What is it?
Carboxy therapy is the infusion of carbon dioxide gas into skin tissue. This carbon dioxide displaces oxygen, resulting in a relative oxygen deficit. Your body responds by increasing blood flow to the area, bringing with it an increase in oxygen and nutrients, and helping to flush the area.
- Stretch marks improve as the gas helps to break down scar tissue, allowing fibroblasts to create normal tissue in the area. The increased oxygen and nutrients help to further stimulate these fibroblasts. Carboxy therapy is one of the only treatments that really can improve stretch marks, particularly those that have recently formed. A course of treatments is recommended for best results.
- Cellulite is caused by a combination of factors including genetic predisposition, hormonal influences, lack of exercise, poor lymphatic drainage, and poor blood flow. Carboxy therapy increases blood flow to affected areas and indirectly improves lymphatic drainage. Many people experience a marked improvement in the appearance of their cellulite with a course of carboxy treatments.
- Dark, under-eye circles are often caused by dilated and leaking blood vessels which lie in the thin and delicate skin under the eye. Carboxy therapy helps to flush the area, removing blood pigment left behind by leaking blood vessels and helps to strengthen the endothelial walls of blood vessels, helping to strengthen and constrict them.
- Crepey skin is a result of collagen and elastin breakdown caused by age and sun damage. Carboxy therapy helps to stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis by providing oxygen and nutrients to the cells in these areas.
- Skin rejuvenation anywhere on the body is aided by the increased oxygen and nutrients delivered by carboxy treatments. Areas that can be treated include the delicate skin under the eyes, neck, decolletage, abdomen, arms, legs, and genital area.
- Raynaud’s disease and poor circulation is improved by carboxy therapy.
- Wound healing is accelerated by carboxy therapy and it is often used in operating theaters in France to treat post-surgery wounds and ulcers.