What Is Carboxytherapy & How Is It Performed?
Carboxytherapy Therapy is the new, simple and proven technique that can dramatically improve the appearance of cellulite by
improving local tissue metabolism and perfusion. Treatments are rapid, comfortable and effective for a high percentage of patients.
It is a non surgical method. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is infiltrated into the subcutaneous tissue through a tiny 30G needle (0.3mm in
diameter). From the injection point, the carbon dioxide diffuses easily into adjacent tissues.
How Does The Carbon Dioxide Work?
Carboxytherapy Therapy works in two complimentary ways. Firstly, and quite simply carbon dioxide mechanically kills fat cells.
Secondly, it also has a strong vasodilatory effect (causes dilation of blood vessels) on the capillaries in the area. Wider vessels mean
bigger and stronger blood flow to the area, which means more oxygen. The increase in oxygen is important because it eliminates the
built up fluid from between the cells. The end result is fewer fat cells and firmer subcutaneous tissue.
Fig 1: Histological appearance of the dermis before CO2 treatment.
Fig 2: After CO2 treatment, thickening of the dermis and rearrangement of collagenous fibers is shown.
Is It Painful?
No. Some patients can experience a light tingling sensation near the injection site. It disappears within a matter of seconds. As a result of the
increased circulation, the area surrounding the injection site may feel warmer for 10 to 20 minutes.
What Should I Avoid After Treatment?
Avoid emerging in water for 4 hours after the treatment such as baths, swimming, or saunas.
How Many Sessions Are Necessary?
The amount of sessions required and the frequency of treatments will depend on the extent of your cellulite.
Between 10 and 20 sessions are necessary to eliminate cellulite.
Ideally they should be carried out 2-3 times per week in a clinic setting, and each session lasts between 10 to 15 minutes.
After the 5th session you will see that your skin looks noticeably healthier. Around the 8-10 session mark, you will appreciate that your
subcutaneous tissue is firmer. Before the treatment program ends you will have firmer, cellulite free skin.
How Long Do The Benefits Last?
This depends entirely on you. If you choose to follow a healthy diet complemented by regular exercise, the cellulite can stay away for years.
If you tend to succumb to culinary temptations and never quite find the time for that 10km run, the cellulite will return much quicker. On
average, it'll be 5 to 6 months before you see it starting to creep back in. It's best to nip it in the bud at this stage. If you're vigilant, 3 to 5
sessions will get you back to smooth firm skin.
Isn't Carbon Dioxide Toxic?
No. Carbon dioxide is naturally produced by the cells in our bodies every day of our life. It is a by product of metabolism. It is transported in
the blood and exhaled through the lungs. In a study done published in the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal, no important side effects were
linked to CO2 treatment. The study found that CO2 therapy is a safe therapy with no relevant side effects. Because of its lipolytic properties
and positive effect on skin elasticity, CO2 therapy could play a useful role as a complement to Mesotherapy anti-cellulite therapy and surgical
liposuction for the treatment of persistent skin irregularity.
Can Carboxytherapy & Anti-Cellulite Mesotherapy Be Combined?
Combining carboxytherapy treatments with mesotherapy offers greater results, especially for patients with “stubborn pockets of fat”
“Treatments such as carboxytherapy and mesotherapy are popular with women nowadays because they provide another option for
them to treat their cellulite. However, long term results can only be maintained by a healthy diet and regular exercise,” he stressed.
Though popular, carboxytherapy is clearly still not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. For those who think they have found a
permanent cure for cellulite, think again.
“If you choose to follow a healthy diet complemented by regular exercise, the cellulite can stay away for years after these cellulite treatments. If you tend to overeat and never quite find the time for that hour in the gym, the cellulite will return much quicker. On
average, it'll be 5 to 6 months before you see it starting to creep back in though,”
Carbon Dioxide Therapy - Studies & Results
Carbon Dioxide Therapy in the Treatment of Localized Adiposities: Clinical Study and Histopathological Correlations
Carbon Dioxide Bath (Carbon Dioxide Spring)
Before & After Photographs - Carboxytherapy Results