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Dark Eye Circles

Are Dark Eye Circles making you look tired?

Dark eye circles are a major cause of psychological problems for a lot of Asian women. People with dark eye circles are often misunderstood as tired looking and takes years off their actual age. To truly understand the cure for dark eye circles, you need to break down the problem systematically and address each issue separately.

What Causes Dark Eye Circles

1) Skin pigmentation

Dark eye circles begin in the capillaries. These capillaries function to allow exchange of nutrients and oxygen to supply vital muscle and tissue. Sometimes, the red blood cells leak out of these capillaries and what happens in the eyes is that this stains the skin. When hemoglobin is broken down, its remaining components have a dark blue-black color. Just like a bruise. So your dark under-eye circles are actually caused by leaky capillaries.

2) Thin skin

Dark eye circles or under-eye discoloration occurs easily if you have thin under eye skin. Thin skin exposes

1. Bone structure beneath easily

2. Tiny blood vessels that just lie below the thin skin surface giving dark the circles the prominence we hate to have.

3) Loss of volume

Dark eye circles can be attributed to sunken eyes, and sunken eyes are caused by the loss of fats in the area under the eye and with all things that suffered from loss of volume, it gets deflated. Click here to read more about sunken eyes. As the skin gets deflated inwards, the tiny blood vessels underneath the skin are much closer to the skin thus giving rise to dark eye circles. This happens easily when you have think skin and suffers from sunken eyes.

4) Eyebags

The second type of dark eye circles is caused by eyebags. Fats underneath the eye migrates forward towards the skin. In this case, there can be 2 different reasons to how dark eye circles come about or it can be combination of both reasons.

1. When eyebags are formed, tiny blood vessels just under the skin get pushed closer to the skin, causing discoloration in the surface of the very delicate and thin skin just underneath the eye area, giving rise to dark eye circles.

2. With these bulging eyebags, a shadow is cast on the underside of the eyebag, giving rise to dark eye circles.

The cure for dark eye circles

1) Lasers for pigmented discolouration of the skin

The Q-switch ND Yag laser is performed for pigmentation by breaking up haemoglobin that is present in these cells. This haemoglobin is responsible for the pigmentation around the eyes

2) Lasers to thicken up the thin skin

Lasers can be done for the skin around the eyes to stimulate collagen growth. A thicker skin hides the underlying structures and also hides any protruding eye bags.

3) Fillers to correct the contour

Fillers can be injected to hide the sunkeness around the eyes. They can also be used to hide eye bags by smoothening out the bulges under the eyes.

4) Eye bag removal if you have protruding eye bags

There are cases where the eye bags are so prominent that you do need surgery. It is best that you ask the doctor regarding this.

5) Botox for prominent pre-tarsal muscles

There are often 2 bulges present under the eyes. The 2nd bulge is often regarded as the eye bags and these are the ones that could make you look tired. The first bulge is often just a prominent pre-tarsal muscle and although these muscles do not often cause much problems, we can easily reduce them with just a few units of botox under the eyes to reduce the size of these muscles.


This depends on your condition and expectations. Share them with the doctor so that they can plan out the treatments for you.

It is dependent on your condition and the treatment that you have opted for. Multiple sessions of lasers may be required whereas 1 session of fillers can last up to a year.

Yes, you can. The right combination of treatments can help to speed things up and help produce a more natural result.

Whether you have opted for dermal fillers or lasers, a layer of numbing cream will be applied 30 minutes prior to the treatment. This makes the treatment more comfortable.

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). Laser treatments are also approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dermal fillers – There may be slight bruising, swelling and redness around the injection sites.
Lasers – There may be slight redness and swelling after the treatment but it will usually go away within a few hours.
Dermal fillers – Do not rub the treated area for the next 2-3 days as we do not want the fillers to migrate to other areas.
Lasers – Keep your skin moisturized and clean. Apply sunblock, and avoid the sun to prevent hyperpigmentation.