Carboxytherapy Stretchmarks and Cellulite Services
Carbon Dioxide Therapy [Carboxytherapy] refers to the administration of minute amounts of Carbon Dioxide gas just beneath the skin surface. It is a relatively painless, in office procedure that is completed in 5 minutes with no residual downtime. Dr. Zdinak uses carboxytherapy for the treatment of dark under-eye circles, cellulite, and stretch marks.
HOW DOES CARBOXYTHERAPY WORK?
Carbon dioxide is a natural constituent of our very being. We breathe in oxygen, and we exhale carbon dioxide. Plants take up the carbon dioxide, and in turn give us the oxygen that we need (hence, the common claim that plants like it when you talk to them). Carbon Dioxide also happens to be the signal for poor blood circulation in the body. All cells in the body, regardless of their job (heart cells, brain cells, skin cells) release as their waste product carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is the “cost of doing business” of any cell in our bodies. So, we breathe in oxygen to our lungs, the red blood cells pick up the oxygen in our lungs and carry it to our tissues until they encounter an area that has been working hard and has an excess of carbon dioxide. When the blood cells are exposed to high concentrations of carbon dioxide, they flip their conformation, release the oxygen molecules, and pick up the carbon dioxide so that we can exhale it from our lungs. In a sense, by injecting small amounts of carbon dioxide gas just below the surface of the skin, we are tricking it into increasing the blood circulation to that area. Dark under-eye circles, cellulite, and stretch marks have all been shown to have some root cause in poor blood circulation.
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CARBOXYTHERAPY FOR CELLULITE AND SUBCUTANEOUS FAT REDUCTION
Women have tried everything to get rid of the lumpy, bumpy, “saddlebags” that plague upwards of 90% of the female population. Dieting, exercising, wrapping the legs in saran wrap, loofahs, creams, endermologie, liposuction, none of these can cure cellulite. Two therapies that have shown promise in eliminating this difficult problem are carboxytherapy and mesotherapy. Mesotherapy involves multiple tiny injections of fat dissolving substances and vitamins into the middle dermis of the skin where the fat cells reside. An excellent resource on cellulite and mesotherapy is “The Cellulite Cure” by Dr. Lionel Bissoon. Dr. Zdinak believes in mesotherapy, but she does not perform this procedure. Dr. Zdinak uses carboxytherapy to treat cellulite because it does not involve the injection of foreign substances into the skin. Carboxytherapy has been shown to destroy these subdermal fat cells, without harming the surrounding skin structures. She has successfully used carboxytherapy to shrink “double chins,” to lessen the dreaded “back fat” that bulges along the bra-line, to treat fatty upper arms, and to treat cellulite on the legs.
CARBOXYTHERAPY FOR STRETCH MARKS AND SCARS
To date, stretch marks were pretty much untreatable. Carboxytherapy is effective in softening stretchmarks by increasing the bloodflow to these poorly vascularized regions and allowing them to constrict and contract, making them narrower and blending them better with the surrounding skin. The same holds true for scars that won’t benefit from a surgical revision. Dr. Zdinak also uses carboxytherapy to loosen acne scars that have not responded to filling agents in the past.