Q&A: What can I do to help with horrible dark circles under my eyes?

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I have horrible dark circles under my eyes, I eat very well and get a decent amount of sleep. I exercise 6 times a week. I'm a 36 yr old male in great shape. Iv'e tried several different creams, cucumber treatment and such, nothing seems to work. Ive read about laser treatments and pigmentation injections? Any help would be great! Thanks Joe


Emilio M. Justo, M.D. -

Dear Joe..................thanks so very much for submitting your question regarding dark circles under the eyes. This can be a very challenging issue as dark circles may represent different things in different individuals..........for example, sometimes it is simply a shadow effect from fat pockets in the lower eyelids, whereas other times it may be true pigmentation.
The first recommendation is to see an eyelid surgery specialist who can assess your specific situation. Ultimately, whatever recommendation, if any, may only be of partial help as it has been my experience in the last 25 years that this type of issue is a difficult one to fully resolve.
Thank you again...............good luck!

--Emilio M. Justo, M.D.
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