Dark Bags Under Eyes

George Clooney before removing his dark bags under eyes via surgery (which he has admitted to)

George Clooney before removing his dark bags under eyes via surgery (which he has admitted to)

Q: What causes dark bags under eyes and what can be done to improve them?

A: Under eye bags are common cosmetic problem for the elderly, sometimes even the middle-aged. It’s considered to be a very unattractive problem that makes a person looked aged well beyond their years. Let’s take a look at some of the known causes, as well as what can be done to make them better.

What causes dark bags under eyes?
Unlike regular eye bags (which are not dark) these are actually two problems; when they’re combined, they can be particularly troublesome.

The Dark Color
The first problem is the dark eye bags; the black, dark color that goes along with the bags. There are a couple different causes of this. First of all, the blood in these capillaries is not flowing correctly. Blood is supposed to flow in one direction, but when the veins weaken it can lead to backed up oxygen-deprived blood (which is darker in color). In reality this type of blood is a very dark red, but
through the layers of the skin, it can appear almost black.

The second cause of the dark color is the shadows created by the eye bags themselves. Since they protrude out from your face, they can cast a small shadow underneath. This in itself is a bad enough problem, but when combined with the above issue, it can lead to particularly dark bags under eyes.

The Eye Bags
The other aspect of this problem is of course the actual eye bags themselves. These “bags” are actually fat and tissue which have sagged over time, coming together to create what is known as under eye bags.

But what causes this phenomenon? Well, there are a few known causes. First and foremost would be heredity. Yes that’s right; it’s something that you may not be at fault for at all. There are also lifestyle choices which can also play a part; not getting enough sleep, too much drinking, and not making healthy dietary decisions. Whatever the case may be, the bottom line they’re already there… now it’s time to figure out how to get rid of bags under eyes.

Treatment
The available treatments basically fall under two categories; surgery and creams. Vitamin K eye creams are known to helpful in improving dark circles. This vitamin in the topical form is known to be beneficial in helping with problem capillaries. This is why most eye cream for dark circles contains this ingredient. It can help with the dark color, but not with the actual bags themselves.

To treat the bags, unfortunately the most effective method appears to be eye bag removal surgery. Fortunately, this is not an expensive procedure and the recovery is usually minimal. Since the excess tissue is actually taken out and removed, eye bag surgery is known to be extremely successful and effective.