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Carboxytherapy: What is it?

Carboxytherapy: What is it?

A session of carboxytherapy involves the subcutaneous injection of CO2 gas. The gas primarily acts on blood circulation and fatty tissues, thus the procedure aids in eliminating various skin imperfections.

The fundamental principle of carboxytherapy.

Carboxytherapy involves injecting small amounts of CO2 gas into the dermis. The aim is to enhance the appearance of the skin. The procedure improves blood circulation, thereby eliminating various skin imperfections: cellulite, stretch marks, dark circles, and wrinkles.

The injection of CO2 is beneficial for vascular activity. It influences vascularisation, increases the density of blood vessels and enhances their regeneration. It also impacts microcirculation by improving blood flow, the passage of red blood cells, and the release of oxygen into the skin tissues.

The procedure of a carboxytherapy operation.

Carboxytherapy treatment is carried out using a specialised device. This gradually injects CO2 into the dermis over a set period of time. The amount of gas to be injected depends on the area to be treated and the imperfections to be eliminated. The injection is painless. However, the prick of the device's needle can cause slight inflammation, hence the use of a numbing cream to neutralise this discomfort.

The benefits of carboxytherapy.

In aesthetics, carboxytherapy is used to eliminate various skin imperfections. The injection of CO2 also helps to improve skin elasticity. It is necessary to undergo several sessions depending on the initial goal. Each session lasts about fifteen minutes.

Here are the issues that carboxytherapy can address:

  • Cellulite: The injection of CO2 results in a lipolytic function. In simple terms, the gas works to dissolve fatty substances. Carboxytherapy enhances skin microcirculation: the increase in blood flow is accompanied by a rise in skin temperature. Therefore, the combination of these two phenomena effectively eliminates cellulite by reducing the fat content in the skin. Plan for 4 to 10 sessions, spaced 7 to 10 days apart, to treat cellulite.

  • Stretch Marks: Carboxytherapy improves vascularisation, as well as collagen synthesis. Thanks to a CO2 injection, collagen fibres adopt a clear and uniform arrangement, which results in the elimination of stretch marks and any potential wounds or imperfections caused by venous insufficiency. Plan for 4 to 10 sessions, spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart, to treat stretch marks.

  • Dark circles and wrinkles: Thanks to the various effects of CO2 mentioned earlier, the skin gains elasticity. Indeed, a skin devoid of fat is more elastic and more resistant, and better withstands the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles. Plan for 3 to 6 sessions, spaced 4 weeks apart, to treat wrinkles and dark circles.

Who can resort to carboxytherapy?

Carboxytherapy is suitable for all skin types. However, the injection of CO2 is prohibited in the following cases: pregnancy and breastfeeding; hypertension or diabetes; epilepsy; heart, kidney or respiratory failure; haemorrhagic diseases, immunosuppressive treatment; phlebitis or pulmonary embolism, and skin infections.


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