Carboxytherapy refers to the cutaneous and subcutaneous administration of carbon dioxide gas (CO2) for therapeutic purposes. This is an FDA-approved procedure that is quick, comfortable, and highly effective and has relatively no down time. Carboxytherapy has now become a good anti-aging treatment for cellulite of all grades, wrinkle reduction, and also stretch marks. Dr. Youssef recommends carboxytherapy as an alternative to liposuction for people who are not willing to go through anesthesia and surgical operations. The procedure was widely used to treat ischemic vascular diseases because of the vasodilation properties of CO2.
Carboxytherapy can be used to treat the eyelids, face, neck, arms, stomach, buttocks, and legs. Carboxytherapy is used to treat several conditions, including acne scars and skin laxity, skin ulcers, erection problems due to vascular disorders, wrinkles, stretch marks, and cellulite. The number of sessions is dependent upon each individual condition being treated. For cellulite, six to 10 sessions are usually necessary, whereas for stretch marks four to six sessions are required. 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.
There have been no side effects associated with carboxytherapy.