We’ve all experienced it at some point. We wake up, look in the mirror, and see a pair of dark circles staring back at us. It could be from stress, lack of sleep, or maybe we’re just dehydrated. During our younger years, the effort of keeping our undereye bag area lively doesn’t take much effort, however as we age this area, called the tear trough, starts to require more maintenance.

By the time we are in our 30s, we will experience a significant loss of the tissue and fat that keeps the tear trough area full, which can cause the appearance of dark circles under the eye area. Dark circles can be produced by multiple factors, which is why we offer an array of corrective solutions that can be tailored to your specific needs.

How are Dark Circles Treated?

Dark circles can be addressed in several ways. The best treatment for you can depend on the extent of your dark circles and how permanent you want your treatment to be. For some, less invasive options may be a resolution, while others may need to consider surgical or more invasive procedures.

Volume loss can play a big role in the appearance of dark circles. As we age, our collagen production slows down, our skin starts to thin, and we begin to lose fat under the eye area. As a result, the dark blood vessels beneath your skin become more visible, causing the area below your eyes to darken.

A quick minimally-invasive means of treating dark circles caused by volume loss is by using hyaluronic acid-based fillers such as Restylane. These fillers use a natural injectable material to rejuvenate the undereye bag area.

Since the injections for this treatment naturally break down over time, it is not a permanent solution. However, this means it is an excellent choice for those who want to try a treatment but avoid any long-lasting commitment.

Laser Treatment

A more invasive option that will provide additional benefits would include laser skin resurfacing. Some of the benefits of laser treatment include a reduction in wrinkles and an overall tightening of the skin. You can see dramatic results after a single treatment, however, you can have multiple treatments depending on your needs.

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In cases where you want more long term solution, you can opt for blepharoplasty. This surgery can target loose skin and muscle that begin to droop down and cause dark shadows in the under eye area.

How Long Do the Treatments Last?

Each treatment lasts a different amount of time and will have different effects depending on the person. While it is true that fillers are a temporary treatment for dark circles, the effect tends to last longest in this area of the body and may even last years in some people. Laser resurfacing and blepharoplasty offer longer result times.

Dermal Fillers and Laser Treatment

The odds are almost overwhelmingly yes. Since the treatments are non-surgical, they are open to a wide range of people.

Also, the treatments are not limited to a single age group. In fact, they have become increasingly popular among younger people as a preventative measure against dark circles.

During your consultation, Dr. Cole can go over which filler will be best for you, and look at if there are any considerations to cover. If you choose laser therapy, he can work with you to determine how many sessions you will want.

Dark Circles Treatment in the Seattle area

The tear trough is a small portion of your face, but it has an undeniable influence on your overall appearance. If dark circles have appeared under your eyes, schedule a consultation today to learn more about treatment options.

Dr. Cole and his team of highly qualified professionals are dedicated to delivering top-quality results to each of their patients. During your consultation, you’ll be able to express your goals and what you’d like out of treatment. Then, Dr. Cole, oculoplastic surgeon, develops a personalized treatment plan that is specific to your unique needs. Take the first step toward rejuvenating your appearance and your self.