Modern Day Fountain of Youth?
If you could undergo one simple non-invasive treatment that peeled away those years to remove unwanted fat, stimulate hair growth, fade wrinkles and lines as well as tighten loose skin among other things, then finding the fountain of youth might be one option. Another option is something called mesotherapy.
Sounds almost too good to be true, doesn’t it? So what is Mesotherapy and what does it do? We take a closer look.
Mesotherapy is a non-surgical cosmetic medicine treatment which was developed by Michel Pistor in 1952. Originally used to relieve pain with his patients in France, it has since gained widespread popularity all over the world for its other beneficial side effects.
What is mesotherapy?
The practice of Mesotherapy employs receiving multiple injections of pharmaceutical and homeopathic medications, plant extracts, vitamins, and other ingredients into your subcutaneous fat layers.
Specifically, this technique uses fine needles to inject vitamins, enzymes, hormones, and plant extracts into the middle layer (mesoderm) of skin that help to:
- Remove fat in specific areas such as the stomach, thighs, buttocks, hips, legs, arms, and face.
- Reduce cellulite
- Fade wrinkles and lines
- Tighten loose skin
- Recontour the body
- Lighten pigmented skin, and
- Treat alopecia, a condition that causes hair loss
For hair loss, mesotherapy works to treat alopecia by injecting natural plant extracts, vitamins, or medicines like finasteride and minoxidil into the targeted area. Treatments are used to:
- Correct hormone imbalance in and around the hair follicles
- Delivers nutrients to the hair, and
- Improve blood circulation
In practice, Mesotherapy is designed to correct issues such as poor circulation and inflammation that over time are factors that contribute to skin damage.
While there isn’t a specific formula of substances, clinicians may use several different solutions in order to maximise results from prescription medicines, hormones, enzymes and herbal extracts as well as vitamins and minerals.
How does it work?
After a thorough evaluation, a treatment plan and number of sessions is recommended by our trained staff so you can decide and find out what to expect. Typically before the sessions begin, you should avoid taking aspirin and certain other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for one week before the procedure. This is to reduce bleeding and bruising during treatment.
During your appointment numbing medicine is first applied to your skin. Then, a series of injections using a special short needle are given at different depths — from 1 to 4 millimeters into your skin — depending on what condition you’re having treated. Each injection places a small amount of the solution into the middle layer of your skin.
Several mesotherapy sessions are most likely needed to get the desired effect with injections suggested every 7 to 10 days. If your skin starts to improve, the treatments will be stretched out to once every two weeks or once a month.
What are the potential risks and side effects?
People who practice mesotherapy say the risks are minimal if you go to a trained practitioner.
Reported side effects can include: nausea, pain, sensitivity, swelling, itching, redness, bruising, bumps at the injection site, dark patches of skin, rash, infection and sometimes scars.
As mesotherapy is non-invasive, typically there isn’t any downtime and most people can return to their regular activities immediately. Some may need up to a day to relieve localised swelling and pain.
While mesotherapy is a non-invasive procedure, using a trained and experienced clinician is recommended.
For more information, call 1300 CHIQUE or to speak with one of our experienced staff in person, contact Chique to learn more and schedule an initial consultation.