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One of the most common reasons people seek out a facial plastic surgeon is for dark circle under eye treatment. Some people have naturally darker circles or hollows under their eyes, and dark circles can appear at any age. Darker circles or hollows beneath the eyes may result from the loss of fat and collagen that comes with aging. This can create even more significant dark circles. For some people, the volume loss is uneven, and the under eye darkness can be caused by excess fat, or “eye bags.” Eye bags can also form as the structures under the eye thins, and fat within the eye socket moves forward. Dallas board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Solomon Azouz offers both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for dark circles under the eyes.

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Best Eye Cream for Dark Circles – Advice from a Facial Plastic Surgeon

Even though surgical procedures are frequently used to treat dark circles, there are several non-invasive options that can significantly enhance their appearance. Your skincare regimen is your best resource, and SkinBetter Science®  stands out for having cutting-edge formulas. Here are some options Dr. Azouz recommends to improve dark undereyes for more radiant and youthful eyes without surgery:

InterFuse® Treatment Cream - Eye | photo before and after 4 weeks, twice-daily use
InterFuse Treatment Cream Eyes: This multipurpose cream addresses puffiness, darkness, and crow’s feet under the eyes. Niacinamide and plant extracts work to brighten and balance out skin tone while light-diffusing particles rapidly conceal shadows. By filling in wrinkles and plumping out hollows, hyaluronic acid keeps the delicate eye area moisturized. Consider it a daily defense against fatigue and signs of aging.
EyeMax AlphaRet Overnight | photo before and after use
EyeMax AlphaRet Overnight Cream: This powerful treatment goes beyond quick results. The main component, retinaldehyde, is a mild version of vitamin A that gradually increases the production of collagen, strengthening the skin beneath the eyes and reducing shadowing. It also removes tiny wrinkles and discoloration, giving you stronger, smoother skin. Consider it a long-term investment in radiant and youthful eyes.
Instant Effect Gel Eye | photo before and after 4 weeks, twice-daily use
Instant Effect Eye Gel: Looking for a quick treatment for puffy and tired eyes? This is your go-to cooling gel. While hyaluronic acid plumps and moisturizes, encapsulated caffeine quickly brightens the sensitive area. For mornings following a late night or long days spent staring at screens, consider this product as an energizing jolt of espresso for your eyes.

Keep in mind that consistency is essential! These scientifically proven SkinBetter Science®  products can give you younger-looking, brighter-looking eyes without requiring surgery if you use them regularly.

beautiful face of young woman, dark circles under eyesTreat Dark Circles and Hollows with Fat Grafting

The tired appearance caused by dark or drooping lower eyes can be aging. It can leave you looking chronically tired or even make you appear unwell. One dark circle undereye treatment is fat grafting. Also called facial fat transfer, this procedure uses liposuction to take fat from another area of your body. After being separated in a centrifuge, the healthy fat and stem cells get injected into the lower eye region.

What are the benefits of facial fat transfers for dark under eyes?

  • Safe and Natural: Fat grafting functions as a face filler that is both safe and natural. It does this by avoiding synthetic materials and ensuring the body’s natural composition is maintained.
  • Volume Restoration: Fat grafting reduces hollows and raises the area where light can reflect, so dark circles get addressed by offering a little fat pad. This reduces the visibility of circles and shadows, giving a rejuvenated and youthful appearance.
  • Versatile Treatment: Fat grafting can treat some kinds of eye bags in addition to dark circles. It conceals puffiness around the eyes by plumping up the tissues surrounding them.

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Blepharoplasty for Eye Bags

Over time, the effect of gravity causes skin and underlying tissues to sag and move downward. This force can pull the skin under the eye, making eye bags even more prominent. Although fat grafting works well in many situations, droopy or extensive eye bags can call for a different strategy. During a lower eyelid blepharoplasty, sometimes called a lower eyelid lift, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Azouz can remove the exact amounts of fat and extra skin with small incisions behind the lash line. During an eyelid surgery, Dr. Azouz will lift the sagging skin to improve the contour and reduce the appearance of saggy and hollow under eyes.

What are the benefits of eyelid surgery for under eyes?

  • Youthful Contours: By removing the necessary amount of fat and ensuring proper placement, a blepharoplasty results in youthful contours and a completely refreshed appearance.
  • Tailored Correction: A blepharoplasty is particularly adept at correcting severe eye bags, where fat grafting may not provide the desired outcome.

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Schedule a consultation with Dr. Azouz

To explore personalized solutions for enhancing or rejuvenating your eye contours, contact Azouz Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery at (972) 702-8888 for a consultation with Dr. Azouz. Discover the transformative possibilities that innovative dark circle under-eye treatments can offer, tailored to meet your unique needs.

Solomon Azouz, MD, FACS, FRCS(C) | Eyelid Surgery in Dallas
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