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Are you tired of struggling with dark eye circles and perpetually tired-looking peepers? Dark circles can be a major issue for a lot of people, especially for Asians.

They are difficult to treat and add unwanted years to your age, making you appear much older than you are.

No matter how much concealer you apply, it only works as a temporary quick fix that doesn’t treat the actual issue while skincare products, such as eye creams, seem to take an eternity to work.

What if we told you there’s a method that can give you quick and noticeable results? An investment that will save you from wasting money on ineffective products and could help save you more money in the long run?

Before we reveal that, let’s first dive into the causes behind those pesky dark circles.

The science behind dark circles

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Dark circles can be influenced by genetic factors like eye shape, bone structure, and skin tone.

In the case of the Asian facial structure, flatter cheekbones provide less support to the skin, leading to increased hollowness around the eye orbit. This accentuates sunken tear troughs and contributes to the appearance of dark circles.


Excess skin pigmentation under the eye, which is the area that appears darker than the surrounding skin, is due to poor melanin distribution, sun exposure, and excessive eye rubbing.


Redness under the eyes, also known as hemosiderin staining, is caused by iron pigment leaking from fragile veins around the eyes and pooling under the skin, resulting in the appearance of dark circles.


Nasal congestion from allergies happens when tissue and blood vessels become swollen with excess fluid.

This extra fluid can build up in the small veins beneath the eyes, causing blood to pool and swollen veins to dilate and darken, resulting in dark circles and puffiness around the eyes.


Lifestyle factors such as poor sleep, fatigue, stress, excessive sun exposure, and smoking can also exacerbate the appearance of dark circles.

Why do our dark circles look worse as we age?

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It’s no secret that, as we age, our skin experiences a loss of collagen. Our skin becomes thinner and loses its elasticity, exposing the underlying blood vessels, which leads to more pronounced dark circles.

As the skin’s support structure weakens, the gradual loss of fat and bone adds to the hollowing effect under the eyes, exacerbating the appearance of dark circles.

So how can we get rid of these stubborn dark circles? Is it even possible to get rid of them?

Common issues with treating dark circles

Getting rid of these pesky shadows is actually a lot more difficult than you might think.

Expensive to treat

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Dermal fillers, skin booster injections, and lasers are commonly used treatments for dark circles.

While beneficial, each treatment usually addresses one or two issues: lasers reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, skin boosters rejuvenate the skin around the eyes, and under-eye fillers replace lost volume.

To address all symptoms, a combination treatment is often required, which can sometimes become costly.

Potential side effects

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The most commonly used treatment for dark circles is hyaluronic acid-based (HA) fillers, which can provide immediate volume loss replacement to reduce shadowing and can be dissolved if necessary.

However, you may experience the Tyndall effect, in which your skin appears bluish after receiving dermal fillers, as well as swelling or lumpiness due to hyaluronic acid’s natural ability to attract water.

Moreover, HA fillers can only replace lost volume but cannot replace lost collagen in your skin, which doesn’t address the root problem.

High safety risk

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The periorbital region is a risky area to treat with fillers due to the risk of accidental intravascular injection.

This occurs when an injection is done in an artery rather than a vein, or a vein is inadvertently punctured during the procedure.

This can result in the loss of vision or skin necrosis, which is when the tissue dies, leaving a red, warm, or swollen area of skin that is extremely painful and can even extend beyond the area of the skin.

Now, you may be wondering if it is possible to restore collagen in your eye area or if there is a treatment that can address multiple issues at the same time. Fortunately, the answer is yes, and we’re here to tell you about it!

Collagen injection – a safe and non-surgical solution for dark circles

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For the first time, a collagen injection treatment is now available here in Singapore.

Similar to how dermal fillers help to counteract volume loss, collagen injections instantly restore lost volume by directly replenishing collagen while also helping to brighten and smooth your skin around the periorbital region. The best part – all with minimal pain!

But how exactly does collagen injection treat dark circles, and why is it a good option in comparison to other treatments?

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Restores volume loss

Collagen injections provide an instant refill of direct 99% pure collagen into your skin to restore any volume loss through ageing or lifestyle factors for a fuller, more youthful under-eye appearance.

Improves the appearance of wrinkles

Collagen injections also provide soft structural support to the skin tissue, effectively reducing the appearance of wrinkles and enhancing facial contours.

Brightens pigmentation and skin tone

The treatment brightens and smoothens the periorbital area, instantly eliminating dark circles. As the collagen gradually breaks down into amino acids, it further enhances skin tone and texture.

Stimulates collagen regeneration

Collagen injections actively stimulate the natural processes within the skin, promoting improved blood flow, migration of essential skin cells, and regeneration of collagen.

Minimal downtime and side effects

Thanks to its biocompatible and biodegradable nature, collagen injections yield immediate and remarkably natural-looking results with minimal adverse events, shorter downtime, and fewer side effects.

Hear it from the expert

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Dr. Rongrong Xu, from The Urban Clinic, has undergone specialised training in Taiwan for collagen injections in the periorbital region and shares her thoughts on collagen injections for treatment of dark circles in the under eye region.

“After years of working in the aesthetic industry, I’ve tried a variety of products for periorbital treatment to correct dark circles and the tear trough, ranging from different brands of HA filler to skin boosters to improve under-eye skin quality.”

“With several treatment options already available for dark circles, the inclusion of collagen injection treatment is a positive development for patients. It offers additional potential solutions to address a complex issue, providing patients more choices for personalised treatment plans.”

Where can you get the treatment?

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While collagen injections are generally considered safe, it’s essential to be aware that the periorbital region may pose higher risks for potential complications. As such, it’s crucial to choose a qualified aesthetic doctor well-versed in treating this delicate area.

For this reason, we highly recommend scheduling a consultation with the esteemed team of doctors at The Urban Clinic Medical Aesthetic, who will not only prioritise your safety and well-being but also your comfort!

With their extensive knowledge, they will conduct a thorough assessment of the factors contributing to your dark circles and, thereafter, provide personalised treatment recommendations tailored to your needs.

Committed to maintaining global standards, The Urban Clinic Medical Aesthetic exclusively offers FDA and HSA-approved procedures, and their doctors undergo rigorous reviews to stay up-to-date in their knowledge and techniques.

Be sure to check out their informative video here for more details about the collagen injection treatment!

Book your appointment with The Urban Clinic Medical Aesthetics today for a personalised solution for refreshed and rejuvenated eyes.

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