Carboxytherapy is a medical procedure during which a sterile medical gas – carbon dioxide CO2, is injected into the skin or the subdermal tissue. Carbon dioxide is a gas that is naturally released from our organism during the process of breathing and as such it can not cause allergic or any other unwanted reactions. For example, during laparoscopy, hundreds of times higher doses of this gas are used without any consequences for the organism.
Carboxytherapy is used very successfully in various programs for stretch marks reduction, collagen and elastin stimulation and therefore for tissue tightening and lightening, reduction of dark bags under the eyes, and reduction of localized fatty deposits and cellulite.
By the age of thirties, oxygen supply to our skin drops by about 25% and at the age of forties by about 50% in favour of adequate supply of internal organs with oxygen. Because of the lack of oxygen, the skin cells regenerate with more difficulties and have an impaired function in creating collagen and elastin, which leads to the loss of our skin tone.
Is carboxytherapy a new procedure?
This procedure was used since 1930 in French spas when carbon dioxide was injected into the pool to increase circulation and speed up the healing of venous wounds in patients. Twenty years later, in 1950, the application of carboxytherapy begins in cardiology by injecting the gas directly into the subdermal tissue in persons that have a problematic circulation and increased blood fat. By further application it has been noticed that the skin of treated patients is of significantly better quality in places where the gas is applied. And so in 1993 carboxytherapy becomes one of the main procedures in esthetic medicine.
What is the principle of carboxytherapy treatment?
By injecting carbon dioxide into the zone under the skin, an acidic environment develops which signals our organism to secure oxygen to the tissue in the treated region and accumulate natural growth factors (vascular endothelial growth factors). In seven days after the treatment there is an increased natural distribution of oxygen in the places of application, a completely new microcirculation is created, lymphoid drainage is increased and in this way skin regeneration is achieved in a natural way.
What does a carboxytherapy treatment look like?
During the treatment, and with the help of a special device, a specific amount of sterile gas is injected with the thinnest needles into the skin or the fatty tissue, depending on the desired outcome. During the treatment the patient can feel a slight pressure anywhere from 2 to 4 minutes and the treated area becomes mildly red due to suddenly deposited oxygen. Already after 5 minutes after the treatment has ended, the CO2 applied into our organism is completely replaced with oxygen.
Right after the procedure the patients can go back to their usual activities and no recovery is required.
How many carboxytherapy treatments are required?
Depending on the desired results and treated regions it usually takes between 4 to 6 treatments of carboxytherapy and they can be conducted once every 7 to 10 days. Carboxytherapy treatment is cumulative – every following treatment increases the result of the one before.
When is carboxytherapy recommended?
Dark bags under the eyes
Dark bags under the eyes are a consequence of a weakened circulation or genetic predisposition. In the course of carboxytherapy treatment, along with the improvement in circulation, the dark color is also reduced and in genetically predisposed persons, the presence of oxygen enables the whitening of the treated region. The effects of carboxytherapy are necessary to maintain once or twice a year. More about removing dark circles under eyes read here.
Cellulite is commonly caused by inadequate lymphoid drainage and a weaker circulation in the tissues of the determined regions. Carboxytherapy solves both these problems and with a deeper application of CO2 fatty cells are melting and the body is being toned. More abou cellulite removal treatments read here.
Removing stretch marks
Stretch marks are formed by ripping of elastic skin fibers. By injecting the gas during the treatment, cellular regeneration is stimulated and new collagen and elastin are created, which fill the skin that has cracked from the stretch marks. About stretch marks treatment read here.
Spec. Dr. Svetlana Djurisic, dermatologist
Dermatological clinic DERMATIM, Belgrade, Serbia