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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 1045-1049

Evaluate the efficacy of carboxytherapy for localized lipolysis in a sample of Egyptian patients

1 Department of Dermatology, Andrology and STDs, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt
2 Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University, Menoufia, Egypt
3 Department of Dermatology, Kafr Elshaikh Governate, Egypt

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Shahlaa A. E. R. Essa
Kafr Elshikh, Kafr Elshikh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mmj.mmj_82_19

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Objective To evaluate the efficacy of injection of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the treatment of localized fat deposits. Background Obesity is a serious medical problem resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. CO2 therapy or carboxytherapy is the transcutaneous administration of CO2 for therapeutic purposes. Patients and methods A prospective, cross-sectional study was carried out on 15 men having localized fat deposits in the abdomen, who attended the Dermatology Outpatient Clinic, Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University Hospitals, during the period from July 2017 to January 2018. Detailed history, clinical examination, digital photographic registration, and ultrasound measurements of the thickness of subcutaneous fat and therapeutic regimen were done. Results Abdominal measurements by tape and ultrasound showed a statically significant reduction in abdominal circumference (P < 0.0001) and in fat thickness (P < 0.0001). Conclusion Carboxytherapy appeared to be effective in the treatment of localized obesity, without remarkable adverse effects, and can be used as a safe, complementary treatment option.

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