Dark Circles Treatment

Dark Circles Treatment

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We’ve all experienced it at some point. We wake up, look in the mirror, and see a pair of dark circles staring back at us. It could be from stress, lack of sleep, or maybe we’re just dehydrated. During younger years, keep our under eye bag area lively doesn’t take much effort. This area, called the tear trough, starts to require more maintenance as we age.

Unfortunately, by the time we are in our 30s, we will experience a significant loss of the tissue and fat that keeps the tear trough area full. At a certain point, catching up on sleep or having a glass of water just won’t have the effect they once did. But, there are still plenty of rejuvenating options available at Cole Aesthetic Center.

What is Dark Circles Treatment About?

It can be easy to dismiss dark circles under our eyes as a cosmetic concern. Sure, it doesn’t directly cause any physical discomfort, but it can still have a significant impact on your quality of life. Having dark circles can give you an appearance that seems tired or fatigued, even if inside you feel much different.

Our face is one of the main ways we connect with people. Our facial expressions and appearance communicate so much about who we are. When our expression doesn’t match how you perceive yourself, it can cause distress and drops in self-confidence.

At Cole Aesthetic Center, we want our patients to live up to their full potential. We understand the effect dark circles can have on your life, and we are dedicated to providing treatments that effectively address these issues. For the tear trough area, injectable fillers can provide a quick but noticeable improvement without the hassle of surgery.

How to Treat Dark Circles?

Dark circles can be addressed in several ways. The best treatment for you can depend on the extent of your dark circles and how permanent you want your treatment to be.

Dermal Fillers

A quick and effective means of treating dark circles is by using hyaluronic acid-based fillers such as Restylane. These fillers use a natural injectable material to rejuvenate the under eye bag area. The treatment sees you in and out of the office in less than an hour. Still, it provides results that can last for months.

Since the injections for this treatment naturally break down over time, it is not a permanent solution. However, this means it is an excellent choice for those who want to try a treatment but avoid any long-lasting commitment. Once surgery is performed, only a second surgery can change the results.

With injectable fillers, you can better see which alterations look good on you, while still keeping your natural appearance.

Recovering from an injection is also extremely fast. You don’t need to worry about spending weeks of downtime in recovery. At most, you may experience some redness and swelling at the injection site for a day or two. But, even that quickly subsides.

Laser Treatment

Treating dark circles with lasers is a kind of laser skin resurfacing. Much like fillers, you won’t experience much downtime, yet will still enjoy noticeable results.

Some of the benefits of laser treatment include a reduction in wrinkles and an overall tightening of the skin. You can see dramatic results after a single treatment. Still, you can have multiple treatments depending on your needs.

Dark Circle Removal Surgery

In cases where you want more permanent results, you can opt for blepharoplasty. This surgery can target either the upper or lower eyelid, depending on your goals.

How Long Do the Treatments Last?

Each treatment lasts a different amount of time. Some are more temporary, others are permanent.

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Dermal Fillers

Since dermal fillers are not permanent solutions, the results will fade over time. If you want to continue to fight dark circles, you’ll need to return for touchups. On the one hand, this allows you to adapt your treatment to better achieve the results you want. For your recurring injections, we recommend staying with Dr. Cole throughout. Having done your past injections, he’ll now be familiar with your unique facial structure and be able to better match your treatment to you.

The time between treatments can vary from patient to patient. Mostly it depends on your level of activity. If you are more active, your body will break down the filler at a faster rate. Athletes and highly active people will likely need another treatment after 3-6 months. If your exercise routine is still regular, but less intense, then you can often expect a single treatment to last up to a year.

Laser Treatment

Laser treatment tends to have longer-lasting results. However, over time, your body will again show a decrease in collagen production. Dark circles might make a comeback. But, depending on your health and lifestyle, you can expect to see results persist for several years.

And you can also undergo treatment again to rejuvenate your eyelid area.


The results of eyelid surgery are the most enduring. It permanently alters the shape and tissues of your eyelid area. There will still be changes as the years go by, but dark circles will stay away for years to come.

Am I a Candidate for Dark Circles Treatment?

Dermal Fillers and Laser Treatment

The odds are almost overwhelmingly yes. Since the treatments are non-surgical, they are open to a wide range of people.

Also, the treatments are not limited to a single age group. In fact, they have become increasingly popular among younger people as a preventative measure against dark circles.

During your consultation, Dr. Cole can go over which filler will be best for you, and look at if there are any considerations to cover. If you choose laser therapy, he can work with you to determine how many sessions you will want.

Dark Circles Treatment in the Seattle area

The tear trough is a small portion of your face, but it has an undeniable influence on your overall appearance. If dark circles have appeared under your eyes, schedule a consultation today to learn more about treatment options.

Dr. Cole and his team of highly qualified professionals are dedicated to delivering top-quality results to each of their patients. During your consultation, you’ll be able to express your goals and what you’d like out of treatment. Then, Dr. Cole, oculoplastic surgeon, develops a personalized treatment plan that is specific to your unique needs. Take the first step toward rejuvenating your appearance and your self.


Eyelid surgery is also available to a broad group of people. The main additional qualifications are that you be in good health, are non-smoking, and have healthy expectations.
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