Dark circles under the eye is something that all of us have had. Most often we have it when we do not have enough sleep. There are also people who seem to always have dark circles under their eyes. In most cases, the dark circles under the eyes are accompanied by bags or puffiness. The dark circles and the puffiness are cosmetic concerns for many as they tend to make one appear older, tired or even stressed. So, for those who are wondering what it is and how to deal with it, here are the most important facts about dark circles under the eyes and bags.
What are dark circles under the eyes and eye bags
Naturally occurring dark circles under the eyes, as opposed to the ones caused by trauma, insect bites and infection, are generally caused by fatigue. Fatigue causes fluid or fat buildup under the eye, the bags, and this casts shadows under the eye. There are also other causes, such as uneven skin pigmentation or even hereditary. Yes, bags and dark circles under the generally runs in the family. Sickness or poor health can also cause the dark circles. Diet can also cause darkness under the eyes as a result of insufficient vitamins. It is also part of aging for some people. The collagen loss as one ages makes the blood vessels under the eye more visible. Puffiness or eye bags are also common among older people. As one ages, the muscles under the eyes starts to get weak, they therefore sag and creates the fluffiness.
What to do when you have dark circles under the eyes
Dark circles under the eyes and bags do not require treatment. However, for a lot of people, it is a major source of cosmetic concern. So if you have dark circles and eye bags, there are many treatments that can help reduce the darkness, such as chemical peel and laser resurfacing. For the eye bags, an eyelid surgery can be performed to reduce the swelling. An eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty, the excess fat, muscles and skin are removed so that there will be chance of the skin under the eyes to sag. Blepharoplasty is also performed on lower eyelids when the eyelids drop and interferes with the sight of the person. Usually this is done on older patients who do not have strong eye lid muscles.
When to see a doctor
Having dark circles under the eyes and eye bags are quite normal and does not require medical attention. However, it is necessary to see a doctor if the swelling persists and if you are having problems with your eyes or vision. In these cases, you should consult a specialist to ensure that the swelling and darkness are not caused by eye problems or, vice versa, they will not cause eye problems. If you have any eye concerns, you can visit Sugarland Eye & Laser Center, the leading laser eye surgery, LASIK center in Houston.
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