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Dark circles under your eyes are a combination of many things. They can be structural—the way your eye sits in its socket and how the skin, fat and muscle drape over and around it, creating a shadowing effect under the eye—and that’s often genetic. Sometimes the darkness has a bluish hue to it due to the fact that the skin around the eyes is the thinnest skin on a woman’s body, and you can see hints of the blue venous blood under the skin. “Bags” under your eyes can be worse in the morning from fluid collecting under your eyes during the night, and this may be seen if you’re retaining water, creating puffy lower eyelids and a shadowing effect.

So what can you do about it? If “bags” are your problem, the simplest thing you can do is to make dietary changes and avoid salty foods that cause you to retain water. If you are puffy in the morning, cold compresses and natural herbal diuretics such as dandelion, ginger, nettle, fennel, linden and juniper or foods such as grapes, strawberries, watermelon, lemon and pineapple juice may help to redistribute and lessen extra fluid.

If dark circles are your problem, the easiest and least expensive thing to do is to talk to a make-up specialist about using lighter make-up under your eyes to control the shadowing. For more dramatic results, a dermatologist may be able to use filler under your eyes to minimize the shadowing by physically changing the way the skin drapes around the eye. Besides bruising and the cost (hundreds of dollars) this can be a terrific treatment if you are a good candidate. This may be all you need and can last many years.

For some individuals, however, an even more aggressive treatment may be indicated. This may include a combination of ablative or fractional lasering and/or a lower lid blepharoplasty consisting of the removal of fat from the lower eyelid, which treatments will actually tighten the skin and remove the puffiness, respectively. This can be done in addition to adding a filler and can have dramatic effects. But there is longer recovery time for these procedures and they are more expensive. Fortunately, this is usually not necessary for younger women.

Personally, the most effective thing I’ve done for my lower eyelids was CO2 lasering with just a touch of JUVEDERM (filler) which helped not only with my dark circles but also helped my wrinkly lower eyelid skin without changing my appearance. The recovery time for the lasering was painfully long (that’s why I looked like Jackie O. for a month with my big sunglasses!) but for me it was well worth it!