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Black Circles Under My Eyes
Common problem: The skin is thin in that area and if there is extra weight on your body or gravity has been especially hard on you, the skin can thin out a little and the veins underneath can given an appearance of darkness. Heredity plays a role as well. If these are prominent, especially with under eye bags, then an oculoplastic surgeon should be consulted for evaluation and management. ...Read more
Dark circles: Dark circles around the eyes have different causes. I suggest going to a facial plastic surgeon for a consult to better understand the reason. There are various effective treatments for certain causes of dark eyes including the use of skin bleaching agents, dermal fillers, lasers and certain creams. Dark circles can be due to allergies, decrease in lower eyelid fat, hyperpigmentation and nutrition. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dark Circles: Circles under eye can be due to: allergy "allergic shiners", fatigue, genetic variation, aging. Lower lid skin is very thin so blood vessels under skin can make area look dark. Topical creams/fillers can help hide circles: only mask condition with no cure. What helps: drink 8 cups water/day, sunblock, hat, enough rest; avoid rubbing; makeup; facial plastic surgery when severe; allergist can help ...Read more
You could, but..: I don't know any that work well. Some people inherit dark circles to some degree, but other times it's from anemia or environmental factors such as lack of sleep or allergies of the eye/nasal sinus area. Try getting better sleep and addressing whatever allergies you may have, both in your eyes and in your sinuses, and get a medical checkup if you haven't had one recently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many options: Is this a new event? Or something of long standing? Is it asymptomatic or does it hurt? Is it growing, bulging above skin level, inflammatory? If any of these questions are positive, then you should consult with your ophthalmologist or a dermatologist. Once pathology is eliminated then a cosmetic approach might be considered. ...Read more
Red/black circles around eyesi have got dark red/black circles around my eyes. How do I treat that?
Ophthalmologist: Such a complaint is most unusual. You should schedule to see an ophthalmologist. It would be helpful to collect photos of yourself showing the abnormality and carefully document use of prescription and non prescription drugs as well as unusual dietary intake. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See eye doctor: Sometimes it is allergy related and your eye doctor can help you. Try cold compresses. Try getting more sleep. Be hesitant to buy products claiming to clear dark cirlces because ihave not found a good one yet or i would use it myself. Sometimes make up is the best option. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thin skin: The skin of the lower eyelids is the thinnest skin of the body and the dark circles are just seeing your own capillary blood supply through the skin. They frequently are a familial trait. There is no known effective treatment. ...Read more
Dark Circles: These circles, also called chloasma is a discoloration or pigment concentration usually under the lower lid, but be anywhere on the face, can be caused by simple familial resemblance. In the acquired types, birth control pill, hormone therapy, sun exposure are among the most common. I ophthalmology it is seen in pts receiving glaucoma drops called prostaglandin analogs (xalatan, lumigan, travatan). ...Read more
Venous congestion.: Toddlers and older children manifest this sign of dark puffy circles under the eyes as a consequence of venous congestion--typically triggered by allergies or by sinus infections. Also known as "allergic shiners", this collection of blood vessels becomes congested with blood backed up because the swelling of the nasal passages blocks the normal progression of blood through the nasal/eyelid area. ...Read more
I am under 30 and have the worst baggy puffy dark circles under my eyes. Would a lower blepharoplasty help?
Puffy Eyelid Bags: Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is still the treatment of choice for lower eyelid bags (fat). Unless the dark circles are a result of shadowing from the puffy lower lids, they will not go away with blepharoplasty. It is not unusual to consider lower bleph in your young adult life as the problem is typically hereditary and shows up earlier in life. Good news is that it is very rare to need it again. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
It depends: Circles under the eyes is a common sign of fatigue. It can be genetic as well and has many factors. Stay hydrated, use sunblock on your face, get enough rest to help this. One can also use makeup or in severe cases may have facial plastic surgery (also called blepharoplasty). Good luck and have a nice day! ...Read more
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