Dark Eye Circles

We all know them. They are completely normal, and in most cases, they are caused by a lack of sleep or stress. Often they disappear quickly when the cause is eliminated. However, this is not always the case and can be very stressful for those affected.

Above all, people who suffer from chronic eye circles due to a genetic predisposition know about the strong effect of dark circles on the overall appearance.

The aesthetic medicine has various treatments to solve this cosmetic problem.

Dark circles usually form in the eye area due to the thin texture of the skin and appear as dark, violet to brownish shades of colour under the eyes. There are virtually no fat cells in this area, so the blood vessels are easily visible. Another reason for the dark shadows may be hyperpigmentation, which can result after severe sun exposure.

Dark circles are often genetically determined by the anatomical nature of the lower lid septum. This is located above the orbital bone and can, at an unfavourable angle, lead to a highly visible tear line under the eyes.

Environmental conditions have a major influence on the formation of dark circles. Above all, stress, lack of fluids, alcohol and drug consumption as well as lack of sleep, illnesses, allergies and an unhealthy diet are conducive to the formation of dark circles.

Dark circles usually worsen with age. The skin becomes thinner due to a loss of subcutaneous fat. On the one hand, this promotes the show through of the blood vessels, on the other hand, the tear furrow is reinforced. This can no longer be concealed by heavy make-up and can at its worst run across the cheeks.

Injection with Dermal fillers – hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid injections are the most popular eye circle removal treatments. The intervention can be carried out quickly and without problems and also leads to very good results.

The advantage of using dermal fillers for injecting into dark circles is the chemical structure. It is a stable compound that results in a very pronounced lifting effect of the skin. This allows the furrow of the eye circle to lift. In addition, the colouring of the skin can be harmonised and a rejuvenated overall impression generated.

The type of hyaluronic acid/dermal filler used depends on the desired results. Finely cross-linked Hyaluron, which has a rather fluid consistency, is well suited to mask the dark colour of the dark circles. The slightly coarser hyaluronic acid, on the other hand, is used when there is a pronounced tear groove.

Regardless of the type of hyaluronic acid gel used, injection of about 1 ml is made using an extremely fine cannula on both sides of the eyes. The injection contains the anaesthetic Lidocaine.

After the treatment (which only takes about 10 to 15 minutes) you might experience slight bruising, red patches, light swelling or discomfort which will not last very long.

At a follow-up appointment, about 2 weeks after the initial treatment, we will talk about the results of the procedure to make sure you are happy with the outcome.

A lasting effect of 8-12 months can be expected before re-treatment may become necessary.