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Dark circles under/around the eyes treatment

Dark circles under the eyes can make you look older than you are. They are most common in people who are from non-white ethnic groups, have a genetic predisposition and are elderly.

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The best treatment for dark circles 

If you are looking for more permanent results, smooth skin and chance to undo the treatment, the hyaluronic filler is the way to go. Fillers like Restylane and Juvederm can help with volume loss under the eyes. The treatment lasts 15-20 minutes and results are immediate.

How long does the effect last after the treatment?

The hyaluronic acid filler should last between six months up to just over a year, depending on the type of fillers that is used. If you are not happy with the results and want to dissolve the filler quickly, you can get hyaluronidase, an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid fillers. 

Side effects and risks 

Main side effects are bruising and swelling of the treated area. Avoid taking blood-thinning medicines which can worsen the bruising. These side effects should go away in a couple of days. The most serious and rarest complication is getting some filler into a blood vessel which can block the blood vessel and even resulting in blindness. 

What to expect during the treatment?

Before the procedure, you will have a consultation with your cosmetic surgeon. That will give him a chance to figure out what is causing your dark circles and whether or not you’re a good candidate for fillers. If you can’t bear with the pain, you can ask your doctor to apply some numbing. You will start to notice results right away but the final result will appear after 2-3 weeks. 

Causes of dark circles

  • Sleep deprivation can cause your skin to become dull and pale, allowing for blood vessels and dark tissues beneath your skin to show. This includes oversleeping, fatigue and staying up late. Lack of sleep causes fluid to build underneath your eyes making them appear puffy. 
  • As you get older, your skin becomes thinner and it’s losing collagen and fat needed to maintain your skin’s elasticity. The dark blood vessels beneath your skin become visible causing darkness under the eyes. 
  • Staring at your computer, television or phone screen can cause blood vessels to enlarge making that area appear darker. 
  • Allergic reactions can give you puffy eyes and can increase your urge to rub and scratch itchy skin around your eyes which can result in dark shadows beneath your eyes. 
  • Too much sun exposure can cause your body to produce an excess of melanin which can cause pigmentation in the surrounding skin to darken. 

Best ways to prevent dark circles

  • Stay hydrated. Dehydration can cause dark circles under the eyes to appear. 
  • Check haemoglobin levels and see with your doctor if you are missing some vitamins. 
  • Get proper rest and enough of sleep. 
  • Avoid junk food and eat healthily. 

How to remove dark circles under eyes

There are plenty of at-home treatments you can try which will remove dark circles temporary. If you desire a more permanent solution, check medical treatments. Most common methods include:

  • chemical peels
  • laser surgery 
  • tissue fillers
  • fat removal
  • surgical implants

Home remedies for dark circles

  • A cold compress like ice can help reduce swelling and shrink dilated blood vessels. Wrap a few ice cubes in a clean cloth and apply it to the skin under your eyes. You can also put a metal spoon in a freezer for a few minutes and that place it under your eyes for a quick result. 
  • Applying cold tea bags can remove dark circles. Black and green tea gives the best results. Put bags in hot water for five minutes and then let them chill in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes. Cold tea bags apply to your closed eyes for 10 to 20 minutes and after removing, rinse with cold water.
  • Cucumbers have skin-lightening properties so you can use cucumber slices to fix dark circles. 
  • Coconut oil helps to prevent wrinkles and fine lines under the eyes. Rub it into your under-eye area, leave it on overnight and rinse it off in the morning. 

What vitamin is good for dark circles under eyes?

  • Vitamin K strengthens veins and capillaries and it promotes healthy circulation. You can find vitamin K in topical creams but it is important in your everyday diet too. It is found in spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage and avocado. 
  • Vitamin C builds collagen that makes the skin more elastic and resilient. You can find it orange, kiwi, strawberries, pepper and grapefruit. 
  • Vitamin A is a potent antioxidant. When levels are low, skin becomes dry and it results in dark circles under the eyes. Carrots, pumpkin, mango, peach and spinach contain vitamin A. 
  • Vitamin E protects the body against damage. Good sources of vitamin E are olives, vegetable oils, avocado and dark leafy vegetables.

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