Under Eye Dark Circles

What are dark circles?

The skin beneath both eyes appearing darkened or taking on a blue-ish tint is called “dark circles”.

What causes dark circles?

Dark circles have multiple causes:

  • The thinning of the skin under the eyes makes blood vessels appear more visible
  • Puffy and wrinkled eyes absorb and reflect light, forming a dark shadow underneath
  • A lack of subcutaneous fat around the eyes can make the skin translucent and saggy

Additionally, dark circles can result from:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Aging
  • Allergies
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Over-exposure to sunlight
  • Smoking / drinking
  • Dehydration

How to prevent dark circles?

  • Sleep!
  • Avoiding smoking / nicotine and alcohol
  • Increasing your water intake
  • Consistent use of SPF50+
  • Topical serums that contain active ingredients such as Tyrosinase Inhibitors

Treating dark circles:

Various options singularly or in combination include:

  • EnLighten Pico Genesis
  • Q-switch Nd:YAG 1064 nm fractional laser
  • scarLet RF
  • Vitamin-C
  • Hydroquinone
  • Tretinoin
  • Azelaic acid
  • Chemical peels
  • Topical agents

Pico Genesis

The FDA approved Pico Genesis procedure targets dark circles/pigmentation under the eyes and increases uniformity in skin tone. Pico Genesis delivers ultrashort pulses delivering a photomechanical shock wave, not thermal energy, shattering the pigment and stimulates remodelling which results in lightening dark circles and pigmentation under the eyes for darker skin types.

Before & After






Is the treatment safe and reliable?

Yes, it is

How many treatments may be required?

3 to 4 treatments spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart should suffice

Does it hurt?

It feels like a hot pinch or “snapping” feeling. The sensation only lasts a fraction of a second.