In most cases, dark circles under eyes treatment can be effectively carried out with a range of home remedies, topical creams, gels or serums and appropriate lifestyle changes. For some people, the treatment they choose involves a more drastic course of action. It is always a good idea to seek professional advice if the shadows under your eyes grow increasingly dark over time, become swollen, or if one eye is significantly worse than the other.
More permanent solutions than over the counter creams, serums, masks and other products are, of course, more invasive and expensive and have some potential side effects that you should be aware of.
The first step is to make an appointment with a qualified dermatologist, who will confirm that you have exhausted all other options and advise you on what to do next. Before you commit to a surgical procedure, take the time to educate yourself. Knowing what to expect, and being aware that perfect results are not guaranteed, is an important aspect of the process.
Under Eye Circles Treatment Options
If your circles are caused by noticeable blood vessels beneath the surface of the skin, laser treatment may achieve good results.
The light from the laser removes the top layer of the epidermis, getting rid of old, unhealthy cells in the process. Over time, this skin will thicken and the shadows will diminish.
Sometimes, dark circles are caused by brown pigmentation. This could be down to natural skin tone, or a result of too much sun exposure.
These dark patches are referred to as hyperpigmentation and your treatment options could be something as simple as changing a medication you may be taking that is affecting your skin, or the use of bleaching creams or a topical retinoid (derived from vitamin A). There are also other, more invasive options. Always seek professional advice and find out the potential risks as well as the possible benefits.
Fat transfer is a surgical procedure that has been growing in popularity in recent years. Fat is taken from other parts of the body and injected under the eyes. By thickening the under eye skin, those dark shadows are less visible.
Again, this should not be an impulse decision. Be realistic in your expectations. Accept that no surgery will completely remove shadows from under your eyes.
Your surgeon may prescribe a topical remedy and recommend other ways in which you can improve the overall condition and appearance of your skin.
As with all surgical procedures, do plenty of research before you choose your surgeon. An excellent place to start if you are in the United States is to take a look at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons web site where you will find helpful advice and information to get you started.
Try to go for someone who has plenty of experience in performing treatments for under eye darkness, and who comes with glowing recommendations and an impeccable reputation. Going for the cheapest option is not likely to produce the best results; it is worth paying more for a better quality of service. Your initial consultation with a surgeon is the ideal time to ask all the questions you have about the procedure. Only go ahead with any of the options for dark circles under eyes treatment when your mind is at ease and you are completely sure that you are in good hands. Safety should always be your first concern.