Carboxytherapy is a treatment that consists of the therapeutic use of carbon dioxide (CO2) that is injected subcutaneously (under the skin). CO2 is not toxic when injected under the skin and manages to stimulate an enzyme (lipoprotein lipase) that breaks down fat (triglycerides), and produces high oxygen consumption of fat cells (adipocytes). This causes the blood vessels to open up and increases blood flow to cellulite tissue that is poorly vascularized. By restoring proper blood flow to cellulite areas and improving lymphatic drainage, the lumpy appearance of cellulite is reduced.
Carboxytherapy is a safe and effective procedure that can be used on anyone with fatty deposits, without causing toxicity or systemic side effects. There may be a sensation at the needle insertion point that will last for a couple of minutes. The procedure lasts between 30 to 40 minutes and requires two weekly sessions when done alone or one session a week when combined with other techniques.
Carboxytherapy improves cellulite, decreases localized fat, improves stretch marks and sagging skin. It is used before and after liposuction; improves the color of dark circles and decreases hair loss.