You can have puffy eyes for all kinds of reasons: Allergies, fluid retention, fatigue, smoking, hormones, a sleepless night, or crying. Try these quick fixes.
- Place a cold spoon (not frozen), washcloth or cucumber slices soaked in cold water on your closed eyes for a few minutes.
- Prep some teabags (caffeinated green or black teas) and keep them in the fridge. Prep by steeping in hot water, then keep cold in the fridge. Place on your eyes for 5 minutes.
- In a hurry? Splash your face with cold water.
- Preventing the puff isn’t always possible, but if you know common reasons, you can take action.
- Fluid retention can be a result of too much salt, so those late night chips could be contributing to the problem.
- If you use a fan while you sleep, direct it away from your face. Overhead fans can be reversed to move air up and over instead of directly downward.
- Drinking alcohol nearly always disturbs sleep. Try skipping that evening nightcap and see if it helps.
- Allergy-driven puffiness may require medication. If your eyes are red and itchy along with puffiness, see your doctor.
Puffs, Bags and Hollows
Puffs are temporary, so it’s easy to differentiate them from permanent issues that require medical attention to correct or improve.
Bags under the eye represent ruptured fat pads. Lower blepharoplasty allows repositioning of this fat. (Some patients find that laser resurfacing will adequately tighten skin that is sagging in the eye area.)
Hollows are a result of volume loss and is a natural consequence of aging. Restylane immediately restores volume to the tear trough when filler use is appropriate.
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