The Shanghai Ren'ai Hospital doctors

What is Stretch Mark Treatment

We use Carboxytherapy for the treatment of stretch marks. This procedure has been practiced in medicine since the1930s. It was made popular in France, where it was discovered that bathing in pools rich of carbon dioxide water helped speed up wound healing. Carboxytherapy is a very safe procedure as it uses naturally occurring carbon dioxide. It’s also quick, effective and affordable.

Carboxytherapy has massively grown in popularity since 1995 as part of a new wave of non-surgical rejuvenating treatments that target many common beauty problems. It can be used for both lipolysis (fat removal) and skin rejuvenation. Carboxytherapy improves skin elasticity, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, aids collagen repair and destroys localised fatty deposits. Once injected beneath the skin’s surface, it creates an area that the body recognises as oxygen deficit. The body responds by increasing the flow of blood to that area. The surge of oxygen and nutrients to the treated area results in cell restoration and improves skin appearance.

Clinical uses for carboxytherapy

Carboxytherapy is used for the treatment of dark under-eye circles, stretch-marks, cellulite reduction, and non-surgical fat sculpting on the face and the body.

Stretch Marks: 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 stretchmarks by rebuilding the collagen matrix.

Cellulite & Fat Reduction: When injected via a specific technique, carbon dioxide gas is directly toxic to fat cells. The fat cells literally burst and are eliminated by the body.

The Procedure

Using a very fine needle, the area is injected with carbon dioxide a number of times. Most people see a result after the first treatment. More pronounced and long lasting results are seem after 4-12 treatments, by which the skin shows clear signs of healthy rejuvenation. A personalized treatment plan will be suggested for you at your free consultation with a specialist aesthetic Doctor.

Later Progress

There is no recovery time. The perfect lunch-hour procedure and will perfectly fits in your busy life style. Some people experience mild pain at the injection site and/or bruising.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure normally takes 15-30 minutes.

How long do the results last?

The effects of carboxytherapy can last up to 6 months.

Will the procedure hurt?

The procedure is only mildly uncomfortable.

How many sessions will I need?

This depends on the goal of the treatment; for facial lines or dark circles, 3-6 sessions are normally suitable; cellulite treatment can take up to 20 sessions. Your non-surgical practitioner will be able to advise you on the number of treatments required.

When can I go back to normal day-to-day activities?

You can go back to normal activities the same day. Though we recommend you avoid excessive heat for about two weeks after (e.g. sunbathing, sunbeds, saunas) and do not submerge the area in water for 6 hours after treatment. There may be some bruising in the area so you may want to consider this if you are planning trips away or special days.

Are there any alternatives to this procedure?

Depending on the results you are trying to achieve, other treatments may be helpful. Your non-surgical practitioner and our coordinators will be able to guide you as to the best treatments for the results you are trying to achieve.

Can I combine this procedure with other procedures?

Yes, many clients choose to have other procedures at the same time.