A critical breakdown of how to remove bags under the eyes

Key points

There are many ways to correct under-eye damage, but not all of them are really helpful and some of them are outright wrong.

We will break down the full range of tips and techniques to identify the most effective ones!

Methods for getting rid of bags under the eyes

To begin with, dark circles and bags under the eyes are slightly different problems with different causes. Although the methods of correction partly overlap.

So, for the correction of bags and circles under the eyes you may be offered:

  • Creams and ointments
  • Masks
  • Patches
  • Bio-revitalisation
  • Laser biorevitalisation
  • Mesotherapy
  • Laser peels or resurfacing or fractional rejuvenation
  • Rf lifting
  • IPL treatments
  • Cryolipolysis
  • Massages
  • Filler injections
  • Blepharoplasty

We are not considering overtly cosmetic products, although creams and ointments should be considered as such.

Contouring with fillers

Contouring - injecting hyaluronic acid preparations into the lower eyelid area - is widely used today. This helps to reduce puffiness and noticeably reduce the depth of wrinkles.

The procedure is relatively easy to perform, does not require long rehabilitation and is virtually painless.

Another advantage of this technique is the long-lasting effect. It lasts on average from 4 months to 2 years. If you want to remove bags under the eyes using cosmetic methods (i.e. with minimal tissue trauma), this is the right solution.

Thread lift

Liquid threads are an innovative method of rejuvenation. It allows the face to regain a youthful, taut contour and allows the tissues to be "fixed" in the desired state. In addition, they also promote deep hydration - which means they prevent sagging and sagging of the skin.

Apparatus cosmetology

Hardware treatments are also used to treat bags under the eyes.

The Erbium laser shows excellent results - it tightens the tissue and increases the production of collagen and elastin. Another popular technique is fractional thermolysis. It also has a pronounced lifting effect and affects the deep tissue layers, improving metabolic processes and stimulating collagenogenesis.


The technique involves injecting vitamin-mineral complexes, amino acids and antioxidants, ascorbic acid and peptides into the area around the eyes. Normalises metabolic processes and nourishes tissue cells. The composition of this cocktail is individually selected for each client. The preparations are injected into the middle layers of the skin with ultra-thin needles.

The procedure is painless and causes no discomfort to patients.

The duration of the manipulation is no more than 20 minutes. It is most often used for persons at a young age, when the pathology is mildly pronounced. For deeper problems, mesotherapy is not suitable. However, it is often included in combined treatments for dark circles under the eyes.


This is an intradermal or subcutaneous injection of hyaluronic acid-based products. The injection technique is the same as the previous method. Hyaluronic acid has a pronounced moisturising effect, increases microcirculation, increases tissue volume and stimulates lymphatic drainage. The procedure is easily tolerated by patients and there is practically no pain.

Can be performed under local anaesthetic application. The duration is 20 to 30 minutes. Often combined with mesotherapy.


The patient's own plasma is injected (by shallow injections) into the skin of the problem area. The needles are very thin and hardly traumatise the skin, so no pain is felt. The injected plasma is enriched with platelet cells, which are an active stimulant. They improve the production of hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin. The metabolic processes are normalised, the skin becomes firm and elastic, and bruises disappear.

Non-surgical blepharoplasty

A unique non-surgical blepharoplasty technique will restore youthful skin to the eyelid area without surgery and without complications. The effect will be as good as expensive plastic surgery. The technology allows you to get rid of overhanging skin over the upper eyelids, bags under the eyes and, of course, wrinkles.

Another definite advantage of the procedure is the absence of a rehabilitation period.

Some clinics successfully use the DROT non-surgical blepharoplasty technology, which was developed by Italian scientists. It is based on a combination of RF and fractional CO2 laser action.

S-Pulse and D-Pulse pulses, previously unused in laser dermatology, are used for eyelid lifting. Stack mode is also used for eyelid plasty, with which the penetration depth of the laser beam can be varied. The use of different types of laser pulses in combination with RF radiation allows doctors to work at different skin depths depending on the task at hand.

