Stay younger for longer: Is CO2 the new Botox?


Stay younger for longer: Is CO2 the new Botox

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UPDATED:

22:47 GMT, 14 November 2012

Soon we may be visiting the clinic for injections of CO2 rather than Botox

Soon we may be visiting the clinic for injections of CO2 rather than Botox

It’s being hailed as the new Botox — but as well as smoothing out wrinkles, it’s claimed that carboxytherapy can help get rid of dark under-eye circles and fade scars.

It involves an injection of naturally occurring carbon dioxide gas into your skin. The surfeit of CO2 persuades the body it is lacking in oxygen, which prompts a release of oxygen into the blood, improving circulation in the area.

The CO2 also generates an increase in collagen in skin cells, which has a rejuvenating effect, making skin plumper — hence the anti-ageing benefits.

The needles used are so fine that bruising is minimal.

However, there have yet to be studies into potential side-effects. So, for Dr Ravi Jain, who has been trying out carboxytherapy at Riverbanks cosmetic clinic for a year, the jury is still out.

‘When I first heard about it, I was sceptical — it sounded too good to be true,’ he says. ‘I began offering it to patients for free, to see what we could do for scars, stretch marks, dark circles around the eye, and to reduce jowls.

‘Much to my amazement, everyone liked it, and they all came back for more, even when I began to charge for treatments.

‘Clearly, my patients could see a benefit, though I could not see much difference from the before and after photographs I took.

‘The effects are very promising but more clinical investigation is needed for the technique and its results to be better understood.’