5 Questions on Eyebag and Dark Eye Circles Removal
by Dr Matthew Yap | 8 April 2014
Q1. What causes eyebags and dark eye circles?
Dr Matthew Yap: There are many causes of eyebags, such as aging, stress and allergies. In some cases, eyebags may be hereditary too. Eyebags are a common effect of aging as the protective layer of fat surrounding the eyes begins to sag due to gravity and decreased suppleness of the skin over time.
Dark eye circles are actually congested blood vessels that can be seen through the skin. When blood passes through the large veins close to the surface of the skin, it can produce a bluish tint. The more transparent the skin, the darker the circles appear. The combination of capillaries near the skin’s surface and translucent skin makes this discolouration much more apparent and that is why you may find dark eye circles staring back at you in the mirror.
Q2. What are the non-surgical / non-invasive methods available to treat eyebags and dark eye circles?
Dr Matthew Yap: The common methods to treat eyebags and dark eye circles non-surgically include injecting of fillers and non-ablative laser treatments.
Q3. What treatment for eyebags and dark eye circles do you do?
Dr Matthew Yap: We offer laser skin rejuvenation, L-ascorbic Eye Rejuvenation, and tear trough fillers to reduce eyebags and dark eye circles. Laser skin rejuvenation uses light energy to gently stimulate collagen production in our skin, decreasing lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet, and resulting in a brow lift and brighter eyes. Additionally, as the laser light penetrates age spots and other pigmentation, these areas are broken apart and absorbed into the skin. We use the Medlite C6 laser, which is widely recognised as one of the safest lasers on the market today. We also offers L-ascorbic Eye Rejuvenation which uses a Vitamin C serum to provide skin rejuvenating and protecting benefits. As an antioxidant, Vitamin C finds and destroys reactive oxidising agents and other free radicals, and provides protection against UV radiation. It also improves skin elasticity, decreases the appearance of wrinkles, and lifts and tightens skin by stimulating collagen production. The Vitamin C serum also lightens pigmentation and scarring around the eye area. This serum can be used as part of a daily skincare regimen, after cleansing and toning. Tear troughs are the depressions or hollows starting from the inner eye and moving outwards and downwards towards the cheeks, causing dark circles and shadowing under the eyes. Injecting fillers plumps out the depressions and improves the look of dark circles.
Q4. Is there any downtime involved in treating eyebags and dark eye circles?
Dr Matthew Yap: Laser skin rejuvenation, L-ascorbic Eye Rejuvenation and tear trough fillers all involve minimal downtime, and you can wear makeup and resume normal activities after treatment.
Q5. How should I maintain the skin around my eyes, so that my eyes look bright and healthy?
Dr Matthew Yap: To have bright and healthy-looking eyes, you need to have enough sleep, eat healthy and be well-hydrated. Drink plenty of water, and try to cut down on your alcohol intake and smoking. Using cold cucumber slices on your eyelids can help to reduce puffiness, soothe skin irritation, and moisturise the skin instantly. However, to keep your eyes looking beautiful all the time, leading a healthy lifestyle is still key.