Dark circles can be a serious skincare concern for many.
Whether you’ve tried every eye cream on the market or just starting to explore your options, a wide range of minimally invasive treatments for dark circles can help lighten and brighten them.
We’ll explore the intricacies of dark circles, including their causes, symptoms, and a range of effective treatments, gleaming expert insights from Flavio Refigeri, clinic director and founder of the celebrated Fiore Aesthetics in London.
What are dark circles?
Dark circles are more than just a skin problem. They are a complex skin condition that is marked by a darkening under the eyes. This can give the appearance of fatigue or ageing. According to Flavio, “They go way beyond simply being aesthetic concerns, reflecting both internal and external health influences as well.”
Darkened areas affect people of all ages, regardless of gender or age. Each case is different and has varying degrees and subtleties. A dark circle can make you appear different, and people may misunderstand how you feel or what your health is.
The Causes & Symptoms
Dark circles can be caused by a variety of factors. Genetics is one. Certain individuals are predisposed to them. Dark circles are more prevalent among young people. A study published in the NCBI found that dark circles are prominent in 47.50% of individuals between the ages of 16-25. A study published in the NCBI found that dark circles were more prominent on women between 16-25 years old. This could be because of hormonal differences or lifestyle differences.
It is also important to consider lifestyle factors. Stress, lack of sleep and poor diet can all play a part. Flavio explains, “As the skin ages, it loses its elasticity and thickness, making the underlying blood vessels more visible and accentuating the darkened appearance under the eyes.”
Sun exposure, for example, can exacerbate the condition by thinning out the skin further and increasing pigmentation. Dehydration, which can make the skin appear sunken, will also highlight dark circles. Allergic reactions, especially those that affect the eyes, may cause swelling and increased blood flow, further enhancing their appearance.
The presence of dark rings can be an indication of a variety of underlying health issues and lifestyle factors, which require a holistic approach in treatment and care.
Why Professional Treatment is Worth Considering
If you’ve tried home remedies and lifestyle changes to reduce the appearance of dark circles under your eyes without success, it may be time to consider professional cosmetic treatments.
Moreover, if your dark circles accompany other concerns such as swelling, pain, or severe discoloration, it’s important to seek a professional assessment.
The Best Treatments For Dark Circles
Untreated dark circles may become permanent. You have a variety of treatment options that are tried and tested. Effective dark circle treatment combines advanced cosmetic procedures targeting this problem’s different aspects.
1. Filler Injections
Cost: $800-$3000 per syringe
If you’re looking for an instant pick-me-up for your under-eye area, fillers could be the answer. These injectables can plump up hollows, reduce the appearance or dark circles, and create a more youthful look.
A gel-like substance is injected under the skin in order to smooth wrinkles and restore volume. You can expect to notice an immediate improvement in your dark circles.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers are highly praised for their ability rejuvenate the area under the eyes. They minimize shadows due to hollowing and thin skin by adding volume.
Flavio notes, “These fillers not only conceal blood vessels and dark tissues but also promote a more youthful and refreshed look.”
2. Laser Therapy
Cost$200-$600 per treatment
This treatment uses laser technology to target melanin and blood vessels that are prominent under the eyes. Skin rejuvenating treatment to reduce pigmentation, increase collagen production and improve skin texture around the eye.
For treating dark circles there are many different types of lasers, each with its own wavelength and target. Here are some of the most common lasers for treating dark circle:
- Intense Pulsed LightTargets pigmentation, uneven skin tone.
- Fraxel LaserStimulates collagen formation and improves skin texture.
- Pulsed Dye laserReduces discoloration by targeting blood vessels.
- Q-Switched YAG Nd LaserThe focus is on dark spots and skin pigmentation.
- Erbium Laser: Improves skin texture by reducing pigmentation.
You may notice some slight swelling and redness after treatment. These side effects will usually disappear within a couple of days.
3. Chemical Peels
Cost300 to 2000 dollars per session
A chemical peel may also improve the appearance dark circles. A chemical solution is applied on the skin to exfoliate the damaged top layer, revealing a brighter, more even toned skin underneath.
It’s particularly effective for dark circles caused by hyperpigmentation, significantly reducing their appearance.
Chemical peels are great for achieving amazing results but should only be performed by professionals to minimise risks.
CostFrom $100 to $800
This innovative procedure uses fine needles to create micro-injuries on the skin and stimulate natural collagen production.
Increased collagen thickens the skin under the eyes, reducing dark circles with time.
Choose the right clinic
To get the best treatment and results, it is important to choose the correct clinic. It’s essential to verify the qualifications and experience of the practitioners. A well-trained and experienced professional can make all the difference to your treatment.
Another important factor is the clinic’s reputation. You can get a good idea about the quality of services by looking for clinics who have positive reviews and testimonials.
Flavio recommends paying attention to the clinic’s consultation approach. A good clinic will offer consultations that are comprehensive and tailored to meet your individual needs. You can express your concerns, get information about treatment options and see how the clinic treats its patients.
The aftercare of patients is equally important. The success of any treatment depends on the aftercare provided by clinics. They should be able to demonstrate that they are committed to their patients’ care.
Lastly, check for the clinic’s accreditations and certifications. These credentials testify to the clinic’s adherence to safety standards and professional medical practices, ensuring you receive treatment in a facility that values quality and safety.
What to expect: Recovery, Procedure and Results
You may experience a mild discomfort or heat during the laser treatment. However, the procedure is usually well tolerated. Recovery is quick and you can resume normal activities almost immediately. You will notice a change in the appearance of your dark circles within a few sessions. For best results, a series is required. It is crucial to follow the instructions for post-treatment care in order to achieve the best results.
How to Maintain Results & Skin Health
The post-treatment is just as important as treatment. Flavio suggests some easy but effective steps to maintain your skin’s health and the results from your treatment for dark circles.
- Maintain a balanced diet and stay hydrated: Healthy foods rich in antioxidants, such as fruits and vegetables and plenty of water, can help you maintain a healthy complexion.
- Use Specialized Eye Cremes: Eye creams that contain caffeine, Vitamin C or retinol are the best. These eye creams can reduce dark pigmentation around the eyes and puffiness.
- Reduce Salt Intake: Too much salt in the diet can cause the body to retain excess water, causing puffy eyes.
- Manage StressYoga, meditation or regular exercise are all great ways to reduce stress. This can then have a positive impact on your skin.
- Regular Eye Massages Gently massaging around the eyes will improve blood circulation and reduce dark circles. Your skin will also look healthier and more radiant.
Following these steps and the treatments you’ve received will help ensure that your skin stays healthy and vibrant.
In order to effectively treat and manage dark circles, you need to combine the right cosmetic procedures along with a holistic skincare approach. Flavio Refigeri concludes, “With the advancements in minimally invasive treatments for dark circles and a well-informed lifestyle approach, overcoming dark circles is more attainable than ever.” Armed with these insights, you’re now ready to address and manage the challenges of dark circles, paving your way to clearer, healthier skin.