As a result, the eyebrows are lifted, sagging tissues in the upper and lower eyelids are removed, the skin is visibly thickened and wrinkles are smoothed out.

Crucially, DROT blepharoplasty does not cause scarring of the upper or lower eyelids, changes to the natural incision of the eyes or bruising. Thanks to the high temperature during laser blepharoplasty, the possibility of germs entering the skin is neutralised, which means that the risk of infectious diseases and various complications is eliminated.

The rehabilitation period is short and does not involve major changes to your normal pace of life.

The technique can be used to correct existing age-related changes in the periorbital area, as well as for preventive purposes for all skin phototypes. After blepharoplasty, the eye immediately appears open and youthful. And this effect promises to last for up to five years.

Ulthera System (Altera System) SMAS Lifting

The superficial muscular aponeurotic system, or SMAS, is the name given to the muscular aponeurotic layer of our skin. It is responsible for the clarity and firmness of the facial contour and it is this layer that is affected by ultrasound waves during SMAS lifting.

Micro-focused ultrasound penetrates the various skin layers - from superficial to SMAS - and heats them point by point. When the temperature in the skin and subcutaneous fat increases, the collagen fibres and connective tissue of the fat interlayers thicken.

The skin begins to tighten. A lifting effect is achieved without surgical intervention.

In addition, old collagen begins to break down in the skin and new collagen begins to appear. This occurs when the tissue is heated to a certain, threshold temperature. After this treatment, the skin is visually rejuvenated, sagging of the skin is reduced and the outer corners of the eyes are lifted. The eye becomes younger-looking again.

The procedure itself is quite comfortable for the patient. The only sensation the patient will feel is warmth and a slight tingling sensation. The effect lasts for at least 5 years.

SPRS therapy for the eye area

SPRS therapy is a new word in rejuvenation. Russian technology makes it possible to rejuvenate our skin from within. New skin cells - autofibroblasts - are grown from a small fragment of your own skin. They are injected into the problem areas.

The skin's own new cells begin to produce hyaluronic acid and collagen fibres, resulting in thickening of the skin, smoothening of expression lines and an improvement in capillary circulation.

Consequently, the patient's skin becomes firmer and more elastic, its colour improves, the number and depth of wrinkles as well as the appearance of age spots are reduced. And the contours of the face become as clear as they were in their younger years.

It should be noted that the medical technology for the use of autologous fibroblasts has another special feature - it allows the patient's skin fibroblasts to be preserved indefinitely. They can be used at any time, both to correct age-related skin changes and in case of emergencies - burns and other injuries that require immediate application of fibroblasts to restore the integrity of the skin.

This preservation of autologous skin fibroblasts represents a kind of "bio-insurance system". For life!

Thermolifting Tripolar ReGen (TriPolar ReGen)

The Tripolar ReGen system consists of three or more electrodes with constant pole switching. This allows RF energy to be applied at different depths.

Due to the more rational distribution of the electric current in tripolar systems, considerably less power is required and the distribution of energy is significantly improved. The tripolar system makes it possible to eliminate pain during the thermofacial treatment.

Radiofrequency exposure heats the tissue up to 40-42 degrees Celsius. When exposed to this heat, skin cells - fibroblasts - switch from an inactive state to a functionally active one and begin to produce collagen and elastin.

In addition, the effects of heat improve venous outflow and arterial blood flow to the tissues. As a result, after several treatments there is a tightening of the soft tissues and an improvement in skin quality through an increase in collagen and elastin fibres. Edema disappears due to the restoration of arterial circulation.

The Tripolar apparatus can be used to lift the eyelid area. The heat energy provides a pronounced lift to the upper and lower eyelids, corrects wrinkles in the outer corner of the eye, eliminates bags under the eyes and strengthens the skin around the eyes. The Tripolar Thermal Lift procedure can be used for express rejuvenation, when you need to quickly lose a few years!

