Up to 90% of women have cellulite, according to Medical News Today. While cellulite isn’t medically problematic, it can look unsightly and cause embarrassment. This is particularly the case when hitting the beach in swimwear or when wearing clothing which sits above the knee. But rather than applying creams and lotions day after day, women are turning to procedures such as carboxytherapy to improve the wrinkly skin on their thighs. But just how effective is carboxytherapy?

What is carboxytherapy?

Carboxytherapy was invented in France in 1932. Carboxytherapy is a non-invasive procedure which means the skin is left intact and recovery time is minimal, if at all. The treatment involves carbon dioxide being used to tackle areas of fat build up in the body. It is most commonly used on patients with cellulite, stretch marks, and those with dark circles in the eye region.

How can carboxytherapy improve my cellulite?

During a carboxytherapy treatment for cellulite, carbon dioxide is typically injected into the skin on the thighs and buttocks to increase the size of the blood vessels. In turn, this encourages more nutrients and oxygen to the areas. And while the carbon dioxide destroys the fat cells, the oxygen encourages collagen growth, which is necessary for smoother and firmer skin. This ultimately leads to less noticeable cellulite and healthier-looking skin.

How many carboxytherapy treatments will I need?

Dr. MediSpa recommends that women with cellulite undergo carboxytherapy treatments every week for between six and 12 weeks. Ultimately, it depends on the severity of the individual’s cellulite as to how many treatments they will require. Cellulite is currently graded on a scale of one to three, with three being much more severe than one. So, if women who fall into this bracket will typically require a longer course of carboxytherapy.

Science, carboxytherapy, and cellulite

Science backs the theory that carboxytherapy is an effective treatment for women with cellulite. A study conducted in 2016 found that carboxytherapy reduced cellulite levels from grade three to grade two in a sample of 10 women. A later study yielded similar results, with researchers concluding that there was a “significant reduction in cellulite grading scale” in the 48 females who had carboxytherapy during their research.

How much does carboxytherapy cost?

The cost of carboxytherapy varies from state to state. On average, individuals should expect to pay anything from $75 to $200 for each carboxytherapy treatment that they have. With most women needing a minimum of seven to 10 sessions, the cost can soon add up. Additionally, top-up treatments are usually required on a bi-annual basis, to keep cellulite at bay and the skin looking and feeling firm.

The pros of carboxytherapy

One of the biggest benefits of carboxytherapy is that it’s approved by the FDA. As such, individuals who have carboxytherapy can be sure that the benefits of the treatment outweigh any potential cons. Another advantage of carboxytherapy is that there are no known long-term side effects of the procedure. This is good news for anyone wanting a relatively risk-free cellulite treatment. Most importantly, there is no downtime following a carboxytherapy treatment, and each individual treatment session usually lasts no longer than 30 minutes.

What are the risks associated with carboxytherapy?

Carboxytherapy treatment on the thighs can cause multiple side effects. These include redness at the injection site, bruising on the thighs, post-treatment tingling, and excess pressure in the legs as the body adapts to the carbon dioxide. In addition, the legs may feel warmer this normal. This is again due to the body working to accept the higher levels than normal of CO2 within it. As a general rule, all of these side effects should pass within 24 to 48 hours. However, should they persist, it’s recommended that advice from a physician is sought.

Cellulite affects millions of females across the world. They’ll, therefore, be pleased to know that it’s possible to significantly reduce the appearance of the skin on their thighs and buttocks by having regular carboxytherapy treatments. However, consideration into the potential side effects, as well as both the short-term and long-term cost of carboxytherapy should always be considered first.