Dark circles and bags under the eyes can have various causes and while these circles are rarely a cause for concern, many people wish to reduce their appearance for cosmetic reasons.
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The area under the eyes can appear darker due to changes in blood flow within the skin that causes hyperpigmentation, or from thinning of the skin around the eyes.
Causes of dark circles under the eyes include:
- lack of sleep or poor sleeping habits
- allergies, including hay fever
- hyperpigmentation, which happens when the body produces more melanin
- reduced or increased levels of fatty tissue around the eyes
- thinning skin under the eyes
- anemia from iron deficiency
- overexposure to sunlight
- frequent rubbing of the eyes
- inherited genes
- thyroid conditions
- eye drop treatment for glaucoma, such as bimatoprost
Various wrinkle treatments are used to improve the appearance of puffiness under the eyes. These include laser resurfacing, chemical peels and fillers, which may improve skin tone, tighten the skin and rejuvenate the look of bags under the eyes.
Chemical peels, using alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid, can help to lighten hyperpigmentation under the eyes.
People may also use chemical peels in combination with topical creams for better effect.
Laser therapy can be an effective treatment for dark circles. Less invasive laser procedures, such as pulsed dye or diode lasers, may lessen the risk of scarring or other potential side effects.
If thinning of the skin or loss of fatty tissue is causing dark circles under the eyes, fillers may be a potential option. People can have injections of platelet rich plasma or hyaluronic acid gel into the area under the eye.
A blepharoplasty is a surgery that removes excess skin and tissue around the eyes to tighten the area.
*Disclaimer: Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed. Only a professional can determine what your specific treatment plan should be.
Dr. David Capaldi is a licensed physician in Florida, New Jersey and New York and has extensive training in the most advanced treatments available today, including microneedling, Botox®, Juvéderm®, and Restylane®. Dr. Capaldi’s goal for his facial aesthetics is to enhance his patients’ natural beauty and confidence rather than trying to create new and unnatural looking faces.