What is cellulite?
Cellulite is the abnormal storage of fat in the fat cells which lie between the skin and muscle tissue. The fat cells are grouped together into large collections which are separated by fibrous strands. As the fat cells expand with weight gain, the gap between the skin and muscle tissue expands. When this occurs, the fibrous strands cannot stretch and support the skin. The tension of the fibrous strands results in the characteristic dimpling of cellulite.
Who is affected by cellulite and how is it treated?
More than 80% of women over the age of twenty years, regardless of their weight or size, are affected by cellulite.
Numerous techniques have been used to try and improve cellulite including creams, body wraps, ultrasound and massage, but with less than satisfactory results. Liposuction has also been used to remove fat; however, it does not treat cellulite and in some cases, may make the cellulite worse. With liposuction, there is potential for bruising and unsightly scarring.
What is Radio Frequency Treatment?
At our clinic, we are pleased to use radiofrequency device for reducing cellulite, performing body contouring and skin tightening. A dual radiofrequency technology which provides an optimal therapeutic effect with both patient comfort and satisfaction.
Finally, a way to perform body contouring, skin tightening and reduce cellulite that is EFFECTIVE and essentially PAIN FREE!!
What is Carboxytherapy?
Carboxytherapy, also referred to as carbon dioxide therapy or CDT is becoming more widely used within Europe aesthetic clinics. The most common aesthetic indications for treatment with carboxytherapy are for cellulite and localized fat reduction, stretch marks (striae), acne scars, skin laxity and wrinkle reduction. Treatments are generally performed on the face, neck, arms, abdomen and thighs. Carboxytherapy uses a series of small injections with a thin needle attached to a tube which delivers tiny quantities of medical grade carbon dioxide below the skin’s surface in a controlled flow and dose via a specially designed machine.
How is carboxytherapy performed?
It is a non-surgical method. From a cylinder of pure CO2, which is connected to an equipment, specially designed for this purpose; the CO2 is injected in the subcutaneous tissue, through a tiny needle that measures 0.3 mm. From the place of injection, the CO2 diffuses easily and largely toward the adjacent tissues exercising its function. For being a therapeutic form, it is performed by qualified medic personal.
What sensations will I experience during the treatment? Does it hurt?
During the first three sessions, some patients can experience a light burning feeling on the injection spot, which disappears in a matter of seconds; as the sessions advance, this burning sensation decreases. An expression of the increase of the bloodstream, the legs feel heavy and somewhat hot adjacent to the spot of injection, reddening and increase in temperature of the skin might be observed. All these manifestations disappear in 10 to 15 minutes.
Is there any kind of restriction of activities after the carboxytherapy?
No, the patients leave without any kind of bother and/or restrictions.
How many sessions are necessary, how frequent should they be applied and how long does a session lasts?
Between 10 and 15 sessions are necessary, ideally, three weekly at least or every other day. However, two weekly sessions are enough too. Each session lasts between 10 and 15 minutes
How many sessions before I see results?
After the 5th session you will note that your skin looks healthier. Between the 8th and the 10th session, you will appreciate that your subcutaneous tissue is firmer, even though you think there is more cellulite; this is due to the disappearing of cellulite in some areas and not in others. The contrast accents the appearance of this. Before the end of the treatment the uniformity of your tissues will be achieve.
How long do the benefits last?
The benefits last about 5 to 6 months, after that it is necessary to have 3 to 5 sessions to maintain them.
What are the therapeutic effects of the CO2?
The CO2 has a strong vasodilatory effect at the microcirculation level (arteriole and capillaries), increasing the blood flow in the adipose and muscle tissues. Furthermore, in its presence the hemoglobin liberates more oxygen. It also has a mechanical effect on the adipose cells, leading to their destruction.
How does the CO2 work?
Through the therapeutic effects mentioned, the morphology and function on the microcirculation are re-established increasing the amount and velocity of capillary blood flow; reducing the accumulation of liquid among the cells, and eliminating the fat on the hypoderm and reducing the fibrosis.
Does the CO2 have any toxic effect on the organism?
No, the CO2 is normally produced by our cells because of the metabolism, and is eliminated through the lungs. For which it could be considered as an “ecologic” therapeutically agent.
Could the carboxytherapy be combined with other forms of treatments?
Yes, at the doctor’s discretion it could be use other forms, such as mesotherapy, external ultrasound and others.