What is mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy is a medical procedure through which active drugs and nutrients are administered into target tissues by means of intradermal micro-injections or use of equipment that create pores at the cellular level for the drugs and nutrients to pass through.
Mesotherapy originated in France in 1958, and was invented by Dr. Michael Pistor. It has become very popular in aesthetic/cosmetic medicine and has been used to treat a myriad of skin problems. It has especially gained wide acceptance and popularity in Europe with great results, and is gradually spreading and being accepted by the rest of the world.
How and why mesotherapy works
Compared to applying creams, lotions and medicaments on the skin, mesotherapy solutions are injected intradermally in larger quantities, remaining in that injected area for much longer, acting for a longer period and offering better and superior results.
Uses and Benefits of Mesotherapy
Mesotherapy is effective, safe and progressively done. The mesotherapy solution is placed directly into the problem area in repeated sessions thereby minimizing side effects.
It can be used to treat a plethora of problems including cellulite, stretch marks, scars, hair loss, wrinkles, pigmentation problems, sagging skin, localized fat deposits (body contouring) and much more.
Types of mesotherapy
Mesotherapy can be conventional or needleless.
Conventional or needle mesotherapy uses single needles to inject the treatment solution into the problem areas.
Microneedling also uses needles but instead of single needles, there are 12 to 36 tiny needles that create pores in the skin enabling the mesotherapy product sip into the dermis.
Needleless mesotherapy uses a device that emits electromagnetic waves or currents creating transitional, temporary pores at the cellular level through which the treatment solutions then pass into the dermis. This is called electroporation. The advantages of the needleless mesotherapy include its painlessness and non-invasiveness and it is an excellent alternative to needle mesotherapy. However it is not as effective as the needle mesotherapy as the amount of product reaching the dermis is less.
Risks associated with mesotherapy
Mesotherapy is relatively safe and carries no major associated risks. It MUST however be performed by a trained professional. Some of the associated risks include:
- Mild soreness and pain, during and after the procedure. Over the counter analgesics are sufficient for this pain.
- Itching may be experienced for a day or two after the procedure.
- Redness and some discoloration may be experienced around the treatment area.
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