Carboxytherapy involves injecting tiny amounts of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) beneath the skin. You can address various concerns and conditions by altering the depth of the injection, the amount of CO2 injected, and the injection technique applied. The treatment has no downtime, and a single session can take between fifteen minutes to an hour, depending on what you are treating and how severe the problem is.
Carboxytherapy is most commonly used for the following conditions:
- Breaking down fatty deposits (stubborn fat pockets that don't respond to diet and exercise)
- Stimulating collagen and elastin production on the face and body for the purpose of skin tightening
- Rejuvenates the skin by improving skin tone, colour and texture.
- Treating stretch marks – view a video of this technique here
Did you know that Carboxytherapy can successfully treat and improve the following?
- Alopecia (hair loss) and thinning hair
- Painful and deep acne lesions
- Acne scarring
- Drooping eyelids
- Under eye dark circles
- Sores, wounds and open skin - to promote quick healing and prevent scarring
- Areas of dilated blood vessels where thread vein formation is starting to occur
- Sore, tense and injured muscles
- Erectile dysfunction
- Labia rejuvenation and vaginal dryness
- Lymphatic drainage and stimulation of lymph circulation
How does it work?
An experienced and well-trained Doctor or Therapist can target specific levels and elicit particular responses from the body when the right technique is applied, and a suitable amount of gas gets injected at the correct flow rate.
In basic terms, here is what happens when Carbon Dioxide gets injected into the skin:
1) There is a dramatic increase in blood circulation.
2) There is an increase in lymphatic circulation, and the lymphatic system is stimulated.
3) Fatty tissue is targeted with larger amounts of CO2 gas, resulting in improved circulation to the area, but also in physically damaging and rupturing fat cell membranes, causing the destruction of multiple cells in the target area
4) Micro-injuries occur within the skin. This process results in the release of growth factors and cytokines that “switch on” and stimulate the activity of vital cells, particularly fibroblasts, which are responsible for making collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.
5) Due to the increased circulation and the remodelling that occurs when micro-injuries are caused, we can remodel areas where there are scarring and stretch marks by forcing these areas to become "re-injured" and have them remodel in a controlled manner.
6) Due to the growth factor cascade that is released, carboxy can strengthen blood vessels and stimulate the growth of healthy blood vessels in the right areas. It is because of this that we can treat erectile dysfunction, perform labia rejuvenation and help strengthen capillaries and blood vessels.
7) Muscle tissue responds to the increased circulation and pressure caused by the gas in the target area injected, forcing the muscles to relax when CO2 gets injected into a trigger point. This concept is similar to dry needling or acupuncture.