Four Surgical and Non-Surgical Options For Dark Circles Under Your Eyes

Health & Medical Blog

Few signs of aging are as noticeable as the changes surrounding your eyes, particularly the development of dark circles and lines. While fine laugh lines are subtle and may even lend you an air of wisdom, dark circles only make you look tired, depressed and old, and you may feel frustrated or lose self-confidence every time someone tells you to get more sleep. Thankfully, there are both surgical and non-surgical methods available to treat this unattractive condition, depending on its underlying cause and your own preferences. 

Ruling Out Lifestyle Causes

Before you choose a surgical option to fix the circles under your eyes, you should be certain that they are not being caused by an element of your lifestyle. Eczema and allergies can both be responsible for dark circles, as can smoking, drinking, dehydration and poor dietary choices. Excessive sun exposure can damage the skin around your eyes as well, effectively causing them to tan at a faster rate than the rest of your face. In some cases, treating related health problems may be all it takes for your eyes to clear up. 

Bleaching Heavily Pigmented Skin

For patients who suffer from too much melanin beneath their eyes, such as those who have had significant sun exposure, bleaching the affected skin can be a quick and easy way to homogenize your skin tone. Skin bleaching creams are a relatively inexpensive option, but they will not solve deeper issues like broken blood vessels or displaced fat deposits. Always consult with your dermatologist before using a bleaching agent near your eyes, and follow the given instructions closely. 

Removing Darkening Blood Vessels

Dark spots on skin are usually the result of blood vessels that lie too close to the surface. Many people with dark circles under their eyes simply have thin skin combined with broken or dilated blood vessels. This can be treated with laser therapy, which shrinks blood vessels under thin skin until they are barely noticeable. Lasers can also be used to resurface the skin around your eyes, removing wrinkles and leaving you with a fresh, healthy new layer of skin that can improve dark circles caused by pigmentation. 

Filling Hollow Spaces Under the Eyes

As you age, the fat deposits on your face often shift and settle into new positions. As a result, you may have too little fat beneath your eyes and too much of it in your upper cheeks, causing your eyes to appear sunken and hollow. The quick solution to this problem is have a cosmetic surgeon inject fillers beneath the eyelid, which will plump up the skin and help it transition more smoothly into the rest of your face. A more advanced surgery, known as a blepharoplasty, makes an incision in the inside of the lower eyelid, injecting fat and sculpting the face to create a more youthful appearance. If you are tired of looking like you stayed up all night no matter how much concealer you use, consult with your cosmetic surgeon to begin finding the right solution for you. 


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