I have recently entered the topic of rejuvenating treatments and I am fascinated by the range of possibilities offered by modern technology. Until now, I did not know how many alternative solutions even exist. As a rule, it seemed to me that you can treat yourself only at most to rejuvenation with acids or Botox. None of these options totally suited me and it turned out that it doesn’t have to!
Did you know that there is such a thing as carboxytherapy? I learned about it completely by accident during the last cosmetics fair, which I went along with my friend who is a hairdresser and runs her own salon. I got lost somewhat among all the stands and ads … but that’s good, because I found the answer to my question, how to rejuvenate without botox and what is the best treatment for cellulite.
Carboxytherapy – what is it??
The name probably doesn’t tell you much. In the beginning, it did not ring a bell to me either. Let me clarify the subject. Carboxytherapy is simply a rejuvenating therapy using carbon dioxide.
You can encounter these types of treatments even in smaller beauty salons more and more often. My beautician told me that women approached this option reluctantly at first, but over time this way of getting rid of cellulite and making the skin more flexible has gained popularity. Today it is performed even several times per day. Recently, I experienced it myself as well. 🙂
Indications for carboxytherapy include:
- any type of cellulite,
- stretch marks,
- skin flaccidity,
- dark circles and bags under the eyes,
- hooded eyelids,
- excessive hair loss,
- as well as excess fat on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and arms.
Why did I decide to try out this therapy? First of all, by the troublesome water cellulite that I have been struggling with for several months. My skin lost its elasticity and I began to worry that this problem would get even worse in the future. Hence the decision to take such steps. I do not regret!
What is the treatment with carbon dioxide like?
Carboxytherapy is a bit similar to the needle mesotherapy (besides acid injection, which I wanted to avoid, too!). For the first time, this procedure was performed in the 1930s, when carbon dioxide was used to combat venous insufficiency. Today, it is most often used in aesthetic medicine.
The whole procedure consists of injecting carbon dioxide under the skin – of course, in strictly defined areas. After applying gas under the skin, it spreads in the tissues and dilates blood vessels. For this reason, it is not a procedure recommended for people with a tendency to broken capillaries, because it can aggravate this problem. You must be warned before you decide!
Is carboxytherapy painful? You might experience some kind of discomfort, as in the case of most beauty treatments, but I do not think it hurts at all. As the beautician injects carbon dioxide under the skin, you can feel the delicate tension of the skin, as if the gas was pushing under its surface. But it’s rather a delicate discomfort, not pain.
How does carbon dioxide work?
Before I decided to undergo the carboxytherapy therapy, its course and effects were briefly explained. Now, I would like to share this knowledge with you so that you can have a full picture of how carboxytherapy works before you decide on it. Here are the three most important effects:
- Carbon dioxide injected under the skin dilates blood vessels, as I have already written. As a result, the cells are better nourished and perfectly oxygenated, and all tissue regeneration processes take place faster. Apparently, it also activates some vascular growth factor VEGF, which results in new capillaries, improved microcirculation and reduced dark under-eye circles.
- The second this is … inflammation. Yes, you read well. Carbon dioxide causes inflammation, but so light that it has a positive effect on our body. Thanks to it, the natural process of collagen and elastin production is activated, i.e. two proteins responsible for the elasticity of the skin. That’s how carboxytherapy rejuvenates.
- And how does it affect the reduction of cellulite – the silent enemy of all women? The point is that fat cells are very sensitive to carbon dioxide. If we introduce it under the skin, it partially transforms into carbonic acid, which damages fat cells. The lipolysis process, i.e. the breakdown of fat, begins. Beautiful, right?
How long does the treatment take?
It might seem that if so much happens during one treatment, it probably lasts several hours. Nothing more wrong. The time of performing carboxytherapy depends on the part of the body we treat – in the case of wrinkles around the eyes it takes about 5 minutes, but removing the cellulite from the thighs or slimming the abdomen requires a 30-minute treatment. How much carboxytherapy lasts is depends on various factors so do not set yourself on a specific time.
The same applies to the number of the treatments you will have to be subjected to. After one injection of carbon dioxide, there is no chance of eliminating cellulite completely. I had to repeat this treatment 5 times – I had it in 5 series every week. This way I got rid of the problem in a few weeks, which is still a great result in my opinion. Fast and pain-free.