Carboxytherapy infuses medical gaseous Carbon Dioxide (CO2) under the skin into the subcutaneous tissue through a small needle. It stimulates blood flow, improves skin elasticity & texture, eliminates fat cells and significantly reduces cellulite.


General Indications also include:


  • Eye wrinkles

  • Rejuvenation of neck, decolletage & hands

  • Peri-oral wrinkles

  • Nose to mouth lines

  • Stretch marks

  • Upper arm laxity

  • Acne scars

  • Skin rejuvenation



The beneficial effects of CO2 on health were first discovered in France in the 1930s when it was noted that bathing in the pools of carbon dioxide-rich water at the Royal Spas helped to speed up wound healing.  Subsequently, the therapy was applied to patients with cellulite problems, where circulation is known to be sluggish and is now widely used for a variety of other aesthetic indications in Europe, and North and South America.
If you are considering carboxytherapy the following information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure. It can't answer all your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient and the practitioner. Please ask in the clinic about anything you don't understand.


How does Carboxytherapy work?

Red blood cells carry oxygen molecules from our lungs to all over the body.  When they encounter an area with high levels of CO2, the red blood cells drop their oxygen molecules to ‘feed’ these cells and pick up the carbon dioxide. They then carry the CO2 back to the lungs and we simply exhale to get rid of it.
Imperfections on our bodies such as dark under-eye circles, scarring and cellulite are thought to be caused, in part, by the poor circulation of blood to those areas. Poor blood supply means a reduction in available oxygen. 


Carboxytherapy is said to work simply by tricking the body.  Injecting a small amount of CO2 gas into the treatment area will increase oxygen-laden red blood cells. By increasing the amount of oxygen getting to the area, the cells will become more active and speed up new production. Amazing, right?

What happens during treatment?

Your first discussion should clearly set out your expectations and what the practitioner thinks will happen to your skin as a result of carboxytherapy. A medical history will be taken and you will be asked to sign a consent form which means that you have understood the potential benefits and risks associated with Carboxytherapy.

Photographs may also be taken by the practitioner, as a “before and after” comparison at a later date.

Important Pre-Treatment Instructions

  • Do NOT consume alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to treatment

  • Avoid blood-thinning medication, if possible for a period of 2 weeks

  • Consider taking arnica tablets from 5 days prior to treatment to reduce possible bruising/swelling


Most patients find that they can return to work and normal activities immediately after treatment.  However, it must be noted that areas of swelling and/or tenderness can persist for up to 5 days.

What are the risks of this procedure?

Treatment is generally fairly painless, although some people will feel a slight discomfort, pressure, or stinging sensation as the gas is delivered to the tissues, sometimes described as a ‘crackling’ sensation.
Side effects include minor swelling, redness (caused by the vasodilation), bruising and pain at the injection sites lasting anywhere from 1 – 7 days, depending on the area treated, and in the case of cellulite treatment a warm sensation in the region for up to 48 hours.

The risk of any scarring is very rare with this procedure.

Aftercare and Contraindications

It is important that you follow the advice of your practitioner carefully after carboxytherapy treatment. This will help you to gain maximum effect from the procedure and reduce the risk of any complications.


Post-treatment advice may include:


  • Bathing or swimming should be avoided in the first few hours after carboxytherapy treatment.

  • No extremes of hot or cold

  • Avoid make up for 24 hours

  • Avoid excess alcohol and salt intake 


As long as you are generally healthy and don’t have any skin infections in the area treated, there are few medical reasons why patients should not undergo this treatment. However, it is not a suitable treatment for anyone with COPD or severe respiratory conditions.

Although there is no evidence that this treatment is harmful for pregnant women, you would generally be advised to wait until after you have given birth before embarking upon a course of treatment.


Treatment with Carboxytherapy is still very new in the UK in terms of the number of practitioners offering the treatment and those suitably skilled and trained to carry out the procedure. In general, as this treatment is more popular in Europe and has origins in France, many of those doctors practicing in the UK are indeed French. Two such doctors, Dr Daniel Sister and Dr Cyrille Blum, both with clinics based in London, have kindly provided some case studies to illustrate the wide range of treatment indications and results achievable with the aesthetic application of carbon dioxide therapy.

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Marionette After.jpg

Nasolabial folds and marionette lines on the face (before on the left, after on the right) treated with 12 sessions of carboxytherapy.

Images © Copyright Dr Cyrille Blum, London, UK.

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Stretch marks after.jpg

Stretch marks on the abdomen (before on the left, after on the right) treated with 4 sessions of carboxytherapy over 4 months.

Images © Copyright Dr Cyrille Blum, London, UK.

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Stomach after.jpg

Stomach fat reduction (before on the left, after on the right) treated with 10 sessions of carboxytherapy, twice per week for the first 2 weeks then once weekly for 6 weeks.

Images © Copyright Dr Cyrille Blum, London, UK.

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Arms after.jpg

Arm (before on the left, after on the right) treated with 5 sessions of carboxytherapy, once per week.

Images © Copyright Dr Daniel Sister, London, UK.

All before and after photographs featured are real patients, your results may differ.

What is the cost of treatment?

Book your first consultation with Wendy to discuss a treatment plan and prices. One treatment is £65 with discounts when you book a course. We would usually suggest 3-8 treatments depending on the client. These sessions will usually be done 1 or 2 weeks apart, however with under eyes your appointments will be 3-4 weeks apart.

Contact us on 01782 626993 / 07703 963713 to book a free consultation at our Balanced Aesthetics clinic.