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Dear Dr. Seckel, I started noticing at the beginning of the year lines on my eyes that start near the corners of my eyes by the nose that go downward and a little dark in color.I believe you refer to them as Dark Circles Under The Eyes. I first noticed them when I was at the hair salon looking in the mirror. I thought I had eye makeup or even dirt in that area and went to wash it off. Well, the lines are still there. I thought maybe this happened because of my contact lenses which I got right before I noticed this; it would take me forever putting them in and taking them out and I really irritated my eyes. Also I thought maybe crying could do this. I did turn 50 at the end of July but I have never had this before. I have tried many creams. Is there anything that could be done whether it be topical, surgery, or Restylane (though you did say never to use fillers around the eyes)? Thank you, Lisa, Staten Island, New York

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Dear Lisa, The dark color you mention starting at the corner of your eyes is called a Tear Trough Deformity, commonly called dark circles under the eyes. You can read about what causes dark circles under the eyes in Chapter One of my book Save Your Face. The dark circle under the eye is normal, […]

Dear Dr. Seckel, I am suffering with dark circles under my eyes. As everyone, I don’t have enough money to make a surgery or laser correction. all I can do is buy the best cream and apply or do home remedies. I have also tried so many brands of creams, but no change. So I would be grateful of you to recommend me the best cream to reduce the dark circles and also the basic way I can do it from my home. Thank you, Nissa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Dear Nissa, Hi, I’m Veronica, Dr Seckel’s Medical Aesthetician. Dr.Seckel asked if I could help with your question about skin creams for Dark Circles under Eyes. I have to say I have received good feedback about the Teamine eye complex it contains Vitamin C, and K which helps minimize dark circles under the eyes. I […]

Dear Dr. Seckel, I am a 26-year-old female with very dark under-eye circles. They are hereditary and I have had them since I was small. I was considering and even booked an appointment with a South African doctor who was planning to inject a fat filler into the skin under my eyes or perhaps perform a blepharoplasty. I am a bit concerned about both options and would like to know your opinion. Many thanks and hope to hear from you soon, Linda, Capetown, South Africa

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Results of fat injection into the eyelid have not been good in my opinion and complications including ectropion and injury to the eyeball have been reported

Dear Dr. Seckel, I am 21 years old and I have dark circles under my eyes. I would love to be able to get rid of them as much as possible so I don’t have to waste time putting cover up on. I was wondering is the laser blepharoplasty with arcus marginalis release to correct dark circles an option? Thank you, Isabel, Mechanicsville, MD

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

many younger people today are troubled by dark circles under the eyes and are seeking correction with a laser transconjunctival blepharoplasty with arcus marginalis release and fat grafting to correct dark circles under the eyes,

Dear Dr. Seckel, I had Restylane injected under my eyes to treat dark circles under the eye 1 year ago. I had dark circles but I did not want a blepharoplasty. My eyelids got swollen + puffy + discolored like black + blue. My doctor said it would go away, it has not. Will it go away? Every 3 months I go to the doctor, she cannot figure it out. I feel like I am getting the run around. Please help me!!!!!!!!! Thank you, what should I do? Thank You, Janis, New York, NY

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Dear Janis, I am sorry to hear of your experience after filler injection around the eyes. Most likely the injection with the needle ruptured blood vessels and caused bleeding. The blood underneath the eyelid caused the black and blue. Usually the black and blue goes away in 3-6 weeks. However the eyelids are so thin […]

Dear Dr. Seckel, I’m a very faired-skinned Irish lass of 42 and I’ve literally been annoyed with my dark circles from as early in life as I remember. I have always had dark circles under the eyes. I now also have a more defined Nasojugal fold than ever before to go along with it. I’ve gone to many a consultation with plenty of plastic surgeons over the years and blepharoplasty has been discussed but this is the first time I’ve come across any type of procedure that addressed the problem without a blepharoplasty. Yesterday, however, I had a consult with a reputable certified surgeon who suggested administering a dental block and injecting Radiesse filler into the trough area through the top inside cheek area from inside my mouth. He was so into the idea of filling the depressed area, that no matter how I tried, I couldn’t get him to actually say if it would take care deep blue color in the area, as well. I’m skeptical that it could. Now I’m seeing postings online about hardening and bumps and lumps and warnings that the manufacturer of the filler suggests not using it in that area of the face. I’ve just come across your website today. Can you help? Is the filling procedure safe? Will it work for my kind of problem or will it just puff the area a little still leaving me with the deep blue that I hate? Is the procedure you use best? Thank you, Gina, Dallas, TX

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Don’t let anyone inject a filler around your eye

