We all know that dealing with puffiness can be a real challenge, but here's the scoop: it's much easier to prevent it than to treat it. In this blog post, I'll walk you through various methods to treat puffiness and more importantly, I'll share the key steps you can take to prevent puffy eyes from occurring in the first place – especially during the holiday season.
Mechanical Devices for Massage: If you're anything like me, you probably have a variety of devices at home. Tools like facial rollers and massagers can activate your lymphatics and help fluid drainage. Remember, it's not about speed; it's about ensuring that your lymphatic drainage is efficient.
Electrocurrent or Microcurrent Devices: Another effective technology is electrocurrent or microcurrent devices like the NuFace device. These gadgets stimulate muscle contractions, aiding fluid removal. It's like a workout for your facial muscles, helping to reduce puffiness.
Exercise: Believe it or not, a good old-fashioned run can do wonders for your puffiness. The increased blood flow from exercising can speed up fluid removal from your face. So, lace up those sneakers and get moving!
Eye Patches: Eye patches can provide a cooling sensation and some vasoconstriction, which helps with minor puffiness. However, their real magic lies in temporarily plumping up the top layer of your skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. If you're dealing with deep puffiness, consider other methods mentioned earlier.
Preventing Puffy Eyes:
Now, let's talk about how to avoid puffiness altogether.
Be cautious with filler placement: If you're considering dermal fillers, avoid placing them in the midline area under your eyes. Opt for lateral cheek and lower orbit areas instead to minimize the risk of swelling.
Watch your diet: Reduce your salt intake at least 24 hours before important events to avoid puffiness. The same goes for alcohol and high glycemic index foods.
Opt for healthier foods: Focus on a diet rich in proteins and vegetables that your body can easily process without causing puffiness.
Consider PRP for under-eye issues: If you're dealing with dark circles or creepiness, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments can be a great alternative to filler, as they carry fewer risks of swelling and yield excellent results.
When it comes to combating puffy eyes, remember that there is no magical quick fix. Your body needs time to process excess fluid. However, armed with these tips and prevention methods, you'll be better equipped to tackle puffiness and maintain a refreshed appearance.
Meet the author:
Heather D. Rogers, MD, founder of Doctor Rogers Skin Care, is a double-board certified dermatologic surgeon who sees patients full-time at her practice Modern Dermatology in Seattle, WA. She is a graduate of Stanford University, the University of Washington School of Medicine, and completed her dermatology residency and fellowships at Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan. These recommendations are not sponsored, but are the result of Dr. Heather D. Rogers, MD evidence-based research and extensive clinical experience.