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Dark circles after transplant

Hi everyone

A while after my transplant the area around the eyes got considerably dark, similar to before the surgery. This was more pronounced when I was taking oxycodone. Now that I no longer take oxycodone, I still have dark circles but they're not as noticeable as before. The medications I'm on currently are: Tenofovir, Advagraf and Immunoglobulin injections entry 2 weeks.

Has anyone experienced anything like this and do you have any suggestions for me?

Thank you

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I've never been through what you have, but I hope everything goes well following the transplant. What have the specialists said? Hopefully the fitter you become following the transplant the healthier your skin will become and maybe the darkness will fade.

Good luck



Thank you for the reply.

I mentioned it to one of the specialists in a previous appointment and she just smiled and gave me a look as if to say "that's not a real problem" ha. When on holiday this summer it was barely noticeable so I just need more sun and sea I guess 😊.

I consider myself extremely lucky to have had the chance to a transplant and having had no major complications is a great bonus. Looking at pictures of myself from a year ago is a scary reminder of how close to dying I really was. I now look and feel better than I have in a long time and cannot thank the transplant team enough and my hero, the donor, of course.

Take care


Glad you are feeling so much better. In the grand scheme the dark eye rings are a small thing and it is great you are well enough to notice them.

But it would still be nice if they would go. How bad are they? Do they look like mine always do that you've been burning the candle at both ends. Mine have been like this for years, I think it was the kids and chronic sinusitis. Or do they look like you are trying to be a cute panda?



Haha cute panda, I like that! No at times I look like I'm majorly overworked but nothing a good eye cream can't conceal 😉. I was hoping someone who has had the same thing would be able to advise on a particular food, vitamin or skin treatment I could try as although the liver team are great at what they do, when it comes to other issues, I find them not much help.


How about asking your g.p. to refer you to a dermatologist they might be helpful.

For me I ended up using concealer when I put makeup on but in the summer I loved my sunglasses. The rest of the time I blamed the long hours of slave driver bosses. When I got enough sympathy I'd say yes my two kids. Seriously though I think my problem was my sinuses as no matter how much I slept I couldn't get rid of the baggage carrier look.

Good luck. Shame about the panda, they have adorable eyes.



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