Dark eye circles for sure are annoying to deal with – they make us look tired and older. And the most frustrating part is that even if you do try to remove them with DYI methods or drinking more water and they don’t go anywhere. There are many different causes of dark circles – from lifestyle to genetics or even the thinning of the skin under the eyes. That’s why there are a lot of different treatments that may help reduce the appearance of dark circles and improve the way you look.
In Singapore, you can get a variety of cosmetic treatments to remove your dark circles permanently if you want to.
This article will focus on how to get rid of dark circles under your eyes and all you need to know about the available dark circle removal treatments in Singapore – what are they, what can you expect, risks & side effects, and cost in Singapore. We hope that the information we give in this article is helpful!
What are dark circles under eyes?
Dark eye circles are basically the darkness you notice around the eye. That darkness may vary from a bluish colour to even purplish on the lower eyelids, depending on the skin colour. Sometimes you may notice puffy eyes too. It usually appears due to blood vessel congestion around the eyes. Most of the time having dark circles is not cause of concern and there is no need for medical attention. If you do have any symptoms along with the dark circles, it’s a good idea to check it with your doctor just to be sure.
Even though the appearance of dark circles is not a cause to worry, a lot of people do want to remove them because of aesthetic reasons. And last but not least, let’s not confuse eye bags with dark eye circles. Sometimes they may appear together, but eye bags are a different condition that has other ways of treating.
Why do I have dark circles?
As we mentioned, the dark colour under your eyes appears due to blood vessel congestion or because you have thin skin around the eyes. This, however, may be caused by a variety of reasons such as sleep deprivation and bad lifestyle habits, allergies, anaemia, genes, sun exposure, smoking, et al. Also, your dark circles can be simply part of the natural ageing process.
Dark circles under the eyes may present in different colours. Shades of blue are evidence that it is a dilation of blood vessels, which is most likely caused by fatigue, lack of sleep, dehydration. Shades of brown mean that the problem comes from increased melanin production, which can be combined with prolonged sun exposure. For lighter skin, the dilated blood vessels are different and the dark circles under the eyes may be pink or purple, and for darker skin – greenish or brownish.
If you want to get rid of them you will first need to understand the reason for the appearance of circles under your eyes. Visiting your dermatologist or a doctor will help you determine the cause and decide on a suitable treatment.
How to get rid of dark eye circles – treatment options in Singapore
Now to the real question – how to remove dark circles? While the appearance of dark circles under your eyes can be problematic and unpleasant, it can also be corrected. Finding the right solution to your problem depends on the cause and your personal preferences. With so many natural, cosmetic and medical options available, finding the perfect treatment should not be difficult. Just you need to choose the option that works best for you.
Singapore is a place where you can get as many cosmetic treatments as you can think of. From different creams and cosmetics to medical treatments you can only get at your doctor’s office, there’s a lot of dark eye circle removal options choose from. The first thing to do before deciding how to treat your dark circle is – you guessed it – going to a dermatologist. That’s the only way to know the cause of your problem and the most effective ways to treat it.
The treatments you’ll read about if you look on the internet are:
- Home remedies: such as enough sleep, healthy food, tea bags, cucumber slices, skincare products, vitamins, and DYI methods.
- Cosmetic/medical treatments: chemical peels, laser therapy, dermal fillers, Ultherapy and surgery.
Cosmetic treatments to remove dark eye circles
If you have persistent complaints, it may be a good idea to try more permanent solutions to dark eye circle removal.
Chemical peeling is a procedure for exfoliating the upper layer of the skin, which is performed using a special chemical solution. This solution usually contains glycolic, lactic, salicylic, acetic or trichloroacetic acid. The procedure takes about 15 minutes and can cause burning and irritation of the skin. Several chemical peels can remove age spots, fine lines around the mouth and eyes, acne scars and wrinkles caused by exposure to sunlight as well as to reduce under the eye circles. The results vary, depending on the concentration of the applied solution. The effect of light chemical peels usually lasts 1 to 2 months.
In Singapore, this treatment is mostly used to treat pigmentation, wrinkles and acne.
