Mesotherapyis the technique of injecting a small amount of a customized mixture of conventional pharmaceutical, homeopathic medications or natural ingredients into the mesoderm – or middle layer of skin. Mesotherapy is characterized by its unique styles of injection: various superficial injections using specialized short needles and specific techniques into the EPIDERMIS, DERMIS and HYPODERMIS directly over the sites of the affected structures. The mesoderm is one of the three embryologic histological classifications; namely endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm. The cells of the endoderm morph primarily into the internal organs, the cells of the mesoderm level develop into dermis and hypodermis, fatty tissues and the musculoskeletal system and the ectoderm becomes, among other tissues, the brain and the epidermis. The term mesotherapy therefore is in reference to injecting into those tissues which originate from the mesoderm, namely the dermis and hypodermis. The therapeutic effect of mesotherapy is produced by 2 main factors:
• The injected mixture.
• The body’s self-healing mechanisms responding to the needles micro-perforation.
Mesotherapy has been touted as the latest breakthrough in aesthetic medicine for body sculpting, cellulite reduction, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, scar reduction and skin rejuvenation. Mesotherapy is also used in Pain Management, Sports Medicine, Hair Loss, Sports Injuries and Bone Calcifications.
Mesotherapy is a technique invented in 1952 by Dr. Michel Pistor to deliver medications just below the skin surface. While pills expose the entire body to chemical side effects, Mesotherapy is injected only where it is needed. Over the past 50 years, more than 15,000 physicians world-wide have used Mesotherapy for many uses including the treatment of acute and chronic musculoskeletal and rheumatological conditions, as well as sports injuries.In 1987, the French Academy of Medicine recognized Mesotherapy as an inherent part of traditional medicine. The International Society of Mesotherapy encompasses 14 countries throughout Europe and South America. Today, Mesotherapy is used all over the world, including the USA, as a safe and effective alternative to surgery in the practice of Cosmetic & Aesthetic Medicine.
Is it possible to get rid of fat without having an invasive procedure? For those who find liposuction “too much”, Mesotherapy for fat loss and body contouring is the answer. For patients who already have liposuction and find fat depositing in other areas, Mesotherapy again is the answer. Microinjections of an individualize “fat burning” formula are given directly into the areas being treated (love handles, arm flaps, saddlebags, etc.) A series of treatments (3-10) are given spaced two to four weeks apart. Results are considered permanent as long as the patient adheres to a proper diet and exercise regimen. Occasional touch-ups may be required. Mesotherapy benefits for body sculpting include: it is specific to treat areas of concern, non-surgical office procedure with no downtime
Mesotherapy is the practice of using microinjections of conventional or homeopathic medication and/or vitamins into the mesoderm or middle layer of skin to deliver healing or corrective treatment to a specific area of the body. Mesotherapy has been touted as the latest breakthrough in aesthetic mesdicine for body sculpting, cellulite reduction, and skin rejuvenation. Mesotherapy is also used in Pain Management, Sports Medicine, Sports Injuries and Bone Classifications.
The medical term for cellulite is liposclerosis/lipoedema. Cellulite is a skin condition affecting over 90% of women. Even those with a slim figure often complain about cellulite’s external lumpy, dimpled appearance. Cellulite commonly appears on the hips, buttocks and legs but is not caused by excess weight as many believe.
In order to understand how Mesotherapy reduces cellulite, one must understand what cellulite is. Cellulite appears in the subcutaneous level of the skin whereby fat cells are arranged in chambers surrounded by connective tissue called septae. Cellulite occurs when the fat cells expand and stretch the connective tissue causing it to eventually harden causing non-flexible length. Surrounding tissue continues to expand with weight or water gain. This results in areas of the skin being held down while other sections bulge outward giving the lumpy appearance. Mesotherapy benefits individuals who have cellulite by enabling drainage of excess fluid from the fat cell and improve blood flow to the area and lymphatic drainage of the excess dissolved fat deposits, removing fibrotic and hardened connective tissue.
In many cases Mesotherapy offers an alternative to even the safest form of liposuction, tumescent liposuction, (see table below). Tumescent liposuction has been recognized world wide as the technique permitting the greatest safety, the most rapid recovery, the least pain and the best aesthetic results.
