Using cold compresses, treating underlying conditions or getting surgery are options to eliminate bags under the eyes. Cold compresses are a temporary solution that provides some relief quickly, while treating underlying conditions and surgery can provide lasting results.
- Apply cold compresses
Apply a cold compress, such as an ice pack, to the affected area for several minutes. Washing your face with cold water also reduces the appearance of bags for some people. After using a cold compress, apply an over-the-counter eye cream that is designed to reduce the appearance of bags to prolong the effects of the compress.
- Treat underlying conditions
Some medical conditions, such as allergies, may cause bags under the eyes. Allergies may also cause the skin around the eyes to become discolored. A physician can provide allergy medications that treat the swelling. Lifestyle changes, such as sleeping with your head elevated and reducing sodium intake, can also reduce the appearance of bags.
- Seek medical treatment
Eye surgery can be performed to remove the fat and excess skin that cause the appearance of eye bags, and such surgeries are typically done on an outpatient basis. Chemical peels and laser resurfacing are other medical procedures that you can use to treat bags under the eyes.