Get Bright Eyes With These 5 Dark Under Eye Circle Solutions

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | July 17, 2018, 10:41 a.m.

If those dreaded dark eye circles are constantly haunting your reflection, you’re not alone. This can a very frustrating situation, given that there are so many factors that can cause this condition. Between lifestyle choices, age and heredity it can be incredibly difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. This can make it very hard to figure out what method is the right one for making them vanish.

That’s why it’s important to first analyze your lifestyle choices, such as your sleep cycle, your skincare routine and your habits (like smoking and drinking). If you are someone who are someone who is an early-to-bedder, refrains from partying and has a balanced, healthy diet, then the factors are going to be based on your genetics or the way your skin is aging.

If uncontrollable factors, like genetics and aging are the case for you, don’t fret! There are a number of solutions for ridding yourself of those pesky shadows hanging out underneath your eyes. But it is essential that you evaluate and understand what exactly is the cause in order to find the proper treatment for removing them.

Dark Circle Eye Creams: Though creams are not a cure all, they are an amazing supplemental way to decrease the appearance of under eye circles. Whether the darkness under your eyes is caused by lifestyle choices or heredity and aging, corrective creams are infused with skin-bleaching agents and soothing properties in order to lessen their visibility. Ideally, these are perfect for those suffering from hyperpigmentation from sun damage and melasma.

Intense Pulsed Light: IPL is commonly used to target dark veins and improve skin tone and texture. There are differing opinions when it comes to using Intense Pulsed Light on the thin skin of the eye area - some surgeons advocate it, while others are a bit more apprehensive. However, it is a solution for diminishing the appearance of those blue-ish purple lines that thin or aging skin reveals.

Skin Resurfacing: Chemical peels and laser resurfacing are amazing treatments for brightening and evening out the skin tone. In addition to diminishing uneven pigmentation, both treatments also stimulate collagen production and cell turnover. These treatments are perfect for correcting dark circles created by any of the main factors, though they typically need to be paired with an additional dark eye treatment in order to reap the full benefit.

Fillers: Fillers are one of the most common procedures in banishing dark under eye circles. If you’ve noticed a hollow appearance under the eye, a hyaluronic acid facial filler would be a perfect solution. The injections instantly plump up the under eye area and smooth the surface of the skin, leaving your eyes looking refreshed and youthful. The hyaluronic acid fillers are slowly metabolized by the body over a period of 6-12 months.

If you’re looking for a permanent solution, fat transfer injections are the route to go. By grafting fat from another region of the body, surgeons are able to inject fat into the area, restoring volume and a healthy appearance to the under eye region.

Surgery: This is the most common avenue people take in correcting under eye circles and puffiness. Typically, puffiness and sagging skin are the major culprits in the formation of under eye circles. These often appear as our skin ages, making them more difficult to correct simply with topical treatments.

Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is way to remove puffiness and shadowing from underneath the eye. Because fat pockets can begin accumulating in that region, surgery is the only means in decreasing the bulging appearance.

Another surgery that is popular for erasing dark under eye circles is a cheek lift. When we age, sagging and thinning skin can cause a hollow, drooping appearance under the eye that creates shadowing in the region. A cheek lift will both tighten and lift the skin under the eyes, leaving you with an alert, youthful appearance. And as a bonus, a cheek lift will also diminish the lines forming along the nasolabial folds!