by Bella Viságe

What is Carboxytherapy?

Carboxytherapy is a safe and minimally invasive procedure that is a clinically proven method to rejuvenate, restore, and recondition the skin. This unique procedure treats wrinkles and skin laxity, most effectively around the eye with regards to crepey skin and saggy eyelids.  This treatment involves the injection of tiny amounts of carbon dioxide gas (CO2) beneath the skin to stimulate collagen production and increase oxygen supply, as well as blood flow. The treatment has no downtime and a single session lasts fifteen minutes.  Both men and women can benefit from carboxytherapy.  Bella Viságe is the only medical spa in Central Florida to offer this amazing treatment!

How does Carboxytherapy work?

As we age, capillaries become dormant with decreasing cells of oxygen; this combined with environmental stresses and other variables, inhibits the ability of cells to regenerate and function properly and the skin slowly loses its elasticity and collagen.

By the age 30, oxygen levels in your skin drop by 25% and 50% by age 40. The body will first utilize oxygen in the major organs and lastly, go to the skin. When the skin doesn’t get enough oxygen it becomes more prone to aging, dryness and laxity.

Carboxytherapy infuses CO2 just beneath the skin’s surface; the body interprets this as an oxygen deficit and responds by increasing blood flow and growth factors such as VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) which encourages production of new blood vessels. This provides a surge of oxygen and nutrients to the treated area and improves circulation, resulting in cell restoration. Increased oxygen concentration also improves the water retention or edema in the area.

For a dermal effect which reduces fine lines and wrinkles, this increased blood flow stimulates collagen, which will soften fine wrinkles and decreases dark circles under the eye. A few months later dermal remodeling occurs with collagen contraction, leading to a tightening effect. Brow ptosis (droopy eyelids) are improved.

How can Carboxytherapy help around the eyes?

Carboxytherapy around the eyes improves:

  • Dark circles by increasing the oxygenation of this poorly perfused area.
  • Eye bags are reduced by skin tightening and modest fat reduction.
  • Crows feet around the eye area are reduced due to collagen stimulation.
  • Hooded eyes are modestly lifted by tightening the upper lids with strategically placed Carboxy injections.
  • Skin texture around the eye area improves due to collagen stimulation.

How many treatments are necessary?

Typically 3 treatments are performed 1-2 weeks apart.  After this, before and after photos are compared to analyze the improvements in skin tightening.  Most clients opt to proceed with more treatments, as the more treatments are performed, the better the results become (as seen in the above actual client photos).  It is difficult to say how many treatments are needed overall, as every person is different with varying stages of aging.  The most dramatic changes are seen 2 to 6 months after treatment, when the effects of collagen stimulation and remodeling become evident.  This is why we are very diligent in taking and sharing photos with all of our clients.

Is Carboxytherapy safe?

At Bella Viságe, our Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner Jeanna Parker performs the procedure and the initial consultation to discuss the process of carboxytherapy.  Because carbon dioxide is a non-embolic gas (meaning it cannot cause an air embolism), it is very safe when performed with the correct protocols and a pre-treatment consultation.  Carbon dioxide is a natural byproduct of the body and is not toxic, even in elevated doses.  After the treatment, the gas is absorbed into the tissues within 5 minutes and the area treated returns to normal.  There may be post-procedure edema and redness for several minutes to one day.

Can all skin types be safely treated with Carboxytherapy?

Carboxytherapy safely treats all skin types without significant pain or downtime.