Dark Circle Solutions
If you have dark circles underneath the eyes, read on to find common causes and great treatment options!
What Causes Dark Circles?
Dark circles underneath 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; which 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 undereye circles. When all these signs of aging begin, the visibility of blood vessels underneath the skin become more apparent and causes 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 undereye 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 undereye bone is very close to the skin and therefore without 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 color and when overproduced, it can cause hyperpigmentation which leads to dark undereye 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, there are two excellent treatments 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, production of hyaluronic acid declines. By injecting a hyaluronic acid filler into the undereye region, you are replenishing the eye with the important substance it needs to keep you looking youthful and refreshed by hydrating the skin and replacing 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 natural looking and enhanced under eyes. During the Redensity II treatment, a topical numbing cream will be applied to the undereye area to ensure the most comfortable experience possible. After the procedure is done, in the next following days you may experience some bruising or erythema (redness). These side effects are normal but 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 for Under Eye Circles
Laser treatments are another great method to remove undereye dark circles.
Laser technology in general works by using specific wavelengths of light to target a problem spot, area, or hair on the skin and is a very multi-purpose 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 would be targeting a hyperpigmented area, which means an area that is darker then the surrounding skin. The laser will target the hyperpigmented area, leaving surrounding areas unchanged.
The hyperpigmented undereye 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 onto the area. 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 undereye bags last?
There are a number of factors that can determine the length that a dermal filler lasts but the general range is between six months to one 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 undereye dark circles?
There are skincare lines that use high-quality and science based ingredients that can aid in preventing undereye dark circles. It is important to choose a skincare line that uses the best ingredients and can actually live up to the claims it makes. We recommend the Alyria Skin Optimizing System as an excellent skincare line for all anti-aging concerns including dark 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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