Who is it for?
If the reason for your dark circles is thin skin under the eyes this treatment will be a good choice. However, deep chemical peels are usually not recommended because they may lead to damage to the eyeball. If you are considering this treatment option for your dark circles it is good to choose the weakest chemical peel which does not penetrate so deeply.
Cost for Chemical peels in Singapore
The price for chemical peels in Singapore can be anywhere from $100 to more than $200 for deep peels.
Under-eye fillers for dark circles
Under-eye fillers in Singapore is one of the most commonly used treatments for both eye bags and dark eye circles. They can also be used for many different reasons including facial contouring, acne scars, and anti-ageing treatment. Under-eye fillers usually contain hyaluronic acid which is a safe and effective ingredient.
For dark eye circles, your doctor will use the filler to fill out space below the eye and replace the volume loss. This will help create the appearance of younger, brighter looking under eye area by decreasing the shadow by the eyelid. The good thing about fillers is that the results will be long-lasting – around 1 year.
Who is it for?
Fillers are a suitable treatment for patients who have half-moon hollow below the eye. If the patient has dark eye circles due to pigment issues may not see results from fillers.
Cost for filler treatment in Singapore
While the cost for dermal under-eye filler injection may vary depending on the brand of filler and your doctor’s fee, you can expect an average price of around $700-$900 per session.
Ultherapy is an innovative way to treat saggy skin as well as for dark eye circles removal. The procedure uses ultrasound energy which warms the skin and ultimately promotes collagen production within the skin. This is alow the skin to tighten and reduce the appearance of dark eye circles. With this treatment, you’ll also notice an improvement in your fine wrinkles.
The procedure is non-invasive and doesn’t require any downtime. You won’t feel pain during the procedure either, just minimal discomfort and tingling. The results are usually long-lasting and you’ll see the final results in a couple of weeks following the treatment.
Who is it for?
The procedure is most suitable for patients who experience some skin sagging. Ultherapy is also suitable for people interested in anti-ageing treatments. If you have very sensitive skin, it’s also good to talk to your doctor about this treatment.
Cost for Ultherapy in Singapore
The overall cost may vary depending on how many treatments you get and whether you receive additional treatments with your Ultherapy. You can expect a cost of around $400 per session in Singapore.
Laser dark eye circle removal
Laser treatments are another popular option for anyone looking to reduce dark eye circles. Lasers work by providing heat into the treatment area and stimulating collagen in the skin. The heat will break down the pigmentation that causes dark circles and stimulate skin rejuvenation as well. They can reduce dark circles safely and effectively.
Depending on their wavelengths, lasers will have different effects on dark eyes circles. At the end of the day, your doctor will determine the suitable laser for you based on your case. Usually, if the dark circles are caused by over pigmentation, your doctor will suggest using lasers that will destroy pigment cells.
If the dark eyes circles are caused by visible veins, your doctor will suggest using lasers that will stimulate blood flow. Most of the time, laser treatments won’t require downtime, but you will need some time to recover fully. It will take a few days until your skin goes back to normal.
Be mindful that your skin will be more sensitive to the sun and it will be best to avoid for a while. The results from the procedure will last a long time. It may take around 2 months to see full results from a laser treatment. Lasers are versatile in medical aesthetics as they can also be used for laser eye bag removal.
Who is it for?
Usually, the procedure is suitable for most people. But they are some individuals who might want to be more careful with lasers. For example, people with darker skin tones may want to talk to their doctor about options because lasers may alter their natural pigmentation. Also, keep in mind that in Singapore, only certified medical practitioners can operate lasers. The skin under the eyes is very sensitive so make sure that your doctor will choose a suitable treatment plan.
Cost for laser treatments in Singapore
The cost of laser treatments in Singapore is usually between $200 and $400 per session. The exact price will vary greatly depending on the type of laser your doctor is using. Traditional lasers will be less expensive than more modern ones such as the Pico laser. The cost will also depend on the number of times you receive treatment.
