WHAT IS MESOTHERAPY?
Mesotherapy refers to a drug injection technique used in general medicine for the treatment of various medical conditions. Mesotherapy was developed in the early 1950s by French physician Dr Michel Pistor to treat conditions such as rheumatology (painful joints), sports injuries (strains, tendonitis, pulled muscles), infectious diseases (ear, nose and throat infections, respiratory problems) and vascular disorders (tired legs, varicose veins).
From the late 1980s mesotherapy was used for aesthetic indications, in particular:
- Non-surgical body contouring (treatment of cellulite and localized fat deposits),
- Alopecia (hair loss) and,
- Skin rejuvenation (facial lines and wrinkles, photo –aged and dehydrated skins, stretch marks, hypertrophic indented scars).
In the past few decades mesotherapy has become a very popular method in aesthetic medicine worldwide. In this section we will discuss in more detail mesotherapy for skin rejuvenation (meso-lift).
Mesotherapy for skin rejuvenation involves intradermal (i.e. into the skin) injections of the anti–ageing drug cocktails. The depth of injections may vary and is usually between 1 to 4 mm into the skin. There are also different types of mesotherapy injection techniques. The depth and the type of mesotherapy injections are chosen by an aesthetics doctor based on the skin condition and the area of treatment. There are different injectable mesotherapy cocktails on the market, but most of them include the following key ingredients:
- Hyaluronic acid – for hydration of the skin and plumping effect
- Vitamins, most commonly used are vitamin A (stimulates synthesis of collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin), and vitamins C and E (powerful antioxidants that neutralizing the free radicals and help to treat sun damage and slow down the ageing process)
- Amino acids, which are used as building blocks for production of collagen and elastin
- Minerals (Zinc, Selenium, Silicium, MgSO4) to guarantee the ionic balance of the dermis
- Co–enzymes to activate biochemical reactions in the skin
- Nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) to stimulate the synthesis of proteins (collagen and elastin)
- Growth factors – recombinant human growth factors like Epidermal Growth factor (EGF), basic Fibroblast Growth Factor (bFGF), and Insulin Growth Factor (IGF–1). They stimulate skin regeneration and healing.
HOW DOES MESOTHERAPY WORK AND WHAT ARE THE INDICATIONS?
Mesotherapy rejuvenates the skin by hydration (injection of Hyaluronic acid) and collagen induction. Collagen synthesis is stimulated by the active ingredients of the injected drug cocktail as well as by multiple injections itself (needle stick injuries of the skin initiate the wound healing process and as a result of this new collagen molecules are produced).
Mesotherapy for skin rejuvenation is indicated for:
- Dehydrated, dull, lax and sagging skins
- Rough skin texture and enlarged pores
- Wrinkles and lines, loss of skin turgor and sun damage on the face, neck, décolleté, hands and arms
- It is also popular for the treatment of stretch marks on different areas of the body.
Mesotherapy can also be combined with other methods of aesthetic therapies, like fillers, light and laser treatments and/or Botox in personalised treatment programmes. At Radiance for You, we will advise you on the best course of treatment to suit your needs.
Mesotherapy can be performed on both female and male clients and there is no restriction based on ethnical types of the skin.
ABOUT THE PROCEDURE
Mesotherapy takes approximately 40 minutes to an hour depending on the area of the treatment.
Mesotherapy starts from removing make up (if any) and thoroughly cleansing the skin. At our practice, mesotherapy is performed with prior skin resurfacing – i.e. mild crystal free microdermabrasion (MDA) or superficial chemical peel (meso-peel). MDA and chemical peels provide additional cleaning of the skin, improve skin permeability and thus increase penetration of the mesotherapy cocktail. MDA and superficial chemical peels represent good anti–ageing methods on their own and therefore, combining them with mesotherapy provides additional benefits to the skin. After skin resurfacing the actual mesotherapy injections are performed. The procedure is very well tolerated, but to make it even more comfortable topical anaesthetic cream (e.g. Emla cream) can be applied on more sensitive areas. Mild bleeding may occur during mesotherapy injections.
WHAT HAPPENS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Mesotherapy may cause mild superficial bruising when injections are done in the deeper layers of the dermis. Bruises usually clear up within a week. In most cases, especially with more superficial injections, there is no down time after the procedure. In some cases mild redness at injection sites may persist for a few hours to a few days and can easily be covered up with make-up.
Immediately after mesotherapy skin feels well hydrated and looks more plumped up and supple. A few days later skin looks glowing and radiant. A gradual improvement in skin hydration, complexion and texture, as well as reduction in the depth of the wrinkles is appreciated from session to session. A visible rejuvenating effect of mesotherapy normally requires a number of regular treatments.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD MESOTHERAPY BE DONE?
Initially, it is recommended to have a course of 4 to 6 mesotherapy treatments repeated every two weeks. Thereafter, mesotherapy maintenance treatments can be done once a month. Based on the patient’s life style, mesotherapy can also be done as a once a month aesthetic treatment from the beginning.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MESOTHERAPY?
- Improvement of skin hydration and structure
- Improvement of skin quality and appearance (supple, glowing skin)
- Disappearance of fine wrinkles
- Softening of moderate and deep wrinkles
- Acute skin infection
- Blood clotting disorders
- Known allergy to one of the ingredients in the mesotherapy cocktail
- Broken veins
- Sensitive skin with redness
- As a precaution mesotherapy is not recommended during pregnancy and breast feeding