Carboxy therapy is an aesthetic medicine treatment carried out at LAZEO by Dr Olivia Chokron. She is registered at the UK General Medical Council. It can tighten the skin on the eyelids, to densify the dermis of the face and reduce the presence of shadows under the eye. Carboxy therapy was discovered in the Royal Spas of France in the 1930’s when bathing in the pools of carbon dioxide rich waters was shown to speed wound healing. The principle of Carboxy therapy involves injecting carbon dioxide under the skin to restore suppleness and elasticity. Recommended for women and men with sagging skin on the face and eyelids, as well as patients with marked dark circles. 1) The principle of carboxy therapy A session of carboxy therapy is an aesthetic medical technique that involves injections under the skin using a very fine needle, sterile medical carbon dioxide. Carboxy therapy has been used since the 1930s to treat vascular origins of diseases (healing of leg ulcers in particular) and for ten years as part of aesthetic medicine treatments for skin and face. Carbon dioxide injection allows an improvement in the micro-vasculature in the treated area, thereby promoting healing and skin renewal. Increased blood circulation is due to the dilation of blood vessels following the injection of CO2 and stimulation of development (angiogenesis). Increased oxygenation of tissues treated improves the hydration of the skin as well as the production of collagen, elastic fibers and melanoma cells (the source of the color of the skin). 2) The effects of carboxy therapy on the face and eyelids Carboxy therapy is indicated in the treatment of sagging skin of the oval face, dark circles periocular and eyelids. a) Treatment of sagging facial skin and neckline By stimulating vascularization of tissues and the functioning of cells producing melanin and collagen, carboxy therapy improves the elasticity of the skin at the oval of the face, neck and neckline. b) Treatment of dark circles and eye carboxy therapy by: Carboxy therapy is an aesthetic medicine technique indicated to improve the periocular area. It makes it possible to treat dark circles and wrinkles on the eyelids. The procedure involves injecting CO2 in the surface layers of the skin using a fine mesotherapy needle. This injection causes a small swelling for a few minutes. The action of the gas causes an improvement in the vascularization of tissue which will reduce the importance of dark circles. If the rings do not disappear completely, their appearance is greatly improved by the treatment. Carboxy therapy also causes a reduction of wrinkles. Carboxy therapy is also a treatment indicated for the treatment of stretch marks in the abdomen, hips, breasts and buttocks. 3) The course of a carboxy therapy and after the operation This procedure is performed in the Doctor’s office. The Carboxy therapy session involves little pain (a very fine needle is used so there are small pin-pricks) and therefore requires no anesthesia. Because CO2 is a natural component to the functioning of the body, allergy risks on carboxy therapy are very low. The Doctor proceeds with carbon dioxide injections using a fine needle carboxy therapy with a rate of the order of 80 to 90 cc / minute. A Carboxy therapy session lasts between 15 and 30 minutes. After surgery, the skin reddens due to vasodilatation. These rashes then disappear within hours. The number of sessions required to achieve the desired result will vary depending on the treated area. It usually takes 3-5 sessions to significantly improve the elasticity and the skin color. After the initial treatment, the result can be maintained with booseter sessions every 3 to 6 months.