Carboxytherapy for stretch marks

By (biologist specialized in clinical & biomedical laboratory) and (fertility counselor).
Last Update: 04/11/2016

The loosening of the skin in areas of the abdomen, chest, buttocks, and thighs during pregnancy and the increase of female hormones causes stretch marks to appear on the woman's body.

Collagen and elastic fibers are broken and those red marks that appear become whitish after some time.

Nowadays, and in order to eliminate these stretch marks, carboxytherapy is used. The origin of this therapy is in Royat Hot Springs Station, France and it became famous when, in the 50s, a group of cardiologists applied the treatment to patients with different diseases with a common denominator: a blood flow deficit.


Cellulites is defined as a vasculopathic dermopathy. Cellulites appears because adiposities, in this toxic environment, cannot adequately perform their metabolic exchanges and increase in size, getting wrapped in the last stages of connective fibers that strangle them, and being surrounded by linfatics that are incapable of collecting toxins.

This is a very complex process which common denominator is the existence of a local microcirculatory disorder. When the proper drainage of adiposities does not occur, waste and impurities accumulate in a liquid form and then take on a thicker consistency—or gel.

Even if a woman deeply hydrates her skin during pregnancy, she should not stop doing it after childbirth. The moment when the skin returns to its natural state is when new stretch marks appear.


Carboxytherapy treatment activates blood flow in the affected area, retracting the scars and triggering the formation of new dermal tissue. Stretch marks are almost completely eliminated, even in the most complicated cases and when the stretch marks have a whitish color and are older. The treatment also contributes to the return of the thickness and strength of the skin.

The first stage of the treatment is carboxytherapy, which involves the injection of small quantities of carbon dioxide—a sterile gas without side effects—in the dermis. Revitalization of the skin through the increase in oxygenation and activation of the fibroblasts that allow more collagen to be produced is achieved with this technique. In fact, it has been shown that even the oldest stretch marks respond positively to this treatment.

Another advantage of this treatment is that it also helps fight fat accumulation and it strengthens the tissue by activating the cellular metabolism and by stimulating the affected area. One or two sessions per week and a minimum of ten sessions are recommended. The price of each session is €55-60.

The second phase of the treatment are injections of calcium hydroxyapatite, a dense component of the dermis that stimulates the production of collagen, made with microcannulas. When used after pregnancy, this treatment helps the skin that has stretched during pregnancy and that is very thin and fragile regain its density. It tones the skin as well. Two or three sessions separated by a month are recommended. The cost of each session is around €300.

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 María Rodríguez Ramírez
María Rodríguez Ramírez
Biologist specialized in Clinical & Biomedical Laboratory
Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Postgraduate Degree in Clinical & Biomedical Laboratory by the University of Valencia (UV). Writer of scientific contents from the field of Biology and Human Reproduction. More information about María Rodríguez Ramírez
Adapted into english by:
 Sandra Fernández
Sandra Fernández
B.A., M.A.
Fertility Counselor
Bachelor of Arts in Translation and Interpreting (English, Spanish, Catalan, German) from the University of Valencia (UV) and Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus (Edinburgh, UK). Postgraduate Course in Legal Translation from the University of Valencia. Specialist in Medical Translation, with several years of experience in the field of Assisted Reproduction. More information about Sandra Fernández

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