How does Carboxytherapy work?
As we age, especially if there has been yo-yo dieting, subcutaneous 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 naturally gets its oxygen through breathing, but factors like pollution reduce the levels. 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, acne, redness, irritation and age spots.
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, wrinkles and stretch marks, 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) and saggy jowls/necks are improved.
For fat reduction such as double chin, the gas at high volume is introduced deep into the fat which then breaks up the fat cell and stimulates new vessels and rejuvenation.
What areas and problems are treated with Carboxytherapy?
Traditionally, the eye area has been difficult to treat, but with the advent of Carboxytherapy, this area can now be improved.
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
On the face, Carboxytherapy improves
- Skin wrinkling
- Lip wrinkling
- Saggy jowls
- Crepey appearance of the skin on the neck (normally a very difficult area to treat)
- Double chin
- Fat or Flabby cheeks
Additional difficult to treat problems improved by Carboxytherapy include:
- Wrinkled décolleté
- Acne scar improvement