What is mesotherapy?

Mesotherapy is a non-surgical medicine treatment, that is usually applied for the healing of various diseases. It is based upon three columns integrated into one application: acupunture, neural therapy as well as individual and indication specific combination of active ingredients (pharmaceutical and homeopathic medications, plant extracts, vitamins and adjuvants). The procedure is carried out according to the principle: “little – seldom – but at the correct place” with multiple targeted microinjections in the skin. The technique was developed in 1952 in France by Dr. Michel Pistor who initially used it for pain treatment. Since that time mesotherapy has become more and more popular in the field of aesthetic and anti-aging-medicine. It is an alternative, highly effective method to obtain a naturally appearing effect of skin regeneration. Aesthetic mesotherapy serves the persistent trend of finding skin rejuvenation treatments that are less invasive than laser treatments, dermabrasion or aesthetic surgery, but at the mean time more effective and longer lasting than cosmetic or daily care procedures.

In what aesthetic indications can mesotherapy be employed for?

Aesthetic mesotherapy can be employed for skin rejuvenation by reducing the first signs of skin aging such as fine wrinkles on the face, neck and decolleté. It has firming, lifting and hydrating effects.
The mesotherapy can also be employed to treat cellulitis. Special active ingredients are injected into the affected areas, which leads to a significant improvement of the structure of the skin after several consultations. It also allows a directed mobilization of fat deposits.
Another indication is the common hair loss. Mesotherapy can successfully help the loss of hair in male as well as in female patients by injecting special mixtures containing vitamins and stimulating substances for hair growth in the affected areas of the scalp.
Additionally mesotherapy can be carried out with botulinumtoxin on the face in the sense of a “meso-botox”, to obtain a soft and natural relaxation of hyperactive muscles. This method can also be used for excessive sweating in the armpits.

How is the procedure carried out?

Initially the patient is thoroughly investigated by the doctor. The specific anamnesis is compiled and the patient gets informed about the possibilities, effects and the rare side effects of a mesotherapy treatment. In case of a mesolift treatment the skin of the face can be numbed by a local anaesthetic cream before the treatment if necessary. Subsequently the mesotherapy procedure is carried out either manual or with a special medical device called “meso-gun”. Individual mixtures of active ingredients such as vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and hyaluronic acid are gently injected into the different skin layers including connective tissue and fat tissue by using finest microinjections. Thereby the skin barrier is penetrated and the ingredients of the mesotherapy mixture can actively display their efficacy at the desired site of the body.
If necessary the procedure can be combined with peelings, filler or botox injections. Thereby an optimal skin rejuvenation can be achieved without the use of a scalpel.
In the beginning applications are carried out every other week for 2 months with following treatments once a month for another 2 months. To maintain the result it is advisable to have an application twice a year. As for all methods of skin rejuvenation treatments, regular tobacco use and sun-bathes is markedly counterproductive for a prolonged effect of mesotherapy.

What results can be expected by using mesotherapy?

For skin rejuvenation, the repeated use of mesotherapy leads to an improvement of the overall appearance of the skin by boosting its elasticity and moisturizing capacity. The skin appears fresh, bright and natural. This effect is called the “meso-glow effect”. If hyaluronic acid is used in the mixture, the application is called “meso-lifting”.
“Meso-botox” also reduces fine wrinkles on the face. The appearance of the face becomes more open and fresh. Applied in the armpits it leads after a few days  to a significant improvement of excessive sweating in that area.
Mesotherapy used for cellulitis leads to a tighter skin and an improvement of the skin structure.
Hair loss, whether it is diffuse, androgenetic or alopecia areata, can often be reversed in men as well as in women with several applications of mesotherapy.

Are there any complications?

Providid that the procedure is carried out by a trained medical doctor, there are almost no complications with the use of mesotherapy. As for every kind of injection there is the possibility of getting small hematomas or skin irritations, which usually fade after a few days.
Immediately after the procedure the skin of the patient may show small wheals, sometimes with little bleeding spots. The bleeding ceases after a few seconds. Generally there are no enduring adverse effects. Only in case of allergy or pregnancy some treatments are not recommended.

What are the costs of a mesotherapy treatment?

The effort is differing and dependent on the indication. The applications have to be repeated several times. For an aesthetic treatment of the face the costs range between 50 and 450 Euro, when it contains expensive material. Hairloss treatment ranges at about 40-60 Euro and
Cellulite/fat-melting treatment 150-300 Euro each session.

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