Carboxytherapy is a cosmetic treatment in which carbon dioxide is applied through fine needles in the subcutaneous layer of the skin to cause alterations in the tissues.

This infiltration secretes catecholamines, serotonin and histamine, neurotransmitters that relax the subcutaneous tissue and cause vascular dilatation. This produces oxygenation of the cells, improving circulation and reducing accumulated fat.

When the carbon dioxide comes into contact with the skin, part of it adheres to the fat and the rest is incorporated into the bloodstream, comes into contact with hemoglobin, generates oxygen and causes an increase in blood flow.

What is carboxytherapy used for?

Originally, carboxytherapy was designed to be used for people with circulatory problems. In the field of aesthetics, it produces results against cellulite, stretch marks, wrinkles, flaccidity and scars.

  • Localized fat: it produces the elimination of localized fat thanks to the stimulation of lipolysis due to the improvement of blood circulation.
  • Cellulite: increased blood circulation, increased oxygen and fat cell combustion occurs.
  • Stretch marks: by stimulating collagen production, on the one hand, it improves skin tension and, on the other hand, allows greater absorption of the active ingredients applied to the skin.
  • Flaccidity: improves the appearance of the skin, giving it greater tension by producing collagen fibers.

Carboxytherapy sessions

During the procedure, it is necessary to control the injection rhythm, speed and dosage. This is done with equipment designed for that purpose. Anesthesia is not necessary, as it is a minimally invasive treatment.

Carboxytherapy sessions don’t usually last more than 30 minutes, although it is necessary to perform several sessions during an established period of time depending on the needs of each person.

In principle, this technique has no adverse effects. It can only produce momentary redness around the injected area.

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At Sisneo Bioscience we are committed to publish truthful and contrasted information. And to update or correct it as soon as new knowledge becomes available.

Among others, we have used the following sources:

  • Carlos Dorado, Lázaro Cárdenas Camarena, Hiram González María Teresa Guerrero y Matías Sander. «Rol de la carboxiterapia en la mejora de calidad de piel antes de la ritidoplastia» Cirugía plástica Ibero-americana, volumen 46.
  • Najmeh Ahramiyanpour, Mohammad Shafie’ei, Nastaran Sarvipour, Rezvan Amiri, Zahra Akbari. «Carboxytherapy in dermatology: A systematic review» en Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology 2022 May;21(5):1874-1894.