Mesotherapy is a medical technique devised in the 1950s. It was first used to treat such conditions as rheumatism, sports injuries, and for the improvement of blood circulation. Mesotherapy has now been used successfully for the treatment of cosmetic conditions, including skin rejuvenation and improvement, hair regrowth, localised fat reduction and as a treatment for cellulite.
How Mesotherapy works
Mesotherapy involves the injection of a specially prepared mixture of vitamins, amino acids, and medications, placed just millimetres under the skin into the problematic area. Just a “drop” of solution is used at each injection site.
You can get these active substances to the site requiring treatment by directly injecting them there. This is instead of relying on a tablet or intravenous injection where higher concentrations of the drug are required in order to get adequate levels to the site requiring treatment. Mesotherapy is both more precise and requires less solution to be injected.
The actual preparation injected into the mesoderm (or surface layer of the skin) during Mesotherapy depends upon the problem being treated. In general, the substances used can include: a local anaesthetic, and products that may reduce inflammation and treat veins, muscle relaxants, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, plant extracts, hormones, and hormone blockers; to name but a few.
Mesotherapy treatment is effective for treating:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Crow’s feet
- Stretch marks
- Tighten sagging skin
- Reduce cellulite
- Treat skin pigmentation
- Non-surgical procedure
Mesotherapy brand products
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that is found in all living organisms. Hyaluronic acid injections for mesotherapy are marketed in the UK as the IAL system.
Juvéderm® HYDRATE is part of the Juvéderm® ULTRA family of dermal fillers which contain hyaluronic acid and the anti-oxidant, mannitol. It is designed to improve skin hydration and elasticity by replacing HA lost through ageing.
Restylane ® Skinboosters (Vital & Lip Refresh)
RESTYLANE Skinboosters (Restylane Vital, Restylane Vital Light and Restylane Lip Refresh) are a Non-Animal Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid (NASHA) gel aimed at a whole new approach to skin rejuvenation for the face, neck, décolletage and hands.
Revanesse ® Pure
Revanesse® Pure is a non-animal hyaluronic acid based biorejuvenation product used for skin rehydration of the face, neck, hands and décolletage using a mesotherapy technique.
Teosyal ® Meso
The Teosyal range consists of three monophasic hyaluronic acid based products of non-animal origin, which are highly biocompatible, offering patients immediate and long-lasting results.
Viscoderm contains hyaluronic acid and is referred to as a “skin booster” product line for intradermal use. It helps restore the support structures of skin tissue, resulting in increased tone, elasticity and firmness.
Viscoderm ® Skinko
Viscoderm Skinko and Viscoderm Skinko E are two pre-mixed mesotherapy cocktails with an antioxidant complex of vitamins, minerals and amino acids with added non-cross linked hyaluronic acid (HA) which act on both the causes and effects of skin ageing.
Xela Rederm is a non-crosslinked, high molecular weight hyaluronic acid (HA) based injectable product which is combined with succinic acid. It is made in Italy by Institute Hyalual.
If you are considering mesotherapy, the following information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure. It can’t answer all your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient and the practitioner. If you have any further questions please contact us at True Medispa& Medispa.
Mesotherapy as a skin rejuvenating treatment
Mesotherapy in the treatment of ageing skin aims to replace minerals, vitamins and amino acids that are found in lower levels in skin as we age.
Another newer procedure is to boost levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin. This is another important component of the skin that helps to maintain firmness and texture.
Again, as the skin ages, levels of hyaluronic acid decrease, and it is claimed that injecting more hyaluronic acid into the dermal layers (just below the surface of the skin) helps to stimulate more collagen production, which, in turn, improves skin tone and helps to reduce fine lines.
What happens before a Mesotherapy treatment
Careful discussions regarding your reasons for wanting treatment of your skin are very important before you begin mesotherapy. You must also make sure that this treatment can deliver what you want and how you would like to look afterwards.
A medical history will be taken to make sure that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t undertake treatment. You may be asked to sign a consent form which means that you have understood the potential benefits and risks associated with the procedure.
Photographs may also be taken by the practitioner for a “before and after” comparison at a later date.
Treatment may be carried out immediately after an initial consultation at which point you will be informed as to how many treatments you will require.
Mesotherapy involves multiple injections using a very fine needle, immediately beneath the surface of the skin. It will help to improve circulation, replace lost vitamins, minerals and amino acids, or boost levels of hyaluronic acid.
Each treatment takes about ten to twenty minutes and is generally not painful. If you find it uncomfortable, a topical anaesthetic can be applied prior to treatment.
Micro-injections are given every couple of weeks for two to three treatment courses. Some individuals may require a longer initial course of treatment.
When the desired effects are achieved, you will require a maintenance program every 2 – 3 months or so.
How long will it take to recover from Mesotherapy?
After the treatment you can return to normal activities.
What are the risks and potential complications from Mesotherapy treatment?
Fine needles are used to help keep any pain – which is generally only minor and short lived – to a minimum.
Possible side-effects are small bruises which vanish in a few days, and a little swelling in the injected area which remains for about 12 – 36 hours.
Some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to the products used, although this is a rare occurrence.
What should you do after a Mesotherapy treatment?
You can return to normal activities straight away. You should, however, contact your practitioner immediately if you notice any signs of pain or inflammation in the area treated.
Who should not have a Mesotherapy treatment?
You should not undergo mesotherapy if you have a history of any allergic reactions to any of the substances being injected. Your practitioner will discuss this and any risks in the first medical consultation.
Who can perform Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy is an interventional natural medicine technique. Mesotherapy must be performed by a licensed health care clinician who is permitted to do injections.
If you have any further questions please contact us at True Medispa& Medispa.
Summary of advice for Mesotherapy
There are many people in the medical profession in the UK who are sceptical about the effectiveness and potential long term safety of this procedure.
It is, however, a widely accepted treatment for a number of medical as well as cosmetic problems in France and other parts of Europe.
Over the last couple of years, more UK aesthetic practitioners have decided to adopt Mesotherapy at their clinics.
You need to ensure that any claims made by practitioners can be backed up with suitable evidence – preferably by speaking to people who they have treated.
Prices of Mesotherapy treatment
Single treatment price £175
Meso Glow treatment package
6 Mesotherapy treatments
6 Dermalux treatments
3 Skin Peels
Package price £985 A saving of £500!
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