Carboxytherapy, or carbon dioxide therapy, is one of the most popular skin rejuvenation methods in the world. This treatment dates back to the 1930s; and like many other cosmetic treatments, we have seen it’s development and improvement over time. There are relatively many studies in the field of carboxytherapy, all of which show the high effectiveness and low side effects of this treatment. Carboxytherapy can help improve flexibility, increase blood flow, fade wrinkles, stimulate collagen production, and eliminate localized skin fat.
Let’s get into the details of this treatment first; now we will review a few basic points very quickly:
Carboxytherapy is a method for treating cellulite, skin cracks, dark circles under the eyes and skin rejuvenation. The origins of this method go back to France in the 1930s. You can use this treatment on the eyelids, face, neck, arms, buttocks, abdomen and legs. This method uses carbon dioxide gas, which our body also produces it naturally.
carbon dioxide therapy is a type of mesotherapy. This treatment is commonly used all over the world and no severe or permanent side effects have been reported with it.
This treatment is one of the fastest and easiest skin rejuvenation methods. Treatment sessions usually last between 15 and 30 minutes. You can resume your daily activities immediately after treatment. Only in the case of cellulite treatment, you should refrain from taking a bath or swimming for 24 hours after treatment.
Ccarbon dioxide therapy is one of the most effective methods of rejuvenation and satisfies almost all clients with it’s results!
Carboxytherapy or carbon dioxide therapy (CDT) is not a new technique in medicine. In the 1930s, the French discovered that bathing or swimming in water with a high percentage of carbon dioxide gas would heal wounds and skin injuries faster!
In the 1950s, heart surgeons used carboxytherapy to treat vascular disease caused by problems with blood flow to tissues or the accumulation of fat in the arteries. Finally, in 1995, carbon dioxide therapy opened it’s place among cosmetic and skin rejuvenation methods and quickly became one of the most widespread methods in this field.
The main uses of this method in the past included the removal of localized fat and skin rejuvenation. Carboxytherapy was gradually used to improve flexibility or elasticity, improve blood flow to the skin tissue, eliminate wrinkles and increase collagen production.
We can consider Carboxytherapy as a type of mesotherapy. In this method, carbon dioxide gas is injected into the underlying layers of the skin, it enters the tissues and is released locally at the treated site. In response, the body begins to activate compensatory mechanisms by increasing the amount of carbon dioxide
As you probably know, carbon dioxide is produced by the cells of our body in the process of producing energy. Cells use energy (such as sugars) and oxygen gas to produce energy and carbon dioxide in the process of cellular respiration. That’s why our bodies need oxygen constantly and expel the carbon dioxide they produce.
When the amount of carbon dioxide in a tissue normally increases, it means that either the amount of oxygen entering the tissue is low or the blood supply to that tissue is reduced. Because the carbon dioxide is carried by the blood from the body tissues to the lungs to be excreted. To compensate for these two potential problems, the body increases blood flow to that tissue. So in fact, in carbon dioxide therapy, we stimulate the body’s natural processes to achieve the desired results.
After injecting carbon dioxide under the skin, about 70% of this gas reacts with water in the tissues and blood and turns into an acidic substance called bicarbonate. Bicarbonate acidifies the local tissue and blood environment, and the body increases blood flow to the tissue to compensate for this problem. The interesting thing is that the more acidic the tissue environment, the more oxygen enters it!
There are several ways our body can increase tissue blood flow. One is the dilation of small tissue vessels. The arteries dilate immediately after being exposed to a high percentage of carbon dioxide, increasing tissue blood flow. In the next stage, the body begins to secrete various growth factors to form new arteries at that location and to expand the blood supply network. These growth factors have three important effects on tissue:
There are lots of use for Carboxytherapy in medicine. In beauty treatments, it’s applications include the following:
If any of the following apply to you, you are not a good candidate for carboxytherapy:
The exact treatment process depends on the use and the place you are going to treat; but the generalities of carbon dioxide therapy are almost the same. In this method, we use a carbon dioxide gas capsule that connects to a gas flow regulator with a plastic pipe. Your specialist doctor will carefully monitor the amount of gas entering your body using this device. Carbon dioxide enters the regulator from the capsule and then into a sterile tube with a filter at the end. This filter absorbs all the remaining impurities that do not enter the body. The gas passes through the filter and enters a very fine needle. The doctor uses this needle to send carbon dioxide gas under your skin.
The treatment process is completely painless and does not even require anesthesia. If your pain threshold is very low, we can use anesthetic creams to solve this problem as well. Of course, you may experience strange situations. For example, during carboxytherapy to treat dark circles or wrinkles under the eyes, you feel that your eyes are swollen. Just like the feeling you have before crying. This strange feeling disappears in 5 to 10 minutes.
Treatment of skin cracks with carboxytherapy is completely painless; because cracked skin does not have normal sensory capabilities. You may feel a slight pressure or itching; that again resolves between 5 and 10 minutes after the injection.
The treatment of scars and wounds is not painful at all, because the wound tissue is basically painless nerves. And carbon dioxide therapy for the treatment of cellulite and localized fats in the hands, abdomen and legs has it’s own conditions. In these cases, the specialist will inject more gas into the target adipose tissue and we actually inflate them.
As a result, you may feel a slight pressure in the treated area. For example, in the case of the hand, you will feel the same way when they want to measure your blood pressure. As blood flow to this area increases, the treated area will be warm for the next 24 hours and you will probably feel a slight tingling sensation.
The number of treatment sessions depends on where you use it, the type of problem you have and your goals. For the removal of localized fat, 8 to 10 sessions of treatment end up with the best results. Meetings are held every week or every other week, and you may need several sessions of treatment each year.
For the treatment of cellulite and orange peel, usually 6 to 10 sessions of treatment are enough. These meetings are also held at intervals of one or two weeks. Treatment of skin cracks requires 4 to 10 sessions of treatment, which are held once a month. For dark circles under the eyes, you’ll need 4 to 8 sessions of carboxytherapy treatment every 2 to 4 weeks. Skin rejuvenation also requires 4 to 8 treatment sessions, which are held once every 3-4 weeks.
In the case of skin rejuvenation, the results of carboxytherapy last between 4 and 6 months. In other treatments such as cellulite, the results will last for several years if you have a good diet and exercise.
We can say that you almost have no need of any special preparation for this treatment! Depending on the place of treatment, your specialist doctor may be able to give you some advices. It is best not to take anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen and gelofen) or aspirin for a few days before going to the clinic. These drugs increase the chance of bruising.
One of the advantages of carboxytherapy is that you do not need care after treatment! And also, you will not have any special restrictions. Generally, do not expose to cold water for up to 4 hours after treatment. In the case of cellulite treatment, do not go to the bathtub or pool for 24 hours.
Carboxytherapy has only one possible complication: “Bruising of the injection site”. This complication of carboxytherapy almost never occurs under the eyes, weather for removing dark circles or wrinkles in that area. Bruising is common when the hands and feet undergo carboxytherapy. Other complications of carboxytherapy are very mild and, if they occur, go away within a few hours of the treatment session. Temporary side effects include: Mild pain at the injection site and strange feeling under the skin.
This question arises for many clients. Our body is naturally producing Carbon dioxide gas. And in fact, this gas is a natural product of the body’s metabolic processes, that is present in our blood and excreted by the lungs. So to sum up, No! Carbon dioxide is not toxic and does not cause cell death or tissue damage in any part of the body.
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