HOW DO I GET RID OF DARK CIRCLES UNDER MY EYES?

What are dark circles?

The dark circle is a circular or semi-circular area under the lower eyelid. This unsightly appearance is caused by the presence of an indentation or a brown or purple colour. It is a frequent reason for consultation in aesthetic medicine because of the tired look it gives off and the ageing of the eyes it causes.

Highlights

ey circles are a common aesthetic problem affecting many people. Whether your dark circles are caused by fatigue, stress, genetics or ageing, there are solutions to help you look fresh and rested. On this page, Dr Romano discusses the various causes of dark circles in detail,

the treatments available, such as hyaluronic acid injections, peels or laser treatments, and will give you practical advice on how to prevent them from appearing. Cutting-edge treatments can help you eliminate dark circles and restore radiance and vitality to your eyes.

What causes dark circles?

The factors responsible for the appearance of dark circles are :

  •  La genetics The colour (brown or violet) and the indentation may be present from childhood onwards, proving a hereditary component.
    Some people inherit thinner, less pigmented skin under the eyes, making blood vessels more visible and creating a purplish tint. Others have a predisposition to an accumulation of melanin, which causes brown or black circles.
  • Le ageing Hollow circles: as the years go by, the loss of fatty tissue and bone around the eyes is responsible for the formation of hollow circles. The thinning of the skin, always linked to age, allows the blood vessels to show through, resulting in the appearance of purple circles. Brown circles tend to darken even more with age.
  • The hormonal changes Dark circles: during pregnancy and the menopause, hormonal changes can alter blood circulation and accentuate dark circles.
  • Changes to the blood and lymph circulation Poor lymphatic drainage is aggravated by a poor lifestyle (smoking, lack of sleep, exposure to screens, etc.).
  • Influence of lifestyle on the formation of dark circles a diet rich in antioxidants such as vitamins C and E help combat oxidative stress, while smoking and alcohol aggravate dark circles by dehydrating the skin and causing vasoconstriction.
  • Impact of fatigue and lack of sleep on dark circles a fatigue and the lack of sleep cause poor blood and lymph circulation. This leads to palpable oedema and dark discolouration under the eyes.

What are the different types of dark circles?

There are four types of dark circles:

  • Hollow circles 
  • The vascular ring 
  • Pigmented rings
  • Full or swollen circles

Vascular ring

The vascular ring is a blue-red ring.

What causes dark circles?

Blue circles are due to the transparency of the skin. The skin of the eyelid is the thinnest in the body, and its thinness means that the blood in the vessels of this highly vascular area is visible.
Small arterioles tend to give the ring a red colour, while venous blood tends to be blue or violet.

What remedies are available for blue circles?

The extent of the discolouration varies from one individual to another and depends on the thickness of the skin and blood circulation.
A good health practices helps to fade the violet colour. Respecting your sleep schedule power supply healthy, balanced and rich in antioxidants are essential.

The creams for the eye contour and thepplication of cold are useful.
These " grandmother's remedies "But they are effective. 

Pigmented circles

Pigmented circles are brown, less often yellow or brown.

What causes dark circles?

This type of dark circle is caused by a deposit of melanin. genetically determined.
Melanin is the pigment that gives colour to our skin, and its production increases when we tan, for example.
This type of dark circles is most common in patients with dark skin.
UV exposure is an aggravating factor

What remedies are available for dark circles?

The use oftotal screen prevents dark circles from getting worse.
The application of anti-pigmentation creams does not improve the situation. 

Hollow ring

Hollow circles are characterised by the presence of a hereditary or acquired hollow, linked to ageing.

What causes dark circles?

Hollow circles in young patients are genetic.

After the age of thirty, the melting and sliding of fat and bone changes in the orbit are responsible for the appearance of a hollow ring or the worsening of a pre-existing hollow ring.

What remedies are available for dark circles?

Unfortunately, there is no real cure, but hollow circles are very easy to treat. The injection of a filling product such as hyaluronic acid corrects this unsightly appearance.

Full circle

It's not really a ring, but more of a under-eye pocket.

What causes dark circles?

This condition is caused by the descent of fat into the eye ring area. The phenomenon is linked to ageing and genetics.
In fact, over time the tissues relax and no longer support the fat, which gradually sinks.

Puffiness under the eyes in the morning

A bag under the eyes is not necessarily fatty. In the morning, the area under the eyes may be swollen due to poor lymphatic and venous drainage. This situation is temporary and disappears in a few hours.

What remedies are available for bags under the eyes?

Bags under the eyes are treated surgically.
However, puffiness may worsen temporarily as a result of water retention.
A healthy lifestyle and balanced diet promote lymphatic drainage.
Alcohol, tobacco and prolonged exposure to screens should be avoided.

Stages of severity of dark circles

There are different stages in the severity of dark circles, which affect the appearance of the face to a greater or lesser extent. Here is a description of the different stages of severity of dark circles, to help us better understand their impact and the appropriate solutions:

  • Dark circles light Dark circles: Light dark circles are often characterised by a slight shadow under the eyes, generally due to tiredness or slight dehydration. They can be easily reduced with appropriate skin care and cosmetics. Hyaluronic acid injections and carboxytherapy may be indicated.
  • Dark circles moderate Dark circles: at this stage, dark circles become more visible, with more pronounced pigmentation and/or more pronounced hollowing. Treatments such as lightening creams or lymphatic drainage techniques can reduce their appearance, but cosmetic medicine procedures can give real results.
  • Dark circles severe Dark circles: severe dark circles have a marked dark discolouration and/or deep hollows. They may be the result of genetic factors, ageing or a stressful lifestyle. Aesthetic medicine treatments such as hyaluronic acid injections, laser sessions or chemical peels are often necessary to achieve significant results.

Identifying the severity of your dark circles is crucial to choosing the most effective treatment. During the medical consultation, the doctor will carry out a personalised assessment.

How can I get rid of dark circles around my eyes?

Every patient is unique, and treatment for dark circles must be tailored to their specific needs. During your consultation, Dr Romano will assess the cause of your dark circles and determine the most appropriate, personalised treatment.
Many treatments are available to reduce dark circles: injections, lasers, peels, carboxytherapy... Hyaluronic acid injections and carboxytherapy give convincing results.

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Removing dark circles with an injection of hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is the first-line treatment for dark circles.
Before the age of thirty, dark circles are filled by injection into the hollow. After the age of thirty, the malar area is often associated with sagging. In this case, I recommend first using the medical lift to lift the sagging tissues that support the dark circles and then inject the hollow.

Filling of dark circles by injection of hyaluronic acid

The injection of hyaluronic acid fills the void responsible for hollow circles, giving a natural result.

This filling product is placed deep down, in contact with the bone. Injections that are too superficial cause surface irregularities ("little balls"), permanent oedema and a purple colour (Tyndall effect, the product changes colour).

The hyaluronic acid used is not very cross-linked (because the skin of the eyelid is thin), fairly firm (which prevents migration) and not very hydrophilic (to avoid slight swelling).

 

Course of the treatment session for dark circles

I inject using a cannula, as using a needle is dangerous and causes more haematomas.

Depending on the patient's anatomy, the inner and/or outer part of the dark circles can be injected. Unfortunately, only certain patients are good candidates for filling the outer part. A detailed analysis of the orbital area is necessary.

The injection takes about five minutes, as long as it is carried out by an experienced doctor. The procedure is not very painful, with the patient experiencing only slight discomfort.
You can return to work immediately afterwards, and this treatment can be carried out during your lunch break!
Any post-injection redness is temporary (about half an hour) and can be concealed by applying make-up.

Reduce dark circles with carboxytherapy

This technique improves local vascularisation and stimulates collagen production in the lower eyelid.
Immediately after treatment, a significant and transient swelling (five minutes) is observed.
This treatment is not curative but preventive.
In fact, despite the large number of sessions carried out, the result will be slight. Carboxytherapy is useful for slowing down the ageing process and preventing the worsening of dark circles, which become more pronounced over time.
Rather, it is a global approach to revitalise and rejuvenate the eyes.

