We’ve all been there- you wake up in the morning with puffy eyes that are swollen and unattractive. This can be caused by any number of factors; seasonal allergies, water retention from too much salt, a hangover, crying, or changes in the weather, just to name a few.
The good news is that there are some pretty simple home remedies that many people have found effective over the years that don’t cost much money and may be worth a try.
*Tea bags that have been soaked in warm water and then chilled in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes can be placed over the eyes to help reduce puffiness.
*Thick slices of cucumbers that are chilled and then placed on the eyes for about 10 minutes contain enzymes that can be beneficial.
*Strawberries are yet another home remedy; the alpha hydroxy acid in the berries helps reduce swollen eyes. Slice the strawberries thickly and refrigerate until cold and place over eyes for several minutes. For added benefit, soak the strawberries in milk first.
*If you’re not comfortable placing food items on your eyes, you can also chill metal spoons until cold and then hold the rounded part of the spoon against the swollen part of the eyes for about 5 minutes or until they are no longer cold.
If your upper or lower eyelids are consistently puffy with saggy skin and have become a concern, you may wish to consider a blepharoplasty or eyelid lift. These procedures can make a significant difference in appearance. Blepharoplasty removes or tightens sagging skin around the eyes resulting in a smoother appearance. According to RealSelf patient reviews, the procedure enjoys about a 94% satisfaction rate. An eyelid lift is one of the easiest surgeries for creating a more youthful, restored appearance and offers fairly little downtime.
If you would like to learn more about reducing eye puffiness with an eyelid lift, please contact Dr. Ringler for a personalized consultation to see if blepharoplasty may be right for you.