Botulinum toxin injections

This popular method allows you to get rid of dynamic (mimic) wrinkles, as well as prevent their formation.

This method is recommended by the FDA (the most prestigious medical organisation in the USA) as one of the most effective and safest methods of eliminating dynamic wrinkles around the eyes. It consists of administering microdoses of inactivated botulinum toxin to relax the muscles around the eyes and make the wrinkles go away.

The effect of the injections lasts for 3-4 months. This is enough time for the wrinkles around the eyes to be smoothed out. It must be understood that botulinum therapy does not help against eyelid overhangs and puffiness.


The skin is treated with different light sources. It is not ultraviolet and the treatment is harmless. Photo-rejuvenation stimulates the synthesis of collagen fibres, tightens the skin and eliminates wrinkles. The results last from 6 months to a year.

Laser eyelid resurfacing

The beam vaporises the surface of the skin, but does not penetrate into the deeper layers. This "shock therapy" stimulates regenerative processes. The skin tightens and dark spots disappear. The bags may not be removed completely, but they will become considerably smaller. The effect lasts for 5 to 7 years.

Creams and ointments

If we are not talking about professional cosmetics (their cost starts from 3000 roubles and they are not sold in the "Podruzhka" shop), most ointments and creams can in no way solve the problem of the return of facial fat packs and the reduction of pigmentation of the skin itself. Even if you're promised a miraculous transformation, remember that any results are only possible with the use of professional cosmetics and regular use. Almost 99% of the creams recommended in advertisements to solve under-eye area problems are marketing gimmicks or outright deception.

The effect of creams and ointments is negligible. It is possible to slightly improve the condition of the skin, but pigmentation can only be lightened with professional cosmetic products.

  • Instant effect creams. In detail, we will only focus on formulations that work immediately and have nothing to do with cosmetology and cosmetics - these are products from the realm of professional make-up artists.
  • An ointment containing silicone components is applied to the area of bags under the eyes; the water evaporating reduces the area of the product, thus "tightening" the skin bags as well.

A critical breakdown of how to remove bags under the eyes

The composition lasts for up to 12 hours, but this area must not be moistened, otherwise the entire composition will be washed away.

Similar products are available to correct under-eye circles - there is no need to "tighten" the skin, just tint the dark-coloured area. The effect also lasts for up to 12 hours.

Again, these products have nothing to do with cosmetology.


A purely grooming treatment that will do nothing for circles and especially bruises under the eyes. Even "magic" masks made from "virgin cow's milk", despite their promises, won't help in any way.

The effect of the masks is practically non-existent.

Massage can indirectly affect the problem and improve microcirculation in the periorbital area, which naturally occurs when the mask is applied. But the mask itself is useless.


Most patches are promotional promises. Of the whole range of offerings, the tightening patches (action similar to instant creams) and patches with hyaluronic acid micro-needles are worth looking out for.

A critical breakdown of how to remove bags under the eyesHyaluronic acid applied to the skin under the eyes has little to no effect on pigmentation and bags. However, when delivered to the dermis itself, it can improve its condition and even partially reduce pigmentation.

It won't help against bags under the eyes, but it will do for uncomplicated dark circles! The patches should have micro-needles - cones made of hyaluronic acid - that you "pierce" the skin under the eyes with and wait for the micro cones to dissolve.

It is quite painful and requires a course to achieve results. The cost of the patches is from 15000 roubles per pair. There are a lot of fakes on the market.

Laser biorevitalisation

Pure deception!

A biorevitalisation procedure involves injecting biorevitalising agents into the dermis. The laser can either heat the skin or heat vaporise the tissue. In the first case, the integrity of the skin is not even compromised; in the second case, the skin areas after the laser (essentially micro-burns) will not be able to absorb the composition of the product in any way.

Rubbing biorevitalisants into the skin is also pointless (there are separate treatments for this), and what does the laser have to do with it?

