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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. a glance

Treatment time:

15–30 minutes

Number of treatments:

Ten sessions, two to three times per week.


Glowing and more taut skin + diminished fat, cellulite, stretch marks, and dark under-eye circles. It can also aid hair regrowth.


30 minutes


“This is a great, highly innovative and effective catch-all treatment, as relevant for people wanting to simply freshen up their skin as those looking to redress full acne scarring or stretch marks.”


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.

“This is a great, highly innovative and effective catch-all treatment, as relevant for people wanting to simply freshen up their skin as those looking to redress full acne scarring or stretch marks.”

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 & legs (sagging skin, cellulite), the buttocks and stomach (it can add tautness and reduce fat).

Who it is primarily good for?

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 it works well with?

Another of TLC’s ultra-natural treatments requiring minimal downtime, this procedure can be successfully partnered with any of our other therapies.

For skin tightening, brightening and overall revitalisation we recommend also exploring INTRAcel, ULTRAcel and Injectable Moisturisers, including Nucleofill Soft Eyes (designed specifically for the delicate eye area).

For those seeking a similarly natural treatment, look to Mesotherapy – micro-injections of vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, hyaluronic and amino acids (among other active ingredients) that deliver a fabulous derma-boost.

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 and Injectable Moisturisers described above.

Dr. Sarah Tonks

“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.”

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.

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

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.


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