Mesotherapy is a treatment that has been used with great success in the most diverse fields of application in France since 1952. Developed by the French physician Dr. Michel Pistor, the method has become firmly established in France and all countries of the Romance language area. The number of physicians who use this method for the benefit of their patients is steadily increasing. The fact that this medication – with its high standard of quality – is already well established, demonstrates that we are not dealing with a random method whose effectiveness is not proven.
The procedure in general consists of infiltrating “allopathic” medical substances (injections), namely those which a “traditional” physician would administer orally. However, there is a significant difference: when orally taken, a particular medication is “digested” and therefore only reaches, if at all, a very low concentration, in the area where the symptoms occur. However, by simply directly injecting the medication in the spot where the pain or disturbance occurs, the targeted area can be directly treated without deviations. The amount of medication administered is extremely low whereas the effect is fast and long-lasting.
Over the past few years, mesotherapy has also found its way into aesthetic medicine and is enriching it in many ways. Various active substances are injected into the skin using special injection techniques at different skin layers.
What is mesotherapy indicated for?
Mesotherapy can be applied in the field of aesthetic medicine in the following areas:
1. Prevention of aging processes of the skin
Smoothing of wrinkles Refreshing the skin tone Tightening of the skin (Mesolift or Bio-Facelift)
How does the infiltration of medications work?
Superficial microinjections are administered manually with a syringe or with a special pistol on wider surfaces, or proceeding point by point. The needle is only 4 mm long and specially honed in order to prevent unnecessary bleedings. These injections provoke a chain reaction of neural therapy, acupuncture and pharmacological effects. For therapeutic purposes, different highly diluted drugs are inserted into the skin, using special injection techniques.
Stimulating the reflex points, in combination with the therapeutic effects, some stimulating and regenerative effects are activated on the skin.
The pistol has the advantage that different infiltration techniques can be preprogrammed and the skin can be tensed with a stamp. The tensing of the skin, however, can also be manually done by an experienced therapist.
How does mesotherapy work?
1. To prevent aging processes of the skin:
Two substances are mainly used to prevent the aging process.
Hyaluronic acid is applied on the upper dermic skin layers where it is naturally present. With the aging process, a reduction of hyaluronic acid is observed, which leads to a reduced capacity to bind water, thus leading to the formation of wrinkles. The application of hyaluronic acid injections causes the smoothing of little wrinkles and gives the skin a fresher appearance.
The treatment is usually combined with vitamins to block the production of free radicals. This combination is a causal attempt to influence the aging process. The alternatives of using creams containing vitamins or taking vitamins don’t usually reach the targeted areas or at least not in the desired concentrations.
Mesotherapy is a type of therapy whose stimulating and reconstructive effects take place in cyclical treatments. Special skincare products or treatments by your cosmetician might reinforce its effects.
2. Against Cellulite:
The origins of cellulite are found in different factors. It is influenced by female hormones and to a certain extent genetically determined. At any rate, it leads to a reduced arterial and venous circulation combined with diminished lymphatic drainage.
Cellulite is due to increased storage of fat in the fat cells. Unlike male tissue, female fat cells are loosely wrapped with connective tissue. Due to the strong fat load, the fat cells swell up and lead to a compression of the blood and lymphatic vessels. The result is an edema and a degeneration of the connective tissue fibers, leading to the typical “orange peel” appearance. The cellulite treatment is complex.
- An anti-edema treatment to restore efficient microcirculation
- A lipolysis by blocking phosphodiesterase, for example with theophylline, which causes a lipolysis in the fat cells with the subsequent expulsion of short chained fatty acids
- Improvement and renewal of the connective tissue, the treatment achieves an improvement of the three-dimensional structure of the connective tissue cover of the fatty tissue and consequently a tightening of the skin structure with a smoothing of the “orange peel” appearance.
Does mesotherapy also help against stretch marks?
In fact, mesotherapy is especially indicated for stretch marks! A special drug mixture injected into the alterations of the skin guarantees practically complete healing immediately after pregnancy.
Is the treatment painful?
A quick injection is almost painless. Why? Because a quick injection does not leave any time for the pain to reach the brain. This is why mesotherapy with high speed devices is easier to bear.
How many injections are necessary per treatment?
Depending on the diagnosis, approximately 10 to 200 injections (with the automatic device).
Are so many injections not dangerous?
No. There is no danger with an experienced physician using sterile one-use syringes and cannulas!
What are the risks during treatment?
Like with other procedures using injections into or underneath the skin, local symptoms (reddening, itching) and small bruises can appear. These recede after a short time. Allergic reactions are prevented as far as possible through careful preliminary examination and consultation. A high standard of cleanliness using sterile instruments minimizes the risk of infections.
What do I have to bear in mind as a patient?
Two days before and after the therapy: Do not take any aspirin or anticoagulant drugs, and do not use any creams, body lotions or powder on the areas to be treated.
Two days before the therapy: Do not expose your skin to sunlight, do not use colored, new or very tight clothes on the targeted areas and do not apply any creams or powder – except if specifically prescribed by the physician. Do not expose the targeted areas to x-rays.
How long does the treatment take?
Each treatment lasts between 20 and 60 minutes, depending on the targeted areas. It is performed on an outpatient basis. The treatment sessions have to be repeated six times at one week intervals. Afterwards, a refreshment session is carried out after 14 days or one month.