Carboxytherapy

What is Carboxytherapy?
Carboxytherapy is the introduction of carbon dioxide gas (CO2), an odorless, completely natural substance found in our bodies and our environment, just below the skin’s surface. It is sometimes called carbon dioxide therapy or CDT.

The benefits of the therapy were first discovered in the Royal Spas of France in the 1930’s, when bathers in carbon dioxide-rich pools were showing signs of increased wound healing. This safe, minimally-invasive procedure is performed within minutes and has been growing wildly in popularity as an effective, non-surgical rejuvenating treatment. Carboxytherapy is clinically proven to generate improvements to the skin, perfecting skin texture, contour and firmness.

What does it treat?
Carboxytherapy is used as a treatment in aesthetic procedures, cellulite, obesity, before and after liposuction treatments or skin grafts, sports medicine, and ulcers. While many benefits are still being discovered, it is most commonly used to:

  • Treat stretch marks
  • Reduce the appearance of cellulite and under eye circles
  • Fade scars
  • Eliminate fat
  • Rejuvenate skin

Carboxytherapy can be used to treat the eyelids, face, neck, arms, stomach, buttocks, and legs. In addition to increasing oxygenated blood-flow and healing, collagen formation is also enhanced, giving skin a youthful glow.

How does it work?
Each time we inhale, our body takes in oxygen. Our cells burn this oxygen for the energy to carry out various functions. When we exhale, any excess of this cellular metabolism is released as carbon dioxide.

Carboxytherapy is the administration of carbon dioxide gas just below the skin’s surface, which stimulates “oxygen off-loading”. Once the CO2 is introduced, the body recognizes the treated area as “oxygen deficient”, and releases extra oxygen to those tissues and picks up the extra CO2 that has been administered. The CO2 is exhaled, cells are restored, collagen formation is increased, and skin appearance is renewed. Stretch marks, cellulite, scars, and other surface issues all improve from the surge of nutrients and circulation that results from carboxytherapy. Recent studies suggest that CO2 introduction may also lead to a long-term improvement in blood flow and tissue quality.

Evidence shows that carboxytherapy distends and destroys fat cells and eliminates fluid build-up between cells. When treating stretch marks, the high volume of collagen and estrogen produced reduces the diameter of torn fibers in the striae and fades white and red marks.

When will I see results?
You will see positive results almost immediately, even after the first session. However, continued treatments are necessary to give the skin enough time to build new cells and an adequate circulation, and therefore maintain results.

What does treatment involve?
The CO2 is administered in our clinical setting with a small, sterilized needle similar to one used to apply insulin. It is connected to equipment that regulates the speed of CO2 flow, time, and percentage of the dose. The treated area will experience increased circulation for the next 3 hours and even up to 7 days, depending on the dose.
Carboxytherapy is not painful, or harmful in any way. There is absolutely no risk of any serious side effects. Some patients, however, may feel a slight and brief discomfort on the application area followed by redness or soreness. The treatment takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes and there is no recovery time needed. The average treatment period is 8 to 10 weeks.  

Mesotherapy and Carboxytherapy
Mesotherapy may be used together with carboxytherapy to maximize the effectiveness of treatment. Using antioxidants, amino acids, fat dissolvers, minerals and other medications to repair the epidermal layer of the skin, mesotherapy improves skin tone and elasticity, tightens and lifts, and promotes a healthy and youthful complexion. Mesotherapy promotes the growth of fresh collagen fibers when treating stretch marks. It also reduces and contours fat deposits by dissolving and destroying fat cells.

Using a very small needle, the medications are injected painlessly into the mesoderm layer of the skin. Mesotherapy injections have a higher rate of success than oral or topical solutions alone. Over-the-counter creams only offer a superficial solution and orally administered medications are diluted through the digestion process, while mesotherapy offers a direct, highly effective treatment.