Carboxytherapy

injection of Carbon dioxide

Carboxytherapy is the injection of carbon dioxide into the skin or the subcutaneous tissue. Carbon dioxide gas is safe and has no toxic effects. It is used to pump up the tummy when laparoscopy is performed. Carboxytherapy has been used in medicine since the 1930's and in aesthetic medicine since 1995. In the 1950's, it was used by cardiologists to improve blood circulation and reduce fat accumulation in the arteries. The injection of carbon dioxide gas in the tissue increases microcirculation, while causing hemoglobin to release more oxygen molecules locally (Bohr's effect). It induces the release of local angiogenic growth factors and encourages dermal rejuvenation. Injection of carbon dioxide into fatty tissue also has lipolytic effects (it helps the release of fat from adipose cells).

Carboxytherapy can be used to treat aging skin of the face and decolletage, dark circles under the eyes, eye bags, stretch marks, and cellulite. Carboxytherapy also helps reduce local fatty tissue. Depending on the condition treated, it takes 6-10 sessions given once or twice a week.

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