Carboxytherapy at a Glance

Best Results 8 - 10
Duration of Results Monthly / Bi-monthly
Treatment Recovery 1 - 2 days
Risks & Complications Medium
Anaesthetic None
Procedure Time 30 - 60 mins
Skin Specialist Therapist
Back To Work Same day

Skin Renewal Tip

For resistant fat reduction, Carboxytherapy at high volume is introduced deep in to the fat which then breaks up the fat cell and stimulates new vessels and rejuvenation.
For cellulite reduction, Carboxytherapy is introduced deep alongside the lymphatic system of the upper and lower leg to improve lymphatic drainage and circulation. Toxins which contribute to the orange peel effect are removed and collagen is stimulated. This all leads to improved texture and appearance of the cellulite

For stretch marks, traditionally a very difficult skin problem to treat, Carboxytherapy introduced into the stretch marks improves the collagen content and shrinks the stretchmark’s , improving the appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1Are Carboxy treatments available at all Skin Renewal branches?
  • 2What is Carboxytherapy?
  • 3How does Carboxytherapy work?
  • 4What areas and problems are treated with Carboxytherapy?
  • 5When should one start Carboxytherapy?
  • 6How can Carboxytherapy give back a youthful appearance and help the ageing process?
  • 7Can Carboxytherapy be combined with other treatments?
  • 8What can one expect before and after a Carboxytherapy Treatment?
  • 9How many treatments are necessary?
  • 10What is the cost of Carboxytherapy treatments?
  • 11Is Carboxytherapy safe?
  • 12Can all skin types be safely treated with Carboxytherapy?

Carboxy treatments are available in Johannesburg at the Morningside, Parkhurst, Bedfordview, Fourways and Illovo clinics, and in Pretoria at Irene and Brooklyn. In the Western Cape at Cape Quarter,Claremont, Constantia, Somerset West, Stellenbosch and Willowbridge branches and KwaZulu Natal in Hillcrest and Umhlanga.

Carbon Dioxide Therapy or Carboxytherapy, the miracle gas, has been touted as the biggest beauty breakthrough since Injectables wrinkle fillers, and is now available in South Africa at Skin Renewal. Worldwide, Carboxytherapy is rapidly becoming known as the leading skin rejuvenation treatment. It is a safe, minimally invasive clinically proven method to rejuvenate, restore, and recondition the skin and treat wrinkles, laxity, cellulite and stretch marks. Therapy involves injecting tiny amounts of Carbon dioxide (CO2) beneath the skin to break down fatty deposits and stimulate collagen production. The treatment has no downtime and a single session can take between fifteen minutes and an hour. In short, Carboxytherapy is a simple and safe procedure for beautiful, younger looking skin.

On the face Carboxytherapy dramatically

  • Brightens and firms the eye contour area
  • Tightens loose skin
  • Stimulates long term collagen production
  • Reduces a double chin by dissolving fat

As we age, especially if there has been yo yo dieting, subcutaneous capillaries become dormant with decreasing cells of oxygen; this combined with environmental stresses and other variables, inhibits the ability of cells to regenerate and function properly and the skin slowly loses its elasticity and collagen.

By the age 30, oxygen levels in your skin drop by 25% and 50% by age 40. The body naturally gets its oxygen through basic breathing, but factors like pollution reduce the levels. The body will first utilize oxygen in the major organs and lastly go to the skin. When the skin doesn't get enough oxygen it becomes more prone to aging, acne, redness, irritation and age spots.
Carboxytherapy infuses CO 2 just beneath the skin’s surface; the body interprets this as an oxygen deficit and responds by increasing blood flow and growth factors such as VEGF (Vascular endothelial growth factor) for example encourages production of new blood vessels. This provides a surge of oxygen and nutrients to the treated area and improves circulation, resulting in cell restoration. Increased oxygen concentration also improves the water retention or oedema in the area.
For a dermal effect which reduces fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks, this increased blood flow stimulates collagen, which will soften fine wrinkles and decreases dark circles under the eye. Long term collagen is stimulated with more regular sheets of collagen laid down. A few months later dermal remodeling occurs with collagen contraction, leading to a tightening effect. Brow ptosis and saggy jowls and necks are improved.
For fat reduction such as double chin, the heated gas at high volume is introduced deep in to the fat which then breaks up the fat cell and stimulates new vessels and rejuvenation.

