Carboxytherapy is the new, simple and proven technique that can dramatically improve the appearance of CELLULITE by improving local tissue metabolism and perfusion. Treatments are rapid, comfortable and effective for a high percentage of patients.
It is a non surgical method. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is infiltrated into the subcutaneous tissue through a tiny 30G needle (0.3 mm in diameter). From the injection point, the carbon dioxide diffuses easily into adjacent tissues.
Though Carboxytherapy has become very popular over recent years, the use of CO2 for therapeutic and medical use is not new. It has been used in France since the thirties and there are published works of its efficacy from France, Italy and other centres in Europe.
Carboxytherapy works in two complimentary ways. Firstly, and quite simply carbon dioxide mechanically kills fat cells. Secondary, it also has a strong vasodilatory effect (causes dilation of blood vessels) on the capillaries in the area. Wider vessels mean bigger and stronger blood flow to the area which means more oxygen. The increase in oxygen is important because it eliminates the built up fluid from between the cells. The end result is fewer fat cells and firmer subcutaneous tissue.
Is it painful?
No. Some patients can experience a light tingling sensation near the injection site. It disappears within a matter of seconds. As a result of the increased circulation, the area surrounding the injection site may feel warmer for 10 to 20 minutes.
How many sessions are necessary?
Between 15 sand 20 sessions are necessary to eliminate cellulite. Ideally they should be carried out every other day, although sometimes two or even one session per week will be enough. This will depend on the extent of your cellulite. Each session lasts between 10 to 15 minutes.
How long before i see improvement?
After the 5th session you will see that your skin looks noticeably healthier. Around the 8-10 session mark, you will appreciate that your subcutaneous tissue is firmer. Before the treatment program ends you will have firmer, cellulite free skin.
How long do the benefits last?
This depends entirely on you. If you choose to follow a healthy diet complemented by regular exercise, the cellulite can stay away for years. If you tend to succumb to culinary temptations and never quite find the time for that 10km run, the cellulite will return much quicker. On average, it` ll be 5 to 6 months before you see it starting to creep back in. It` s best to nip it in the bud at this stage. If you are vigilant 3 to 5 sessions will get you back to smooth firm skin.
Isn’t carbon dioxide toxic?
No. Carbon dioxide is naturally produced by the cells in our bodies every day of our life. It is a by product of metabolism. It is transported in the blood and exhaled through the lungs.
Until 1983, 402.000 patients had been treated in Royat. Only in 1994, 20.000 patients were treated. This number of patients, not only verifies the efficiency of the method but also its safety.