Carbon Dioxide (CO²) which helps to put the fizz in your soft drink can help to improve the skin’s elasticity and appearance.Carboxytherapy CO2 therapy at Cosmetic Image Clinics Brisbane City CBD

Cosmetic Image Clinics is bringing the European phenomena of CO² therapy to Brisbane.

Carboxytherapy, also known as carbon dioxide therapy or CDT is a non-surgical cosmetic medicine treatment that injects gaseous carbon dioxide below the skin into the subcutaneous tissue increasing the blood circulation to that area.

This treatment is very popular in Brazil and other European countries and helps to stimulate blood flow, improving the skin’s elasticity and helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite. It has also been used in the treatment of dark circles under the eyes, stretch marks, fat reduction, hair loss. By increasing oxygenated blood-flow to the region injected with CO² it therefore increases collagen formation in the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.

Treatments are most commonly performed on the face, neck, arms, abdomen and thighs.

Carboxytherapy is an effective in-office procedure with no downtime.

So if you want a non-surgical treatment to help remove that ‘puckered’, ‘dimpled’ or ‘orange peel look’ of your skin or put the sparkle back into your appearance, then Carboxytherapy could be the answer for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why choose Cosmetic Image Clinics for your Carboxytherapy treatment?

Cosmetic Image Clinics is owned and operated by former AMA Qld President and TV Medical Journalist Dr Ingrid Tall who has over twenty years of experience in the cosmetic medicine industry. Our clinic is medically supervised and if experience, credibility and a ‘natural look’ is what you are looking for, then make Queensland’s largest cosmetic clinic, Cosmetic Image Clinics your preferred provider.

What is Carboxytherapy?

Carboxytherapy is the administration of CO² gas for therapeutic purposes. It was discovered in the Royal Spas of France in the 1930’s when bathing in the pools of carbon dioxide rich waters was shown to speed wound healing. Carboxytherapy takes advantage of a physiological principle known as oxygen off-loading.

Small injections of medical grade CO² are administered. Once underneath the skin’s surface, the gas causes a slight disruption in the red blood cells due to the sudden surplus of carbon dioxide, which the body naturally produces.

The blood vessels expand and increase circulation to the oxygen-deprived area while the gas is eliminated, giving the skin a more youthful appearance.

If stretch marks are the target, the carbon dioxide helps increase blood flow to activate collagen production and improve the appearance of stretch marks. Fat cells are also eradicated by CO². The fat cells literally rupture and are eradicated by the body.

What are some clinical uses for Carboxytherapy?

Carboxytherapy is used for the treatment of dark circles or rings under the eyes, stretchmarks, cellulite reduction, hair loss, more youthful looking skin and non-surgical fat sculpting on the face and the body.

What areas of the body can be treated with Carboxytherapy?

Carboxytherapy can be used to treat the face including under the eyes, neck, arms, stomach, buttocks, and legs.

What benefits occur from Carboxytherapy and how long do they last?

In addition to increasing oxygenated blood-flow to the region injected, Carboxytherapy also encourages collagen repair, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles giving the skin a more youthful appearance, and assists in destroying localised fatty deposits.

Effects can be very long-lasting but regular maintenance treatments will extend the benefits of the treatment.

How does Carboxytherapy work for dark circles or rings under the eyes?

Carboxytherapy works to improve the capillaries of the lower eyelids and increase the dermal collagen layer in the lower eyelid skin. Injecting small amounts of CO²

Dark circles under eye
Dark circles under eye

gas under low pressure into the affected area forces the capillaries to open, distributing more oxygen to the area and allowing for better drainage of the toxins. This helps to replace the bluish cast with a healthy pink tone. After a sequence of treatments is concluded, the skin has a more radiant appearance.

How does Carboxytherapy work for stretchmarks?

Stretchmarks transpire when the skin is stretched to the point where the dermal collagen ruptures. This is common occurrence during pregnancy or weight gain.


Carboxytherapy is a treatment available for both old and new stretchmarks and is safe for all skin types.

Carboxytherapy assists in the creation of new collagen and subsequently thickens the skin to improve the appearance of the stretchmarks

How does Carboxytherapy work for cellulite and fat reduction?

The Carboxytherapy technique used to treat cellulite and fat reduction differs from other symptoms such as dark circles under the eyes.


CO² is injected directly into the affected areas and can destroy the fat cells beneath the skin. The fat cells literally rupture and are eradicated by the body.

Is CO² harmful?

No. Carbon dioxide (CO²) is a natural by-product of breathing. We breathe in oxygen, and exhale carbon dioxide. Plants take up the carbon dioxide, and in turn give us the oxygen that we need. There are no known risks associated with Carboxytherapy.

It should not be confused with Carbon Monoxide gas, which is a by-product of oil combustion that can be deadly.

What does Carboxytherapy therapy feel like?

Generally the treatment is painless but can feel a little ‘weird’. Pain relief can be administered if you find it uncomfortable or have a fear of needles.

Depending on the area being treated you may feel different sensations, for example if you are having the dark circles under your eyes treated, you may feel puffy like after a good cry, but that feeling will subside after approximately 5 to 15 minutes once the gas is absorbed.

Whereas when treating stretchmarks you may feel some pressure from the gas as the stretchmarks are distended, you may also experience some itchiness, again this subsides once the gas is absorbed by the body.

With scarring there is generally no pain as there are no nerves in scar tissue.

The treatment of cellulite and fatty deposits is a different sensation altogether as you are having larger amounts of gas injected directly into the fat deposits and it expands. While the gas is expanding you may feel pressure in the area being treated similar to that of a blood pressure cuff being applied to your arm. The area may feel warm and tingly for up to 24 hours after treatment while the circulation to the area is improved.

Is Carboxytherapy painful and is there any downtime?

Most patients find this treatment painless but some may feel a slight discomfort, pressure or stinging sensation depending on the area treated.

A prescription strength numbing cream can be applied half an hour prior to your treatment. We also offer other forms of pain relief so talk to our team upon arrival.

At Cosmetic Image Clinics we pride ourselves on making your experience as comfortable as possible.

Most patients find that they can return to work and normal activities immediately after treatment.

Are there any reasons why I should not have Carboxytherapy treatment?

If your general health is good and you don’t have any existing skin diseases or infections in the area treated, there are few medical reasons why you could not undergo Carboxytherapy treatment.

Although there is no evidence that this treatment is harmful for pregnant women, you would generally be advised to wait until after pregnancy and lactation before commencing your course of treatment (although no data is available in this regard).

Carboxytherapy is also not recommended for patients suffering from acute, untreated cardiovascular disease, uncontrolled blood pressure; acute respiratory problems; bleeding syndromes, cerebrovascular accident (stroke); acute thrombosis or recent pulmonary embolism; and uncontrolled diabetes.

How long does a typical Carboxytherapy treatment session last?

On average a Carboxytherapy session takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes, not including the application of numbing cream, if required.

How many Carboxytherapy treatments are required?

The amount of treatments required will depend on the area being treated and the severity of the condition.

What should I do after my Carboxytherapy treatment?

Ideally the carbon dioxide should dissipate naturally in the affected area without being massaged or pushed to a surrounding area for the ensuing 5 to 15 minutes. Once the carbon dioxide has been absorbed into the area, no specific after-care instructions are required.

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