This technique is used to combat cellulite, excess fat, flaccidity, stretch marks, as a regenerative therapy in aging tissues, in postoperative stages because it improves the healing, to prevent or attenuate the process of post-operative fibrosis and in some dermatological pathologies such as psoriasis and varicose veins in the legs. It’s used in body and face treatments.
It consists of the infiltration of carbon dioxide (CO2), a gas whose molecules are composed by two atoms of oxygen and one of carbon. Participates in many biological processes and is widely known. It has multiple uses in the medical field: it is used as an insufflation gas in laparoscopic surgery, as a contrast agent in radiology, in CO2 laser, in aesthetic treatments, among others. In Carboxytherapy, CO2 is infiltrated subcutaneously with fine needle, or a specialized machine.
The number of sessions varies according to the patient needs but it is recommended to do it weekly.
When CO2 penetrates the tissue, it produces hyperdistention of the subcutaneous tissue, releasing bradykinin, serotonin, histamine and catecholamines, elements that stimulate receptors beta adrenergic causing destruction of fat cells.
The first results of carboxytherapy are observed immediately, improving the quality tissue, the skin becomes smoother, and the affected areas regenerate, thus improving noticeably the cellulite and skin circulation.
Carboxytherapy does not produce systemic toxicity or side effects, except for a slight and fleeting pain in the area of application.