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Eye diseases

Dark circles

ojeras oscuras
They may have a genetic component.
A specialised study of their causes.
Personalised aesthetic treatments.

The skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the body – 5 times more than that on the rest of the face –; thus, it is particularly affected by aesthetic problems (link). One of the most common issues, both in young and older people, are dark circles, due to an alteration in the skin colour under the eyes.

This darkening of the area gives the face a tired and “dull” appearance and, mainly, can be caused by.

  • Excess pigmentation (melanin), which gives a darker colour.
  • Thinning of the skin, so that the vascular network underneath becomes transparent, and a purple shade appears.

Sinking in the area from the eye to the cheek (nasojugal sulcus), as a result of which dark circles are even more evident.

Although dark circles are usually associated with lack of sleep – a factor that worsens them –, you can notice them on your face even when you have a good rest. In fact, there are many causes that can cause them, whereas in some people they have a genetic origin. This is the case of hereditary purplish dark circles in some families or of racially pigmented dark circles, which are characteristic of darker skin, such as that of Arabs.

As for acquired factors, sun exposure can also cause spots that darken the area. On the other hand, certain pathologies, such as allergies or thyroid problems, also cause more pronounced dark circles.

There are many options for concealing dark circles, which we can advise you about at the Miranza oculofacial aesthetics departments, depending on the type of dark circles and evaluating factors such as your facial anatomy, skin quality or other associated aesthetic problems, such as the presence of bags.

A personalised preliminary study is essential to offer you the most effective solutions. For example, carboxytherapy promotes oxygenation and circulation in the area, whereas hyaluronic acid injections improve volume. There are also depigmenting treatments, such as peels or lasers, and technologies, such as intense pulsed light (IPL), that treat both excess pigment and the vascular component.

These procedures are mostly performed in the doctor’s office, and we can combine them with each other or with other techniques, such as blepharoplasty surgery to remove bags, in order to achieve a more complete benefit in terms of eye rejuvenation.