The Carboxy Therapy

Carboxytherapy, the miracle gas, has been flaunted as the biggest beauty breakthrough since Botox. Worldwide, Carboxytherapy is rapidly becoming known as the leading skin rejuvenation treatment.

The Carboxytherapy procedure uses carbon dioxide for facial rejuvenation, puffy eyes, and dark circles, to reduce stretch marks, cellulite and scars. It is also a safe, minimally invasive, clinically proven method to rejuvenate, restore, and recondition the skin. Microinjections of carbon dioxide are injected just beneath the surface of the skin. These stimulate circulation and collagen production.

Ageing naturally causes blood capillaries to become dormant, which in turn reduces blood circulation. This deprives cells of oxygen, which stops their ability to regenerate leading to premature ageing. Injecting carbon dioxide creates an oxygen deficiency in the injected area and the body responds by increasing the blood flow to that area. This leads to a surge of oxygen and nutrients to the treated area, which results in cellular restoration.

How was carboxytherapy discovered?

Carboxytherapy was discovered in the Royal Spas of France in the 1930’s when bathing in pools of carbon dioxide rich water, was shown to speed up wound healing.

What are some clinical uses for carboxytherapy?

  • Dark under-eye circles
  • Stretch-marks
  • Cellulite reduction
  • Non-surgical fat sculpting on the face and the body
  • Facial rejuvenation
  • Scarring
  • Acne

What areas of the body can be treated with carboxytherapy?

Carboxytherapy can be used to treat the eyelids, face, neck, arms, stomach, buttocks, and legs.

What other benefits occur from carboxytherapy?

In addition to increasing oxygenated blood-flow to the region injected, carboxytherapy also increases collagen formation in the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.

How is the carboxytherapy treatment administered?

A tank of carbon dioxide gas is connected by plastic tubing to a flow-regulator. The flow-regulator slows down the speed of the gas according to the rate selected. The gas emerges from the flow-regulator into sterile tubing, which is connected to a filter at the exit to remove any trace impurities, before the gas is run through a tiny needle attached to the opposite side of the filter. The pure gas is injected beneath the skin via a tiny needle.

Can all skin types be safely treated with Carboxytherapy?

Carboxytherapy safely treats all skin types without significant pain or downtime and is one of the most effective methods of achieving a significant aesthetic improvement within 2 to 6 months when the effects of collagen stimulation and remodelling become evident.

Are there any side effects associated with carboxytherapy?

The only possible side effect of carboxytherapy is the potential for bruising around the injection site. Bruising is rare when treating the face making it a no downtime procedure. Bruising is more common when treating the arms and legs, so carboxytherapy might not be a good idea if you plan on wearing a bikini the following week.

How many treatments will I need?

This depends upon the severity of the problem being treated. Usually, 6 to 12 treatments spaced one-week apart, yields excellent results.

Are there any risks associated with carboxytherapy?

There are no known risks associated with carboxytherapy. Carbon dioxide injection has been safely used for years to facilitate endoscopic surgeries of the abdomen.

How long does a typical treatment session last?

The average carboxytherapy treatment takes approximately ten to thirty minutes to complete, depending on the size of the area.

How does carboxytherapy work for stretchmarks?

Stretchmarks occur when the skin is stretched to the point where the dermal collagen ruptures causing the appearance of stretchmarks. Carboxytherapy causes the formation of new collagen and subsequently thickens the skin to improve the appearance of the stretchmarks by rebuilding the collagen matrix.

How does carboxytherapy work for dark undereye circles?

One major cause of dark under eye circles is vascular pooling. The capillary network of the lower eyelids can become congested for a variety of reasons. Normally, the tears drain from the eyelids into the nose, but if there is some obstruction due to chronic nasal congestion from seasonal allergies, previous nasal fracture, or a deviated septum, the drainage doesn’t function well, and the blood flow to the lower eyelids becomes sluggish, giving rise to the boggy blue tinge known as dark circles. The lack of appropriate oxygenation to the lower eyelid skin allows the bluish cast to show through the thin skin of the eyelids.

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 and improved capillary networks are formed for longer lasting circulatory benefit. The bluish cast is replaced with a healthy pink tone. Once a series of treatments is completed, the skin has a more luminous appearance that lasts approximately six months.

How does carboxytherapy work for cellulite and fat reduction?

When injected via a specific technique, carbon dioxide gas is directly toxic to fat cells. The fat cells literally burst and are eliminated by the body.

If carboxytherapy is used to melt fat, won't it make my eyelids hollow?

No. The techniques used to treat dark circles beneath the eyelids is different from the techniques used to treat fat.

What does carboxytherapy feel like?

Carboxytherapy doesn’t hurt; it just feels a little “weird.” Because of differences in the techniques used to treat the eyelids, stretch-marks, scars, and fat deposits, the sensation is slightly different depending upon what is actually being treated. When treating the eyelids, your lower eyelids will feel puffy, like they were up crying all night, but that will subside once the gas is absorbed over the next five to ten minutes.

The treatment of stretch-marks and scars is relatively painless because this skin doesn’t have the same ability to sense pain. Some pressure from the gas may be felt as the stretch-marks are distended, and they may be slightly itchy, but this subsides in a few minutes once the gas is absorbed by the body.

Scars generally feel no pain because there are no nerves in scar tissue. The treatment of cellulite and fatty deposits on the arms, abdomen, and legs has a unique sensation of its own. This is because a larger amount of the gas is injected directly into the offending fat deposits and allowed to expand. While the gas is expanding, you may feel some pressure in the area being treated - Similar to the sensation of a blood pressure cuff.

The areas may feel warm and tingle for up to 24 hours after the treatment, as the circulation to the area improves.

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