While tumescent liposuction offers superior safety and result its important to remember tumescent liposuction can only be handled by the hands of an expert surgeon.
Mesotherapy is a non-invasive alternative supported by a 1994-95 study on “topical fat reduction” by UCLA researchers. This study concluded women who had Mesotherapy injections lost weight even without diet or exercise. About 100 people a year die because of liposuction, Mesotherapy has no deaths, stokes or heart attacks. attacks. A patient’s major concern with Mesotherapy is simple bruising and liver toxicity.
Generally, most healthy adults 18 to 80 may have mesotherapy for body sculpting and weight loss, cellulite treatment, and “mesolift” skin rejuvenation. Mesotherapy should only be administered under the guidance of a doctor.
Please be sure to mention if any of the following conditions is applicable to you do your physician can assess whether treatment is appropriate:
If you are pregnant, you are taking blood thinners, you are an insulin dependent diabetic, if you have cancer, if you have AIDS, you have coronary artery heart disease or heart dysfunction, if you have arrhythmias or irregular heart rhythm, you have a history of blood clots or strokes, or if you are immune-compromised and/ or are an organ transplant recipient.
Mesotherapy injections generally are a solution of various vitamins, minerals, enzymes, plant extracts, anesthetics, medications and amino acids. The ingredients in the solution depend on your individual treatment needs and the desired effect you want to achieve.
The timing on when someone will see results depend on the area treated and the extent of the problem. Eye Fat pads will usually show visible improvement after the first treatment. Larger areas with cellulite and fat should show improvement after the first 3-4 treatments.
A treatment cycle could require as few as 4 and as many as 10 treatments or more depending on the size of the area being treated and the results desired.
Mesotherapy for the treatment of cellulite or targeted body sculpting and spot fat reduction, including weight loss are effective treatments and will last. Maintaining the weight loss and optimal sculpting result requires consistent exercise (with cardio and light resistance training) and consistent food management discipline (emphasis on lean protein and low GI carbohydrates).
Patients generally will elect to have “touch up” treatments every 6 – 12 months.
There is no down time or recovery time for this procedure. The patient will be back to regular activities immediately, even straight back to work.
Hot showers should be avoided for 8 hours. If treatments were performed on the face, avoid makeup for at least 4 hours.
The majority of patients experience only minimal discomfort. For those who have discomfort, a topical local anesthetic cream can be applied approximately 30-45minutes prior to the procedure. Ice can also be applied after the procedure if necessary.
Possible side effects are generally mild and may include a short period of burning or itching, as well as temporary soreness which can last from a few minutes to as much as two days. Temporary bruising is common yet most bruises fade within one week and certainly by two weeks they should be completely gone. Potential but rare side effects can include: Flushing , Vagal response, Allergies & Nausea.
Love handles, Stomach, Saddle bags, Bra bulge, Inner thigh bulge, Outer thighs, Buttocks, Abdomen, Knee pads, Double chin, Eye fat pads, Face and neck, Arms, Back, Legs, Hands & Waist, Head – Alopecia, Wrinkles – Face, Neck & Chest.
Mesotherapy delivers vitamins, minerals, and amino acids directly into the skin to nourish, rejuvenate, stimulate metabolism, and promote collagen and elastin formation. The increase in circulation nourishes the body with oxygen and nutrients, and removes toxins that facilitate premature aging. After the Mesotherapy injection is given, the skins nerve receptors send an injury stimulus that generates a healing process. Skin cells, 1 to 2 mm around the pricking channel, release growth signals. These signals stimulate the proliferation of new cells – fibroblasts to produce collagen & elastin fibres. Collagen formation increases in the upper dermis. This new fibre formation (many hundred percent) – thickens &smoothes and fills former atrophic scars. When a high number of microscopic small needle-pricks are set, the induced collagen formation becomes confluent forming a new collagen layer. In addition to neocollagenesis the stimulation encourages neo-angiogenesis – new capillaries resulting in more & a better blood supply to the skin.
Patients describe their skin as looking rested, radiant and firmer after treatment. Mesotherapy is an excellent addition to other anti-aging strategies such as dermabrasion and topicals. Treatments can be used to tone and tighten as prevention, intervention, or maintenance of the face, neck, arms, and hands. General recommendation: 1 treatment every one to two months for maintenance.
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