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How to Reduce Puffiness Around the Eye Area

Our eyes are one of the first things a stranger will notice about us, so it’s no surprise that those with dark circles and puffiness around the eyes can feel self-conscious about it. It’s not just burning the candle at both ends and having late nights which causes puffy eyes, but whilst diet can play a role, for some people puffy eyes can be part of their appearance due to genetics.

Some people develop eye bags due to ageing as we tend to lose elasticity around the eye area causing the eyelids to appear baggy. Smokers and those who have had a lot of sun exposure may find this more noticeable. Luckily, there are a variety of treatments which can help to combat or remove puffy eye lids- here are Cadogan Cosmetics top 4 ways to minimise puffy eyes:

- Diet

Increased alcohol consumption and excess salt in the diet causes water retention which increases puffiness around the eyes which can remain through the day. It’s wise to eliminate or be aware of your intake of alcohol, salt and processed foods. Anti-inflammatory foods such as fruit, vegetables and salmon as well as drinking plenty of water can help to make a difference.

- Eye Creams

Cosmeceutical skincare (rather than high street eye creams) can also be effective when trying to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes. ZO Skin Health’s Intense Eye Repair (available at Cadogan Cosmetics) features antioxidants and other anti-inflammatory ingredients to reduce puffiness and discolouration. The ZO Medical branch of products from Dr. Obagi has the Eye Brightening Repair Creme. The Vitamin A rich formula of this advanced product is designed to both correct and prevent multiple signs of ageing on the delicate skin of the eyes as well as rapidly reduce puffiness and tighten skin.

- Dermal Filler to Tear Troughs

The ‘tear trough’ is the area between the lower eyelid and upper cheek and as we age this can become deeper and create a shadow. Dermal fillers to the tear trough area is ideal for a natural correction. Your aesthetic doctor at Cadogan Cosmetics will advise if this is the best treatment for you following your consultation. You may need a topical treatment or radio frequency skin tightening to strengthen this area.

- Eyelid Reduction, ‘Blepharoplasty’

Saggy eyelids due to genetics are due to overly large fat pads around the eyes which over time have begun to sag. If this is the case, the only effective way to solve the problem is with cosmetic surgery. Also, for those of you who have tried other treatments to minimise puffy eyes, a surgical procedure will achieve the best results. Eyelid reduction, known as blepharoplasty, is an increasingly common aesthetic procedure for both men and women which results in a much fresher and more youthful appearance. Blepharoplasty can be performed under either local or general anaesthetic and sees the removal of excess loose skin around the eyes (either upper eyelid, lower or both) after which you will return to see the doctor after 3 days for suture removal. You will notice any relaxed muscles are tighter with a rejuvenated look.