Life is gas!

Life is gas!

What are you doing for lunch these days? Are you environmentally friendly and economically aware by ‘brown-bagging’ to save costs and eating healthier? If you do, it means lunch goes much quicker and you’ll have some spare time before you have to go back to work. I have a great suggestion for using that extra time - no, it is not an extra chocolate hidden at the bottom of the sandwich bag, but something a lot better…

No matter how well we look after our skin, there comes an age when one can see the ravages of pollution, time and ageing. For those with very good genetics, the sagging takes a bit longer to manifest, but most of us have to think about something extra a little sooner. More and more people prefer procedures that are non-invasive or involve surgery and Carboxytherapy is the best solution currently on offer.

Carboxytherapy is carbon dioxide therapy. It is safe, minimally invasive and has shown excellent results in rejuvenation, restoration and reconditioning of the skin. It treats wrinkles, sagging skin, cellulite and stretch marks and involves the injection of tiny amounts of CO2 beneath the skin to break down fatty deposits and stimulate collagen production. Treatment can take anything between 15 minutes to an hour, which is why you can go for a treatment during lunch and still have time to have a sandwich before going back to work.

Imagine that double chin and crepe neck reducing over a period of time until everybody notices that you are looking so good, but nobody can quite put their finger on the actual reason for the difference. Now that’s what I would call good skin therapy. And that’s only one area of treatment. It is recommended for dark circles, eye bags, crows feet wrinkles and improves lip and skin wrinkling. Acne scars improve and it’s been used for psoriasis improvement as well.

As we age, the small blood vessels under our skin becomes starts lacking in oxygen. This is as a result of environmental stress, cells not regenerating properly and the skin losing elasticity and collagen. By the age of thirty, oxygen levels in the skin drops by about 25% and by age forty it drops by 50%. Although the body gets its oxygen by breathing, pollution and other environmental factors reduce the amount of oxygen available. When the skin is deprived of oxygen, it becomes more prone to ageing, acne, redness and age spots.

Carboxytherapy infuses carbon dioxide just beneath the skin and the body interprets this as an oxygen deficiency. Talk about being cruel to be kind! The body responds by increasing blood flow (which contains oxygen) which in turn improves circulation and cell restoration. The increased blood flow stimulates collagen and this improves fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks. This leads to a skin tightening effect and saggy jowls and necks are improved.

Sounds almost too good to be true, and as most of us have to watch our budgets these days, at Skin Renewal they have put together an affordable package which is customised for each person’s needs over a year-long period. It is recommended that four to six treatments are done on the face - each treatment has a cumulative effect and should be done every 2-4 weeks. Best of all, it is done under supervision of a doctor, who does the first consultation to ascertain viability. Carbon dioxide is a natural by-product of the body and not toxic and unless there is an underlying medical condition present, most people should qualify for the treatment.

I have always known oxygen is important. It keeps humans alive and there are a million other good reasons for wanting an oxygen rich atmosphere. What’s fascinating is that we’ve managed to create a therapy in which the body is being ‘fooled’ into providing more oxygen to those areas of the skin where we need it the most, and using such a natural product like carbon dioxide makes it safer for patients. It takes years off the face and is an effective method that shows improvement within 2-6 months when the ‘after-effect’ of collagen stimulation and remodelling has had time to take effect. So, although the song says ‘Oxygen’, perhaps we should be singing ‘Carbon Dioxide”. However, it doesn’t quite have the same effect, does it?

Sharon Izak Elaine
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