Carboxy therapy is used to treat a number of ailments that are believed to stem partially from poor blood circulation such as cellulite, dark under eye circles, and stretch marks. Carboxy therapy is a simple procedure that injects carbon dioxide gas to the treatment area to stimulate blood flow to improve the skin’s appearance and elasticity.
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About the Procedure
Carboxy therapy can treat various cosmetic ailments from stretch marks to dark under eye circles, to cellulite and skin irregularities from residual fat deposits post liposuction. Carboxy therapy works on the idea that by infiltrating an area with CO2, the body will counteract by sending more oxygen to that particular area. The process of sending more oxygen to specific areas helps to eliminate built up fluid and waste between cells, improving discoloration and smoothing contours. While increased blood flow can help improve the appearance of the skin, multiple treatments are needed to see a minimal and temporary result. Patients who desire quicker results would benefit from a slightly more invasive procedure such as Cellfina or Cellulaze for cellulite treatment, or hyaluronic acid based fillers for dark under eye circles. Patients who are concerned about bumpy skin post-liposuction procedure are advised to wait for up to 3-4 months to see final results before seeking intervention methods. These patients may better benefit from a lymphatic massage such as endermologie to enhance liposuction results. Before the procedure begins, the treatment area will be cleansed. A topical numbing cream may be applied to the injection area before the needle is inserted. During treatment, a small needle will be inserted into the skin into the subcutaneous tissue. From the injection point, the carbon dioxide diffuses into adjacent tissues. The excess CO2 tricks the body into sending more oxygenated blood to the area, improving circulation and overall appearance to the skin. This increased circulation is also believed to improve skin elasticity while the CO2 helps to destroy fat cells which are naturally disposed of by the body’s lymphatic system. Results from carboxy therapy require multiple sessions of the course of several months to see results with upkeep treatments needed every 6 weeks.
The goal of carboxy therapy is to target a number of concerns including cellulite, stretch marks, scarring, and/or dark undereye circles.
What to Expect
Carboxy therapy is a simple procedure that injects carbon dioxide gas to the treatment area to stimulate blood flow to improve the skin’s appearance and elasticity. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after carboxy therapy.
No special measures need to be taken before treatment with carboxy therapy.
- Treatment area is cleansed and may be numbed
- A small needle is inserted into the subcutaneous tissue
- CO2 infiltrates the area and diffuses into adjacent tissues
- Needle is removed and other areas treated as needed
- Treatment area will swell and gradually subside over several minutes
No recovery is needed after carboxy therapy. Typically, patients are able to resume normal activity after 10-15 minutes after the procedure, including returning to work.
The ideal candidate for carboxy therapy is in generally good health and is looking to treat cellulite, stretch marks, scarring, and/or dark under eye circles in a minimally invasive way.
Not Recommended For
Carboxy therapy is no recommended for patients who have any skin diseases or infections in the area treated, otherwise there are few medical reasons why patients should not undergo this treatment.
Side effects of carboxy therapy can include bruising at the injection site, specifically in the arms and legs. This bruising should clear up within a week.