What is Carboxytherapy?

Carboxytherapy. What is it? What is the process? how long does the procedure last? How long do the affects last? Carboxytherapy is basically a treatment for the skin, if a person has stretchmarks, for fat reduction so on and so forth

There is no doubt that our skin changes as we age, our skin gives into wrinkles and with time it loses its youthful look which is the reason why carboxytherapy has gained massive popularity in the past few years.

What is Carboxytherapy?

Carboxytherapy is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure where carbon dioxide is in injected below the skin to destroy fat cells, increase blood flow, improve skin’s elasticity and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Furthermore, this is also a popular treatment to get rid of stretch marks.  

Many physicians also claim that they’ve used Carboxytherapy to treat erectile dysfunction, acute arthritis, Raynaud’s syndrome, and alopecia all of which are caused by poor blood circulation. Moreover, carboxytherapy is preferred over methods such as liposuction because it is considered to be less invasive and of low-risk.

Carboxytherapy is mostly used on the face, eyelids, neck, stomach, arms, legs, and buttocks.

How is Carboxytherpy Performed?

Each and every part of the body is treated differently and adjusted according to the patient’s needs; however, the mechanics involved are pretty much the same.

A tank of carbon dioxide gas is connected to a flow regulator. The physician then carefully regulates how much gas he/she wants to flow from the tank. The gas passes through the flow-regulator and into the sterile tubing that has a filter at the end. The filter used is very important; it removes every impurity coming from the carbon dioxide gas tank before entering the body. The gas then runs through a very small needle that is injected into the skin i.e. the subcutaneous tissue.

The procedure is considered painless even during injection of the small needle because most physicians apply topical anesthesia to numb the area.

Above all, Carboxytherapy requires only about 15 to 30 minutes per session.

How does one prepare for carboxytherapy?

There are no specifics. Being that as it may, your surgeon may give you special instructions depending on your medical history and on the parts you want to get the therapy done on.

How the procedure works

Now as you may know, if you go to a high altitude area the oxygen concentration relatively drops, so in order for your body to cope up with the low concentrations of oxygen, it starts to produce Red Blood Cells to provide a stable blood circulation.

Carboxytherapy is based on the same principle. Poor blood circulation is the primary cause for cellulite, stretch marks and dark under-eye circles. Carboxytherapy can increase the amount of red blood cells count and provide a better circulation if injected into the body. When the blood cells increase in a specific area it tends to repair the skin’s elasticity, and in the case of under-eye circles, remove the pigment and finally removing the dark circles.

  • Stretch Marks and Carboxytherapy

The stretch marks that we see on our body are ruptured dermal collagen. Carboxytherapy can induce the formation of new collagen which thickens the skin and improve its appearance.

  • Cellulite and Carboxytherapy

Carbon dioxide injected through this therapy can cause fat cells to burst and be eliminated from the body. Studies have shown that carboxytherapy can be effective in removing such subcutaneous fat protrusions.

  • Dark circles and Carboxytherapy

Dark circles under the eyes are mostly caused by poor circulation of blood. Injecting Carbon Dioxide in these areas can get rid of the bluish tone and replace it with your natural skin color.

  • Alopecia and Carboxytherapy

Among many other causes, Alopecia or hair loss can also be caused by poor circulation of blood. Therefore, carboxytherapy might be the perfect solution to hair loss.

Side effects of Carboxytherapy

Carboxytherapy is famous because of its least invasive nature which means that it has little or no side effects. However, people have reported bruising at the injection site which is completely normal and goes away within a week. Furthermore, people who get carboxytherapy for fat reduction are required to immerse themselves in water for at least 24 hours.

How many sessions are required?

For the face usually 4 to 6 sessions are required. However, these sessions are broken down to every 2 to 4 weeks. Moreover, in order for a patient to maintain the therapy a touch up sessions is required every 6 to 8 months.

What to expect during and after a carboxytherapy session?

As mentioned before, carboxytherapy is painless. If carboxytherapy is done to remove stretch marks and scars, patients might get an itching sensation during the procedure which usually gets resolved in less than 5 minutes

Patients who get carboxytherapy to cure cellulite and fatty deposits might feel a little bit of pressure when carbon dioxide is pumped into the tissue. This is because of the gas expanding within the subcutaneous tissue. Furthermore, patients might get a warm feeling in the injection site for the first 24 hours because carbon dioxide work its way into the tissue and tries to improve the circulation.

Is Carboxytherapy safe for all skins?

Carboxytherapy is considered as the safest procedure in reducing fat, so yes; it’s safe for all types of skins. However, if you do have a medical history it’s always best to go for a consultation first.

Dr. Ameerzeb Pirzada
BDS Mphil DM

CEO and chief dentist at Z Dental Studio


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