Carboxytherapy, also known as carbon dioxide therapy or CDT is becoming more widely used within the UK. It is most commonly used to address localised fat, cellulite and stretch marks (striae), acne scars, skin laxity and wrinkles.
All of our cells require energy. In order to get energy, our cells take in oxygen and produce carbon dioxide as a waste product.
Carboxytherapy works by tricking the body. By injecting a small amount of carbon dioxide gas into the target area, oxygen-laden red blood cells will then rush to the area to pick up the new ‘waste’ carbon dioxide. The body will then naturally eliminate this carbon dioxide via the lungs over time. By increasing the amount of oxygen, the cells will become more active and thus speed up any healing or new cell production required to rejuvenate the area.
Treatments are generally performed on the face, neck, arms, abdomen and legs. Carboxytherapy is applied using a variable number of little punctures with a thin needle attached to a tube which delivers small amounts of carbon dioxide under the surface of the skin.
Sometimes it might be possible to observe the gas as it travels under the skin as little swellings. In the case of treating cellulite, the carbon dioxide is delivered deeper into the subcutaneous layer of the skin.
The most common aesthetic indications for treatment are:
- cellulite and localised fat reduction
- stretch marks (striae),
- acne scars,
- skin laxity and wrinkle reduction.
Treatment is generally said to be fairly painless, although some people may feel a minor discomfort or an itchy feeling as the gas is delivered to the tissues, sometimes described as a ‘crackling’ sensation, depending on the area treated. Most of our clients usually return to work and normal activities close after treatment.
Some side effects consist of minor swelling, redness (caused by the vasodilation), bruising and discomfort at the site of injection lasting from 1 – 5 days, depending on the area treated. In the case of cellulite treatment, a warm sensation in the region may persist for up to 24 hours.
The risk of any scarring is very rare with this procedure.
In the first couple of hours after carboxytherapy, bathing or swimming should be avoided.
Carboxytherapy treatment is available from £80.