Carboxytherapy treatment for dark under eye circles uses Carbon Dioxide gas to increase blood flow in the delicate under-eye area.
Treatment with Carbon Dioxide has other applications too and although it is used in slightly different ways to the method employed in treating dark circles, it can be used as a treatment for stretch marks, scars and cellulite.
Carboxytherapy was first used in French Spas as long ago as the 1930s as it was discovered that the carbon dioxide rich mineral water in the spa pools speeded up healing of wounds.
The dark bluish-black circles below the lower eyelid can be caused because the blood circulation in the network of tiny blood vessels (called capillaries) in that area is not working as effectively as it should. This is due to an obstruction of the normal drainage of tears from the eyes into the nose which in turn causes the blood flow to pool in the area below the lower eyelid resulting in the bluish-black tinge that can be seen through the skin.
There are many causes for this poor drainage of tears, but usually, it is down to allergies such as hayfever, pet allergies or an injury such as a broken nose. The image above showing results from just one treatment comes from the website of Dr Michelle Michelle Zaniewski-Singh who has a clinic in Houston Texas.
Carboxytherapy treatment consists of injecting very small amounts of carbon dioxide into area around the eyes to be treated. This has the effect of getting the body to carry more oxygen to this area by transporting it in the blood and ‘mopping up’ this excess carbon dioxide.