Dark Brown Circles, Under Eyes: What is the most effective treatment without breaking the bank? (Photo)
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Dark circles: the bane of many eyelids!
Dark circles under eyes
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The cheapest solution is use an under eye concealer.
You are wrong to assume that your dark circles is a pigment problem. Well you are partly right but the pigment is not melanin-the pigment that makes us look tan or dark. No that is the wrong pigment. The correct pigment you are having an issue with is myoglobin. That is the protein that makes muscles work and is inherently red. Under the very thin skin of the lower eyelid is a thin muscle called the orbicularis oculi muscle. Here is your skin optics physics less for the day! A percentage of light incident to the skin is transmitted to the deeper layers. Now on the cheek, this light is reflected back to the skin by a big yellow layer of fat making the skin look lighter relative to the adjacent eyelid skin. The light transmitted though the eyelid skin does not hit a layer of yellow fat. No it hits this muscle which contains an abundance of myoglobin. Much of the light is absorbed by this muscle pigment and not available to bounce back into the eyelid skin. So the thin eyelid skin looks dark relative to the cheek skin.
Now this is important information because you are not going to be able to laser out, use topical creams to lift out or otherwise remove this darkness. I guess you could cut out the muscle but trust me when I tell you that is not a workable solution.
That leaves us to mess with how the light interacts with the thin lower eyelid skin. Concealer (I call it liquid photoshop) does this but it does not fill the lower eyelid hollow. Glasses hide this area but you know what they say about girls who wear glasses (work with me here: boys don't make passes.…). Honestly, surgery is inappropriate for your issue. What has proven very successful is filling the under eye hollow with hyaluronic acid fillers. The rub is that you may feel that is "breaking the bank." So there you have it. The good news is that under eye Restylane, the product I would recommend for this can last up to two years for someone your age. The bad news is that for your circles, you might need a milliliter (1 ml) of filler under each eye.
Hope this helps.