Carboxytherapy

An update on an original spa therapy for tighter, more glowing skin

Building on the bedrock of an almost century-old French spa therapy, the all-natural process of Carboxytherapy continues to propel the promotion of beautifully glowing skin – diminishing fat, stretch marks, dark under-eye circles and cellulite.

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Dr Sarah Tonks says...

“Carboxytherapy is a kind of weird and wonderful therapeutic art that’s been around since the early 20th century but remains an effective natural treatment.”

What is it and how does it work?

Anchored in a procedure pioneered in France’s most prestigious spas as early as the 1930s, the ultra-versatile process of Carboxytherapy, also known as carbon dioxide therapy, involves dispensing medical-grade infusions of the gas (which occurs naturally in the body) into the skin via a slim tube. In response, the body floods oxygenated nutrient-rich blood to the treatment area, stimulating new collagen growth and assisting the removal of toxins. The result is a tighter, brighter, healthier-looking complexion with zero chemical infusions.

Which body parts is it designed for?

While it was originally used for people with diabetes who tend to suffer from poor circulation and therefore insufficient tissue oxygenation, its primary contemporary purpose is a more general rejuvenation.

The treatment is applicable almost anywhere, but it has particular value for the eyes (dark circles or thin, crepey skin), arms and legs (sagging skin, cellulite), the buttocks and stomach (it can add tautness and reduce fat).

Who is it primarily good for?

A wholly natural treatment using the body’s own natural processes of bio-stimulation, Carboxytherapy is ideal for anyone who would prefer to avoid surgery or synthetic infusions. Similarly natural treatments include PRP and Mesotherapy.

While it’s suitable for anyone, it’s especially ideal for people who have experienced fluctuations in their weight, dark circles under the eyes, suffer from cellulite or stretch marks and/or who have had children, or who are looking for smoother, more refined, and tightened skin.

How long will it last for and what’s the downtime?

The results of Carboxytherapy generally last for around three to six months before repeat visits are required. For best results, TLC’s expert medical team recommend 10 sessions at a frequency of two to three times per week.

Carboxytherapy requires extremely minimal downtime; the gas dispensed into the skin is absorbed within approximately 30 minutes, and there can be some residual swelling for a few hours afterwards.

Please note that all treatment responses and recovery times are dependent on the individual patient.

What other treatments does it work well with?

What else should I know?

Because it’s a natural therapy, for those seeking faster and/or more intensive results, TLC recommends also exploring INTRAcel ®, ULTRAcel Q+ ® and Injectable Moisturisers described above.
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FIRST USED IN FRANCE’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS SPAS IN THE 1930S, AS A WHOLLY NATURAL TREATMENT USING THE BODY’S OWN NATURAL PROCESSES OF BIO-STIMULATION, CARBOXYTHERAPY IS IDEAL FOR ANYONE WHO PREFERS TO AVOID SURGERY OR SYNTHETIC INFUSIONS.

FAQS

Here are a few final things that you might like to know before taking things forward. If you have any other questions we haven’t thought of yet, no problem! Please email us at hello@thelovelyclinic.co.uk and one of the team will get back to you as quickly as they possibly can.

Does it hurt?

You can expect a little discomfort in the area being treated for approximately 90 seconds once the gas has been introduced, and possibly an itching sensation on stretch marks as these become distended during the procedure. These are entirely normal sensations which subside quickly. C02 has a mild analgesic (pain-relieving) effect, so as more gas is introduced the process becomes more comfortable.

When does it start to work?

You’ll see a small yet satisfying improvement after each treatment, with the final effects visible after the full course has been completed.

What can go wrong?

Carboxytherapy, as a very natural process, is virtually risk free. Adverse effects are therefore rare, but can happen, such as more prolonged swelling than usual.