There is no laser biorevitalisation procedure and it doesn't help with under-eye circles.

On its own, non-ablative laser treatment can rejuvenate the skin, but it will not get rid of the dark colour in the lower eyelid area.

Opinions/feedback from cosmetologists

Marina Andreevna Akimova
Dermatovenerologist, dermatologist, cosmetologist.
It is impossible to quickly remove bags under the eyes without special cosmetic and sometimes surgical procedures. The only thing that can help visually conceal this aesthetic flaw is tinting creams and similar make-up techniques.
Svetlana Viktorovna Surovykh
MD, plastic surgeon, maxillofacial surgeon and cosmetologist.
Under-eye preparations that are too thick and viscous should not be injected. The use of calcium hydroxyapatite, collagen and synthetic polymer-based gels is avoided.

The under-eye area is quite thin skin with many blood vessels and nerve endings.

Beauty therapists often inject medication directly into the periorbital area with a standard syringe, but qualified professionals will confirm that this is not acceptable in all cases.
Orlova Irina Anatolievna
Malar 'bags' under the eyes are formed by protruding fat pouches in the temporomandibular area. They can easily be mistaken for puffiness, but they do not go away. They are difficult to correct with fillers (filling the nasolacrimal sulcus area) and in some cases not even a blepharoplasty but a temporal endoscopic lift is required.
Tatiana Barinova
In a classic blepharoplasty, the plastic surgeon makes tiny incisions under the lashes. Therefore, the post-operative stitches are hidden and unnoticeable to others.

Transconjunctival blepharoplasty is performed without incisions, but the surgery has a more limited range of aesthetic indications. If there is excess skin, this method may not be suitable.

Opinions from reputable international sources on different methods of getting rid of bags under the eyes

Detecting bags under the eyes in an image of the face
The presence and aggravation of bags under the eyes is one of the important signs of an ageing face. The appearance of bags under the eyes not only has an important impact on a person's appearance, but also gives the impression of thinning and ageing. Our experiments and algorithms are based on our own image gallery. The image gallery consists of 8132 facial images of 230 people of different ages. The decision about the presence of bags under the eyes in the image is made by experienced ophthalmologists. By analyzing facial images, we find several important features of bags under the eyes in the captured images and develop effective methods for their detection. Based on our reasonable detection methods, we have developed an under-eye bag classifier. We then use the whole gallery to evaluate the performance of the classifier. Experiments show that eye bags in facial images can be well detected with relatively high accuracy, although the shapes of eye bags and image acquisition conditions are different.


I would like to try the Erbium laser for nasolacrimal sulcus correction. I have previously used Surgiderm fillers to correct my nasolacrimal sulcus. Would this be a contraindication?
After a dramatic weight change, unsightly drooping skin folds have appeared under my eyes in the lower eyelid area. I'm about to have a blepharoplasty, but I'm scared. Is it possible to remove such a defect without surgery?
I don't have any bags under my eyes, but I have very pronounced crows feet. I'm only 32, can I get rid of them completely?
What can I do to stop bags appearing?
Will there never be any bags after blepharoplasty?
Indications for getting rid of bags under the eyes

The listed procedures are indicated:

  • the presence of dark circles under the eyes, irrespective of their etiological cause;
  • prevention of bruising around the eye area.
  • oncological diseases;
  • Damage to the skin in the work area;
  • dermatological diseases (psoriasis, eczema);
  • Allergy to the ingredients of the injections;
  • mental health problems;
  • pregnancy, lactation.

Myths about getting rid of bags under the eyes


Early deepening of expression lines and wrinkles can be avoided with creams, but with two conditions:

  1. A cream, serum or fluid is of high quality (ideally, it should be professional and personally selected by a beautician);
  2. Cosmetics are used preventively, not after the fact.

Bruises and bags under the eyes almost never lend themselves to superficial cosmetic correction.

