Carboxytherapy refers to the cutaneous and subcutaneous administration of carbon dioxide gas [CO2] for therapeutic purposes. Carboxytherapy is the introduction of carbon dioxide gas, an odorless, completely natural substance found in our bodies and our environment. Carboxytherapy is used as a treatment in aesthetic procedures, cellulite, obesity, before and after liposuction treatments or skin grafts, sports medicine and ulcers. Dr. Kulick offers his patients with Carboxytherapy in his clinic in NYC.
Carboxytherapy originated at the Royal Spas of France in 1932 with the treatment of patients afflicted by peripheral arterial occlusive disease. In South America and Europe, carbon dioxide therapy has been applied to the treatment of stretch marks, cellulite, and hypertrophic scars with impressive results. Studies have demonstrated that carboxytherapy improves skin elasticity, improves circulation, encourages collagen repair, improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and destroys localized fatty deposits
Carboxytherapy – The Mechanics
Carbon dioxide is present in our bodies at all times. it also happens to be the signal for poor blood circulation in the body. When the blood cells are exposed to high concentrations of carbon dioxide, they flip their conformation, release the oxygen molecules, and pick up the carbon dioxide so that we can exhale it from our lungs. In a sense, by injecting small amounts of carbon dioxide gas just below the surface of the skin, we are tricking it into increasing the blood circulation to that area.
In the body a sudden increase in carbon dioxide cause a reflexive surge of blood into the area .
This surge in blood flow, turns on fibroblasts to repair the perceived injury and lay down new collagen, thus increasing the density and “thickness of the skin.
Dark circles are the result of venous pooling behind the eye .As we age our skin becomes thinner , revealing the pool of blood that was always present. Carboxytherapy by increasing the density of the skin obscures the “dark circles”, and as an added benefit , reduces fine wrinkles. It is also used in Europe to increase blood flow in cases of poor circulation, acne scars stretch marks and localized fat.
Reduction of fine wrinkles and diminishment of dark circles
No adverse effects have been reported.