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What Causes Under Eye Bags and How Fillers Can Help

“You look tired.”

We’ve all undoubtedly heard this phrase at one point or another when we have bags under our eyes. In some cases, it can be the result of a miserable night’s sleep.

In other instances, particularly as we move past our mid-thirties, bags, and dark circles under our eyes can become more of a permanent look. For many patients treated by Dr. Maya Kato, bags under the eyes are a source of self-consciousness and mental discomfort.

Here, Dr. Kato offers her expert insight into what causes under-eye bags, and offers tips on reducing their appearance naturally and also suggests a highly effective, minimally invasive cosmetic solution to the problem.

What Causes Under-Eye Bags?

In our youth, our skin is given its smooth texture and tight complexion largely by a compound called collagen.

Over time, due to the aging process and exposure to the sun, collagen production in our skin naturally begins to reduce. This reduction in collagen, combined with years of the effects of gravity, is what gradually leads to our skin loosening and losing its structural integrity.

When the skin underneath our eyes relaxes and loosens like this, it forms a pouch under the eyes. This pouch can collect excess fluid, and fatty pads just under the eyelids slip into the pouch, causing a permanently swollen, puffy appearance – or under-eye bags.

Natural Remedies for Under-Eye Bags

Most noticeable in the mornings because fluid has had all night to drain into the pouches, under-eye bags are largely a purely cosmetic issue.


One way to reduce their appearance naturally is to sleep with the head elevated, which reduces fluid pooling in the pouches.

Avoid Fluids Before Bed

By keeping properly hydrated throughout the day, you won’t need a glass of water before you go to bed. This reduces the amount of excess fluid in your system overnight, meaning there is less fluid to pool in the pouches under your eyes.

A Minimum of Eight Hours Sleep

Getting enough sleep is also a highly effective way of reducing swelling, redness, and puffiness around the eyes.

If these natural remedies prove ineffective in reducing your under-eye bags, Dr. Maya Kato highly recommends the use of cosmetic fillers.

Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Intervention 

As under-eye bags are caused by a loss in volume and skin laxity, one way to solve the issue is to administer dermal fillers, such as Juvederm or Voluma.

These products consist of compounds that replenish skin volume and tighten the skin over a certain area. As such, they reduce the loose appearance of the skin under the eyes and removes any space available for excess fluid to pool.

A fast and cost-effective procedure, dermal fillers can help you look your best all day long. To have any questions about the procedure answered, or to book your consultation in Palm Springs, CA, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Maya Kato on (760)-610-5558 or fill out her online form.