4 types of eye circles
Dark eye circles give a listless and fatigue appearance
Types of Dark Eye Circles
Muscular Type
Pigmented/Blood Vessel Type
Sunken Eye Socket type
Tear Troughs Type
Treatment Modalities
Botox® Injection
Intense Pulsed Light
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Muscular type dark eye circles
Muscle under eye leads to dark eye circles effect
Hypertrophy of the muscle under the eye (Palpebral part of the Orbicularis Oculi Muscle) will form a bag under the eyes, casting shadows leading to dark eye circles effect.
Obviously dark eye circle products are not useful. Effective ways includes:
1. Botox® muscle relaxant (not suitable for those with eyelid wrinkles)
2. Neutralize with a very light concealer/foundation in the eye shadow area
3. Lifting the head and look downward slightly will eliminate the muscle, this can be done especially when taking photos
Pigmented type dark eye circles
Pigmented type dark eye circles
Pigmented dark eye circles can be due to:
  • Increased melanin deposits
  • Prominent vessels in that skin area (esp. those after eye bag removal surgery with thinning of the skin in that area)
  • Prolonged allergic rhinitis, with chronic blood vessels dilation depositing hemosiderin on the nose/eye areas
  • Treatment options includes:
  • Anti-Dark Eye Circle Creams(Vitamin A & K are known to be effective)that targets pigmentations
  • Intense Pulsed Light
  • Treating allergic rhinitis
  • This is the only treatment where using creams is effective
    Tear troughs/Sunken eye socket type dark eye circles
    Tear troughs and Sunken eye socket
    Tear Troughs: Common after 40years of age, due to fat atrophy and loss of collagen with sunken under-eye area.
    Sunken Eye Socket: Inborn bone structure (usually middle eastern descent),giving a dark shadow cast under the eyes.
    Treatment options includes:
    1. Hyaluronic acid filling
    2. Radiofrequency skin rejuvenation and tightening
    Using creams is ineffective for these two types of dark eye circles
    Combination type dark eye circles