What would you give to look in the mirror and not have raccoon eyes staring back at you? Think about it. You just woke up from the most restful sleep of your life just to look in the mirror to find that your eyes say that haven’t slept in days. It doesn’t sound like an issue but dark circles can make a person look older and worn out regardless of how much youthful energy they have.
The good news is that regardless of how many creams and potions have failed you, there is hope! The right dermatologist can put together a treatment plan to have you looking bright-eyed and bushy tailed in no time! Interested?
Not all dark circles are created equal so Sumayah Jamal, MD, PhD., founding Director of the Ethnic Skin Clinic at NYU School of Medicine, approaches treating dark circles on a case by case basis. At her NYC practice, Keris Dermatology, she treats her patients with a combination of creams and lasers to comprehensively address the issue.
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Depending on if the circles are on the purplish side due to the underlying network of veins being more visible or brownish black thanks to genetics, inflammatory issues or just plain dry skin, a derm worth their degree will take the time to identify the causes before deciding on the right treatment. As Dr. Jamal states, "A variety of creams can be effective but because dark circles can be caused by many different factors," she continues, "it is important to have a dermatologist determine the right reason before treating them." Lasers like the Sciton Profractional or Micorlaserpeel can be safe on V-VI skin types when in the right hands.
Dr. Eliot Battle, a nationally and internationally renowned cosmetic dermatologist and the CEO and co-founder of Cultura in Washington, DC, combines lasers, creams and fillers to reduce dark circles and send those under-eye bags packing. Like dark circles, there is more than one reason for that unwanted baggage under our eyes. According to Dr. Battle, with age comes separation of the interwoven muscle groups around our eyes that can cause puffiness. Plus he mentions that, "the area is also filled of veins and lymph channels that can clog causing eye puffiness."
Sumayah Jamal, MD, PhD
Founder of Keris Dermatology (NYC)
Founding Director of the Ethnic Skin Clinic at NYU School of Medicine that specializes in medical and cosmetic treatments in skin of color
Lasers and creams will work together to shrink the veins making them less visible while the fillers can help stretch the skin to lighten it up. Dr. Battle breaks down the how’s and why’s perfectly, "The science behind this treatment is when you add air to a dark balloon; it gets lighter, because the pigment is spread across a larger area."
The cost and timing of reducing the dark circles and puffiness will vary based on your needs. The process will be different for each person because this requires individualized care. Don't forget to ask questions at the consultation to make sure that you are in good hands.
Eliot Battle, MD
CEO and co-founder of Cultura (D.C.)