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What Is Carboxy Therapy?

Posted by Dr Ashish Dutta on 29 November 2018

Carboxy Therapy is a technique which involves micro-injections of Carbon Dioxide just beneath the surface of the skin. The procedure aims to reduce cellulite, stretch marks and scars; then re-energize the skin by ´plumping´ it up. It encourages both Collagen and circulation which in turn is believed to improve the appearance of the surrounding skin tissue.

Natural ageing finds that our blood capillaries start to switch off reducing blood circulation and that in turn stops Oxygen reaching these cells and helping them to regenerate. The injection of Carbon Dioxide fools the body into responding to a perceived Oxygen deficit by increasing the blood flow and transferring the much needed Oxygen and other nutrients for the treatment and restoration of the cells.

The great advantage of Carbon Dioxide is that it is an invisible, odorless gas that exists as part of our natural atmosphere, and its ability to dilate blood vessels allows a stronger supply of blood flow to the treated area. Carbon Dioxide has been shown in research to kill fat cells and promoting the re-oxygenation of the affected area. In essence, this stops fluid buildup, yet allows the skin to produce more Collagen and hence promote a visual and textural improvement.

Medical research has shown that Carbon Dioxide stimulates the circulatory system and many practitioners say that the final result produces a reduction in fat cells and gives a firmer, younger looking skin.

Carboxy Therapy has been established in France since the 1930´s - when in its infancy, it was used to treat patients with poor circulation and arterial problems. As of more recent, contemporary research in Italy (specifically at the University Of Siena) has concluded that the regular use of this therapy is more effective at both reducing fat and skin smoothing, over the course of the treatments.

We can address the two most important questions that frequently appear in primary consultations:

Is Carboxy Therapy painful?

The expression ‘no pain no gain’ comes into play here - the injections are very similar in intensity to electrolysis treatment and are more intense than other Cellulite treatments. However, this must be tempered by the longer term gains following the treatments.

What about the results; and how long will it be before it makes a visual effect?

Some improvement may be noticeable after the first Carboxy Therapy treatment, but a recommended course of 4 to 6 treatments are normally required. Stretch marks should be treated once a week for five or six weeks, with each treatment lasting about 15 minutes. For more established stretch marks, medical practitioners suggest taking a similar course of treatments over 6 months, for a more optimal result.

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