Traditionally, the eye area has been difficult to treat but with the advent of Carboxytherapy this area can now be improved : Carboxytherapy improves:

  • Dark Circles by increasing the oxygenation of this poorly perfused area
  • Eye Bags are reduced by skin tightening and modest fat reduction ( see before & after photos)
  • Crows Feet Wrinkles and sleep lines around the eye area are reduced due to collagen stimulation
  • Hooded eyes are modestly lifted by tightening the forehead area with strategically placed Carboxy injections. The open brow expression and brow lift is due to new collagen remodeling and contraction of the skin on the brow down the line
  • Skin texture around the eye area improves due to collagen stimulation

On the Face Carboxytherapy improves the following:

  • Brow Ptosis is improved due to new collagen remodeling and contraction down the line
  • Skin wrinkling improves due to collagen stimulation
  • Lip wrinkling improves due to collagen stimulation
  • Saggy Jowls are improved due to new collagen remodeling and contraction down the line
  • Crepey necks improve due to collagen stimulation ( normally a very difficult area to treat )
  • Double chin is reduced due to fat reduction and skin tightening
  • Fat or Flabby cheeks are reduced due to fat reduction and skin tightening
  • Wrinkled ear lobes improves due to collagen stimulation

Additional difficult to treat problems improved by Carboxytherapy include:

  • Wrinkled Décolleté rejuvenation due to collagen stimulation
  • Acne Scars improvement if Carboxy is used as subcision which releases the scar and promotes collagen formation under the scar.

Alternative therapies for Carboxytherapy include:

  • Psoriasis improvement
  • before surgical procedures such as a surgical facelift to improve wound healing and tissue perfusion.

As one ages, the skin’s elasticity declines dramatically and gravity constantly pulls on our faces. Changes related to sun damage gravity become more pronounced and one of the earliest signs of facial aging is the development crow’s feet at the age of thirty, a double chin and flabby jowls at the age of forty and under eye bags at the age of fifty.

Previously there was no alternative to surgical face lifts and eye lifts or blepharoplasties. . The choices were fairly black and white; surgery or eye bags. Both areas were very difficult area to treat non-surgically. Now with the advent of novel devices such as Carboxytherapy and skin tightening lasers and lights ,virtually any patient in their thirties or above can be a candidate for a little tightening and firming around the eye and jowl area and the younger the patient the better the result. Eight out of ten patients get noticeable improvement in skin laxity around the eyes after the first two treatments of carboxytherapy and most will see an improvement in skin color, luminosity and texture.
If thirty-year-olds+ opt for preventative non invasive procedures such as Carboxytherapy, a new trend will develop resulting in a much different type of ageing than older generations.
In addition, for those patients who are nervous about the effects of injectable treatments for wrinkle reduction, new technologies such as Carboxytherapy offer an alternative to rejuvenation and improvement of crow’s feet and a more open eyed expression.

There are different types of skin and we all age differently. No matter how well we look after our skin, the inevitable ageing will take place. One can maintain the “perfect skin” by keeping one’s skin firm and taught with collagen to avoid the inevitable sagging that takes place over time. Tighter, firmer skin supports the face and prevents the other soft tissues in our face and the muscles from sagging.

The new concept today is to start with tightening and collagen rejuvenation treatments early so as to and avoid or postpone surgical solutions for as long as possible. 4 - 6 treatments of Carboxytherapy are needed 2- 4 weeks apart. At least one yearly cycle is recommended.

Skin Renewal is excited to offer the next step in multi-modality therapy in treating facial rejuvenation. We call it Skin Renewal’s 3D Skin Rejuvenation, our signature non surgical laser face lift. Any treatment modality on its own can make a big difference, but in our eyes it’s not sufficient. As we age, our imperfections turn into multi-layered problems; Skin Renewal’s 3 D Skin Rejuvenation is one of the most effective non ablative skin rejuvenation solutions available and involves combining three clinical applications viz. CuteraTitan, Photo Genesis and Laser Genesis with Radiofrequency, Microdermabrasion, Carboxytherapy and Transdermal Mesotherapy with award winning growth factors for superior results.

Separately each clinical application presents a powerful solution for the most in demand, fastest growing procedures with no downtime. This combination is one of the most widely used and most effective methods of achieving a significant aesthetic improvement within 2 to 6 months when the effects of collagen stimulation and remodeling become evident
At Skin Renewal Carboxytherapy is commonly performed with 3D Skin Rejuvenation™, Lipodissolve, Transdermal mesotherapy and Carboxytherapy treatments for best non surgical face lifting results. The popular Carboxytherapy helps prolongs the effects of injectable fillers.Treatments are administered 10 days after the injectable wrinkle reduction treatments.