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How does carboxytherapy work to treat dark circles?

  • Improved blood circulation Blue circles are often caused by poor blood circulation. Carboxytherapy helps to dilate blood vessels, increasing blood flow and reducing the visibility of vessels under the thin skin of the lower eyelids.
  • Stimulation of collagen synthesis Increased collagen production helps to firm and thicken the skin, reducing the appearance of dark circles and hollows under the eyes.
  • Elimination of toxins Improved blood circulation helps drain toxins and accumulated fluids, reducing puffiness and bags under the eyes.

How can vascular dark circles be treated?

There are several options for treating dark circles:

  • Hyaluronic acid injections :This option is possible if a hollow is associated with vascular dark circles. Injections fill the hollows under the eyes, reducing the appearance of blue circles by improving the volume and hydration of the skin.
  • Carboxytherapy This technique stimulates blood and lymph circulation, reducing the visibility of blood vessels.
  • Vascular laser :the vascular laser targets dilated blood vessels, reducing their appearance and improving the colour of the skin under the eyes. Unfortunately, the effectiveness is inconsistent and the results last barely a few months.

How to treat dark circles

The methods used to treat dark circles are :

  • Chemical peels Mild acid-based peels help to exfoliate the skin and reduce hyperpigmentation, brightening the area under the eyes.
  • Fractional laser Fractional laser: the fractional laser targets the dark pigments under the skin, helping to even out skin tone and reduce brown spots.
  • Depigmenting creams Dark circles: regular application of creams containing depigmenting agents, such as kojic acid or hydroquinone, can help lighten dark circles over time.
  • Microneedling with lightening serums This technique uses small needles to stimulate collagen production and the absorption of lightening serums, thereby improving the skin's texture and colour.

Dr Romano does not really believe in the effectiveness of these techniques, whose results are unpredictable and which can cause pigmentary rebound, worsening the pigmentation.

Results of treatment for dark circles

The after-effects of the injections are slight, with the possibility of minimal, temporary oedema. Haematomas are rare if the injection is made with a cannula. Needle injections (which I do not use in this area) are often responsible for the appearance of a large black eye.

When will the results be visible?

The results of hyaluronic acid injections are immediate and optimal one week after the procedure. The face looks rested and the eyes younger.

Duration of results of hyaluronic acid injections for dark circles

Hyaluronic acid is an absorbable product. Results of injections for dark circles fades over time and lasts about a year.
Its durability depends on individual factors (genetics), anatomical factors (the greater the orbital modifications linked to ageing, the less durable the result) and the type of product (cross-linking, firmness, brand).

What should I do after a dark circles injection?

Make-up can be applied after the operation. It is advisable to avoid sport and intense heat and cold for two days. Sustained pressure on the treated area should also be avoided for a week. Professional facial massages should be avoided for seven days.

How much does it cost to remove dark circles?

Type de consultation Tarifs généralement pratiqués
Hyaluronic acid
CHF 750 per syringe
Carboxytherapy
CHF 100 per session

FAQ

Massage techniques to reduce dark circles

The massages are an effective way of improving blood and lymph circulation. For optimum drainage, start by gently tapping your fingers around the eyes, then using light circular movements, paying particular attention to the tear trough. These massages should be performed daily to achieve lasting, visible results.

What's the most effective cream for dark circles?

The creams The anti-dark circles available on the market contain active ingredients such as vitamin K, caffeine and hyaluronic acid. Vitamin K helps reduce dark circles by promoting blood coagulation, while caffeine stimulates microcirculation and reduces puffiness under the eyes. Hyaluronic acid intensely moisturises and plumps the skin, reducing the appearance of dark circles. Using these creams regularly can visibly improve the look of your eyes.

How long do the effects of hyaluronic acid injections for dark circles last?

