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Concerned about dark circles?

Don’t let your under eyes speak for you. Tired eyes can define your whole face, explore various treatments that can help.

What causes dark circles under the eyes?

It could be genetic. Some people have by nature dark circles under their eyes. If you have lighter skin, the dark circles may be the result of subdermal fascia and blood vessels showing through, or if you have darker skin, extra pigmentation in that part of the skin may be to blame.

Older people tend to complain of dark circles because the loss of fat pads from the face can make the eyes look hollow and create shadows darkening the skin. The formation of bags under the eye makes the problem appear worse. The groove below the eye, known as the tear trough, appears more pronounced.

A pale complexion may be the result of a lack of sleep which in turn makes the blood vessels in the thin skin below the eye more apparent.

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What are the best treatments for dark circles?

Dr Sabika and the Skin Medical team can offer treatment options that will best suited to each individual.

Protocols involving lasers or skin peels, which can brighten the appearance of dark circles, injectable treatments such as HA Fillers and Polynucleotides can also be used to ‘lift’ the skin and reduce the hollowing effect associated with dark circles. 

A consultation will be essential to determine if this is appropriate for you. Scroll below to look at some brands and treatments we would initially recommend you research or reach out to our team for more information. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

All of the questions you need to ask about dark circles

What parts of the face can I treat?

Dermal fillers can be used to treat different areas of the face, including the lips, chin, jaw, cheeks, forehead and nose, and are ideal for dealing with specific issues such as loss of volume, deep lines, tear troughs, and jowls.


What do dermal fillers involve?

This cosmetic procedure typically involves the injection of hyaluronic acid to add volume to tissue and fill wrinkles.

Some areas which we can inject with fillers include:

The skin around the eye
Mouth and jawline
Tissue around the lips

What are dermal fillers made of?

Dermal fillers can be either collagen, calcium hydroxyl or hyaluronic acid. In the past collagen fillers were used which caused reactions in some people and so are no longer used.

Some fillers are made of calcium hydroxyl apatite but can not be dissolved if needed to be removed for any reason.

Most fillers are now made of hyaluronic acid which naturally exists in the skin so there are no risk of allergies. Hyaluronic acid fillers produce the most natural results and are the safest as they can be dissolved if needed.

Are dermal fillers safe when used on the body?

In competent hands, dermal fillers can be safely used on the body. However, it’s vital to be aware of the risks, particularly in sensitive areas like the buttocks, where there’s a higher risk of complications such as vascular issues and migration of the filler. Recent treatment innovations and an increased emphasis on safer non-surgical body treatments has resulted in more options for clients looking to sculpt, volumise and improve skin laxity. Consultations with experienced practitioners are essential to minimize risks and achieve desired outcomes.

Are HA dermal fillers painful? How much do they hurt?

The discomfort associated with receiving a full face of dermal filler injections is surprisingly minimal. Generally, there is only a slight pain felt initially when the injections are administered using a syringe for both facial and body treatments. However, numbing cream is available upon request from any competent practitioner to ensure a more comfortable experience. 

Dermal fillers can be introduced into the skin in two ways: either through a sharp needle or via a cannula, which is essentially a blunt needle. Though the idea of a blunt needle may seem daunting, a cannula is designed to navigate gently between skin layers, avoiding fibrous bands or blood vessels that a sharp needle might inadvertently penetrate, thus being more considerate to skin tissues. The procedure starts with the practitioner making a small puncture in the skin with a needle to insert the cannula. While the sensation of a cannula moving stealthily under the skin of your face and hands, or just beneath the lip surface, might feel odd, it typically does not cause pain.

How long does it take to see the results?

The effects of HA dermal fillers are visible almost immediately following the procedure. However, it’s important to remember that the fillers haven’t fully settled at this early stage and remain quite fluid and mobile. To avoid any unwanted outcomes, such as the formation of bumps, it’s advisable not to have any additional facial treatments for 48-72 hours. Similarly, it’s wise to steer clear of massages or non-surgical treatments after having dermal fillers applied to the body.

Post-treatment reactions, including swelling, redness, or slight bruising at the injection site, are not unusual. These responses are unpredictable and unavoidable for some individuals who may be more susceptible. Should you experience swelling, the accurate representation of your results may not be apparent until several days later. If you experience any severe or lingering pain, you should contact the clinic.

How long do Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers last?

The longevity of dermal fillers is influenced by the injection site and the density of the HA filler product that has been applied. For instance, a smaller quantity of a softer, more flexible filler in the lips, which are frequently moving, will dissipate more quickly compared to a denser filler placed in less active areas like the chin or temples. The duration fillers retain their effect can vary widely, from as short as 3 months to as long as 2+ years. In most HA dermal fillers, the duration of result is between 6 and 12 months, with individual results varying. It is important to note, that opting for a high-density filler in hopes of extending its lifespan is not advisable, as such fillers are appropriate only for specific regions.

Can HA Dermal Fillers be removed?

The fillers administered at x Clinic are reversible and can be adjusted or removed should you reconsider your decision. It’s important to thoroughly contemplate the treatment beforehand, as opting for removal or alteration involves hyaluronidase, which, while effective, introduces the possibility of complications that could otherwise be avoided.

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