What is Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy is a novel non-invasive treatment modality in cosmetic medicine, which involves injection of the medicines directly under the skin at the target area. Mesotherapy is micro-injection of solution containing conventional medicines, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. The ingredients of the solution will depend on the treatment required.
What is Mesotherapy used for?
Cellulite reduction and localised fat reduction:
Combination of medicines can be injected under the skin which will break the triglycerides within the fat cells, reducing the fat accumulation. It helps in localised fat deposition and the reduces the cellulites giving a firmer and smoother skin. Areas such as outer thighs, jowls, around knees will be ideal for mesotherapy injections. Results will usually be noticed after 6 sessions. Approximately, 8-10 treatments will be required.
Skin rejuvenation for aging:
Mesotherapy aims to replace the minerals, vitamins and amino acids in the skin which decreases with aging. Series of injections, helps in skin regeneration and prevents fine lines and sagging of skin, especially under eyes, jowls
Mesotherapy technique can be effectively employed to treat scars. However, it is important to understand that no scar or stretch marks can be completely eliminated. Injecting a cocktail solution of conventional medicines, enzymes and vitamins helps in making the scars less visible. Elevated scars can get flatter and depressed scars can appear plump with new regenerated skin. Mesotherapy injections in stretch marks can promote new collagen formation and makes it less noticeable.
Mesotherapy is effective in hair loss patients, especially in alopecia areata (patchy hair loss). It involves restoration of hair nutrients and vitamins directly into the scalp, which promotes hair growth in hair loss area. It is important to understand that, mesotherapy injection is useful only in small areas of hair loss. Mesotherapy can be combined with hair transplantation surgery for better and quicker results.
Mesotherapy injections can be used to clear small areas of lumps and bumps following liposuction. It is minimally invasive and dissolves the fat on injecting the lipolytic mesotherapy solution.
How often is the treatment required?
Usually it depends on the treatment area. Approximately, 4-8 treatments will be required at weekly or bi-weekly intervals. Patients can have maintenance injections every 6-12 months.
Are there any side effects with Mesotherapy?
There will be minimal discomfort on injection. However, the size of the needle is very small, hence the pain is usually very subtle. There can be mild swelling in the injected area, which usually disappears within 12-36 hours. Rarely, bruising will be noticed following injections, which usually disappears within few days.
Who is NOT a suitable candidate for Mesotherapy injections?
- Patients on blood-thinning medications such as aspiring, warfarin and heparin.
- Patients with history of deep vein thrombosis
- History of stroke, recent cancer
- Insulin-dependant diabetes.