Carboxy Therapy – or pumping carbon dioxide under the skin to treat stretch marks, loose skin, cellulite or dark circles under the eyes – is taking the beauty world by storm.
From Oddity Central:
Using a fine needle hooked up to a carbon dioxide tank, gas is slowly pumped under the skin. The procedure itself is reportedly not painful at all, with patience feeling nothing but a tingling sensation. Once under the skin, the CO2 causes a slight disruption in the red blood cells due to the sudden overflow of a gas that our bodies produce naturally as cellular waste. Blood vessels expand, improving circulation to the oxygen deprived area and leaving the skin looking healthier and more youthful. It works differently for various conditions. For example, CO2 destroys fat cells, which helps remove cellulite, while in the case of stretch marks, the increased blood flow improves collagen production.
“A lot of folks are asking for it by name,” Dr. Lisa Zdinak, one of the first physicians to introduce carboxytherapy to the U.S., told HNGN “I have people lined up at the gas tank.” Zdinak, who has been using carboxy on herself for years, says the therapy is what people opt for if they are looking for something completely natural.
Patients reportedly need between four and six Carboxy therapy sessions for it to have an effect on circles under the eyes, and considerably more for stretch marks and scarring.
Not sure I see much of a difference in the pics below, but there you are,
Carboxy was in the news again recently, after a number of photos and a video depicting patients with the eyes all blown up went viral. Footage show both the patience eyelids and their under-eye area swelling up like a balloon. Despite experts like Lisa Zdinak saying that the procedure only looks painful and extreme, other claim that carboxy used around the eyes could have disastrous effects. “Carboxytherapy for use around the eyes is especially dangerous,” said Dr. Robert Weiss, of Baltimore. “It could potentially release gas bubbles into blood vessels causing blindness.” Dr Youn adds that there’s also a risk of orbital emphysema, when skin surrounding the eye swells from gas trapped underneath.
Watch the squirm-inducing video below!