everyday lifestyle to help minimize their appearance.
- Get plenty of sleep. Sleeping helps our body recuperate during nighttime, so it is vital to get the recommended eight hours of sleep. Make sure that you keep your head elevated a few inches while you sleep to prevent fluid build-up around the eyes.
- Use a cold compress. A compress can be a cool, damp washcloth. Use it around your eyes while sitting upright. If available, you can use cold, damp tea bags or slices of fresh cucumber to lessen the puffiness in the eye area.
- Avoid too much alcohol and smoking. Alcohol causes dehydration while smoking is known for causing dark under-eye circles. Avoid both to improve not just your skin but also, more importantly, your overall health.
- Avoid too much salt in your food. Sodium makes your body bloat and it also causes under-eye swelling. Reduce your salt intake to minimize your eyebags.
- Exercise regularly. Aside from stimulating blood circulation, engaging in rigorous physical activities helps the body produce endorphins, a hormone that triggers a positive feeling. This will give you younger-looking skin and keep eyebag – causing stress away.
- Vitamin C is key. Eating Vitamin C-rich food inhibits collagen-production. Collagen is a protein that makes the skin hydrated, healthy, and glowing.
- Protect your eyes from the sun. Wear a pair of UV-blocking sunglasses with a wide-brimmed hat when you are outside to prevent sun damage to the delicate skin under your eyes.
- Use a trusted cosmetic concealer. You may opt to cover up the dark shadows under your eyes using the right shade of concealer. Apply it with light had to achieve the best results.
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