Why do we get dark circles?

Discover how our skin produces too much pigment leading to our dark circles ad find out about the treatment we carry out to calm down the cells.

Dark Circles Clinic | London Hyperpigmentation | Manchester | Birmingham | London

How does this treatment differ from other treatments?

Discover how treatments such as laser, fillers and peels can irritate the skin and learn how our clinic treatments can help your dark circles become less obvious.

Dark Circles Clinic | London Hyperpigmentation | Manchester | Birmingham | London

How does the procedure work?

Find out how the procedure works from the initial consultation to looking after your skin once your treatment has finished.

Dark Circles Clinic | London Hyperpigmentation | Manchester | Birmingham | London

What results can I expect to see?

Learn how quickly our specialist treatment works and find out more about how soon you will be able to see results.

Dark Circles Clinic | London Hyperpigmentation | Manchester | Birmingham | London

Will the dark circles come back after treatment?

Watch Dr Vanita Rattan as she explains how you can ensure that the dark circles don’t return after your treatment(s) have finished.

Dark Circles Clinic | London Hyperpigmentation | Manchester | Birmingham | London

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What happens in the Free Consultation?

    We assess if you have hyperpigmentation and if your skin is suitable for our treatment.

    We go through the treatment details with you and if you wish to proceed we do a patch test, consent form, provide your prep cream and take payment. We book you in for the treatment 3-4 weeks after your consultation to give you enough time to use the prep cream.

  2. Is there any pain or side-effects?

    The treatment is painless, at most you will feel tingling and warmth when the mask is applied for a few minutes.

    Our treatment has been designed to treat Hyperpigmentation in darker skin where the skin is more sensitive to inflammation and prone to pigmenting. This means our treatment is deliberately gentle on the skin so it doesn’t react and lead to side effects if used correctly.

  3. What are the likely post treatment results?

    On average we see a 40-60% reduction in Hyperpigmentation after just one treatment.

    Results are dependent on 3 factors: 1. How well you adhere to the post-treatment creams plan, 2. How resistant the pigmentation is, and 3. the type/cause of pigmentation

    PLEASE NOTE, WE CANNOT TREAT: Rosacea, Vitiligo, Birthmarks, Freckles (from childhood), Veins, or any currently active conditions (i.e. Acne, Ezcema, etc).

  4. How many treatments will I need?

    On average, we see a 50% reduction in pigmentation per treatment, or 80% reduction after 3 treatments. Many clients are happy after just one treatment as it means they can wear less make-up and be more confident as a result. However we cannot predict how many treatments each individual may need, as this depends on how well the skin responds to treatment and levels of compliance with post-treatment protocols.

  5. What is the treatment procedure?

    The skin is cleansed and a special facial applied to prepare the skin. For the treatment, a clear gel mask is applied to the skin. In total this takes about 20-30 minutes. There is no irritation, it just feels warm on the skin.

    You leave with the clear gel mask on and wash it off at home between 5-8 hours later (as instructed).

    You will then be given a set of creams to wear for the following 12 weeks. Results are seen after 10-12 weeks of treatment with about a 50% reduction in Hyperpigmentation after one treatment (on average).

  6. Which body areas do you treat?

    We treat different body areas including: Neck, Chest, Upper back, Lower back, Thighs, Buttocks Lower legs, Knees, Stomach, Upper arms, Lower arms, Underarms, Hands, Feet.

    AREAS WE CANNOT TREAT: Lips, private areas, internal areas

    The results and procedure on body parts is the same as for the face except you will leave the clinic with the treated area wrapped in cling film to encourage heat retention and to prevent it coming off on your clothes.

  7. Does the treatment lighten the whole skin?

    No, the peel only treats the hyperpigmented area of skin, not the surrounding skin. It does not affect the normal skin cells so will not lighten them. This is not a skin lightening peel and does not use any bleaching agents.

  8. Are the results permanent and can the pigmentation recur?

    The treatment will reduce existing hyperpigmentation permanently and results can be maintained through daily use of sunblock and moisturiser afterwards. However, if you do not protect against UV light exposure or incur future skin trauma or inflammation (Acne, Eczema etc), then new hyperpigmentation can develop.

  9. What are the restrictions before and after treatment?

    NOT TO DO Before Treatment:

    -No chemical peel treatment or hydroquinone 2 months before treatment

    -No laser other treatments within 1 month

    -No Roaccutane usage 6 months before treatment

    -No heavy UV exposure / tan 2 weeks before treatment


    NOT TO DO After Treatment:

    -Not be exposed to sunlight without a thick layer of sunblock to protect the skin as much as possible.

    -Not thread/shave within 1 week of treatment or wax/bleach/hair removal cream within 4 weeks

    -No other chemical peel/laser/other chemical treatments within 3 MONTHS.

    -Not be exposed to excessive heat within 8 weeks i.e. in a steam room, sauna or jacuzzi.

*Results may vary and are different for each individual. As such, The Dark Circles Clinic cannot guarantee specific results.