Dark Circles Under Eyes


The Solihull medical Cosmetic Clinic offers a complete range of treatments to address dark circles under eyes. Some of the treatments carried out may be advised to use alone or in combination depending upon the cause. Dr. Sagoo will assess each client before suggesting a treatment protocol.

Dark circles under eyes are a common problem, especially amongst Asians and black people, and can be embarrassing in public. Understanding the causes of dark circles makes it possible that we can treat the underlying cause.


(Results will vary from person to person.)

What’s Causing  Under dark Circles? 

Skin conditions like atopic eczema have been known to cause dark under-eye circles. The cause can also be from aging since the skin loses collagen and thins, making veins more prominent. The dark circles can also be caused by your facial features. Shadows can be cast by bone structure, puffy eyelids or from hollows under the eyes caused by the natural process of aging.

Family history inherited 

A common cause of dark circles is family history or genetic , certain ethnic cultures have skin which causes increased (melanin ) production not due to outside factors alone.


The dark circles can be caused by seasonal allergies such as hay fever, food allergies, cosmetic allergies and allergens in the home or workplace. Allergies cause inflammation which enlarges the tiny blood vessels beneath the eyes. These swollen blood vessels press against the thin under-eye skin and the dark color shows through. The rubbing and scratching can also stimulate melanocyctes (melanin-producing cells) darkening pigmentation in the area.

Nasal Congestion

Blocked nasal passages can cause dark circles because the veins from your eyes to your nose can become dilated and darken.

Vitamin Deficiencies and Poor Nutrition

Poor nutrition can lead to vitamin deficiencies, specifically B vitamins (such as a B12 deficiency from anemia), vitamin E, vitamin C and vitamin K and can result in dark circles. Vitamins are also needed for adrenal gland function. When the adrenal gland is fatigued frm stress, excess consumption of caffeine, alcohol and sugar, vitamin absorption is impaired, resulting in facial puffiness and dark circles.


Lack of water causes dehydration, which causes blood vessels to become dilated and swollen. Also, as mentioned above, avoid too much alcohol and caffeine which can dehydrate the body, as well as disrupt sleep. Alcohol also decreases the flow of oxygen to the skin, as does smoking.


Smoking causes vascular problems, constricting the blood vessels, resulting in poor circulation and making the blood vessels appear more prominent and darker.


In addition to possibly causing anemia, your monthly cycle can cause hormonal-induced dark circles and puffiness due to water retention and PMS. Cut down on salty foods, carbs and excess fluids. Other hormonal changes (pregnancy, menopause) can also cause blood vessels to swell.

Lack of Sleep

While it is not the major cause of dark under-eye circles, lack of sleep can lead to stress and other health problems, creating paler, tired-looking skin and making shadows and dark circles more noticeable.

Tear Trough Deformity

 The other major cause of dark under eye circles is a depression beneath the lower eyelids called a tear trough deformity

Tear trough deformity is usually commonly inherited  over time due to the normal loss of tissue under the orbital rim area . In the event that a tear trough deformity exists, a temporary filling agent such as Restylane or Juvederm can be placed in the valley to plump up the depression, which improves the appearance of the dark circles. The treatment is not painful, and it is a one-time procedure performed after a small amount of numbing cream has been applied to the skin. Since my specialty is oculoplastic surgery, I perform this procedure in my office at least twice a day with optimal results that last approximately eight months to one year.


Treatment of Dark Circles.

The Solihull Medical Cosmetic Clinic under the supervision of Dr. Sagoo provides a range of cosmetic treatments to improve appearance of under eye dark circles.


  • IPL ( intense pulsed light)

Using high intensity  light of a wavelength that is absorbed by the brown pigment in dark skin,  the dark colouration under the eye can be improved over a series of 3-4 sessions. There is no down time although using high factor sunblock is recommended.


This is a new technique offered by the Solihull Medical Cosmetic Clinic which targets the built up of “venous pooling” under the eye area . using carbon dioxide gas The treatment addresses this problem. The capillary network of the lower eyelids can become congested for a variety of reasons. Normally, the tears drain from the eyelids into the nose, but if there is some obstruction due to chronic nasal congestion from seasonal allergies or a nasal fracture, the drainage doesn’t function well, and the blood flow to the lower eyelids slows down, leading to  blue tinge under the eye. The lack of appropriate oxygenation to the lower eyelid skin leads to a bluish colour to show through the thin skin of the eyelids.

Carboxytherapy works to improve the capillary network of the lower eyelids, as well as to increase the dermal collagen layer in the lower eyelid skin.

By injecting a small amount of carbon dioxide gas into the affected areas, blood flow is increased and improved capillary networks are formed for longer lasting circulatory benefit. The bluish colour is replaced with a healthy pink tone.  A series of four to six sessions is recommended, with maintenance 6 monthly skin has a more luminous appearance  and is safe on all skin types.In addition home skin lightening creams are also prescribed  to improve the colouration.

For further information ion this new break through in dark circles please contact the clinic on 08456036150.


  • Tear Trough Deformity

In the event that a tear trough deformity exists, a temporary filling agent such as Restylane  can be placed in the valley to plump up the depression, which improves the appearance of the dark circles. The treatment is not painful, and it is a one-time procedure performed after a small amount of numbing cream has been applied to the skin. The results will give an immediate lifting under the eye to improve hollows and instantly take years of tired looking eyes. Dr. Sagoo has treated hundreds of clients with this procedure as it is a skilled advanced treatment and needs to be done carefully.

Glycolic peels, and homecare solutions. Glycolic peels break apart the dead cell layer and bring fresher skin to the surface, reducing pigmentation around the eyes as well as improving skin texture.


Using CO2 laser  under eyes in white skin individuals can help remove increased pigmentation  peeling the skin after a “controlled burn” to the skin, this can also improve fine lines and wrinkles and texture.


Using the longwavelength  semi ablative laser PEARL  hyperpigmentation can be improved with less down time than the CO2 laser.


Microdermabrasion is an effective method for removing dark circles under eyes due to hyperpigmentation , this is a safe procedure with minimal down time and safe in all skin types.The clinic uses a medical microdermabrasion machine to achieve optimal results


  • Skin Care Products

Tye clinic provides a range of skin lightening creams such as Arbutin and Kojic acid as well as Vitamin A retoinoid creams and collagen stimulating and skin rejuvenation creams to help keep the skin healthy looking. For more information please refer to our shopping cart (hyperlink) for on line ordering .

For further information please contact the clinic on 0845 603 6150