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Carboxytherapy: How to eliminate stretch marks, cellulite and localized fat

Carboxytherapy is done by applying carbon dioxide injections under the skin to eliminate cellulite, stretch marks, localized fat and also can help to eliminate sagging skin.

Carboxytherapy gas works by improving cell circulation and tissue oxygenation. Its application is broad, when applied to the face, it increases the production of collagen, but in the buttocks reduces cellulite and but also combats localized fat, destroying the fat cells and can be used on the belly, flanks, arms and thighs.

The price of the carboxytherapy can varies depending on the number of sessions and regions to be treated. The most suitable professional to carry out carboxytherapy is a physiotherapist specialized in integrative dermatology or a dermatologist.

Carboxytherapy: How to eliminate stretch marks, cellulite and localized fat

Does Carboxytherapy hurt?

The application of carboxytherapy really hurts, as the gas inlet provides a small detachment of the skin, causing discomfort. However, the pain is temporary, and lasts up to 30 minutes, improving gradually, as well as local swelling. However tolerance to pain is very individual and for some people, the treatment is perfectly tolerable. 

Benefits and purpose of Carboxytherapy

Carboxytherapy is especially suitable for:

  • Cellulite: because it eliminates localized fat by injuring the adipocytes, favoring their burning and increases blood circulation and lymphatic drainage at the site.
  • Stretch marks: because it lengthens the tissues of the place and fills the region with gas, stimulating the production of collagen, and allows greater entry of the cosmetics applied to the skin.
  • Localized fat: because it damages the fat cell, promoting its withdrawal, and improves blood circulation at the injection region.
  • Flaccidity: because they favor the production of collagen fibers, which support the skin;
  • Dark circles: because it reduces the swelling, strengthens the blood vessels and lightens the skin.

The number of sessions depends on your personal objective, the region and your body. Usually clinics offer packs of 10 sessions that should be performed every 15-30 days, but the number of sessions should be indicated after the body assessment.

Risks, side effects and contraindications

Carboxytherapy is an aesthetic treatment with very few risks and is very well tolerated. However, there may be some side effects such as pain and swelling at the injection region, burning sensation in the skin and small bruising at the application site. Carboxytherapy is contraindicated in case of phlebitis; gangrene; epilepsy; cardiac insufficiency; renal or hepatic impairment; uncontrolled severe hypertension; during pregnancy and changes in psychiatric behaviors.


  • Tuane Fernandes Pacheco. Efeitos da carboxiterapia sobre o fibroedema-geloide na região posterior de coxa . Trabalho de Conclusão de Curso, 2011. Universidade do Extremo Sul Catarinense.
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