Carboxitherapy is the subcutaneous administration of carbon dioxide (CO2) for therapeutic purposes. It is a therapy known since 1930 when a group of cardiologists in France began to use it to treat different diseases related to poor blood circulation. Dark under-eye circles, cellulite, scars and stretch marks have all been shown to have root cause in poor blood circulation.

Carboxitherapy is a safe, in-office procedure that has minimal to no downtime and provides visible results. A trick to increase blood circulation to the area is given by injecting small amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) just below the surface of the skin. The therapeutic effects are due to the potent vasodilator effect CO2 has in micro circulation (arterioles and capillaries).

It is well known today that cellulite is actually due to a local micro circulatory insufficiency: if a correct drainage of adipocytes or fat cells wastes and impurities is not present, an initial accumulation of toxins in liquid form starts, and eventually it will acquire a thicker consistency (gel). The accumulation of this gelatinous substance causes irritation of fibroblasts; these produce high amounts of collagen, resulting in formation of scar bridges that strangle blood vessels obstructing the circulation and metabolism of tissues, and generating a vicious circle resulting in the dreaded “orange peel skin”.

The injection of CO2 into these tissues restores the morphology and function of micro-circulation (which is the basis of disease), increasing the quantity and speed of blood flow, decreasing accumulation of liquid and toxins from cells, activating the process of lipolysis and diminishing fibrosis.

Carboxitherapy Indications

Carboxitherapy is indicated in all processes in which micro-circulation is involved, for example:

  • Cellulite
  • Preparation pre liposculpture
  • Treatment post liposculpture
  • Pre and post treatment of skin grafts
  • Saggy skin
  • Stretch marks

Carboxitherapy Contraindications

  • Acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina.
  • Thrombophlebitis
  • Localized infections
  • Epilepsy
  • Pregnancy
  • Renal and respiratory insufficiency.

Carboxitherapy may be combined with other treatments such as ultrasound, Thermolipolysis, vibration therapy, Ultracavitation, RF, etc in order to achieve best results.


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