A Doctor’s Insight on Removing Dark Eye Circles

Halley Medical Aesthetics | 16 Oct 2020


They say the eyes are the windows to your soul, so work your peepers to your advantage and radiate that inner confidence. Form a lasting impression from day one with non-surgical removal of dark eye circles.

Dark eye circles are often attributed to a lack of sleep, but there is more to it than that. We speak to Dr. Mark Lim from Halley Medical Aesthetics to find out more about what causes dark eye circles and the right treatments to get rid of them effectively.

Truth is, there are many other causes for dark eye circles, from ageing to allergies to your genetic predisposition. Fatigue, lack of sleep, and environmental stressors such as excessive alcohol intake and smoking can worsen the appearance of dark eye circles. While simple lifestyle modifications and a good skincare regime can help to alleviate the situation, they may not be the solution to getting rid of your panda eyes once and for all.


“Many of my patients finally decided to seek help after being told that they looked tired, even when they have been sleeping like a baby for the past week. Dark eye circles plague both young and old alike and they mar an otherwise attractive youthful face,” Dr. Mark Lim says.


Does that mean that our dark eye rings are here to stay? Definitely not. In an era where medical science is so advanced, there are many non-invasive medical treatments available for improving the appearance of our dark eye circles. Without further ado, let’s find out what Dr. Mark Lim has to say about the causes and solutions for dark eye circles!

How do dark eye circles form?

According to Dr. Mark Lim, dark eye circles are defined as bilateral homogeneous pigmented patches over the infraorbital (undereye) region and are frustratingly multifactorial. They can be classified under three main causes: (1) excessive pigmentation, (2) structural causes, and (3) prominent blood vessels.

Identifying the underlying cause is crucial in the assessment of dark eye circles, and essential for an effective management plan.

How can I remove my dark eye circles?

“The main treatment options for dark eye circles removal are topical agents, lasers, non-invasive energy treatments such as Ultherapy, high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), and radio frequency (RF), as well as fillers,” says Dr. Mark Lim.

Let’s find out how these treatments work, and which one is more suited for you with Dr. Mark Lim. 

1. Depigmentation Treatment

Excessive pigmentation can be treated with depigmentation agents such as hydroquinone, retinoic acid, kojic acid, or azelaic acid which inhibit DNA synthesis in melanosomes or inhibit tyrosinase activity thus reducing melanin pigment formation.

Halley’s Brilliance skincare range includes the Star Bright Whitening Cream, Vitamin C Diamond+ C20 Serum, and Depigmentation Formula for lightening dark spots.

2. Laser Treatment

Lasers are the mainstay for treating excessive pigmentation in dark eye circles, like many other pigmentation issues in the face. While some lasers break down the melanin pigments in our skin and lighten dark eye circles, others can reduce the appearance of prominent blood vessels. Such blood vessels have a bluish or purplish hue, which gives the appearance of shading under the eye.


3. Fillers

Saving the best for last, hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are an excellent choice for treating dark eye circles due to structural deficiency. Fillers replace volume directly in hollowed areas and provide support for saggy areas.


Halley Medical Aesthetics has a wide range of hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers to treat various skin concerns including dark eye circles.

Causes and Treatments for Dark Eye Circles Removal: A Summary




Excessive pigmentation

·      Constitutional

·      Melasma, ABNOM (acquired bilateral nevus of Ota-like macules)

·      Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from eczema or contact dermatitis

·      Topical agents

·      Picosecond Alexandrite lasers or Q-Switched Nd: YAG lasers

Prominent blood vessels

·      Excessive, superficial blood vessels

·      Thin translucent skin

·      Deficient subcutaneous layer

·      Long Pulsed Nd: YAG lasers

Structural changes

·      Skeletal structure

·      Age-related skin laxity and volume loss

·      Saggy cheeks and bulging of infraorbital fat

·      Ultherapy

·      HIFU

·      RF

·      Fillers

With a variety of treatments available to treat dark eye circles, we’re sure glad to know that we don’t have to live with these tired panda eyes. Beautiful bright eyes, here we come!

Thank you Dr. Mark Lim of Halley Medical Aesthetics for sharing the causes and solutions for dark eye circles with us.


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Singapore 238858

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