How effective are lasers to get rid of festoons?

I have dark circles under my eyes that until recently I thought was the result of my diet or just plain old genetics, but apparently not. Which is actually good news to me as I understand it's a condition that is actually treatable. The thing is, I've read up on the subject but keep getting conflicting information about the best way to treat festoons. Most of what I've heard is that the only way to do it is by undergoing a fairly major, complicated surgery, but other people are saying they've seen great results using lasers. So what's the story here? I'd obviously rather go the laser route but if I'm just going to be wasting my time and throwing my money out the window, well, that’s another story. At the same time I've been living with these festoons for most of my life and are kind of used to them now, so I don't know if I'd really care to go to all the trouble of getting surgery and spending thousands of dollars to get rid of them once and for all.


F, 54, Illinois

Hello - Instead of going under the knife, I would recommend looking for natural ways to treat your issue. In most cases, laser treatments are unable to completely remove festoons. The festoons frequently return when removed by a laser. 

I think you'd be better off with a natural method. Almond oil is completely natural and will benefit the skin around your eyes. Almond oil also helps lighten dark circles.Combining almond oil with vitamin e should really help in getting rid of the dark circles. 

I'd suggest using almond oil combined with vitamin e before going to bed. You can apply the combination to your dark circles and massage them gently into the skin. Leave the oil on overnight and wait it off with cold water in the morning. Repeat this every day until your dark circles have dissipated. 

Cucumbers: remember those Hollywood movies where women are seen relaxing at a spa  with cucumber slices on their eyes? Well, there’s a reason they did it and it is recommended in many beauty videos. With skin-lightening and mild astringent properties, cucumbers are completely equipped to fix those raccoon eyes. Better yet, they are soothing and refreshing too. 

I'd recommend cutting up a fresh cucumber into thick slices and chilling them for about 30 minutes. Place the slices on the dark circles for about 10 minutes. Then wash the area thoroughly with water. Repeat this process twice a day for one week and see if you have any results. 

Raw Potatoes contain natural bleach agents and when used raw, can help lighten dark circles and reduce excess puffiness around your eyes. 

To use the raw potatoes, grate a few chilled potatoes and extract the juice. Soak the juice in a cotton ball and place it on your closed eyelids. Make sure the juice cover the dark circles entirely. Allow the juice to sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse your eyelids well with cold water. Repeat this 1-2 daily for 2-3 weeks and see if you notice any results. 

Hope these natural remedies help you! 




Depending on how bad your festoons are you may be able to improve them with some laser treatments. That are some reports that lasers will help to reduce the appearance of your rings but that it will not completely get rid of them. If you are just looking to have somewhat smoother and clearer skin, that lasers may be the right choice for you. 

However, most of what I have read has stated that you would need to undergo surgery along with the laser process. For me, that seems like overkill and I would rather save my money by just going directly to surgery to eliminate the problem. If you have the money and the time to do both for full coverage, then go ahead, but I don't think that lasers are going to give you the type of results that you are looking for.

Hi, there! The 'laser route' is fantastic. I'm only in my 30s and I had those lovely raccoon rings, too. You won't be throwing your money out the window, I promise. I thought 'oh, I'm getting older, this is 'normal', why change it?', but I always wanted to get rid of them. And when I had the money, I went through with it. I was shocked by how much of a difference it made IN me. I'll admit, before I used to need lots of make up just to do grocery shopping. If I didn't, I felt like everyone was staring at my bags. I didn't even realize it until I was too busy to doll up to go. I went to the store bare-faced. I still felt so beautiful. More beautiful than I ever have before. Aren't you worth the money? I know I was. And I couldn't be happier!