It improves skin elasticity, enhances wound healing process, strengthens blood circulation, dissolves local fat, stops hair loss and smoothes wrinkles. Carboxytherapy is a treatment that continuously gains ground in the field of Cosmetic Medicine, due to the wide range of applications, for both skin conditions and hair-scalp problems, as well as for the correction of cosmetic imperfections.
It was born in France’s royal spas in 1932, when it was found that patients who bathed in the thermal waters that were rich in carbon dioxide showed quicker wound healing. Furthermore both in Europe and in the United States it is applied for the treatment of striae distensae, cellulite, hypertrophic scars, wrinkles, under-eye dark circles, as well as alopecia.
Carboxytherapy actually benefits from the normal body process: the use of oxygen to eliminate carbon dioxide. Therefore, safe doses of carboxy are applied at the problematic areas, to enhance blood circulation in the area, as the blood is oxygen’s carrier. The best blood perfusion and oxygenation induce the angiogenesis of new blood cells in the problematic areas, leading to an improved skin appearance.
It is also worth noting that carbon dioxide – contraty to carbon monoxide – is not toxic for the body. It only helps the body in increasing blood flow by sending red blood cells to “arrest” excess CO2 molecules and carry them to the lungs to be eliminated with subsequent exhalations. Since cellulite, local fat, scars, under-eye dark circles, wrinkles and striae distensae are partly due to bad blood circulation, subcutaneous administration of carbon dioxide is an absolutely natural treatment method.
Carboxytherapy can be safely applied on the scalp, the eyelids, the face, the neck, the stomach, the hips and the legs. In case of striae distensae the treatment with carbon dioxide has been proven to restore damaged collagen, as it is responsible for the characteristic atrophic linear lesions of the skin. With the reconstruction of the collagen matrix, the skin looks tighter and firmer and the lesions become less visible.
If the treatment is applied for cellulite, collagen reconstruction is achieved, while at the same time carbon dioxide contributes in the breakdown of adipose cells that are responsible for local fat and intensify the unsightly appearance of “orange peel”. The results are also astonishing in the treatment of under-eye dark circles, since a small dose of carbon dioxide under the eye helps micro-circulation at the atrea, enhances the network of capillaries, and replaces the black colour, giving a healthier pink tone, thus offering a more relaxed look.
The skin also looks fresher and more youthfull in the areas that carbon dioxide is applied, so that to erase thin expression lines, as well as deeper skin aging signs. Carboxytherapy can even be used for the treatment of hair loss. Subcutaneous administration of carbon dioxide injections cause vasodilation (i.e. opening of tiny blood vessels), which allows enhanced provision of nutrients to the scalp and thereby stabilises hair loss while hair growth is improved.
As far as the safety of this procedure is concerned, there is no known risk associated with the use of carboxytherapy. Just think that carbon dioxide injections are used for many years now and they are absolutely safe for the facilitation of endoscopic surgeries in the abdomen, while infusion is also possible into the bloodstream by interventional cardiologists in specific diagnostic and therapeutic methods.
An average treatment session lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and the patient feels only a slight pressure on the area of application. In general, four to twelve treatment sessions are necessary, depending on the nature and extent of the problem, while frequently some repeat sessions are also recommended every six months to establish the result. And anyway, you can’t achieve eternal youth overnight!

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