At Skin Renewal, with combination treatments every 2 weeks, in 3 months we can take any skin and make it into almost perfect skin: luminous, smooth, blemish free and tight

During the treatment the sensation can be likened to a dull throb or pressure .This mild discomfort lasts 2 to 4 minutes. CO2 is 20 times more soluble than oxygen and it is easily and quickly diffused from the injection site to the surrounding tissue. After a treatment the gas is totally reabsorbed within 5 minutes and the treated area will raise, turn slightly red as oxygen perfused into the area which undergoes an inflammatory response which stimulates collagen production.

After the procedure, there is no pain, just possibly a crackling sensation under the skin that lasts until the gas is excreted. The area should not be immersed in water for about 4 hours. The only side effect is that bruising can occur if one hits a vessel with the needle. However, this only happens in around two percent of patients. Patients can return to work immediately after treatment, a truly walk in, walk out procedure.

Typically, on the face 4 to 6 treatments of Carboxytherapy sessions are required. Clients have a 30 minute session every 2 to 4 weeks and each treatment is accumulative. Maintaining beauty isn't a sprint-it's a marathon. Rather than waiting until their problems are bothersome again, patients must appreciate that maintenance goes a long way and a touch up session every 6 to 8 months should maintain results.

With Carboxytherapy treatments, the prospects of more defined cheek bones and a sleeker jaw line and open brow area are all now possible but this usually comes at price. At Skin Renewal we have recognized this problem and have come up with a customized solution to make it more affordable for the average person by combining Carboxytherapy in an affordable package over a period of time. Carboxytherapy is also combined with the other procedures mentioned above in a long term package. Our Carboxy Mesoglow facial includes the face, neck and décolleté and combines an AHA or Glycolic Peel with transdermal mesotherapy with growth factors.

After a medical consultation, every client is provided with a fully customised yearlong solution dependent on the patient’s age, relevant skin problem, budget and expectations. The effects of each treatment is accumulative meaning that the results of each previous treatment is improved with each additional treatment and the best results come down the line when new collagen that is stimulated remodels and a further tightening effect is noticed.

The methods and indications for performing Carboxytherapy treatments have changed since the introduction of medical protocols and innovative built in safety devices. At Body Renewal, a professional team lead by a doctor does the initial consultation to evaluate whether the patient has any contra indications for doing a carboxytherapy procedure. Certain pre existing medical conditions are precluded from having a carboxytherapy procedure and thus it is essential to have a doctor’s consultation before the treatment.

The discomfort has decreased because the gas is heated during the procedure and all unwanted air is drained, as an important additional safety precaution.
Because CO2 is non-embolic it is very safe if done with the correct protocols and a pre treatment medical consultation with a doctor. Carbon dioxide is a natural byproduct of the body and is not toxic even in elevated doses unless a pre existing medical condition exists
after a treatment the gas is totally reabsorbed within 5 minutes and the area treated returns to normal. Widely distributed in Europe and South America, Carboxytherapy has been used safely and effectively on 30 000 + patients with no complications against conditions as persistent and difficult to treat such as cellulite, psoriasis, diabetic ulcers, venous insufficiency and stretch marks.
Carboxytherapy has safely been used for many years and in thousands of patients in laparoscopic operations where large volumes of CO2 are used to insufflate the abdomen. The dosage utilized for aesthetic and therapeutic treatment is less 100cc/min and does not exceed more than 1,000cc of CO2.
In normal physiology, our cells produce CO2 as a by-product of cellular respiration, the process of breaking down sugars or fats with oxygen.

Carboxytherapy safely treats all skin types without significant pain or down-time. It can erase years off one’s face and is one of the most effective methods of achieving a significant aesthetic improvement within 2 to 6 months when the effects of collagen stimulation and remodeling become evident. A medical consultation prior to treatment is essential. The Acne 2 in 1 from Mannalabs is recommended for Acne prone patients to assist in treating acne from the inside.

30 Reviews (average: 5 out of 5)

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Review -Professionally treated!
Reviewed on 9 February 2016 by A.M from Fourways *

From reception to treatment, professionally treated. Everyone friendly. Clean and relaxing atmosphere. Consultants very informative on treatment given.

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Review -Extremely happy with results!
Reviewed on 6 February 2016 by G.S from Fourways *

Extremely happy with results of treatments. Always friendly service and advice given by Liezel.

