What Is Carboxytherapy?
Carboxytherapy refers to the cutaneous and subcutaneous administration of carbon dioxide gas (CO2) for therapeutic purposes. This treatment originated at the Medical Spa of Royat, France in 1932. Initially developed for patients afflicted by peripheral arterial occlusive disease, studies have demonstrated improvements to skin elasticity, circulation, and encourage collagen repair. It has also been noted to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and destroy localized fatty deposits.
By injecting carbon dioxide into the treatment area; the idea is by infiltrating an area with CO2, the body will counteract by sending more oxygen to that particular area. Oxygen is noted to stimulate blood flow to improve the skin’s appearance, elasticity, and eliminate built-up fluid and waste between cells. Carboxytherapy also works to improve discoloration and smooth out contours.
For Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are characterized by wide linear bands of discolored or wrinkled skin that occur in areas of collagen damage due to stretching. They are usually found on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, as well as breasts. Stretch marks are seen in 90% of pregnant women due to a combination of hormonal factors along with increased stress on the collagen and elastin in the skin. Some studies indicated that Stretch marks are a form of scar tissue that forms in response to collagen rupture and elastic fiber changes.
Furthermore, laser and light modalities are not safe for individuals with darker skin tones. Carboxytherapy is the only treatment available for both old and new stretch marks that visibly repairs the broken collagen and is safe for all skin types. It causes the formation of new collagen and subsequently thickens the skin to improve the appearance of the stretch marks by rebuilding the collagen matrix.
Cellulite refers to the lumpy fat bulges on the thighs and buttocks of over 95% of the normal female population. The reason why most women are predisposed to cellulite whereas the condition is much rarer in men mostly due to the underlying structure of the skin is different in males vs females. Male skin tends to be thicker and the fibrous septa have strong cross-linking of the connective tissue. Females have thinner skin and no cross-linking of the underlying septa.
For Periorbital (Under-Eye) Dark Circles
Carboxytherapy can dramatically improve the appearance of dark under-eye circles. Although sometimes caused by darkened pigment or a hollow depression below the lower eyelids. The majority of dark under-eye circles are caused by poor circulation. We found that by injecting a small amount of carbon dioxide gas just beneath the skin of the lower eyelid, circulation was increased and dark under-eye circles were markedly improved. The treatment takes only five minutes and is virtually painless and risk-free. A series of 4-8 treatments spaced 1-2 weeks apart is all that is required to achieve a great result.