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Get Rid Of Dark Eye Circles: Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Have you noticed dark eye circles lately? Darkness under the eyes is a common problem, but it can lead to a tired appearance, making you look older than you really are. 

Dark under eyes, that unwanted shadow beneath your eye that just won’t go away. It may be a slightly different colour, shadowed or puffy, and you might notice they’re worsened by poor sleep or lifestyle habits. And no matter what you do, they don’t fade.

There are various reasons for dark circles, and this blog will explore them. We’ll also delve into several effective non-surgical treatment options for this persistent problem, helping you achieve a brighter, more refreshed appearance.

Why Do You Get Dark Circles?

Dark circles can appear brown, purple, or blue, depending on your skin tone. Their intensity can vary, and they’re often accompanied by other visual changes in the under-eye area. As you age, your skin thins and collagen production decreases, and the delicate blood vessels and any discolouration beneath the skin’s surface become more visible.

There are several reasons you might begin to notice under eye shadows, and these include…

Blood vessels: The skin under the eyes is very thin, and the blood vessels show through more easily. If the blood vessels are constricted or there’s poor circulation in the area, the blood may appear bluish through the skin.

Underlying tissues: Compared to other parts of the face, the under-eye area also lacks fat. When the skin is thin, and there’s less fatty tissue, the shadows cast by any slight puffiness or hollowness can appear bluish.

Pigmentation: In some cases, especially for people with darker skin tones, there may be an increased amount of melanin (the pigment that gives skin its colour) deposited under the eyes. This can contribute to a brownish or bluish hue.

But these are simply the symptoms of the root cause. A variety of common factors can make you susceptible to developing dark under-eye circles. Including, 

Genetics – It’s thought that dark eye circles may be genetic and run in families.

Ageing  – Simple ageing can lead to reduced collagen in the skin, leading to sagging in the area that may appear as darkening skin.

Sun damage – The sun triggers melanin production, so insufficient sun protection can worsen dark circles.

Lack of sleep – If you regularly struggle to sleep, this disrupts blood flow and can lead to blood pooling under the eyes, creating that shadowy look.

Dehydration – When your skin is dehydrated, your body does not have enough water to function properly. This can make your under eyes appear sunken or puffy, highlighting dark circles.

Diet – What you eat plays a huge role in your skin’s well-being, and missing vital vitamins and nutrients can contribute to eye bags and circles.

Smoking – The more you smoke, the higher the likelihood that your skin is at risk of things like pigmentation, sagging, wrinkles and under-eye darkening.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Dark Eye Circles

Let’s take a look at our top 5 treatments that can help you get rid of dark circles under your eyes…

Dermal Fillers

These fillers specifically use safe hyaluronic acid to ‘fill’ the area, resulting in an instantly brighter and more refreshed under-eye area. The specially created solution boosts skin hydration to combat dark circles coming back and is ideal for helping reduce issues like eye circles and tear troughs, particularly those caused by volume loss. The brightening effect lasts up to 6 -8 months, after which the treatment can be repeated.


This specialist treatment uses radiofrequency to stimulate collagen production within the skin. By combining radiofrequency with microneedling, your under-eye benefits from a unique replenishing effect for smooth and bright skin, reducing the appearance of dark circles and fine lines for a revitalised look.

Exilis Radiofrequency

This treatment is similar to Morpheus8 in the way that it works, as this cutting-edge technique uses radiofrequency to stimulate your skin to produce more of its own collagen for plumper, tighter skin. This treatment can also treat fine lines and Crow’s feet wrinkles, so is ideal for rejuvenating your upper face.

PDO Threads

These are dissolvable, carefully placed threads beneath the skin. Strategically placed threads lift skin for immediate results, reducing the look of dark, hollow under eyes and combating a tired appearance. The results are long-lasting. The threads eventually dissolve, triggering your body to produce its own supportive collagen, prolonging the effects.

PRP Therapy

This type of dark circle treatment uses platelet-rich plasma to increase collagen and improve your skin’s texture. It effectively reduces discolouration while also reducing lines and wrinkles, leaving you with a more youthful and vibrant under-eye area. Your results are long-lasting because of the healing effect, which essentially triggers your body to renew the targeted skin cells.


Choosing the Right Treatment for You

All of these treatments offer proven results for addressing dark eye circles and under-eye bags. Finding the right fit for your specific needs will maximise your results and ensure the most dramatic and long-lasting improvement.

Factors to consider when choosing the best treatment for you are:

  • The severity of your dark circles – if you have very mild under-eye darkening, you will require a different level and type of treatment than someone with severely darkened under-eyes combined with puffiness or sagging.
  • Desired results – consider what you’d like to achieve for your under-eye skin. Would you like to reduce the depth of tear troughs under your eyes to stop the shadowing effect, or would you like to tighten and brighten the skin around your eyes?

Dark circles require a personalised approach. Here at Dr Sobia Medidspa, our team of qualified professionals will assess your individual needs and recommend the best treatment options to address your specific concerns. 

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