Carboxytherapy, or Carbon Dioxide Therapy (CDT), has been around since the 1930s when it was noted that people bathing in carbon dioxide rich waters in French spas experienced faster wound healing, especially with chronic skin ulcers.
In the 1950s it was used by cardiologists to treat arterial disease and other conditions caused by poor circulation.
The term carboxytherapy was introduced in the mid-90s when it started being used for skin rejuvenation treatments and break down of localized fat deposits.
Studies have shown that carboxytherapy can help stimulate collagen, improve circulation, skin elasticity and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also destroy localized fatty deposits.
The treatment is administered by injection via a 30-33 gauge needle and is relatively painless. Most devices are a medical grade carbon dioxide cylinder hooked up to a machine that allows treatment parameters to be set.