The effects of hyaluronic acid injections for dark circles generally last between 12 and 18 months. The duration may vary depending on the patient's metabolism, the quality of the hyaluronic acid used and the anatomical factors associated with dark circles, in particular the loss of malar fat that supports the orbital area.

Will I have bruises after the injection for dark circles?

It is possible to have bruising after an injection of hyaluronic acid for dark circles, although this is rare if the injection is carried out by an experienced doctor. To minimise this risk, avoid taking anticoagulants and anti-inflammatories (with the prescribing doctor's permission) and certain food supplements before the procedure.

What specific care should be taken after dark circle injections?

After the injection, avoid touching or massaging the treated area for at least 24 hours. Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and bruising. Avoid strenuous physical activity and exposure to heat (such as saunas) for a few days. Follow your doctor's instructions for optimal recovery.

Are injections for dark circles painful?

Hyaluronic acid injections for dark circles are generally painless. Anaesthetic cream is rarely applied before the procedure. Most patients feel only a slight pressure or sting at the time of injection.

What type of dark circles can be treated with injections?

Hyaluronic acid injections are particularly effective in treating hollow dark circles caused by loss of volume under the eyes. They are not as effective for dark circles caused by hyperpigmentation, which may require specific treatments such as peels or lasers. Filling with hyaluronic acid can, in some cases, improve purple circles.

What are the side effects of injections for dark circles?

Side effects of hyaluronic acid injections for dark circles may include bruising, swelling, redness, and temporary feelings of tension or pain. These effects are generally mild and disappear within a few days. Rare complications, such as infections or skin irregularities, are linked to a technical error, which is why it is important to seek the advice of an experienced doctor.

What natural treatments are effective in reducing the appearance of dark circles?

There are several natural treatments that can help reduce the appearance of dark circles. For example, applying cold compresses under the eyes can help decongest the area and reduce the appearance of dark circles. This is why many women put tea bags or cucumber slices on their eyes. In addition, a diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants can help improve the condition of the skin around the eyes, helping to reduce the appearance of dark circles.

Are dark circles always a sign of a lack of sleep?

No, dark circles are not always a sign of lack of sleep. Although fatigue can accentuate the appearance of dark circles, there are several other factors that can cause them. Genetics play an important role, and ageing leads to a reduction in collagen production, making the skin thinner and leaving blood vessels under the eyes more visible. Other factors such as dehydration, a poor lifestyle and stress can also contribute to the appearance of dark circles.

How do I choose the best eye contour care to effectively treat dark circles?

To choose the best eye contour care To effectively treat dark circles, it's important to look for products containing ingredients such as vitamin C, caffeine or hyaluronic acid. These ingredients can help stimulate blood circulation, decongest the under-eye area and moisturise the skin, helping to reduce dark circles and revitalise the eye area.

The concealer creams and correctors containing these assets have a " anti-fatigue effect ".

What are the benefits of quality sleep for the disappearance of dark circles?

Quality sleep plays a crucial role in improving dark circles. During sleep, the skin regenerates and repairs itself, which can help to reduce the appearance of dark circles and signs of fatigue. Ensuring you get enough restful sleep helps to improve blood circulation around the eyes, helping to reduce the appearance of dark circles and restore a more radiant look.

What causes dark circles?

Dark circles can be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, ageing, fatigue, stress, poor diet, dehydration, poor lifestyle and sun exposure. Each of these causes can contribute to pigmentation or deepening.

How can I avoid dark circles?

To avoid dark circles, it's essential to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Get enough sleep, stay well hydrated, eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins, protect your skin from the sun with sun cream and avoid harmful habits such as smoking. Use specific eye contour care products and consider treatments such as skin-lightening creams or draining massages.

Can dark circles disappear?

Yes, dark circles can disappear or fade if their cause is temporary, such as fatigue or dehydration. However, dark circles that are genetic in origin or linked to ageing may require professional treatments such as hyaluronic acid injections, peels or laser sessions.

Which oil to use to erase dark circles?

