Carbon dioxide (CO2) therapy, also known as carboxytherapy, is a treatment for dark circles around the eyes, double chin and tightening the skin around the neck. The administration of medical CO2 for therapeutic purposes is a technique that originated in France in 1932. The treatment was carried out through the skin by heated carbonated water baths or the application of water-saturated CO2 directly to patients’ skin. The FDA approved carboxytherapy by infusing CO2 directly under the skin. Succeeding studies described carboxytherapy treatment’s effectiveness to reduce under-eye circles by increasing blood flow to the eyelid. It also aids with collagen repair and the destruction of fatty deposits. Therefore, do we at Aesthetica Skin Centre, treat fatty deposits that cause double-chin, and we also tighten the skin around the neck successfully with carboxytherapy.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Carboxytherapy can be used to treat the eyes, face, neck, arms, stomach, buttocks, and legs.
In addition to increasing oxygenated blood-flow to the region injected, carboxytherapy also increases collagen formation in the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance. Dark circles under the eyes are usually caused by poor circulation, which creates vascular pooling. Injecting the gas under the eyelid reduces this bluish pooling and replaces it with a pink tone. Alopecia (hair loss) caused by poor circulation can also be treated with carboxytherapy. People who undergo carboxytherapy find an improvement in circulation, skin elasticity and fine lines.
One major cause of dark under-eye circles is vascular pooling. The capillary network of the lower eyelids can become congested for a variety of reasons. Typically, the tears drain from the eyelids into the nose. Still, if there is some obstruction due to chronic nasal congestion from seasonal allergies, previous nasal fracture, or a deviated septum, the drainage doesn’t function well, and the blood flow to the lower eyelids becomes sluggish, giving rise to the boggy blue tinge known casually as “allergic shiners.” The lack of appropriate oxygenation to the lower eyelid skin allows the bluish cast to show through the thin skin of the eyelids. Carboxytherapy works to improve the lower eyelids’ capillary network and increase the dermal collagen layer in the softer eyelid skin. By injecting a small amount of carbon dioxide gas into the affected areas, blood flow increases and improves capillary networks giving a circulatory benefit. As a result, the bluish cast is replaced with a healthy pink tone. Once a series of treatments is completed, the skin has a more luminous appearance that lasts approximately six months.
There is a tank of carbon dioxide gas that is connected by plastic tubing to a flow-regulator. The flow-regulator slows down the speed of the gas according to the rate selected by the aesthetic professional. The gas emerges from the flow-regulator into sterile tubing with a filter connected at the exit to remove any trace impurities before the gas is run through a tiny needle attached to the opposite side of the filter. The pure gas is now ready to be injected beneath the skin via a small needle.
When treating the eyelids, the lower eyelids will feel puffy, but that will subside once the gas is absorbed over the next five to ten minutes. The treated areas will feel warm and tingly for up to 24 hours after the treatment as the circulation to the site is improved.
This depends upon the severity of the problem being treated. Usually, six to twelve treatments spaced one week apart yields an excellent result. However, we do recommend that carboxytherapy remain a monthly beauty routine.
The only real possible side effect of carboxytherapy is the potential for a bruise at the injection site. Usually, the eyelids can be treated without leaving any marks, making it a truly “no-downtime” procedure.
There are no known risks associated with carboxytherapy. Carbon dioxide injections have been safely used for years to facilitate endoscopic surgeries of the abdomen. Carbon dioxide is also injected directly into the bloodstream by invasive cardiologists for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring gas in the body.
The average carboxytherapy treatment takes approximately fifteen minutes to complete. It is a quick outpatient procedure.