Treating Puffy Eyes When You’ve Tried Everything

Q: My eyes are so puffy in the morning. I’ve tried all the home remedies and nothing seems to help. What can I do? Michelle, Warsaw

A. Michelle, puffiness under the eyes is a frustrating problem because it can lead people to think you are either older than you are, tired when you’re not or have been crying. Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause of puffy eyes. They can be triggered by allergies, genetics, too much sodium intake, too much alcohol, not enough sleep and hormones just to name a few. If you can determine the source of the problem, that is obviously the best solution. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to figure out the cause of your puffy eyes or they may just be genetics. In that case, Michelle, it is time to bring out the medical-strength eye treatments to take the puff out of those peepers.

You mentioned that you have tried all of the home remedies with little success. I am guessing you tried cold cucumbers, green tea bags, splashing ice cold water on your face and even holding a cold spoon on the affected area. While these methods may offer slight or temporary improvement, they typically do not provide the ultimate look we are trying to achieve. In addition, many of these homemade remedies require you to perform the treatment for a minimum of 15 minutes. I don’t know about you, Michelle, but I don’t have an extra 15 or more minutes in the morning to de-puff my eyes.

I recommend all of my patients who have concerns about puffy eyes to try these tactics. The first is to sleep with your head elevated on an extra pillow or two. This will help prevent excess fluid from filling up under your eyes and causing the puff to grow. The second step is to begin a twice daily regime of applying a medical-strength eye cream specifically for puffiness. The medical-grade products contain active ingredients stronger and more effective than over-the-counter options. This means your results will be much faster, more intense and you will spend less money in the long run. The key ingredient is caffeine. There are also injection treatments which can resemble surgical effects, though done non-surgically, to correct the puffiness which is a great option.

Michelle, I recommend you consult with a medical aesthetics professional about your concerns. She will be able to offer you advice and recommendations for your individual needs and help you feel better and less puffy in no time.

Jennifer KauffmanJennifer Kauffman is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, practicing in Warsaw and Ft. Wayne. She is a sought after speaker at medical conferences such as the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Jennifer is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and Coalition of Advance Practice Nurses of Indiana. She received her Nursing and Nurse Practitioner degrees from Goshen College, and Indiana Wesleyan University. Jennifer is a Clinical Instructor nationally to physicians and nurses on Botox, fillers and sclerotherapy.

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