Dear Dr Seckel, After reading through the many questions asked on your website by others regarding under-eye hollows, dark circles under the eyes, puffy eyelids and eyelid bags, and about laser blepharoplasty and arcus marginalis release I decided to email you about my own problem. I have attached photos from different angles to show you the extent of the darkness and the hollows. At least I think I have the hollows under the eyes. I have recently had a laser consultation in London,UK for removing dark circles however I feel extremely nervous and do not wish to make the problem worse by starting procedures around the eye area which may not even work in the long term. This particular laser clinic claims to have had a lot of success using the YAG laser for the past 3 yrs however I’m just not 100% sold on the idea! I’m nervous as I’m only 22yrs old and do not wish to make any decisions without fully researching all my options first. I have had dark circles for a long time, although I do not believe they are hereditary. I lost a lot of weight in my early teens which I believe caused further thinning under the eyes making the dark circles even more obvious. I can actually see the blue/green veins under the eye area, that’s how thin the under-eye area is at the moment. I have high cheekbones which make the circles more prominent when I smile. Do you believe you would be able to help me at all? I am willing to travel to the US to correct this problem. I have found that in the UK not many surgeons are as experienced in this particular problem as you are. and if they are they do not advertise their services! Thank you for your time. Kind Regards, Nida, London,UK

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

The major problem causing dark circles under the eyes is the depression or hollowness which starts near the nose and runs along the eye socket bone out towards the side of the face.

Dear Dr Seckel I am 33 y/o I have had dark circle under and around my eyes forever at times its worse than others, My eyes are sunken, or hollow look, skin around my eyes are thin and transparent, therefore the veins are more visible. The inner eye area by the nose seems to be the worst. What makes matters worse is the bone structure of my eyebrow it is prominent and casts a shadow which makes the darkness seem worse. Some causes are probably genetic, allergies and fatigue, I’ve read many do’s and don’ts for under eye circles and tried numerous expensive products, but you know how that goes. I have had my brows thinned out and had eyebrow tattoo to give more space, it helped. I also had fat injections, I am sorry I didn’t read your opinion about blepharoplasty and fat injections before I did that because it was not pleasant. The bruising and swelling lasted for months, I was told up to a weak. When I had the fat injections the MD suggested that I also put some in my cheeks and in the lines around my mouth and nose, Cheeks were nice but the fillers around my mouth make me look like I’m frowning all the time, its not very attractive. So now I don’t just get remarks like “are you OK”. “Are there problems at home” you look depressed, tired, sick and worst of all my children say “mommy you look so sad” but now I get that “You look mean and you’re scaring the patients away” constantly, every day. Even my own parents who have similar features dare to say the same. PLEASE help, Fatima , Staten Island, New York

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

I am sorry I didn’t read your opinion about blepharoplasty and fat injections before I did that because it was not pleasant.

Dr. Seckel, I am 40 years old I recently visited 3 plastic surgeons for consultations on blepharoplasty. I have bags and dark circles under my eyes and look tired all of the time. Two of the three surgeons wanted to do a traditional blepharoplasty with the incision on the outside of the eye where the fat pads are removed and they both said they would have to snip a minimal amount of skin. The third surgeon had a different approach. He wanted to do the blepharoplasty without removing the fat pads. I am sort of confused by all of the information he gave me but it sounds like he would do all of the tucking of the muscle from the inside. He also suggested an arcus marginalis release procedure to help with the dark circle in my naso-jugal fold. He wanted to use fat from underneath my chin for the arcus marginalis release procedure but said I didn’t have any fat in my neck/chin area. He also suggested a cheek suspension. I am just starting to notice a minimal droop in my cheek area. It is an endoscopic procedure is what I believe he said. I am thoroughly confused. I read your article regarding the feather lift, thread lift and Russian lift. Is the procedure he suggested the same thing? I don’t have a lot of wrinkling in my skin, mostly fine lines. I want to the minimum amount of surgery for the maximum effect. I also don’t want to change the way my face looks, I just want to get back a little bit of what I started with. Younger and refreshed. Diana, San Jose, CA

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

I do not recommend thread lift etc-they are not accepted techniques with proven longevity yet

Dear Dr Seckel, I’m a 20-year-old male with really dark circles under my eyes. I also have a constant blocked nose, which I think may be one contributing factor. A local doctor said I may be suffering from chronic rhinitis, or I may have a polyp – Could either of these be causing the dark circles? My parents do not have dark circles under their eyes, although my sister has faint ones. I have had the circles for as long as I can remember, since about 5 years old or so, maybe earlier. I am also quite thin – which shows in my face, I believe this makes the circles more prominent. I have enclosed 2 photos so you can see: These dark circles make me look tired and depressed constantly, and I’m looking for any possible way to rid them! Could you please advise me on the best possible course of action? Thank you very much, Shaun , UK.

Sunday, May 7th, 2006

The safest and most effective technique to correct this is a laser procedure called an arcus marginalis release which releases the ligament and then to transplant fat into the hollow or place an implant called a tear trough implant