All You Need to Know About Eye Bags and Their Treatments

Woman with under eye cooling pads.

What are Eye Bags?

Eye bags are a common problem faced by many people. It can be embarrassing to have dark circles under your eyes, but there are many treatments that will help get rid of them.

While many people believe that eye bags are caused by lack of sleep, this is usually not the case. They can be caused by a range of factors, including genetics, ageing, or even the environment.

That said, eye bags, or dark circles, are caused by the excess fat and skin around your eyes. The skin around your eyes is thinner than other parts of your body because there is less blood flow to this area as it is not as active as other parts of your body.

Main Causes of Eye Bags

Eye bags are generally harmless but can sometimes be a sign of an underlying medical condition. Among the main causes of eye bags are:


The loss of firmness in the skin and muscles occurs as we age. This is usually due to lower collagen levels, causing our skin and the underlying muscles to lose their elasticity. This is especially noticeable around the eyes.


If your family members have eye bags, you are likely to have them as well. It can be a physical characteristic that runs in your family.


As the skin is much thinner around the eyes, congestion and inflammation from allergies can sometimes exacerbate the puffiness beneath the eyes. This usually occurs when the blood pools under the eyes and the swollen veins dilate and darken, creating dark circles and puffiness.

Fluid retention

Eating lots of salty foods can cause your body to retain water, which eventually leads to swelling. This will in turn cause fluid retention to occur beneath your eyes after the fluid has had all night to settle in.

Are Eye Bags Permanent?

Eye bags are usually a cosmetic issue, which means they are treatable and can be resolved on their own over time. However, severe cases of dark circles will require medical attention.

Plus, there are various treatments available to reduce the appearance of eye bags, ranging from home treatments to non-invasive techniques such as laser treatments, ultrasound treatments, and injectables like Rejuran.

What are The Treatments Available?

Eye bag treatments have been around for centuries, but they have evolved to be more effective and less invasive than before. As such, an ideal eye bag treatment should be tailored to an individual after a doctor assesses your needs.

Patient receiving 4d Fotona Laser

Fotona Laser

This is an innovative laser treatment that uses a unique combination of 12 complementary laser wavelengths to treat 4 distinct “dimensions” of the skin to rejuvenate and tighten it from the inside out.

While the 4D Fotona laser works by targeting fatty cells and water under the eye, it works to treat eye bags directly with no downtime and minimal discomfort. Thus, this laser treatment can help to reduce the appearance of the eye bags.

Patient receiving Rejuran treatment


This is an injectable treatment for skin rejuvenation, made of DNA fragments that contain collagen building blocks. In fact, Rejuran thickens the skin under the eyes, reducing fine wrinkles.

As such, it is a powerful rejuvenation and anti-inflammatory formula that helps the skin to heal quickly while slowing down the ageing process.

Dr. Khoo treating a patient with HIFU

HIFU (High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound)

A staple in skin-lifting treatments, HIFU is a non-invasive lifting and contouring treatment for the face, neck, and body. It tightens loose and sagging skin as well as reduces wrinkles caused by premature ageing.

In treating sagging skin, HIFU speeds up the collagen remodelling process by heating the collagen fibres in the dermal layer with rapid irradiation. It irradiates the skin at a certain depth by using 10Hz as the faster velocity without damaging the epidermis.

If your eye bags remain a major concern, you can contact Dr. Khoo for a personalised treatment solution today.


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