Stretch marks occur when the skin becomes stretched as a result of weight gain or, during adolescence, a growth “spurt.” They're very common following pregnancy. Stretch marks may be more severe when weight gain or growth occurs at the same time the adrenal glands are producing excessive levels of a hormone called cortisone, which weakens collagen fibers, one of the building blocks of healthy, firm skin.
Carboxytherapy uses carbon dioxide injected beneath the surface of the skin to help promote the formation of collagen. As collagen is created, it forms new bonds within the skin tissue to make skin firmer and thicker, repairing damage that causes stretch marks and rebuilding the collagen matrix to resist the formation of new stretch marks.
The number of injections carries with each patient's unique needs. Most patients benefit from between six and 12 injections spaced one week apart. During your consultation, you'll be able to ask questions about your specific treatment and develop a plan to reduce stretch marks and help you feel more confident about your appearance.
Carboxytherapy injections are no more painful than any other type of injection, and because many stretch marks have diminished sensation, they may cause very little to no discomfort at all. When needed, a topical anesthetic may be used to numb the area and decrease discomfort and sensitivity. As the areas are injected, you may notice a slight feeling of pressure, itchiness or “buzzing” as the carbon dioxide gas expands beneath the skin and begins stimulating collagen production, but these effects last only a few minutes, resolving as the gas is absorbed. Each treatment session takes about 15 minutes to a half hour to complete.
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