If you have dark circles underneath the eyes, read on to find common causes and great treatment options!
What Causes Dark Circles?
Dark circles under the eyes is a normal and common issue for many men and women. People concerned with dark circles under the lower eyelids also have the issue of bags underneath the eye, which can make you look older than you are and tired. Dark circles Toronto can affect basically anyone, but people who are elderly, have darker skin tones, or have a genetic predisposition to dark circles Toronto are more commonly affected. At Sovereign Skin, we help patients understand what causes dark circles, what can be done to treat and correct dark circles, and how much the cost will be.
Many factors can contribute to dark circles Toronto under the eyes. The most common factors are age, oversleeping, strain on the eyes, dehydration, and overexposure to the sun.
With age, the skin on your face becomes thinner. That can be especially visible in the under-eye region, where the skin is naturally very thin to begin with. In addition to thinning skin, loss of fat and collagen also contribute to the appearance of dark under-eye circles. When all these signs of aging begin, the blood vessels underneath the skin become more visible and cause the skin underneath your eyes to appear darker. Oversleeping and eye strain are both factors that cause blood vessel enlargement around the eye region. When the dark vessels become enlarged, the skin in that region begins to appear darker and causes under-eye dark circles. This may come as a surprise, but the most common cause of dark undereye circles is dehydration. When your body is not getting as much water as it needs, the skin around the eyes starts to look darker and dull, causing the appearance of dark undereye circles. This occurs because the under-eye bone is very close to the skin. Therefore, a lack of proper hydration can give the appearance of hollow and sunken-in eyes. Overexposure to the sun causes melanin production at very high rates. Melanin is a natural pigment that provides our skin with colour. When melanin is overproduced, it can cause hyperpigmentation, which leads to dark under-eye circles.
Options to treat dark circles
If you are tired of looking like you are always tired and want to get rid of dark undereye bags, two excellent treatments are available to make your eyes look rejuvenated, youthful, and well-rested! Redensity II and laser treatments are the best options targeting the delicate skin in the under-eye region. Here is some information that can help you make an informed decision of which treatment is right for you and your concerns! It is always important to be knowledgeable, but the best way to know for sure which treatment is best for you is to come for a consultation with a laser nurse for an expert’s opinion.
Redensity II is an injectable hyaluronic acid filler created to address the issue of undereye bags and dark circles. This gentle product is suitable for the delicate skin in the under-eye area.
Hyaluronic acid, one of the main ingredients in this filler product, is a natural substance that your body produces, but with age, the production of hyaluronic acid declines. By injecting a hyaluronic acid filler into the under-eye region, you are replenishing the eye with the important substance it needs to keep you looking youthful and refreshed, because hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin and replaces lost volume.
Other ingredients in the Redensity II filler are 8 amino acids (glycine, lysine, threonine, proline, isoleucine, leucine, valine, and arginine), 3 antioxidants (gluthathione, N-acteyl-L-cysteine, and alphalipoic acid), 2 minerals (zinc and copper), and vitamin B6. All of these components help regenerate cells and ensure that the undereye area is hydrated, healthy, and looking beautiful! This unique combination of ingredients will leave you with a natural-looking and enhanced under-eye area. During the Redensity II treatment, a topical numbing cream will be applied to the undereye area to ensure the most comfortable experience possible. In the days after the procedure is done, you may experience some bruising or erythema (redness). These side effects are normal, but they are very minor and can be easily covered up with concealer and other makeup products. Redensity II lasts approximately 9 months in the injected area and can be re-injected as needed.
Laser treatments are another great method to remove dark under-eye circles.
Laser technology, in general, works by using specific wavelengths of light to target a problem spot, area, or hair on the skin. Laser is a very multipurpose technology because of this. Every skin concern uses a specific wavelength of light to achieve the desired result. For undereye dark circles Toronto, the laser targets a hyperpigmented area, which means an area that is darker than the surrounding skin. The laser targets the hyperpigmented area, leaving the surrounding areas unchanged.
The hyperpigmented under-eye area will absorb the energy from the laser, and in the following days, the dark circles Toronto will begin to flake off. During the laser procedure, the laser technician applies a topical numbing cream to the undereye area. The laser is then directed onto the area in which small and short bursts of energy are released. Most patients report some minor discomfort during the laser treatment. After the laser procedure, the skin will need some time to heal. The laser technician will put on some ointment to keep the treated area moist and aid in healing. Depending on your body’s healing ability, some people may feel some swelling or irritation, but this is normal and expected.
How long do the results from a dermal filler treatment (Redensity II) for under-eye bags last?
There are a number of factors that determine the length that a dermal filler lasts, but the general range is 6 months to 1 year. Everyone’s body is different and metabolizes the hyaluronic acid filler at different rates. Another major factor is if the patient is a first-time filler user in that area. After using a filler more than once, the area metabolizes it at a slower rate, and therefore, the effects of the treatment will last longer.
Can skincare be used to prevent dark under-eye circles?
If you have further inquiries about dark undereye circles, we welcome you to complete one of our online contact forms or to give our Sovereign Skin office a call. We would love to make some recommendations to help you treat tired-looking eyes and book you in for a free consultation with one of our Sovereign Skin professionals.
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