What are Dark Eye Circles?
The darkening of the area under the eyes can be attributed to various factors that lead to either hyperpigmentation or thinning of the skin. Depending on the type of dark circles and the individual’s skin tone, these areas may exhibit shades of bluish, dark brown, or black pigmentation.
How causes Dark Eye Circles?
There are some common misconceptions about dark eye circles that we should address. It’s not always just about poor sleep, and using eye creams alone might not be enough to improve them. The real causes and solutions are more complex.
The main reasons behind dark eye circles include:
- Thinning of the skin
- Increased number or thickness of capillaries
- Increased pigmentation in the undereye area
Moreover, the presence of eye bags or hollowed tear troughs can create shadows that make dark eye circles more noticeable. These factors are influenced by both genetic and external variables, which can worsen blood vessel congestion in the undereye. Some of these factors include:
- Poor sleep
- Hormone changes
Rhinitis (inflammation of the nasal passages)
Also, poor lifestyle habits like smoking and excessive sun exposure can accelerate collagen loss and pigment formation, making dark eye circles worse.
How does it work?
The Ulthera® procedure involves using Micro-Focused Ultrasound (MFU) to cause lifting of the eyebrows and tightening of the periorbital skin. This is a very safe procedure as it is done under direct ultrasonic visualization of the underlying tissues.
Botulinum toxin is injected intramuscularly into the glabellar complex (frown lines) and orbicularis oculi (crow’s feet) muscle. This improves fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Dr Ngiam may also do a lateral brow lift to improve the arch of the ends of the eyebrow in the same treatment setting.
The combination of the above in the same sitting leads to a dramatic rejuvenation of the periorbital region and dark eye circles.
How many sessions of treatment do I need?
It is dependent on your condition and the treatment that you have opted for. Our Aesthetic Doctor will have a consultation with you first to recommend the best course of treatment for you.
Is the Dark Eye Circle Treatment safe?
The treatments are non-invasive, hence, making them generally much safer. All the fillers used in Singapore clinics are approved by Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA).