bags under the eyes

Trying to get rid of unsightly bags under your eyes? Many adults develop dark circles or ‘bags’ under their eyes which can cause them to look constantly tired. The good news is, there are ways to eliminate them, and it starts by identifying the cause.

So, what causes bags under the eyes and how can you treat them? Discover everything you need to know below.

What causes bags under the eyes?

There are several reasons why dark circles can appear under the eyes. In some cases, they might be temporary, while in others the bags are there to stay. So, what could be causing those unsightly dark circles under the eyes? Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes…


One of the main causes is ageing. As you get older, the body doesn’t produce as much collagen or elastin. The area under your eyes is very thin, so as you lose collagen it really starts to show in the eye area.

Lifestyle and diet

Your lifestyle and diet can also contribute towards bags under the eyes. In particular, if you don’t get enough sleep you will start to develop temporary dark circles. Not drinking enough water can also contribute to the problem.


In some cases, bags under the eyes can be a genetic issue. If your immediate family has developed dark circles over time, it could increase your chances of developing them too.

These are the main causes of under-eye bags. Once you know the cause of the problem, you can identify the correct treatment to help fix it. So, what treatments are available for bags under the eyes?

Treating bags under the eyes

There are multiple treatments. Depending on the cause, current options available include:

If the bags under your eyes are caused by diet and lifestyle, making simple changes could be enough to see a drastic improvement. Make sure you drink plenty of water and get enough sleep. Your doctor will be able to suggest changes based on your individual case.

If your dark circles are caused by ageing or genetics, you can undergo a blepharoplasty. This is a simple surgical procedure that can be performed on one or both eyelids. It is highly effective at creating a more youthful appearance, as well as removing dark circles.

Fillers can be used to replace lost collagen in the under-eye area. However, they do only provide a semi-permanent fix. You will need to undergo regular sessions to maintain the results in the long term.

If you are ready to banish your under-eye bags once and for all, book a consultation with Mr Horlock today.