If one more person asks you if you’re packing for a long trip and then points to the bags under your eyes you’re going to scream, but what’s a girl to do? Should you opt for risky surgery or should you take your chances with over-the-counter cosmetic products? Your eyes are your most important feature and you need guaranteed results.
You’ve probably seen more than one celebrity who’s gone under the knife with disastrous results. You’ve probably seen more than one friend or work-associate with similar results, too. So it’s understandable that you’d be a little leery of eye surgery. Aside from the fact that it can cost an average of $2,000 to $5,000 – and it’s not covered by insurance – you’re taking a risk that could affect your appearance and self-image for the rest of your life.
As more and more women opt for surgery to improve their appearance, they’re also looking for cheaper alternatives. Unfortunately, in this industry, you often get what you pay for. Plastic surgeons in Long Beach, CA are reporting a 50 percent increase in the number of patients they’re seeing looking for someone to repair botched results they obtained when they used a low-cost provider.
The average effects of eye surgery last from five to ten years. Assuming the best-case scenario, a 40-year-old woman who lives the ideal lifestyle could expect to spend around $30,000 over the course of her lifetime if she opted for surgery to reduce the bags under her eyes. That’s assuming, of course, that each surgery provides satisfactory results.
To minimize the risks of surgery, choose a physician who is a licensed plastic surgeon, not a cosmetic surgeon. Any surgeon can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon after a weekend of training, but a plastic surgeon must be a medical school graduate and complete a residency, which requires years of specialized plastic surgery training.
In some cases, surgery is the only viable option. However, many women can get the same or better results using risk-free over-the-counter (OTC) products to reduce eye bags. These treatments are available at a fraction of the cost of surgery. Today’s products are safe and highly effective. However, to achieve optimum results there are certain ingredients you should look for.
The most effective OTC eye creams contain peptides, proteins that help replenish your skin’s collagen and elastin and keep your skin looking firm, fresh and youthful. Look for Eyeseryl, a peptide which helps reduce dark circles and under-eye puffiness. Syn-ake is another peptide which reduces lines and wrinkles, and Pro-Coll-One+ is a patented formula consisting of collagen and plant stem cell extracts which helps firm and strengthen the skin around your eyes.
For even better results, combine healthy life-choices with your cosmetic products so baggy eyes are less likely. Drink lots of water during the day and into the evening, but avoid fluids right before bedtime. Sleep with your head at an angle so the water you drink doesn’t build up under your eyes. Use sunscreen and always wear sunglasses when you’re going outside, no matter what the season. And most important – don’t smoke cigarettes, and get a full seven to eight hours of sleep every night.
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