Dark circles under the eyes make us look tired and stressed regardless of how we feel and how well rested we are. Dark circles, under eye bag, puffiness are all very ageing to the face and give us a slightly haggard appearance that adds years to our appearance.
Dark circles under the eyes occur for two main reasons:
- A high buildup of pigmentation compared to the surrounding skin tone. This is especially true of people of tanned and darker skin types.
- A loss of volume of the cheek and under the eye creating a hollow area known as the tear trough. Due to the loss of volume the skin lies directly on top of blood vessels and therefore takes on a dark hue.
Dark circles can be due to one or both of these problems combined and therefore our treatment differs depending upon the origin of the problem. If pigmentation is the concern the we use daily medical grade skin serums followed by a prescription cream specifically designed to lighten the tone of the skin. This treatment can be very effective but normally takes a number of months to achieve desired results.
If a loss of volume is the main concern the we treat depending upon where the loss of volume is. If the main volume loss is from directly under the eyes, then we inject dermal fillers in this area to bring back the full contour and bright complexion youth. This treatment is very effective for most people and makes a dramatic improvement to their overall appearance.
If however the volume loss is more from the cheek area then we treat both the area directly under the eyes and the cheek itself to treat the problem from where it occurs. Apart from softening the dark circles under the eyes this also leads to a much softer appearance for the face.
If both concerns exist simultaneously then we first treat pigmentation followed up by volume replacement for a comprehensive reduction in the appearance of dark rims. Few cosmetic treatments are able to give such a profound effect from such a small area of change but if the eyes are the windows to the soul then we can think of the surrounding skin as the frame for this window.