arboxytherapy is a non-surgical cosmetic medicine treatment. Carboxytherapy employs injections or transdermal application to infuse gaseous carbon dioxide below the skin into the subcutaneous tissue through a needle or skin. It claims to kill fat cells, stimulate blood flow, improve the skin’s elasticity and reduce the appearance of cellulite although it has not been clinically tested nor approved by the FDA. It has also become a popular treatment for stretch marks.
Carboxytherapy, also referred to as carbon dioxide therapy or CDT is the therapeutic and medical use of carbon dioxide. The most common aesthetic indications for treatment with carboxytherapy are for cellulite and localized fat deposits, stretch marks, acne scars, skin laxity, dark undereye circles, minor skin tightening of the neck and decollete, veins and weight reduction. It is also a great complement to liposuction.
Carboxytherapy uses a series of small injections with a thin need attached to a tube which delivers tiny quantities of medical grade carbon dioxide below the skin’s surface in a controlled flow and dose via a specially designed machine.
How is carboxytherapy performed?
The specifics of the procedure will vary based on the part of the body being treated. The mechanics of the procedure, however, are mostly the same. A tank of carbon dioxide gas is connected to a flow-regulator with plastic tubing. The physician will carefully regulate how much gas flows from the tank. The gas is emitted through the flow-regulator and into sterile tubing that has a filter at the end. The filter picks up any impurities before they reach the body. The gas then runs through a very small needle on the opposite side of the filter.
The physician injects the gas beneath the skin through the needle. The procedure is almost entirely painless. Some physicians rub numbing cream on the injection site before inserting the needle. Despite the lack of pain, some people report feeling a strange sensation briefly afterward.
Carboxytherapy is an outpatient procedure, and it usually only takes about 15 to 30 minutes to complete.
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