Inject some life into your skin. Mesotherapy is a cosmetic procedure that involves the injection of vitamins, homeopathic remedies or traditional medications into the mesoderm layer of the skin. It is designed to rejuvenate or resurface specific areas and the course of injections given depends on the particular condition being treated.
How does it work?
Prior to treatment, the doctor performing the therapy will get you to fill out some forms providing details of your medical history and will also take photos to help track the treatment progress in future sessions. You should also receive two small injections as an allergy test during an initial consultation appointment, and these areas should then be monitored for at least 24 hours in case of a negative reaction.
During the treatment, a special gun containing short thin needles (measuring 4-6mm) is used to inject minute quantities of homeopathic medications, pharmaceuticals, vitamins, minerals or amino acids (in a unique a mix tailored to help with your particular condition) under the top layers of skin to remedy a variety of conditions:
*Cellulite: The most popular use of mesotherapy is the treatment of cellulite, due to the encouraging results that have been documented. Small amounts of emphysema medication aminophyilline are often used to treat cellulite in combination with isoproternol. Both medicines have been proven to break down fat and so are thought to help eliminate the uneven fatty deposits that the condition creates.
*Skin rejuvenation: The so called ‘mesolift’ utilizes mesotherapy injections to deliver nutrients and renewal stimulants to the deeper levels of the skin. The introduction of vitamins (including vitamin D), minerals and amino acids is said to prompt the production of collagen and elastin, as well as stimulating metabolism. The act of delivering nutrients directly to the developing skin is also meant to help eliminate the build up of toxins and improve circulation, supposedly leaving skin looking rested and radiant after treatment.
*Toning: Mesotherapy can also be used to tighten sagging skin that has appeared as a result of weight loss or the ageing process.
A typical treatment will last ten to twenty minutes and is generally not too painful. Some patients report a slight burning sensation that lasts between 15 and 20 minutes after the session finishes, but the majority of centres will also offer application of a topical anaesthetic if you are particularly worried about feeling the needles being inserted.
Is it for me?
If you would like to give your appearance a nutrient boost that is more than skin deep, then mesotherapy may be worth looking into. It is not generally used as a preventative treatment, so you will need to have a specific skin situation in mind when you attend your consultation and do bear in mind that there is currently no scientific or solid medical backing for the effectiveness of the therapy.
As mesotherapy is tweaked in order to help your own individual skin problems, it could benefit those who have had hit and miss results with topically applied creams, targeted exercise (when it comes to cellulite) and one-size-fits-all skin surface perfectors. However, repeat treatments are required and cellulite-busting results will only last if you keep up with nutritional and activity changes that prevent further fat accumulation.
Although mesotherapy delivers renewal stimulants directly to the affected skin and allows you to continue with everyday activities immediately, some minor side effects may occur that mean you leave the treatment centre looking a little less than your best. Swelling and associated soreness may occur at treatment sites and depending on the individual, can last between one and five days. Some patients report minor skin discolouration which resolves slowly on its own, whereas other patients turn to chemical peels to remove evidence of patchy skin colouration more quickly. There is also a slight risk of infection at the point where each injection is administered, but such complications are rare if you adhere to aftercare advice.
If you’re not a fan of needles, some centres do offer an alternative known as Eporex, which uses an electric roller to administer the cocktail of supplements into the skin.
Good to know...
Mesotherapy was invented by researcher Dr. Michel Pistor and gets its name from the Greek for ‘middle’ (mesos) and ‘to treat medically’ (therapeia). The name was coined by the French press back in 1958 and The French Academy of Medicine were the first to recognise mesotherapy as a Specialty of Medicine in 1987.