Clariancy Treatments

Dark Eye Circles

Dark undereye circles are an easily recognizable condition that can result from stress, fatigue, heredity, aging, and other factors. Dark circles appear under the eyes more often on older individuals as the skin around the eyes loses elasticity. Because the skin around the eyes is subjected to more stress than most other areas of the skin, this is one of the earliest problem areas for many patients. There are a variety of treatments available that can remedy the condition, and most are relatively non-invasive.

Causes of Dark Undereye Circles

Dark circles under the eyes can result from many different causes.

Dark undereye circles are an inherited trait related to bone structure and skin pigment. Facial bone structure that produces the appearance of deep-set eyes also contributes to the appearance of shadowed undereye circles. Veins around the eyes are more prominent on individuals with pale skin, and this can accentuate dark undereye circles. For some people, exposure to the sun can lead to excessive melanin production in the area under the eyes, which also results in dark circles under the eyes.

A variety of medical conditions can also contribute directly or indirectly to the appearance of dark undereye circles. Allergies and asthma lead to itchy, swollen eyes that can be made worse by scratching. Any medication that dilates blood vessels can affect the skin around the eyes, making the area darker. Undereye circles sometimes indicate circulatory problems, including kidney and liver malfunction. Nutritional problems, particularly a shortage of vitamin K, and dehydration can also cause the condition.

Stress, fatigue, and aging can contribute to the appearance of dark undereye circles. These factors can be the sole cause of the condition, and they can exacerbate the appearance of dark circles in combination with other causes. Dark undereye circles caused by stress and fatigue can often be remedied by getting adequate rest and proper nutrition. Age-related undereye circles and persistent dark circles that result from other causes, however, typically require cosmetic treatment.

Prevention of Dark Circles

Undereye circles can be prevented or minimized in many individuals. The best methods for doing this include using a daily moisturizer with sunscreen, maintaining a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of iron and vitamin K, and getting enough sleep.

For most young people, these preventive methods will be enough to keep dark circles from becoming a problem. As people grow older, however, the skin is less able to rebound from stress, fatigue, and exposure to environmental elements, even with the aid of nutrition, sleep, and moisturizing lotions. For this reason older individuals who have dark undereye circles often seek effective treatment from a qualified cosmetic dermatologist.

Treatment for Dark Undereye Circles

There are a variety of treatments available for dark undereye circles.

Whitening Agents:Many topical creams are available that have been specifically designed to address undereye circles. Common ingredients include chamomile and vitamin E. These can take 2-3 months to work.

Chemical peels, too, can be effective in rejuvenating skin around the eyes to eliminate dark circles by exfoliating damaged upper layers of skin to reveal new, healthier skin.

Laser resurfacing and Intense Pulsed Light therapy treatments are good options because they can reduce or eliminate the appearance of prominent veins and capillaries.

Pigmenated dark eye circles can be reduced using our Q Switch Nd: Laser.

Also, injectable dermal filler procedures can be used to augment recessed areas to eliminate the shadowing that can give the appearance of dark undereye circles.

Eye Bags

Eye bags are caused by protrusion of the fat which lies beneath the eyelid and which normally is held directly beneath the eyeball. The reason the fat is beneath the eyeball is so that it acts as a shock absorber preventing the eyeball from coming into contact with the bone of the eye socket. The eyelid is positioned directly over this supporting fat pad and holds the fat in place directly below the eyeball so that the fat can serve its function.


The problem of eye bags occurs as we age because as the skin of the eyelid ages it loosens, becomes less elastic, and begins to sag and lose tone. As the eyelid loses tone it cannot hold the fat within the bony orbit or eye socket beneath the eyeball, and the fat pushes forward against the undersurface of the weakened eyelid and creates the eye bags.

Treatment for Eye Bags

Eye bag removal has traditionally been done with a plastic surgery operation called a blepharoplasty.

However, less invasive procedures are available at Clariancy Aesthetic Clinic:

Radiofrequency: Skin tightening treatment (radiofrequency) is based on stimulating the collagen and elastin production under the skin with a burst of radiofrequency waves. Radiofrequency procedures do not require skin incision. After the treatment, you can apply make-up and return to routine activities.

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