Dark Circles


Dark Circles

Dark circles under the eyes tend to age your appearance more than wrinkles or gray hair – which may cause people to think you are much older than you are. This is why dark circles under the eyes is the second most common dermatological complaint after acne.

Common thinking is that dark circles under the eyes are caused by stress or a lack of sleep, but they are actually caused by aging, lifestyle choices, genetics, and other medical causes and environmental conditions.

  • Volume loss or fat descent in the cheeks
  • Under-eye volume loss
  • Lower eyelid laxity
  • Thinning under-eye skin
  • Smoking
  • Hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage
  • Caffeine or alcohol consumption
  • Dehydration and dietary deficiencies
  • Hyperpigmentation caused by melasma
  • Medical conditions (allergies, eczema, thyroid problems, etc.)
  • Venous congestion in under-eye blood vessels
  • Sun exposure

As you age, your skin loses collagen and thins. Blood passes through the veins close to the surface of the skin and results in a bluish tint. The thinner the skin – the darker the circles appear. Sun exposure speeds up this process by further breaking down collagen.

On top of this, the layer of fatty tissue under the eye becomes thinner as we age – creating a hollow shadowing, further emphasizing the dark-circle effect.

Treatment Options

Laser resurfacing and chemical peels may be used to help reduce dark circles by increasing collagen production, decreasing pigmentation problems, and improving overall skin quality.

Dermal fillers are often used to correct dark circles created by thinning under-eye skin or fat and tissue loss in the under-eyes or upper cheeks.

If the circles are caused by shadows cast by large bags beneath the eyes and/or hollowness in the tear trough area, lower eyelid surgery can improve the appearance of dark circles.

Book A Consultation

If you’re ready to start your journey, or just want to get a bit more information about a procedure, we encourage you to book a consultation with us. Your consultation will be a one-on-one meeting with one of our medical professionals where we can discuss your specific needs and start developing a personalized plan to achieve your goals.

Related Treatments and Procedures

Dermal Fillers

Used to reverse the signs of aging associated with wrinkles and volume loss, facial fillers are a rapid and effective solution.

Skin Resurfacing And Fractional Laser

Laser Resurfacing treatments can be applicable over a wide range of skin types and conditions. They have the added benefit of treating sun-damaged skin, a loss of elasticity, brown spots, pigmentation, large pores, and uneven skin tone and texture.

Forever Young BBL

Halo Pro is a complete skin rejuvenation treatment, combining deep dermal rejuvenation with epidermal renewal for a combined synergetic effect that you cannot get with a non-ablative or ablative laser alone.

Medical Corrective Skin Care

Prescription skin care products can help improve many common skin issues, including dark circles under your eyes.