Carboxy Stretch Mark Therapy, New York City
At LaserTouch Aesthetics, Dr. Ali Vafa of New York Medical Aesthetics conducts all Botox, dermal filler, radiosurgery, mole and wart treatment, and skin rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Vafa is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and has had extensive training in Medical Aesthetic procedures. He specializes in the use of Botox and Dermal Fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse.
Carboxytherapy for Stretch Marks
Carboxytherapy is the new, simple and proven technique that can dramatically improve the appearance of stretch marks by improving local tissue metabolism and perfusion. Treatments are rapid, comfortable and effective for a high percentage of patients.
Stretch marks or striae are a common problem that affecting many men, women and teenagers. They frequently appear as unattractive red, purple or white streaks across the hips, stomach, breasts, buttocks, flanks, thighs, arms, or shoulders. They may occur with pregnancy, rapid growth spurts, weight lifting, rapid weight gain or loss, and medical steroid use. Stretch marks happen when the tissue under the skin is pulled by rapid growth or stretching. Although the skin is usually fairly elastic, when it's overstretched, the normal production of collagen is disrupted. As a result, scars in the dermis called stretch marks may form.
How does carboxytherapy work for stretchmarks?
Stretchmarks (striae distensae) occur when the skin is stretched to the point where the dermal collagen ruptures. Carboxytherapy causes the formation of new collagen and subsequently thickens the skin to improve the appearance of the stretch marks by rebuilding the collagen matrix.
How is Carboxytherapy performed?
It is a non surgical method. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is infiltrated into the subcutaneous tissue through a tiny 30G needle (0.3mm in diameter). From the injection point, the carbon dioxide diffuses easily into adjacent tissues.
How does the carbon dioxide work?
Carboxytherapy works in two complimentary ways. Firstly, and quite simply carbon dioxide mechanically kills fat cells. Secondly, it also has a strong vasodilatory effect (causes dilation of blood vessels) on the capillaries in the area. Wider vessels mean bigger and stronger blood flow to the area, which means more oxygen. The increase in oxygen is important because it eliminates the built up fluid from between the cells. The end result is fewer fat cells and firmer subcutaneous tissue.
Is it painful?
No. Some patients can experience a light tingling sensation near the injection site. It disappears within a matter of seconds. As a result of the increased circulation, the area surrounding the injection site may feel warmer for 10 to 20 minutes.
What should I avoid after treatment?
There are no restrictions on any activities after the treatment. You can go right back to what you were doing as soon as you step out of LaserTouch SoHo Medical Center.
Isn't carbon dioxide toxic?
No. Carbon dioxide is naturally produced by the cells in our bodies every day of our life. It is a by product of metabolism. It is transported in the blood and exhaled through the lungs.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends upon the severity of the problem being treated. Usually, six to twelve treatments spaced one week apart yields an excellent result.
How much does it cost?
The initial consultation is free
4 Sessions over 4 months
5 sessions once a week
What happens after the treatment?
Immediately following the treatment, the spots may start to darken. You may notice a slight reddening of the surrounding skin. This typically subsides within a couple of hours. Over the course of the next one to three weeks, darkened spots will fade and flake off. Your mottled complexion will clear.