Carboxy Therapy is a procedure that uses carbon dioxide and claims to get rid of stretch marks, cellulite and scars, as well as plumping the skin. Micro injections of carbon dioxide are injected just beneath the surface of the skin. This is supposed to stimulate circulation and collagen production, which improves the appearance of skin. Ageing causes capillaries to become dormant, which reduces blood circulation. This deprives cells of oxygen which stops the cells’ ability to regenerate. Injecting carbon dioxide makes your body think there is an oxygen deficit and it responds by increasing the blood flow. This leads to a surge of oxygen and nutrients to the treated area, which results in cell restoration.
Carbon dioxide, the invisible, odourless gas that is part of the air we breathe, is injected just under the surface of the skin using a fine needle. According to many studies, it diffuses into the surrounding tissues and causes blood vessels to dilate.
Wider vessels mean a stronger blood supply, which brings a rush of oxygen and nutrients to the treated area.
Evidence shows the carbon dioxide kills fat cells by causing them to distend, the extra oxygen eliminates fluid build-up between cells, and the skin is stimulated to produce more collagen.
The result, say practitioners, is fewer fat cells and firmer, younger skin. Medical studies have long shown carbon dioxide stimulates circulation. It has been used in France since the Thirties to treat patients suffering from poor circulation, blocked arteries and heart problems. More recently, research by the University of Siena in Italy showed Carboxy therapy is effective at smoothing skin and reducing fat.
Each injection feels like a strong sting, on a similar level of pain to electrolysis. Practitioners say that it’s more painful than most cellulite treatments, but has a much stronger effect.
You should notice a difference after one treatment, but a course of between four and six is recommended. Each treatment takes 40 minutes. If the stretch marks are recent they should be treated once a week for five or six appointments; if they have been there for a while, once a month for five or six treatments.