Can dark circles be removed? The best treatments to consider

Dark circles treatment, Fairfield, Melbourne 

The under-eye region is one of the most revealing areas of the body. Tiredness, stress, ageing – all of life’s more wearing moments – tend to appear beneath the eyes before anywhere else. Under-eye hollows and darkness (which can be caused by genetics, lifestyle, or both) can feel impossible to shift, no matter how much sleep you get. And while makeup can cover the problem, it’s difficult to find a long-term solution. The skin in the eye is very thin – consisting of the most delicate skin on the body – and therefore its more susceptible to sun damage and age-related changes. So, whether you’re concerned about under-eye darkness, hollows, or both, let’s look at what can be done about them.

What causes dark circles under the eyes?

There are numerous reasons why you may develop dark circles. The leading causes are typically environmental factors (think smoking, poor sleep, and sun exposure) and genetics. Those of Asian and African skin types are predisposed to having hyperpigmentation under the eyes due to higher levels of melanin. As well, as we age, we experience a loss of volume under the eyes, which can magnify the appearance of dark circles. Over the years, the bone of the orbit atrophies, and this causes the eyes to sit further back in the socket and appear sunken, enhancing the appearance of dark circles.

What are the best ways to treat dark circles?

Dermal Enhancements

Lightweight facial contouring can be placed in the tear trough if you have dark circles due to hollow eyes. This reduces dark circles by replenishing lost volume, plumping, hydrating, and thickening the delicate skin tissues, brightening the area as a whole. We may also replace lost volume in the lateral and mid-face to further support the tear trough area.


PRP (platelet-rich plasma) in the under-eye area can also significantly improve the appearance of dark circles. This is a procedure in which blood is drawn from your arm before being centrifuged until the plasma separates from the red blood cells. The PRP is then injected back into the skin under the eye, encouraging the skin to regenerate by producing more collagen. This thickens the skin, so that dark circles in the under-eye region show up through the skin less significantly.


Look for skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid, tri-peptides, vitamin C or caffeine. Vitamin C helps boost collagen production – combined with hyaluronic acid, your skin should feel plumped and fresher. Cryoglobes or balls are great skincare tools that help de-puff and minimise dark circles look.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels, using alpha-hydroxy acids, such as glycolic and lactic acid, can help to improve and lighten hyperpigmentation under the eyes. We may also use chemical peels in combination with topical creams for a better effect. Laser therapy can also be an effective treatment for dark circles.

If you’d like to learn more about the various solutions for under-circles and what may be right for you, click here to get in touch with the Dr Rakib Team, Camberwell.