Laser Treatments for Dark Circles

Updated April 17, 2017

Dark circles under the eyes are a common problem and there are lots of ways to treat them. While you can use cold cucumber slices or apply medicated creams to minimise those shadows, progress takes a while -- years of treatment, in most cases. If you want to see quick improvement, consider laser treatment.

Laser Treatment

Although laser treatment is one of the most effective techniques in removing dark under-eye circles, it's not for everyone. Laser treatment isn't recommended for those inclined to keloid scarring and hyper-skin pigmentation. People with sensitive skin should err on the side of caution, as well. Consult a dermatologist before deciding to get the treatment. Various skin tests and a thorough evaluation of your medical history are necessary to ensure you're a safe candidate for the procedure.

How It Works

Many things can cause dark circles under the eyes. According to the Docshop website, "Nutritional problems, particularly a shortage of vitamin K, and dehydration can also cause the condition...stress, fatigue, and ageing can contribute to the appearance of dark under-eye circles." Exhaustion and poor diet can damage and darken your skin. So besides having a healthy diet and lifestyle, laser treatment can help you remove eye circles. According to Web MD, laser treatment can "...lighten dark circles under the eyes caused by clusters of blood vessels showing through the skin. Several sessions...vaporize the blood vessels, leaving the surface skin undamaged."

The Procedure

This technique begins with an antibacterial cleansing of the affected area. The surgeon then uses a wand-like tool to shoot concentrated laser beams on top of your dark circles. He slowly and repeatedly moves it around the affected area. After the procedure, you are advised to avoid sun exposure and to keep your skin constantly supple and moist.

Advantages of Laser Treatment

Laser treatment promises to rid your skin of dark circles instantly. However, the truth is that your skin needs to recuperate before the results can be seen. After a few days, you'll notice that the dark circles have disappeared.

Disadvantages of Laser Treatment

While laser treatment may seem convenient and efficient, it does have disadvantages. This procedure can range from £325 to £1,300. Furthermore, as with most cosmetic procedures, there's the risk of possible side effects, especially if you took the treatment without consulting a doctor or if the procedure was botched. Infections, pigmentation, scarring, bruising, and small cuts and incisions are some of the common side effects associated with the treatment.

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About the Author

Based in Winton, New Zealand, Heilyn Cabrera has been writing travel-related articles since 2002. Since 2010 she has worked for an online journal as a Channel Steward for the African, Asian and Middle Eastern History Channel. Heilyn holds a Master of Arts in journalism from Memorial University, Mount St. Vincent's.