Carboxytherapy can dramatically improve the appearance of dark under-eye circles. Although sometimes caused by darkened pigment, or a hollow depression below the lower eyelids [tear trough deformity], the majority of dark under-eye circles are caused by poor circulation beneath the lower eyelids [vascular pooling].
The capillary network of the lower eyelids can become congested for a variety of reasons. The lack of appropriate oxygenation to the lower eyelid skin causes a bluish cast to show through the thin skin around the eyes. With age, the skin also begins to fall which makes this capillary network more prodominant further creating a tired appearance. 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 by angiogenesis and vasodilation of these blood vessels. The bluish cast is replaced with a healthy pink tone, a result of oxygenated blood in the area. Once a series of sessions is completed, the skins collagen and elastin fibers are re-inforced smoothing out lines around the eyes. The application of carboxytherapy will also smooth out the "hollow look" around the eyes.
The treatment takes only five minutes, and is virtually painless and risk-free. A series of 2-6 treatments spaced one to 3 weeks apart is all that is required to achieve a great result.