Certain oils can help reduce the appearance of dark circles. Sweet almond oil, rich in vitamin E, and argan oil are known for their moisturising and brightening properties. Rosehip oil and calophylla inophylus oil can also be effective thanks to their regenerating properties. Apply these oils gently under the eyes and massage gently for best results.

How do you drain dark circles?

To drain dark circles, you can perform a lymphatic massage around the eyes. Use your fingers to gently tap the skin under the eyes, starting from the inner corner and working outwards. Tools such as jade rollers or gua sha can also be used to stimulate circulation and reduce swelling.

How can I tell what type of dark circles I have?

To determine the type of dark circles you have, look at their colour and shape. Bluish circles often indicate poor blood circulation, while brown circles are generally due to hyperpigmentation. Hollow circles are often linked to a loss of volume under the eyes. A consultation with a specialist will provide you with a precise diagnosis.

How do you drain dark circles?

To drain dark circles, you can perform a lymphatic massage around the eyes. Use your fingers to gently tap the skin under the eyes, starting from the inner corner and working outwards. Tools such as jade rollers or gua sha can also be used to stimulate circulation and reduce swelling.

How can I tell what type of dark circles I have?

To determine the type of dark circles you have, look at their colour and shape. Bluish circles often indicate poor blood circulation, while brown circles are generally due to hyperpigmentation. Hollow circles are often linked to a loss of volume under the eyes. A consultation with a specialist will provide you with a precise diagnosis.

How do you drain dark circles?

To drain dark circles, you can perform a lymphatic massage around the eyes. Use your fingers to gently tap the skin under the eyes, starting from the inner corner and working outwards. Tools such as jade rollers or gua sha can also be used to stimulate circulation and reduce swelling.

How can I tell what type of dark circles I have?

To determine the type of dark circles you have, look at their colour and shape. Bluish circles often indicate poor blood circulation, while brown circles are generally due to hyperpigmentation. Hollow circles are often linked to a loss of volume under the eyes. A consultation with a specialist will provide you with a precise diagnosis.

How do you drain dark circles?

To drain dark circles, you can perform a lymphatic massage around the eyes. Use your fingers to gently tap the skin under the eyes, starting from the inner corner and working outwards. Tools such as jade rollers or gua sha can also be used to stimulate circulation and reduce swelling.

How can I tell what type of dark circles I have?

To determine the type of dark circles you have, look at their colour and shape. Bluish circles often indicate poor blood circulation, while brown circles are generally due to hyperpigmentation. Hollow circles are often linked to a loss of volume under the eyes. A consultation with a specialist will provide you with a precise diagnosis.

How important is moisturising to prevent the appearance of dark circles?

Good hydration is essential to prevent dark circles getting worse. Keeping the skin adequately hydrated promotes its suppleness and elasticity, which can help to reduce the appearance of dark circles. What's more, well-hydrated skin is less prone to fine lines and signs of fatigue, contributing to fresher, brighter-looking eyes.

Why do I have dark circles that won't go away?

Persistent dark circles can be due to genetic causes, ageing or blood circulation problems. An inappropriate skincare routine or environmental factors such as sun exposure can also contribute to the persistence of dark circles. Specific treatments such as hyaluronic acid injections or peels can resolve the problem.

Why do I get dark circles when I'm asleep?

Even with adequate sleep, other factors can cause dark circles. Genetics, poor lifestyle habits, dehydration and ageing can all play a role. It's important to consider these factors and consult a specialist if dark circles persist despite good sleep.

Do you look tired?

The tired appearance of dark circles can be caused by a number of factors, including lack of sleep, stress and lifestyle habits. Adopting the right skincare routine, moisturising your skin properly and considering professional treatments can help improve the appearance of the eye area.

How can I get rid of dark circles?

To get rid of dark circles, adopt a skincare routine that includes moisturising, specific creams for the eye area and draining massages. Consider professional treatments such as hyaluronic acid injections, peels or laser sessions for longer-lasting, more significant results.

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