So how does it work? Carbon dioxide, the invisible, odourless gas that is part of the air we breathe, is injected just under the surface of the skin using a fine needle.

According to many studies, it diffuses into the surrounding tissues and causes blood vessels to dilate.

Wider vessels mean a stronger blood supply, which brings a rush of oxygen and nutrients to the treated area.

Evidence shows the carbon dioxide kills fat cells by causing them to distend, the extra oxygen eliminates fluid build-up between cells, and the skin is stimulated to produce more collagen.

The result, say practitioners, is fewer fat cells and firmer, younger skin. Medical studies have long shown carbon dioxide stimulates circulation.

It has been used in France since the Thirties to treat patients suffering from poor circulation, blocked arteries and heart problems.

More recently, research by the University of Siena in Italy showed Carboxy therapy is effective at smoothing skin and reducing fat.

In the study, 48 women had six sessions over three weeks. On average, their thighs reduced by 2cm, and they lost 1cm from each knee and 3cm from their stomach. At the same time their skin became thicker and their cellulite smoother.

The results on stretch marks and scars are permanent, but doctors suggest that to maintain reduced cellulite levels, you should have boosters every six months.

Carbon dioxide is a natural gas, produced by the cells in our bodies. Nontoxic and routinely used to inflate the abdomen for laparoscopic surgery, it is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and expelled via our breath and kidneys.

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If ever I felt I needed to do something about the wrinkles on my face and neck, I would seriously consider Botox. That was before I discovered Caroboxy therapy! Now that carboxy therapy is available as an option, I think this is more preferable! :-) Forget Botox! Carboxy therapy sounds like a very promising treatment. Fewer fat cells and younger looking skin? Wow, I like the sound of that!

Have you noticed what Botox can do to you, besides smoothening the wrinkle lines, that is? I think for women who go for Botox regularly you will notice the difference in the appearance of their cheeks. Their cheeks tend to look very prominent, like two eggs, is how my friend describes it. The fact the botulinum toxin that is injected into the muscle paralyses it, err, that doesn't sound too good!

I think I will choose Carboxy therapy over Botox! A woman gotta do what she's gotta do to stay young looking! Heheh.