Alas, many popular products can even aggravate the defect, e.g. aggravate swelling of the eyelid area, dry out and thin the skin, deprive tissue of access to oxygen. These factors create a beneficial environment for the stabilisation of congestion.

Unapproved and uncertified cosmetics can even be harmful to your health!!!


Good Korean (as well as Swiss, Italian, Japanese, German, Russian and others) patches are used only for instant toning of eyelid skin and lightening of dark circles under eyes. Moreover, any patches are a kind of "SOS-means", intended for gathering for important and solemn events.

As a long-term care product, they are absolutely useless. They are not able to "dissolve" age-related fatty hernias and relieve deep swellings, neither urgently nor in the long term with daily use.

Yes, as always there is one exception: patches with micro-needles of crystallised hyaluronic acid. These micro-needles penetrate the dermis and resorb there, saturating it with nutrients, moisturising it and stimulating neocollagenesis. BUT: these really need to be micro-needles, which should not be 'leaned' on the skin, but 'stuck' into it. This is painful.

The cost of these patches starts at 10,000 per pair and the course of treatment starts at 5 treatments.

A critical breakdown of how to remove bags under the eyes

Washing with an ice cube is a useful procedure that cleanses, tones and strengthens the epidermis. We couldn't agree more. With one correction: the method is useful for those whose eyelid skin is still young and fresh on its own. With obvious involutionary changes such nice home tactics do not bring tangible benefits. Nor will it do any harm.

Fat hernias are dense and strong enough to be "frightened" by a superficial application of caffeine. The stimulating properties of the component can briefly activate blood microcirculation, lymph outflow and nutrition of small muscles, thus slightly neutralising the accompanying swelling.

Only "beauty injections" (contouring + mesotherapy) or radical surgical blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate true fat hernias.


Ascorbic acid helps to partially lighten pigmentation, and if the appearance of dark circles is due to excessive melanin synthesis, the statement has merit. Lemon juice will have to be used regularly for 1.5-2 months to achieve a minimal effect. Now imagine what will happen to the delicate, sensitive and vulnerable skin of the eyelids after daily dabbing with a "caustic" acidic liquid.

The hasty return of dark circles after the experiment is likely to be joined by catastrophic dehydration, severe peeling, the formation of sharp, deep wrinkles. And the "gift" of allergies.

A course of injectable or injection-free mesotherapy with cocktails containing adapted synthetic vitamin C would be a much wiser solution.


Low-molecular hyaluronic acid, concentrated in expensive luxury creams, partially penetrates to the deeper layers of the skin. One molecule of hyaluronic acid traps up to 500 water molecules around itself, catalysing an increase, not a decrease, in swelling.

The high-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid found in low-priced analogues can dry out the skin when the humidity in the environment is low. Sudden dehydration induces a kind of shock in the tissues, and they begin to store moisture "in reserve". The swelling naturally increases.

For these trivial reasons, women who have actually tried hyaluronic acid-based eye creams often complain about the opposite effect to that claimed.


As absurd as it may sound, there is some truth in it.

Haemorrhoids are a consequence of varicose veins. The symptoms can be quickly relieved by systemic or topical application of venotonics. Venotonics quickly "unload" the blood flow, remove excess fluid and reduce swelling. Venotonic compresses really remove the puffiness under the eyes if it is provoked by lack of sleep or other exogenous physiological reasons. But do not use them permanently - only in emergencies.

As for deep swellings and hernias, varicose vein preparations are powerless here.


If you are a competent lymphatic drainage massage specialist, you are. You will actually be able to reduce the puffiness under your eyes. If, however, you are massaging from amateur YouTube "tutorials", prepare to have the opposite effect. The transient puffiness will become persistent, the slight puffiness will increase 1.5-2 times, and the skin will stretch and soon be covered by a network of wrinkles.

Hand and machine massage at home is a highly controversial procedure. We strongly recommend that you refrain from such experiences.