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Review -Always receive good advice!
Reviewed on 18 December 2015 by T.B from Willowbrigde *

Professional, friendly and always receive good advice! Thank you!

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Review -Satisfied!
Reviewed on 13 November 2015 by Ria Alberts*

Charleen is very professional! I'm satisfied with her work, she is friendly and I will tell my friends to come. Thanks a lot!

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Review -Excellent treatment
Reviewed on 2 November 2015 by Sarah Lockhart*

I found great results with only 1 treatment with no adverse skin reaction.

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Review -Made me feel confident in myself!
Reviewed on 7 October 2015 by A.M from Skin Renewal Parkhurst *

Kelly, my therapist is brilliant. She made me feel comfortable and at ease. The atmosphere at the clinic is calming and inviting. I felt nervous at first when i met with the doctor, but he was kind and made me feel confident in myself. Thank you Kelly, you are the bes and I'm so happy you were asigned to be my therapist!

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Review -A partner in good skincare!
Reviewed on 18 September 2015 by Paula Raubenheimer*

I really love Skin Renewal's attention to pre- and post appointment service.Melissa is wonderful, she is also very attentive and good at advising me on the best course of action for me my skin. With Skin Renewal & Melissa I feel like I have a partner in good skincare!

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Review -Treatments speak for itself!
Reviewed on 17 September 2015 by E.V from Parkhurst *

My treatments with Lisa has always been a pleasure even where pain is involved. Liza is professional and really cares about her clients. She has always satisfied and even exceeded my expectations. There is nothing negative which I am able to say. I'd like to think that the results of her treatments speak for itself.

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Review -Very professional approach!
Reviewed on 5 September 2015 by Marcel du Preez*

I've been coming to Liza for facials, Laser Genesis and Carboxytherapy for ages. She has a very professional approach, yet always add the personal, homely touch. I'm always comfortable when she treats me. Liza definitely knows what she's doing - when I'm done with a session, it feels like I've just been at a spa for a whole day!

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Review -Thank you so much!
Reviewed on 27 September 2014 by Nadine Tsambos*

I have been visiting Bev from Fourways for several months now for carboxy treatment under the eye area. Her service has been outstanding in terms of her care for me and personal attention.

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Review -Very satisfied with Skin Renewal
Reviewed on 27 September 2014 by Portia Heynes*

Bev has been awesome and professional in my dealings with her and has knowledge of all the relevant questions I had. I have been very satisfied thus far with Skin Renewal Fourways.

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Review -Pleasant Treatment!
Reviewed on 27 September 2014 by Anonymous*

Though expensive, the treatments visibly works. The sessions are pleasant even if a bit painful sometimes. My skin has improved visibly with the Carboxytherapy treatments!

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Review -3D Skin Renewal
Reviewed on 25 September 2014 by Yetta Brooke*

My confidence in your treatment has grown over time and I can sincerely say that they truly work. More importantly I would like to add that each treatment is done with utmost care and skill in a very relaxing and comfortable environment. Skin Renewal and especially Liezel, has given me a new lease on life!

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Review -Excellent therapist and Service
Reviewed on 23 September 2014 by Elana Botha*

Landa, at the Irene branch, is an exceptional therapist and a pleasure to deal with. She is professional, informative and her standards are exceptional high. She is definitely a asset to the Irene branch. I would not go to another therapist.

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Review -Carboxy
Reviewed on 20 September 2014 by AS from Skin Renewal Irene *

Landa is extremely professional and caring. She always takes the time to explain the treatment prior to commencement and is always concerned about my well being during the treatment.

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Review -Skin Renewal.. A very good experience
Reviewed on 18 September 2014 by S. P from Skin Renewal Fourways *

The staff at Skin Renewal have been excellent. They are very accommodating, professional and knowledgeable. My therapist Liezel is amazing She has explained my treatments to me very well and has a great knowledge of the treatment. She has also helped me set expectations regarding the results. The facilities are great, clean, tidy and well looked after. Overall it has been a very good experience.

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Review -One of the best
Reviewed on 12 September 2014 by Zanele Mokoena*

Tamara is my Therapist and she is one of the best. Always updating me on new products and helping me with which treatment to use to improve my cellulite and skin. I'm grateful to be treated by her every week .She is to kind and very patient with her client .Treats everyone special. I love her .

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Review -Highly Recommend
Reviewed on 12 September 2014 by Anonymous*

Treatments have been professional and pleasant. The therapists are thorough and always ensure you understand the treatment that is happening and how to care for your skin afterwards. My results have been good and i am looking forward to the before and after photos when my treatments are done. I highly recommend these treatments.

