So, you’ve finally determined the root cause of your undereye darkness. Now, it’s time to choose the right treatment(s). Contrary to common belief that dark circles can be banished by simply getting a full night of shut-eye, they usually require medical intervention. Treatments include:
Eye Cream and Chemical Peel
Eye cream with topical bleaching agent can reduce undereye darkness caused by hyperpigmentation from melasma or sun damage. In extreme cases, doctors may recommend chemical peeling.
IPL and Laser Resurfacing
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy and laser resurfacing help reduce dark circles by increasing collagen production, decreasing pigmentation problems, and improving overall skin quality. Laser treatments can also be more effective when combined with chemical peeling.
Fillers, Fat Injection, and PRP
Injection treatments for dark circles include hyaluronic acid injectable fillers, like Restylane, which restores volume to the thinning undereye skin and upper cheeks. Fat injection also gives the same benefit permanently although results are not guaranteed as fat cells don’t always survive the fat transfer process.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is recently introduced as a treatment for dark undereye circles. The PRP extracted from the patient’s own blood is injected into the problem area, helping regenerate skin tissue and promote collagen production, which in turn add volume, radiance, and glow to the skin.
Dark circles caused by sagging cheeks can be efficiently corrected by facelift procedures (cheek lift and mid-face lift). Aside from treating dark circles, it can also reduce puffiness and deep nasolabial folds.
Lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is generally the most effective way to permanently get rid of dark circles. This surgical procedure removes the excess undereye skin and corrects sagging of the lower eyelids. It is often combined with other surgical procedures, like arcus marginalis release, placement of tear through implants; and the addition, removal, or repositioning of undereye fat.
Shinagawa Lasik & Aesthetics Center offers various treatments for dark undereye circles, such as chemical peeling, IPL, Laser Resurfacing, Injectable Fillers, PRP, Facelift, and Blepharoplasty. For details and appointment request, visit Shinagawa PH.
To understand how dark undereye circles develop, check out the first part of this blog series here.