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How do I get rid of the dark circle under my eyes? They make me look tired, and old!

We get clients coming in concern about the dark panda eyes, and they want to get rid of them. This is quite common in darker complexion clients, especially from South Asian origins. First, we need to know why this is happening and so understanding the cause of this can help guide the treatment options.

  •   Excessive pigmentation just around the eyes area, together with relatively thinner skin on the lower eyelid
  •   As part of the ageing process, the skin gets more delicate, and collagen production around the eyes are reduced. This can lead to lack of blood supply to the under eyes area, making your under eyes look darker.
  •   Lack of sleep
  •   Certain health conditions that make you have increased fluid around the eyes, leading to eye bags. This, unfortunately, can also make the shades under the eyes look darker
  •   Excessive pigmentation – caused by bad habits of eye-rubbing, excessive sunbeds/tanning or even because it runs in the family
  •   Tear trough – the dent/depressed area that occurs naturally. They usually extend from the middle to the corner/ the outside of the eyes. This can also produce the dark circle, sometimes makes you look even more tired and aged.
  •   Sometimes there’s no cause found. You are just unlucky!

What has been tried so far? 

    Lightening creams targeted to the area

    Chemical peelings to help lighten around the eye area


    Fat injections

    Camouflage by using make-up

Dermal fillers have been used to treat the under eyes area, a depression/dent, also know as Tear Trough. It is crucial to find the right injectors/aesthetician who is trained to perform this delicate procedure. They will know which dermal fillers to use, and the best techniques to use. Most importantly, they will be honest with you and tell you if the treatment is not suitable for you. They will then be able to suggest other treatment options such as the above, or even surgery if needed.

Another option is the Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), or Vampire Facial, which targets the under-eye area. For those of you who are not familiar with this, the platelet is obtained from your blood. The blood will be centrifuged/spun in, and the blood cells will be separated. The PRP treatment can help boost the collagen and reduce the melanin production with the help of the plasma and technique used to deliver the treatment. We will discuss PRP and micro-needling in a different post in greater detail. 

There are no consistencies in the results of studies done so far, so there is no particular treatment that would be the first line to be offered to clients. Hence, it is essential to find the cause and tailor the treatment to this. However, as mentioned above, sometimes, no particular reason is found. The most important thing is to address your expectations at the earliest stages possible and perhaps try different methods together to achieve desirable results. 

If you have any comments or questions, please write below. We offer Tear Trough dermal filler treatment, but we will consult and assess whether the treatment suits you or not. Book a consultation with our team, and we will be more than happy to assist you further.


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KY Park, et al. Treatments of Infra-orbital dark circles by various etiologies. Ann Dermatol; Vol.30, No. 5, 2018.

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