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Carboxytherapy involves applying subcutaneous carbon dioxide (CO2) for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes.

The therapeutic effects are due to the CO2 has a powerful vasodilator effect at the level of the microcirculation of arterioles and capillaries with increased speed and micro circulatory movement , increasing the partial pressure of oxygen in the surrounding tissues , which favors its normal operation. This increase will produce the stimulation of beta- adrenergic receptors, the phenomena of increasing lipolysis in adipose tissue, thereby favoring fat destruction.

The injection of CO2 in these tissues will restore the morphology and functionality of microcirculation (which is the basis of this disease), increasing the quantity and velocity of blood flow, reducing the accumulation of fluid and toxins from the cell, activating lipolysis and reducing fibrosis.

Carboxytherapy is indicated in all processes in which the microcirculation is compromised.

We can mention some more conditions, among others:

Aesthetic Medicine
  • Panniculopathy Fibrosclerotic (cellulitis) .
  • Enables in treatment of localized fat deposits.
  • Preparing pre lipo-sculpture.
  • Post liposuction treatment.
  • Pre and post treatment skin grafts.
  • Sagging.
  • Stretched body areas.

Not recommended in the following cases:

  • Acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina.
  • Acute thrombophlebitis.
  • Localized infections.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Renal and respiratory failure.

How is it applied?

The technique is simple , involves the application of CO2 micro-injections in desired tissue to be treated, using equipment specially designed for this purpose and is able to regulate the output of gas at a very low pressure, gaging the flow, quantity and timing of the injection.

From the point of introduction, the gas easily diffuses into the underlying tissues to exert its therapeutic action, enhancing the intracellular and cell nutrition exchange within these tissues.

Side effects

  • You may feel a slight and transient burning pain, bloating from the gas in the injection which disappears in seconds and usually is less intense as the sessions progress.
  • You may see a redness in tissue due to the vasodilator and oxygenating effect, with a heat sensation which disappears in about 10 or 15 minutes.
  • There may be some small hematoma following the injection.

After application, patients do not need to worry about any hassles or restrictions, just a feeling of heaviness in the legs that fades away after two hours.

How many sessions are required?

Depending on the case study, it is an average of 15 to 20 sessions of about 15 minutes each. Each session may be carried out 1 to 3 times per week.

Starting after the fifth session, the patient can begin to appreciate the skin’s complexion being smoother, fuller of life and shinier. As the sessions progress, depressed skin softens.

Carboxytherapy can be combined with other treatments such as sub dermal therapy, vibrational therapy, radiofrequency, cavitation and vacuum therapy.


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