by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Feb. 23, 2017, 8 a.m.
Many women and men feel trapped underneath the weight of the heavy, dark circles displayed beneath their eyes. The dark shading is nearly impossible to mask, creating a constant tired expression and having an age-enhancing impact. Because of the difficulty in hiding the skin condition, people feel dark undereye circles are a shadow they can never escape. This can have a severe effect on their self-esteem and how they view themselves - and even how others view them.
Bright, alert eyes show signs of intelligence, vibrancy and youth. And everyone deserves to bask in the beauty of this, instead of settling for an appearance that has a negative influence on them. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to banish dark under eye circles, but the treatments vary based on the root cause.
For some, dark under eye circles are easier to correct than others because they are due to controllable factors, such as a lack of sleep, dehydration, alcohol and caffeine consumption and a host of others. But for many, heredity and aging are the main culprits, which are harder to gain control over. Understanding the types of treatments and their effectiveness is essential for awakening your eyes to a vibrant future.
Dark Circle Eye Creams: As much as we would love for an instant fix, dark circle eye creams are not going to magically erase the shadows underneath your eyes, but if you’re dealing with dark under eyes due to hyperpigmentation from sun damage or melasma or other lifestyle choices, this is a great avenue for diminishing the appearance as these creams contain skin-bleaching agents to help achieve an even skin tone.
Intense Pulsed Light: This one is a bit controversial in the cosmetic world - some surgeons advocate it, while others are a bit wary of it. This treatment is designed to target the blue-ish purple veins that become more visible as the skin under the eyes becomes thinner. This typically occurs with age, but some individuals naturally have thinner skin.
Skin Resurfacing: This form of treatment encompasses chemical peels and laser resurfacing. These types of treatments stimulate collagen production and even out pigmentation variances. Skin resurfacing is ideal for those with dark circles caused by aging and lifestyle factors, however, these treatments are most effective when paired with other dark circle treatments.
Fillers: Hollowness under the eyes can be spurred on by both aging and genetics. This is due to a lack or loss of fat and tissue under the eye, leaving a tired, sunken appearance. Hyaluronic Acid facial fillers are one treatment that will instantly plump up the skin and brighten the area. These typically last 6-12 months, depending on how quickly your body metabolizes the product.
If you’re looking for a permanent solution, then fat injections would be the route to go. Similar to Hyaluronic Acid fillers, these injections are designed to restore volume in the area caused by loss of fat and tissue.
Surgery: Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is one of the most effective ways to rid yourself of dark eye circles. By removing excessive fat stored in the under eye region, puffiness and shadows are instantly corrected. The excessive fat storage and puffiness are caused by both aging and heredity.
Another surgery that is effective for correcting under eye circles is cheek lift. This tends to be a procedure for those dealing with sagging skin and hollowness caused by aging. A cheek lift or mid-face lift will not only tighten loose skin underneath the eyes, but also lessen the creases along the nasolabial folds.
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