Dark Eye Circles Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Many clinics in Singapore offer surgical correction of dark circles and bags under the eyes. The procedure goes by the name blepharoplasty and people of all ages can benefit from it. Patients could improve their hereditary traits, which can make them look very old and tired, or to remove bags under the eyes, swollen eyebags or upper eyelids and dark circles on the lower eyelids. Blepharoplasty can be performed according to the specific problem.
Basically, this surgery removes excess skin from the lower or upper eyelid to improve the appearance of the eyes. Though blepharoplasty is primarily used to remove eye bags it can also help reduce dark circles. The operation is performed under local anaesthesia. The recovery is about one or two weeks. The final results can be seen in about 4 to 6 weeks.
Who is it for?
If in addition to the dark circles, you also have excess skin or fat deposits in the eye area, then this surgical procedure might be appropriate for you. However, this method of treatment works better for bags under the eyes than for dark circles.
Cost for blepharoplasty in Singapore
Average blepharoplasty cost in Singapore is between $6000 and $15000. The cost of blepharoplasty varies widely across Singapore and depends on many different factors – from your severity of the condition to the clinic and plastic surgeon you choose. So it is difficult to give you an approximate price.
Home remedies for Dark Eye Circles
Before trying out some of the more expensive ways to treat dark circles, it may be a good idea to try some at-home treatments and lifestyle changes too. We have to be honest, they’re likely not going to remove your dark circle completely but they won’t harm your skin either.
Here are some of them:
- Sleep more: dark eye circles can sometimes appear due to lack of sleep. Getting enough sleep is essential for health, so it’s important to do it even if you don’t have a dark eye circle.
- Cold compress: Applying a cold compress will help to constrict blood vessels and reduce any swelling around the eyes. This will also help with puffy eyes.
- Potato or cucumber slices: these are classic home remedies for bags under the eyes. They are one of the most preferred methods to deal with this problem. Cucumbers contain many antioxidants and flavonoids that help against redness, swelling and irritation.
- Green tea bags: this is another method that can improve the appearance of dark circles. Due to its high content of antioxidants and tannins, green tea is a good choice for reducing puffiness and darkness in the eye area.
- Eye creams containing caffeine: if you choose a DIY eye cream for dark circles with caffeine, it may help stimulate blood circulation and thus reduce dark eye circles.
- Creams or supplements based on vitamin K: Vitamin K in any form, work very well to fight dark circles under the eyes. There are many creams on the market that contains vitamin K. You can use one of them. Remember that you need to take care of your body not only from the outside but also from the inside. So you may also take this vitamin by pills to make the dark circles less noticeable.
- Vitamin C: It might be also useful in removing dark circles under the eyes. It helps to release collagen, removes free radicals from the skin and protects it from the sun. Applied topically, it is not as effective as exposure to air will oxidize and this can increase free radicals instead of reducing them. However, if combined with vitamin K and applied topically, there may be more benefits than if applied alone. It is also good to take vitamin C as a dietary supplement.
- Vitamin E: It improves the appearance of dark circles under the eyes by regulating vitamin A in the body. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that also protects the skin from ultraviolet rays.
- Products that contain kojic acid: in small amounts, it can reduce eye circles. Keep in mind, in large doses this acid may lead to hyperpigmentation. It is important to consult your doctor before using any product containing kojic acid.
If you’re interested in learning more about what you can do at home, we’ve written a full article about the various types of home remedies for dark eye circles.
Be mindful of the fact that the area around the eyes is extremely sensitive and the application of inappropriate products can lead to unpleasant side effects and damages. That is why it is important to be aware of the products you are applying to this area. Always consult a doctor first!
We can all agree that having dark eyes circles may be annoying and frustrating especially if they don’t respond to the expensive cosmetics we buy all the time. But, fortunately, there are many treatments available in Singapore that can help with all of that. Choosing one may be daunting because all treatments have their pros and cons.
Consider your expectations and goals and talk to your doctor about possible solutions. If you want to reduce wrinkles and to tighten your skin alongside removing dark eye circles, then you might go for a laser treatment or Ultherapy. Your doctor might even suggest combining two methods so you can get the best result possible.
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