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Dr. Schultz's Tips & Tricks

“You look tired today.” That’s one sentence you never want to hear from anyone, ever. And dark under-eye circles are the culprits—they make us look exhausted, older and completely worn out. And on top of that, it seems like there is nothing you can do to cover them up.

Dr. Schultz says, “Along with wisdom, age brings dark under-eye circles,” which means that everyone is likely to see them at some point. While they are super easy to get, dark circles are hard to treat. However, there are solutions to improve the appearance of under-eye circles. Dr. Schultz shared his insights on how to treat them, but also explained why we have them in the first place.

Where do dark circles come from?

Dark circles stem from a combination of problems, across three categories: brown discoloration from melanin pigment, red and blue discoloration from enlarged blood vessels, and darkness from shadows, which can start as early as your mid to late 30s.

The shadows that cause these dark circles usually come from age-related loss of fat below the lower lid, which creates what’s called “tear trough.” The shadow caused by this trough comes from fat, bulging out from under the globe of the eye. That fat didn’t just magically appear, though. It actually used to be, behind your eye, inside your eye socket in your skull.

Together, the bulging fat and the tear trough, combined with the natural daylight maximize the shadows making them stand out even more.

How do you treat them?

First, you can minimize the appearance by using an under-eye exfoliant and keeping the skin moisturized. We suggest Gentle Exfoliating Eye Cream and Ultra Hydrating Eye Repair Cream. For more dramatic results, the same fillers that are used for lines and wrinkles on the face can show instant improvement and last up to a year, ridding you of those dreadful morning bags. The filler injections replenish the trough which corrects the skin contour, eliminating the cause of the shadow, and finally takes away that dark circle. The treatments are done with tiny injections, which most patients agree are not painful.

If you’re sick of everyone thinking you look overly-tired, it might be time to visit your dermatologist for a plan to fill those circles.

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