Carboxytherapy was found effective in eliminating belly fat, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. The first randomized, controlled trial successfully tested that carbon dioxide gas injections eliminate fat around the stomach. Injection of carbon dioxide causes changes in the microcirculation and damages fat cells.
Dr. Murad Alam and his associates conducted a study to assess the effectiveness of carboxytherapy for belly fat reduction in a randomized, controlled trial, and to determine if any observed benefits persisted for six months.
The study included 16 adults who were not overweight (body mass of 22 to 29) and were randomized to get a weekly carbon dioxide gas injection to one side of their abdomens and a sham treatment on the other side once a week for five weeks. The observation was noted by a high-resolution ultrasound.
The study found a reduction in superficial fat after five weeks but not at 28 weeks. The patients’ body weight did not change over the course of the study.
The author gave a probable explanation for the technique not effective after six months was that the treatment stimulated a temporary metabolic process that reduced the size of fat cells without inducing cell death.
“Carboxytherapy could potentially be a new and effective means of fat reduction,” said lead author Dr. Murad Alam. He added,”The new technique’s benefits are that it is a “safe, inexpensive gas, and injecting it into fat pockets may be preferred by patients who like natural treatments.”
Current technologies routinely used for non-invasive fat reduction include cryolipolysis, high-intensity ultrasound, radiofrequency, chemical adipocytolysis and laser-assisted fat reduction.
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