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Review -Amazing!
Reviewed on 11 September 2014 by Anonymous*

My overall experience is amazing. The staff are extremely helpful, knowledgable and always friendly.

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Review -Love the Treatments
Reviewed on 10 September 2014 by Anonymous*

Been with skin renewal since my early 30's and cannot say a bad word. Liezel is the best and probably the reason for me still being here, updating me with all the new treatments and products. Love all the treatments @ Skin Renewal and always excited to make my appointments, as I know I deserve the best to look my best at all times. It's my present to myself.

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Review -My Amazing Journey
Reviewed on 9 September 2014 by Ashleigh Theopharides*

The professionalism of the team shows in every aspect of their service. I can see myself walking my anti-aging journey with them for a long time. Bianca is amazing and she is always considerate and sincere.

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Review -I am thrilled with my results!
Reviewed on 9 September 2014 by Mrs Maine *

I was a little unsure a first having had bad experience with a well know wrinkle reduction Doctor and looked like an Alien!

However, the team at Somerset West Skin Renewal is brilliant, Lizanne is very understanding, we discuss concerns together, she is very aware that I have a budget and does not push treatments I cannot afford. I have had the magic gas (Carboxytherapy) and E-Max Laser for fine lines.

I am totally thrilled with the result and now have regular beauty treatments done by Lizanne too. She is Fabulous!

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Review -Tammy is extremely efficient in all she does!
Reviewed on 5 September 2014 by Antoinette Scholtz*

I've been a client of these salons for years and always received very good treatment by all, BUT find the therapists here at Skin Renewal Stellenbosch extra caring and brilliant in their therapy and their approach. At present Tammy is looking after me and I find her extremely efficient in all she does.

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Review -Love her bedside manner!
Reviewed on 3 September 2014 by Jenny Haden*

I am treated by Liezel and love her bedside manners, she's gentle and the treatment is painless. Baie Dankie Liezel.

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Review -Happy & Satisfied
Reviewed on 3 September 2014 by Magda-Marie Hertzog*

All staff at irene have been very helpful and have good knowledge about treatment procedures and products. They are always friendly and professional and willing to assist at all times. I am also very happy and satisfied with the recommended treatment options and the results achieved.

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Review -Experiencing excellent results and treatments
Reviewed on 2 September 2014 by Yasmin Hoosen *

Experiencing excellent results and treatments. The therapist (Candice) is excellent. She explains very well before and after therapy. She is very patient and I have had good results with her treatment. Thank you Candice- Well done and keep up the good work and great sense of humour.

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Review -Staff are friendly and helpful
Reviewed on 7 August 2014 by LM from Skin Renewal Irene *

Landa was excellent and did the treatment with care and very efficient. She is an asset to this branch. All the staff are friendly and helpful.

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Review -Excellent service and treatment
Reviewed on 18 June 2014 by Anonymous*

I would like to thank Ilona Swart for her excellent service and treatment. Ilona is always warm, friendly, efficient and punctual at each appointment I attend with her. Her knowledge is exceptional and her service is world class. She makes every visit to the Irene branch an experience to treasure! Thank you Ilona!

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Review -Sexual Health
Reviewed on 1 January 1970 by Mr GP Cape Quarter*

I first read about carboxytherapy for male sexual rejuvenation on the Skin Renewal website. Despite being in my 30's, I had always lacked bravado in the bedroom and needed a boost. I booked a skin consultation and Dr Bianca made it very easy for me to turn the conversation towards my 'sexual health'. I was a bit nervous for the procedure. I don't like needles at the best of times let alone near my member! Honestly, the entire experience was quick and professional. The first treatment was uncomfortable but with each visit it was easier. I started to see results after 3 treatments - firstly everything started to feel more sensitive, then my erections became stronger and the size of my member seemed to increase in size even in its humble state. I did 8 treatments. Carboxytherapy definitely gave me new confidence.

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Review -Landa comes highly recommended for any treatment!
Reviewed on 1 January 1970 by C.M from Skin Renewal Irene *

My skin renewal journey began shortly after my daughter's birth. After that I have returned again and again for various treatments. This would not have been the case had I not been treated exceptionally and with the utmost professionalism. The treatments that showed the best results was the carboxy and meso therapy combo on my lower body, the results even exceeded that of the doctor's predictions. Although the treatment itself was highly effective, I do believe that Landa's touch made the difference to the results we achieved.

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