Everyone wants to look younger, and there is no shortage of new treatments that purport to accomplish that for you. Remember last year's vampire blood treatment? Now another treatment claims to give rejuvenation results competitive with dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic. The secret this time: carbon dioxide, the gas that makes sodas bubble. In what is being called carboxytherapy, carbon dioxide is injected into the skin and below the skin to provide rejuvenation.
The theory is that as a waste product carbon dioxide is a natural signal that our body needs more oxygen and therefore more blood flow in an area, so increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in an area should increase blood flow to that area. Because poor circulation is implicated in a number of unattractive characteristics, including dark circles under the eye, wrinkles around the mouth, even cellulite, this should improve the appearance of treated areas.
However, the theory has not been well-tested in a clinical setting. Although the treatment has been used in France since the 1930s for treating poor circulation, it has not been widely adopted internationally. One study in Italy has shown the treatment may be effective. Forty-eight women, receiving six treatments over three weeks, saw fat reduction in their thighs, knees, and stomach. But that is a long way from a real clinical trial, and plastic surgeons' organizations note there are no studies on the long-term effects of the treatment.
To try out the effects of excess carbon dioxide on your skin and fat, try holding your breath, but don't hold your breath waiting for this treatment to be approved.
If you are interested in proving rejuvenation techniques, please contact Dr. George Lefkovits today to schedule a consultation.