In order to understand the difference between the varying lower eyelid conditions which lots of people have and seek treatment for, it is important to understand the difference between Dark Eyelid Color, Puffy Lower Eyelids, Dark Circles Under the Eyes, Hollow Eyes, and Festoons.
People of all ages complain of dark circles under their eyes. The term ‘dark circles under the eyes’ is used to explain a variety of different conditions specific to the lower eyelids that are easy to diagnose and can be corrected with ease by modern techniques. However, a number of people who complain of dark circles under their eyes frequently have a condition more known as hollow eyes’ which is a distinct anatomical condition that is different from dark circles under the eyes. It is imperative to recognize symptoms of the hollow eye syndrome because the process frequently used to treat dark circles under the eyes does not correct the hollow eye look. This can actually make the hollow eye syndrome worse.
Puffy Lower Eyelids
As we age, we begin to notice how the lower eyelid skin becomes puffy or starts to bulge outward. This condition is often referred to as ‘bags under the eyes’. Bags under the eyes are caused from weakness of the aging tissues which leads to sagging of the lower eyelid skin. A build up of fat starts to form underneath the lower eyelid skin and below the eyeball creating puffiness. Younger and healthier skin tissues are normally taut, restraining the fat from protruding. However, the more we age, the weaker the lower eyelid skin becomes and harder it is to maintain the fat that pushes its way forward and starts protruding, almost like a hernia. The technical name for this condition other than bags under the eyes or puffy eyelids, is called fatty orbital herniation. It is a hernia of fat that is normally contained in the eye socket or orbit.