[estriae distensae] are a form of scar tissue that forms in response to collagen rupture and elastic fiber changes. Carboxy therapy causes the formation of new collagen and subsequently thickens the skin to improve the appearance of the stretch marks by rebuilding the collagen matrix.
Procedure: The treatment (carboxytherapy) involves Injecting carbon dioxide makes your body think there is an oxygen deficit and it responds by increasing the blood flow. This leads to a surge of oxygen and nutrients to the treated area, which results in cell restoration. The result is a mild inflammatory reaction which stimulates fibroblasts to produce more collagen and connective tissue.
What to expect? A very thin needle is used to insufflate the skin. The treated area looks a little swollen for 2-5 mins. This soon fades and the skin may look a little red. Occasionally patients report a light stinging sensation which is short lived.
Carboxipen™ device uses a special regulator allowing a progressive control of the flow pressure of the gas injection obtaining fewer side effects
Duration: One session each 15 days during 3- 4 months. The treatments last from 10 min to half an hour for larger body areas.
How long it takes to see the results and risks if any involved: 8-12 sessions may be required although most people notice changes within the first 3. 2-3 maintenance sessions are required on a yearly basis. The results may vary and they are not guaranteed as one relies on the body’s feedback mechanism. Like with any injection procedure there is a risk of puncture marks for a day or two. In a minority of people there is a risk of bruising and haematoma formation.