A woman with dark under-eye circles

Can You Remove Under-Eye Circles?

While they are not detrimental to a person’s health, puffy eyelids or dark bags under your eyes are a nuisance. Those who experience low self-esteem because of under-eye circles may benefit from seeking to remove them. Fortunately, several methods can address the problem, including non-invasive solutions and surgical options. Read on to learn more about what causes under-eye circles and how you can remedy them.

What Causes Under-Eye Circles?

Dark under-eye circles form from hyperpigmentation or visible veins and blood vessels beneath the skin. They are most often associated with extreme fatigue or lack of sleep. There are also genetic and acquired causes that can bring about under-eye circles. Irritation, such as regularly rubbing your eyes, can damage small blood vessels beneath the skin. Allergies that cause nasal congestion or rashes are another culprit. 

Sometimes, dark circles are areas on your facial skin with excess pigmentation. Aging can also lead to the development of dark circles. As you age, the tissue in the lower eyelid thins out, causing the fat pads under the eye to become more visible. Some people also have a genetic predisposition to under-eye circles due to pigmentation, the location of blood vessels, or more prominent fat pads. 

Remedies for Under-Eye Circles

You don’t have to live with under-eye circles permanently. Both non-invasive and medical treatment options can help get rid of them.

Non-Invasive Options

There are a few options that can help get rid of dark circles without surgery. The best treatment depends on the cause of them. For example, getting a good night’s sleep can reduce circles caused by sleep deprivation, while taking an antihistamine or a nasal decongestant will help if they are due to allergies. Changes to your lifestyle, like sticking to a low-sodium diet or limiting alcohol and tobacco use, have a positive effect. Solutions like bleaching eye creams, laser therapy, and chemical peels can also help clear them. 

Medical Procedures

Combining cosmetic treatments, a healthy lifestyle, and high-quality skin care products is the best way to treat dark under-eye circles. Blepharoplasty and dermal fillers are two treatments that have lasting effects on reducing or eliminating their presence. 


Blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic procedure designed to permanently repair drooping upper eyelids or remove bagginess from lower eyelids. Lower blepharoplasty is the best solution for addressing under-eye circles. It involves small incisions just below the lash line, inside the eyelid, or a combination of the two to remove excess fat, skin, and muscle.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal filler injections are another medical solution to eye bags. They are a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that helps correct wrinkles and contour deficiencies for facial skin. These fillers smooth out your skin by filling in wrinkles using hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body. These fillers last three months to a year, so you should continue injections to maintain your results. 

Blepharoplasty Surgery and Dermal Fillers in Oro Valley

Blepharoplasty and dermal fillers are two of the easiest ways to correct under-eye circles and give your face a more youthful look. At Hess & Sandeen, we pride ourselves on providing our patients with the best care possible. Our board-certified plastic surgeons will help you achieve the optimal results you are looking for.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation for eyelid surgery.