Carboxytherapy – Hyperoxygenate your face for a healthier appearance.
Carboxytherapy is the injection of medical Carbon Dioxide gas just beneath the skin surface. Carbon Dioxide is the bubbles in CocaCola. It is a simple, quick and easy procedure that has no downtime, complications or contraindications. We use carboxytherapy mainly for the treatment of facial, neck and décolletage rejuvenation. It is great for treating dark eye circles and can even help eye bags, firm cheekbones and improve jowls. It improves the health and vitality of our cells, which produces a healthier complexion with less sag. It does this by greatly increasing the oxygenation of our aging tissues. Carboxytherapy is especially beneficial as we get older and in those who have smoked.
How does it work? All cells in your body, including heart cells, brain cells and skin cells convert oxygen that you breathe in into carbon dioxide that you breathe out. When your body detects areas that have high levels of carbon dioxide, for example in your muscles when you are running, it sends more blood into that area. When the blood cells detect carbon dioxide, they’ pick up’ the carbon dioxide and ‘drop off’ oxygen in its place. They then carry the carbon dioxide to the lungs so that you can breathe it out and breathe in more oxygen. By injecting large amounts of carbon dioxide into an area we are tricking our skin into increasing the blood circulation and oxygenation into that area. Dark eye circles, cellulite & stretch marks have all been shown to involve poor blood circulation and tissue oxygenation.
Carboxytherapy for dark eye circles? Carboxytherapy can dramatically improve the appearance of dark under-eye circles. Although sometimes caused by darkened pigment, or a hollow depression below the lower eyelids, the majority of dark under-eye circles are caused by poor circulation beneath the lower eyelids. By injecting a small amount of carbon dioxide gas just beneath the skin of the lower eyelid, circulation is increased and dark under-eye circles are markedly improved. The treatment takes only a few minutes, and is easily tolerated and risk-free. A series of 2-4 treatments spaced one month apart is all that is required to achieve a great result.
What causes dark eye circles? Dark under eye circles are difficult to conceal with makeup, and often make you appear tired, even when you’re fully rested. Dark circles are typically caused by one of three factors, either alone or in combination. The first possibility is that there is deposition of pigment into the skin of the lower eyelid. This pigment deposition is commonly due to where the skin of the lower eyelids has been perpetually irritated, usually from chronic tearing due to allergies or dry eye. Skin pigmentation is the easiest cause of dark under eye circles to treat because it responds well to a combination of carboxytherapy and home bleaching regimens. We do not use hydroquinones, on delicate eyelid skin because in some individuals this can worsen pigmentation. We prefer Neostrata Fading Gel which helps to reduce the hyperpigmentation. This gives our patients a safe and gentle treatment product that they can use at home while the carboxytherapy sessions are performed monthly. The second cause of dark under eye circles is vascular pooling. The capillary network of the lower eyelids can become congested for a variety of reasons. Normally, the tears drain from the eyelids into the nose, but if there is some obstruction due to chronic nasal congestion from seasonal allergies or a nasal fracture, the drainage doesn’t function well, and the blood flow to the lower eyelids becomes sluggish, giving rise to the boggy blue tinge. 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 capillary network of the lower eyelids, as well as to increase the dermal collagen layer in the lower eyelid skin. By injecting a small amount of carbon dioxide gas into the affected areas, blood flow is increased and improved capillary networks are formed for longer lasting circulatory benefit. The bluish cast is replaced with a healthy pink tone. The third major cause of dark under eye circles is a depression beneath the lower eyelids called a tear trough deformity. Tear trough deformity is commonly inherited, but it can also develop over time due to the normal loss of bone in the lower orbital rim, which is the top of the cheekbone area. In the event that a tear trough deformity exists, a temporary filling agent such as Esthelis or Juvederm can be placed in the valley to plump up the depression, which improves the appearance of the dark circles. This usually lasts approximately 6 months to one year.
How does carboxytherapy work for stretchmarks, cellulite and fat reduction? Stretchmarks occur when the skin is stretched to the point where the dermal collagen ruptures. Carboxytherapy causes the formation of new collagen which thickens the skin and rebuilds the collagen matrix. When injected via a specific technique, carbon dioxide gas is directly toxic to fat cells. The fat cells literally burst and are eliminated by the body.
What does carboxytherapy feel like? Carboxytherapy stings a little for a second or so as the gas travels into the tissues. It is easily tolerated. Because of differences in the techniques used to treat the eyelids, stretch-marks, scars, and fat deposits, the sensation is slightly different depending upon what is actually being treated. When treating the eyelids, they will feel puffy until the gas is absorbed over the next minute or so. The treatment of stretch-marks and scars is relatively painless. Some pressure from the gas may be felt as the stretch-marks are distended, and they can feel a bit itchy, but again this subsides in a few minutes once the gas is absorbed by the body. Scars generally feel no pain because there are no nerves in scar tissue. The treatment of cellulite and fatty deposits on the arms, abdomen, and legs has a unique sensation of its own. This is because a larger amount of the gas is injected directly into the offending fat deposits and allowed to expand. While the gas is expanding, you may feel some pressure in the area being treated that feels similar to when the arm is squeezed by a blood pressure cuff. The areas will feel warm and tingly for up to 24 hours after the treatment as the circulation to the area is improved.
Are there any side effects associated with carboxytherapy? The only real possible side effect of carboxytherapy is the rare 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 injection has been safely used for years to facilitate endoscopic surgeries of the abdomen. Carbon dioxide is also being injected directly into the bloodstream by invasive cardiologists for certain diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
How much does carboxytherapy cost? Facial rejuvenation including, neck and décolletage- $150. Stretch marks and Cellulite- $150 to $250 depending upon area treated.
How do I schedule an appointment for carboxytherapy? Simply phone 0405 205 794 to arrange your appointment.