A cosmetic problem for many people is the bags and dark circles that develop under the eyes. This area is often your first trait that people notice, so it can make you self-conscious if you have tired, puffy looking eyes. There are a lot of reasons for this issue, such as allergies, lack of sleep, and your diet.
The biggest contributors to eye bags and dark circles, though, are age and heredity. As we get older, the skin under the uses gets thinner and weakens. This allows the blood vessels under the eyes to show causing the dark circles.
The bags can be due to gravity and the loss of muscle in the eye area, allowing extra skin to move south underneath the eyes. This isn’t the only area on the body that gravity affects, but the eyes are one of the most obvious locations.
Here is a post about this common dilemma from Mayo Clinic:
Bags under eyes – Mayo Clinic
Bags under eyes — mild swelling or puffiness under the eyes — are common as you age. With aging, the tissues around your eyes, including some of the muscles supporting your eyelids, weaken. Normal fat that helps support the eyes can then move into the lower eyelids, causing the lids to appear puffy. Fluid also may accumulate in the space below your eyes, adding to the swelling.
Read more here: Bags under eyes – Mayo Clinic
Spankie Valentine, a recording artist, filmmaker, and fashion diva, offers some advice on ways to remove the dark circles and bags from underneath the eyes. Her information aligns with the medical sites as far the causes for these eye concerns and how to avoid them. She also gives some tips on ways to minimize the puffiness and discoloration without any surgery, such as using a cold compress to help the swelling and makeup to cover the circles.
Her sense of humor, along with her cameraman’s occasional amusing remarks, make this a fun video to watch:
Are there noninvasive cosmetic surgical options for removing these unwanted bags and circles? There are some procedures that can help limit the problem, but aren’t usually a permanent solution. A chemical peel can help lighten the dark color, but laser resurfacing seems to be more popular.
In this post by a plastic surgeon from Fort Collins, Colorado, Dr. Diane Duncan offers her opinion on choosing laser resurfacing:
Laser Resurfacing for Dark Circles Under Eyes? Doctor Answers, Tips
If you don’t want surgery, what are your options? Laser resurfacing is a good second choice as it will tighten and smooth the lower eyelid skin, reducing the apparent depth of the dark circles. This in combination with fillers, carefully injected under the orbitomalar ligament, can take the edge off the dark circles without invasive surgery. However, ablative laser should not be performed in patients with darker skin types due to the risk of PIH.
Many times the dark circles are due to the shadow caused by bags under the eyes. The cosmetic procedure that will provide a more long-lasting effect is lower eyelid blepharoplasty. This is an outpatient procedure performed under anesthesia to remove the excess fat, muscle and skin, but you have to be ready to take a couple weeks off from work.