Dark Circles

Dark circles under the eyes is quite a common problem, especially associated with lack of sleep. But it is not only inadequate sleep that causes under-eye puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. There are a number of other things as well that contribute to appearance of dark circles around eyes, from heredity to dehydration to allergies.

Facial aging can also be a reason behind this problem. In short, dark circles around the eyes, frequently described as “tired eyes”, can be caused by a host of different things and can affect people of all genders, races and ethnicities.

There are a number of treatments available to correct this problem, including topical eye creams and serums, laser therapy, skin resurfacing and injectable dermal fillers. But before deciding which treatment is best for you, it is important to determine what exactly is causing under eye circles. Treatment for heredity dark circles will be different from Dark circle treatment for hyperpigmentation or under-eye volume loss.

Dark eye circle causes

Facial aging

As you age a number of changes happen to your face, including

  • Under eye volume loss
  • Lower eyelid laxity
  • Bulging of under eye fat
  • Thinning of skin under and around the eyes
  • Loss of facial volume or fat tissue loss in the cheeks
  • All these changes to your facial contours can cause dark circles around the eyes.

Lifestyle choices

Your lifestyle choices also play a vital role in appearance of under-eye dark circles. Some real culprits are:

  • Smoking
  • Sun damage resulting in hyperpigmentation
  • Consumption of caffeinated drinks
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages
  • Lack of sleep
  • Dehydration
  • Poor diet

Dermal fillers for under eye circles

The best technique used all over the world to treat under-eye dark circles and hollow tear troughs is the use of dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are soft gel like substances injected under the skin primarily to add volume to face, enhance facial contours and fill up deep facial wrinkles and creases. However, dermatologists also use them to correct dark circles caused by loss of facial volume, under-eye volume loss or fat descent in the cheeks.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most commonly used dermal fillers, but their results are temporary, lasting for a few months to one year.