A thirty year old therapy that was followed in France to treat patients suffering from poor blood circulation, blocked arteries and heart problems is today believed to be a huge breakthrough since Botox. Dr. Sangeetha who runs an anti ageing and anti obesity clinic, INXS, has been honoured for her studies on carboxytherapy/carboxypentherapy in France. Her clinic in Bangalore is the first in India to practise the treatment on patients with 88% positive results. Most of her clients, suffering from obesity, have reported remarkable results in fat reduction. Dr. Sangeetha stated that carboxytherapy, though unheard of in India, is an FDA approved treatment and has already undergone upgradation. The traditional carboxytherapy can cause slight pain and swelling which of course would disappear in a short span of three to five minutes; the newer method of carboxypentherapy uses a pen fitted with a 13 mm needle which provides controlled use and painless administration over the area of treatment.
On a personal note, Dr. Sangeetha feels that Botox is a tedious process which involves paralyzing the muscles as a result of which a lot of the natural looks diminish; however, carboxytherapy only involves infusion of gas and the results are instant. For a facial wrinkle or double chin reduction, the treatment would call for 2 to 3 sittings or more depending on the amount of fat or wrinkles and would cost Rs 3000/ to Rs 5000/ per sitting. Having successfully treated patients suffering from psoriasis with carboxytherapy, Dr. Sangeetha is happy to use the treatment in her clinic. When checked if patients who’d undergone Botox could transition to carboxytherapy she insisted on a thorough check up prior to recommending the therapy. Patients who’d undergone severe Botox treatments required even haemoglobin check, according to her. In a nutshell, she states that carboxytherapy along with laser or mesotherapy could be used on Botox treated patients depending on the longevity of their exposure to Botox. Dr. Sangeetha clarifies that carboxytherapy helps in improving blood circulation and helps in keeping the skin naturally healthy hence the result is almost instant and good.
Carboxytherapy treatments are surprisingly successful which is why it has caused a stir and become increasingly popular. However, some leading cosmetologists still have reservations about the therapy and its effects. Leading cosmetic surgeon Alex Karidis in his interview with mail online stated, “While it seems there is no risk, this therapy is far from the mainstream. It remains to be seen if it works at all. Without several more larger scale studies in reputable journals and strong evidence of its effectiveness, anyone having the treatment is a guinea pig. So is Rio-blush carboxytherapy a miracle cure or just cosmetic hype? We put it to the test....”