Carboxytherapy treatment is based on intradermal or subcutaneous injection of carbon dioxide (CO2). The provider precisely injects controlled doses of CO2 to the affected body site. CO2 injection is interpreted by the body as hypoxia, which causes a specific, positive immune response of the body. The body’s response include cell renewal, improvement of microcirculation, increase in blood flow, activation of tissue oxygenation processes and nutrients, and increase in natural growth factors.

Carbon dioxide has no harmful effects on the human body, it is produced by our cells as a result of cellular respiration and excreted entirely by our lungs in a natural way. Reconstruction of the skin starts from the first treatment, newly formed collagen fibers result in the skin becoming smoothed and elasticized. The final effect is visible after about 4 – 5 weeks from completed series. Frequency depends on the area of treatment, skin condition, and general health of the patient and are best at intervals of 10 – 14 days (series). The treatment can range from 15 to 45 minutes depending on the area being treated.

General Indications

  • Localized fat and Cellulite
  • Dark Under-Eye Circle
  • Acne and Surgical scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Skin rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction

General Contraindications

  • Needle phobia
  • Stress with a history of vagal unconsciousness event
  • Severe heart failure, congestive heart disease
  • Recent heart attacks and unstable angina pectoris
  • Restrictive pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive lung disease
  • Renal failure, dialysis
  • Recent cerebrovascular accident
  • Uncontrolled blood pressure
  • Immunosuppression or deficiency
  • Patients with impaired healing
  • Connective tissue disorders or diseases
  • Bleeding disease: Willebrand’s disorder, hemophilia
  • Bacterial infection: dermatitis, cellulitis
  • Herpes simplex in acute phase and other acute skin viral infections
  • Skin disease with abnormally increases local circulation
  • Pregnancy and Lactation
  • Anticoagulation, recent aspirin or anti-inflammatory drug intake
  • Other aesthetic procedure or skin traumatism less than 15 days prior treatment

Pre-Treatment Instructions

  • Do NOT consume alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours prior to treatment (alcohol may thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising)
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory/blood thinning medications, if possible for a period of 2 weeks before treatment. Medications and supplements such as aspirin, vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, St. John’s Wort, Omega 3/Fish Oil supplements, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve and other NSAIDS have a blood thinning effect and can increase the risk of bruising and swelling after injections.
  • Discontinue Retin-A 2 days before and 2 days after treatment.
  • Reschedule your appointment at least 24 hours in advance if you have a rash, cold sore or blemish on the area.
  • If you have a history of cold sores please let your provider know, they may put you on an anti-viral medication prior to treatment.
  • Be sure to have a good breakfast, including food and drink before your procedure. This will decrease the chances of lightheadedness during your treatment.
  • You are not a candidate if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What to Expect

  • Pain at the application site due to increased pressure and a feeling of spreading.
  • Redness and swelling at the application site.
  • Temporary numbness below the injection site.
  • Feeling of heat, burning, tingling, and itching.

Possible Complications After Treatment

May include but are not limited to:

  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • A hematoma/bruise

Post-Treatment Instructions

  • Avoid significant movement or massage of the treated area. Unless instructed by the provider.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours.
  • Avoid extensive sun or heat for 72 hours.
  • Avoid consuming excess amounts of alcohol or salts to avoid excess swelling.
  • If you have swelling you may apply a cool compress for 15 minutes each hour.
  • Use Tylenol for discomfort.
  • Try to sleep face up and slightly elevated if you experience swelling.
  • Take Arnica to help the bruising and swelling, start at least 2 days prior to injections.

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To schedule a consultation, please contact or call Broward ENT & Aesthetics in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at (954) 368-3348.

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