Dark Circles and Pigmentation

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Dark Circles & Pigmentation

Why laser for Dark Circles?

Lasers can help reduce hyperpigmentation and stimulate the rejuvenation of the skin. Ablative lasers remove the outer most layers of the skin that contain excess melanin, and aid in stimulating the blood vessels in the underlying skin. Non-ablative lasers tighten the skin by encouraging additional collagen production.

Dark under-eye circles are usually caused by one of two issues. These can be excess melanin, or poor circulation below the eyes.

As we know, melanin give skin it’s colour, and can also cause hyper pigmentation when it appears in excessive amounts. Therefore pigmented dark circles, also known to aestheticians as periorbital hyperpigmentation, can be brought on by a number of factors, including but not limited to aging and lifestyle choices.

There are many natural and over the counter treatments available to manage dark circles. However, depending on their severity and underlying cause, in-office laser treatments may be more effective.

As our lasers are suited to treat different types of dark circles, correctly identifying your dark circles will dramatically improve your treatment results. This is deduced in the Complimentary Consultation that we book for each and every client.

  • Pigmented Dark Circles are typically brown in hue
  • Vascular Dark Circles can be characterized by being blue, pink or purple in their discolouration, as well as puffiness in some cases
  • Mixed Dark Circles occur due to a combination of vascular or structural factors, as well as pigmentation

Most individuals are suitable candidates for this procedure.

However, individuals higher on the Fitzpatrick Scale may experience pigment alteration-related side-effects, particularly when using certain ablative lasers.

Lasers with higher energy and higher density can drastically reduce pigmentation, which could lead to an unintentional discolouration of the skin.

Rarely, clients higher on the Fitzpatrick scale could also experience rebound hyperpigmentation, a sudden and dramatic return of dark pigment to the skin after it has been treated.