The usage of carbon dioxide in medicine and balneotherapy has a long tradition indeed. In ancient times already, baths were taken in volcanic fumes and sulphur tar (in Europe in for example in the caves near Naples). Later carbon dioxide was used in combination with hydrogen sulphide.
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Carboxytherapy is used to treat cellulite, dark under-eye circles, and stretch marks. People who undergo the procedure find an improvement in:
- Skin elasticity
- Fine lines and wrinkles
It also aids with collagen repair and the destruction of fatty deposits.
Additionally, it can help reduce under-eye circles by increasing blood flow to the eyelid. Some physicians have also used the therapy to treat erectile dysfunction, acute arthritis, Raynaud’s syndrome, and alopecia caused by poor blood circulation.
For fat and cellulite reduction, the procedure is often preferred over more invasive and high-risk methods, like liposuction.
The specifics of the procedure will vary based on the part of the body being treated. But the mechanics of the procedure are mostly the same.
A tank of carbon dioxide gas is connected to a flow regulator with plastic tubing. The physician will carefully regulate how much gas flows from the tank.
The gas is emitted through the flow regulator and into sterile tubing that has a filter at the end.
The filter picks up any impurities before they reach the body. The gas then runs through a very small needle on the opposite side of the filter. The physician injects the gas beneath the skin through the needle.
The procedure is almost entirely painless. Some physicians rub numbing cream on the injection site before inserting the needle. Despite the lack of pain, some people report feeling a strange sensation briefly afterward.
Carboxytherapy is an outpatient procedure, and it usually only takes about 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
Carboxytherapy is a relatively safe procedure with almost no side effects. People may have bruising at the injection site, specifically in the arms and legs. This bruising should clear up within a week.
People who get the procedure for fat reduction or cellulite also shouldn’t immerse themselves in water for 24 hours, including swimming or using a bathtub.
When carboxytherapy is used to treat stretch marks and scars, it’s relatively painless. This is because scar tissue doesn’t have nerves. You may feel an itching sensation as the stretch marks are distended during the procedure. The itchiness should resolve in about 5 minutes.
People who use carboxytherapy for treating cellulite and fatty deposits may feel pressure during the injection, similar to the sensation felt during a blood pressure test. This is caused by the expanding gas.
Treated areas will feel warm and tingly after the treatment for up to 24 hours as the carbon dioxide gas does its job and circulation improves. But you should be able to perform your normal routine after the procedure is over.
Mc Skin Studio is dedicated to providing our patients with safe and effective cosmetic treatments that are designed to help them look and feel their best in their own skin. If you’re interested in learning more about Carboxytherapy, contact our office to schedule your informative consultation today. (972) 378-7657
I received a Carboxytherapy. She did a wonderful job. The treatment was more relaxing than I thought it would be. I will be back for more pampering without a doubt!
– Keely Payton