What is Carboxytherapy

Carboxytherapy refers to the cutaneous and subcutaneous administration of carbon dioxide gas (CO2) for therapeutic purposes. Carboxytherapy originated at the Royal Spas of France in 1932 with the treatment of patients afflicted by peripheral arterial occlusive disease. In Europe and South America, carbon dioxide therapy has been applied to the treatment of cellulite, stretch marks, and hypertrophic scars with impressive results.

Studies have demonstrated that carboxytherapy improves skin elasticity, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, encourages collagen repair, and destroys localised fatty deposits. Carbon dioxide is a natural constituent of our organism. There is no known risk related to carboxytherapy. Carboxytherapy is used to treat dark circles beneath the eyes and stretch marks, reduce cellulite, and as a non-surgical liposuction procedure that can be applied on the face and body.

Where is Carboxytherapy applied?

Carboxytherapy has many indications in Aesthetic Dermatology, including stretch marks – post-pregnancy marks, eyes – dark circles, skin resurfacing – face wrinkles, décolletage improvement, weakened non-elastic skin, liposculpture (before and after) local fat – lipolysis, cellulite – skin sagging, hair loss.

In addition, carboxytherapy can be applied to treat clinical conditions, such as psoriasis, to improve microcirculation – acrocyanosis, increase oxygen and fat solvents in the fat and superficial tissues, migraine-muscular pain, tinnitus.

How many sessions are required to see results?

On average, 2 to 3 sessions per week are required, taking into account the patient’s skin condition. Less frequent application does not limit effectiveness but delays the desired result.

How long does carboxytherapy last?

When applied on the face, treatment duration is from 10 to 20 minutes, when applied on the body the duration is 20 to 40 minutes.

How long will the results last?

The results usually last for about two years; however, this depends greatly on the patient, including the patient’s organism and his or her choices, nutritional habits, and frequency of exercise.

What is the feeling during Carboxytherapy?

Carboxytherapy does not hurt, the patient feels only very mild discomfort for a few minutes. The sensation is a little different depending on the treatment area, as well as because of the differences in techniques used to treat the eyelids, stretch marks, scars, and fat. During eyelid treatment, swelling may occur that subsides within 5 to 10 minutes.

As far as the treatment of stretch marks and scars is concerned, there is almost no discomfort, because these areas are less sensitive, while the mild pressure or itching that may be felt disappears within 5 to 10 minutes. When treating cellulite and accumulated fat on the arms, abdomen and legs, the patient may feel pressure similar to that felt when using a blood pressure monitor, because a large amount of gas is directly infused into the fat and it expands.

Warmth and a tingling sensation may be felt in these areas for up to 24 hours after treatment, while local blood circulation is improving. Patients can return to their activities after carboxytherapy.

Does the treatment cause side effects?

No. Carbon dioxide is naturally produced by the cells in our bodies every day. It is a by-product of metabolism. It is transported in the blood and exhaled through the lung. The only possible side effect of carboxytherapy is bruising at the injection site.

Are there any diseases or conditions in which Carboxytherapy should be avoided?

Carboxytherapy is not indicated in the following diseases or conditions: Renal Deficiency, Epilepsy, Thrombophlebitis, Myocarditis, Angina, Pain, Gangrene, Infections, Pregnancy.