There's no doubt that a healthy lifestyle is key to overall beauty. However, if your face is firmly entrenched in the traces of years gone by, abandoning unhealthy habits and revising your diet are unlikely to help you 'erase' them. Lifestyle adjustments are always a good idea, but you should also visit a beautician to rekindle, maintain and enhance your youthful glamour.

Camouflaging a blemish is not as easy as it may seem. As we age, thick layers of concealers and foundations only add to age and highlight imperfections. And if you apply them to "solid" bags under the eyes, you can not hide the latter. Rather, it accentuates your problem.

Mature women should emphasise quality skincare with a beautician to make do with light nude make-up instead of bright contouring.

The manufacturers make no secret of the fact that this product is cosmetic and has a limited action (up to 8 hours). And that is good. The bad thing is something else. In our country, the ratio of original/counterfeit is close to 20/80. You can easily see this by reading the reviews on social networks and other communication services.

Feedback from private users

MIXIT No fake shine Eye Bags Patch
RESULT: It's foolish to hope that any cosmetic product will get rid of under-eye circles as effectively as a holiday nap or a surgeon's scalpel, but still, I always expect at least a minimal effect from such products, but I don't always get it. Specifically, the Eye Bags Patch from the No fake shine range works! I don't have any bags, so I can't say anything about them. They do lighten dark circles though, but not all the way in, but from the outer corners of the eye.
Cosmetic patch for bruises, circles and bags under the eyes Extraplast Beauty
The patches are really comfortable to stick on, stick tightly to the skin and don't come off, even after a while.
No effort is required to peel it off. It's easy.
After following all the recommendations, I decided to look at myself in the mirror. And then I was numb. My face looked like it had been heated up with jars over my eyes. Huge red circles all over the diameter of my eyes. To say it was shocking would be an understatement.
My skin is not prone to allergic reactions, so I can't say what happened to my face. Perhaps o na too delicate in those areas, as my mother-in-law's skin went smoothly with those patches. One thing I will say is that this reaction lasted all day.
I will never use these cosmetic patches again. I won't recommend them to anyone I know.
Neolid complex for removing bags under the eyes
I wouldn't lie if I said that this is the most useless eye skin care product I've tried at this price point. Even average serums/creams show noticeable results after 5 days, let alone effective cosmetics.
Negative reviews, by the way, you won't find, because they are immediately deleted on the shop's website!
We've been pampered and once again convinced that the louder and more unrealistic the advertising, the worse the product on offer.
Kosmoteros Professionnel Eye Care Serum for rejuvenating under-eye bags
Do you think I'm going to list the magical results promised by the manufacturer? No! Because there are none! No results at all! No wrinkles are smoothed out. You can't just check for elasticity. And the most important, the serum has no effect on my bags! And that's exactly why I bought this product...
Therefore, I DO NOT recommend this product if you want the results claimed by the manufacturer. Although I know that Cosmoteros has quite decent products. For example, I have injected myself with mesococktails and was happy with them.
Ericson Laboratoire Anti-Bioptic Eye Bagging Gel Mask
To be honest, my expectations were not met at all. After keeping the mask for 20 minutes (even an hour), not only does it not remove bags and puffiness, but it does not even moisturise the skin at all. The network of tiny wrinkles under the eyes, surprisingly, became only more apparent. Of course, after applying the cream the situation changed, but excuse me, where is the effect of the mask itself???? And by the way it costs more than 5 thousand rubles. In short, I was upset, to put it mildly. I definitely do not recommend this mask and think it is a waste of money. There are more affordable products with a more pronounced effect. Even most Korean patches have a much better effect.


The cost of procedures is calculated individually for each case.

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Bags, bruises and black circles under the eyes make the face look tired and aged. They are equally common in women and men. Therefore, all the above treatments are equally suitable for men as well.


To remove bags and circles under the eyes, turn to professionals. A professional and trusted clinic will provide you with effective treatments, painless and with minimal risk. Your face will look fresh, beautiful and youthful.

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