Excess abdominal fat has been linked to a number of various serious health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. It’s so easy to put on fat around the middle. But for many people trying to shed a few extra pounds, belly fat is harder to lose than any other area of fat.
And if you’re one of those who’s struggling to get rid of that stubborn belly fat despite diet and exercise, this non-invasive technique, which involves injecting carbon dioxide gas into one’s body, claims it can eliminate fat around the stomach.
According to a study done by the Northwestern Medicine, carboxytherapy, a non-surgical procedure that uses carbon dioxide, can reduce fat around the stomach. However, the changes were modest and did not result in a long-term fat reduction, said the researchers. The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of carboxytherapy for fat reduction in a randomized, controlled trial, and to determine if any observed benefits persisted for six months, the researchers added.
“Carboxytherapy could potentially be a new and effective means of fat reduction. It still needs to be optimised, though, so it’s long-lasting,” said lead author, Dr Murad Alam. 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,” Alam said. “Non-invasive fat reduction has become increasingly sought-after by patients.”
According to the study, carboxytherapy has been performed primarily outside the US, with a few clinical studies suggesting it may provide a lasting improvement in abdominal contours. It is believed that injection of carbon dioxide causes changes in the microcirculation, and damages fat cells, although how carboxytherapy works is not well understood. Benefits of this non-invasive approach are diminished downtime, avoidance of scarring and perceived safety.
Current technologies routinely used for non-invasive fat reduction include cryolipolysis, high intensity ultrasound, radiofrequency, chemical adipocytolysis and laser-assisted fat reduction, the study added.
The study added that no randomised controlled trials for carboxytherapy efficacy and benefit over time have been previously conducted.
The findings have been published in Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.