Dark circles under the eye are quite unappealing and they can be caused by a number of factors. An increase in age, certain skin conditions, allergic reactions, improper skin care, smoking and alcohol consumption, genetic factors, exposure to sun, and improper food habits can lead to the formation of dark circles under the eyes. These dark circles can give you an aged appearance. To combat this condition, you can opt for the dermatology treatment methods, which are described below.
Chemical peels are an effective method of treating these eye bags. Here the dark circles will be treated with chemicals like mild beta hydroxy acids. If the condition is severe, then stronger products like phenol are used in the treatment. These chemicals help in the removal of the outer layer of the skin, thereby removing dark circles in the process.
The treatment may pose certain short lived side effects like scarring, swelling, and formation of cold sore. In order to make the effects of the treatment to last long, you should exercise proper post-treatment care. This includes avoiding over exposure to the sun, wearing sunscreen, and goggles when you step out in the sun.
Dark circles can be caused as a result of shadow formation which is caused due to light recesses in the skin. Using derma fillers are also seen to help in getting rid of these dark circles. Injecting derma fillers like collagen and hyaluronic acid below the eyes will plump the skin in that area. This considerably reduces the appearance of dark circles. Collagen is a natural protein which is found in the skin, cartilage, and bones. Fat that is obtained from other body parts, like those that are found in the thighs, can also be used as derma fillers. It is recommended that you undergo a prior allergy test, if you are using a collagen injection which is bovine based.
The results of this treatment last for 8 to 10 months. The treatment can cause minor side effects like swelling and bruising, which may last for a couple of weeks.
Laser treatment is a popular dermatology treatment method of treating dark circles. One type of laser treatment known as laser skin resurfacing removes the damaged skin cells under the eyes, thus giving it a fresh and youthful appearance. Here, the outer layer of the skin is targeted using laser rays. This causes the removal of hyper-pigmented skin under the eyes, thus reducing the appearance of dark circles.
Another type of laser treatment is the Intense Pulsed Light Treatment (IPL), otherwise known as photofacial. This treatment makes use of intense pulses of light rays to constrict the collagen and blood vessels below the skin surface. The smaller the blood vessels are, the less noticeable they will be. This reduces the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles under the eyes. The entire process can be completed in 30 minutes and you will not feel any discomfort or pain in the process. The treatment may take a couple of weeks to be completely effective.
Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is a treatment that is followed to remove the dark circles that are caused due to the presence of sagging skin, which leads to the formation of pouches under the eyes. The surgery is an outpatient procedure which is carried out under anesthesia. The treatment can involve the removal or repositioning of fat. This is an expensive procedure with minor side effects.
Excessive blood vessels can develop around the eyes as a result of using medications like Retin A. This can in turn cause the appearance of dark circles around the eyes. Excessive vascularization is a surgical process which involves the removal of these superficial blood vessels, thus eliminating dark circles in the process.
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