What is Carboxytherapy?
It is a nonsurgical procedure that utilizes the gas carbon dioxide (CO2) to treat a variety of cosmetic or clinical condition. Carbon dioxide is a gas that is present in trace amounts in the atmosphere. Its clinical properties were first discovered in France during the 1930s, where it was found to improve the condition of patients suffering from peripheral arterial occlusive disease(PAOD) in the Royal Spas. Eventually, medical professionals in South America (Brazil) and Europe caught wind of this miracle treatment. Since then, extensive studies have been done on utilizing CO2 to reverse aging and aiding the body in its healing process.
How does Carboxytherapy work?
In simple terms, the human cell naturally uses up oxygen and produce carbon dioxide as a byproduct from metabolism. Armed with this knowledge, doctors introduce carbon dioxide artificially to the human cells through cutaneous or subcutaneous injections to stimulate cell rejuvenation. When the cells are flooded with carbon dioxide, the body responds by increasing blood circulation to the area, causing a rapid exchange of oxygen-carbon dioxide on the red blood cells. This is due to the body’s natural way to keep everything balanced(homeostasis). In addition to increased circulation, the cells are also stimulated to produce collagen, which helps improve skin elasticity.
The patient may have a number of recurring visits depending on the nature of their problem. Cellulite problems may need monthly maintenance treatment. Patients may also take additional supplements such as vitamin C to aid the skin healing process.
A healthy diet and exercise is also good to help maintain the results after treatment.
What conditions are commonly treated by Carboxytherapy?
This therapy can be used for cosmetic reasons and also clinical cases. Below is a list of clinical conditions that can be treated with this therapy:
- peripheral arterial occlusive disease
- androgenetic alopecia (male or female pattern baldness)
- muscle pain or migraines
This therapeutic procedure is becoming increasingly popular for cosmetic reasons, mainly in reducing the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks on the stomach and buttocks area. Below is the list of cosmetic conditions that can be treated with this procedure:
- skin wrinkle reduction
- elimination of dark eye circles
- improving of sagging neckline
- reduce the appearance of scars especially hyper-tropic scars
- improving skin elasticity
- unsightly fat deposits
- unevenness from other invasive treatments such as liposuction
What are the benefits of Carboxytherapy?
Upon injection, the effects can be seen immediately. There will be a huge noticeable improvement in the skin.
This therapy is relatively pain-free; however an itching or pressure sensation may be felt on the affected area for a few minutes after injection. The injected area may also be tingly or warm after receiving the treatment for 24 hours.
There are no known side effects to this treatment although patients may experience bruising from the injection.
Why choose Integrative Medicine?
Treating patients as a whole (mind, body, and spirit) is the focal point of a particular branch of medicine called Integrative medicine. Both conventional and complementary medical practices are welcome in this new model of treating patients, although the medical practitioner would always opt for natural treatments that are non-invasive. By doing this, the patients are assured that they receive scientifically proven, safe treatments that speeds up their recovery. This model of healthcare also encourages a better partnership between health professionals and patients.