Is Mesotherapy An Alternative To Cosmetic Surgery ?
Mesotherapy An Alternative to Cosmetic Surgery
Mesotherapy - the procedure
Mesotherapy is a technique that involves the injection of specially prepared mixtures of vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and other natural nourishing substances directly into the subcutaneous fat. It works on the principle of rapid drug delivery to the site where it is required, mesoderm or middle layer of skin being its active target, from which the procedure derives its name. This method was devised by a French doctor Dr Michel Pistor. Initially, this procedure was used to treat asthma, migraine headaches, arthritis, neurologic illnesses, varicose veins etc. Mesotherapy avoids the need of medicine to pass through the digestive tract, its uptake by liver and then distribution via the bloodstream, limiting the systemic side effects of the chemicals used, reduces the possibilities of drug interactions and reduces the amount of medicine required.
Principle of Mesotherapy
It is a non-invasive procedure. It employs both physical and chemical stimulation. The needle creates multiple puncture wounds that induce healing process and increased collagen and elastin production. As there is no real damage to the existing collagen, new formation simply adds to the existing levels. Along with this, the injected active ingredient directly stimulates the site.
The Secret Composition Of Mesotherapy Injections
Broadly the following naturally occurring, skin friendly substances are used:
1. Phosphatidyl Choline
It is extracted from soy, and on injection, dissolves the excessive fat accumulated beneath the skin.
This is an enzyme produced by the liver. It emulsifies the fat, that it gets easily removed.
This is an enzyme, that makes subcutaneous tissue more permeable to facilitate the spreadability of other ingredients injected along with it.
It cause fat breakdown, dilate blood vessels and promote oxygenation and regeneration of senescent damaged skin.
This naturally occurring enzyme causes collagen dissolution and facilitates cellulite removal.
7. Hyaluronic acid
Being used as a skin filler, it has the capacity to hold a large number of water molecules, to keep the skin hydrated, turgid and elastic.
8. Glycolic acid
9. Retinoic acid
Vitamins A, C, E and K are used for mesotherapy injections. Vitamin-A increases the turnover of cells, Vitamin-C induces collagen synthesis and decreases pigmentation, Vitamin-E has antiaging benefits, Vitamin-K regulates microcirculation of the skin.
11. Mesotherapy minerals
Minerals or micronutrients used in mesotherapy mixtures include zinc, copper, selenium, chromium and manganese.
Other substances contained in mesotherapy vials are T3 and T4 thyroid hormones, Isoproterenol, Pentoxyphylline, L-arginine, Yohimbine, Coenzymes, Dimethylethanolamine, Glutathione, Alpha lipoic acid, Procaine, Lidocaine and Ginkgo biloba.
Mesotherapy versus Cosmetic surgery
It is a safe, natural alternative to invasive cosmetic procedures and anti-aging regimes. After treatment patients perceive their skin as looking rested, radiant and glowing.
Mesocontouring and Mesosculpting for cellulite reduction
Cellulite is an excessive deposition of unwanted fat beneath the skin, especially around hips, thighs, arms and abdomen, making them look ugly, misshapen and imparting a rippled, dimpled or "cottage cheese appearance" to the skin. Women above the age of 20 years are mostly the sufferers. It is caused due to poor blood circulation, weakening of connective tissue, lymphatic congestion and hormonal imbalance. Mesocontouring involves injecting medicines like Aminophylline and Isoproterenol, which dissolve excess fat, improve blood supply and restore a more youthful and athletic body contour. Mesosculpting employs natural substances like soy lecithin and emulsifying agents to reduce localized pockets of fat. On an average 10 to 25 sessions are required to yield satisfactory results.
Dr Michel Pistor, father of mesotherapy used local anaesthetic procaine in the ear to cure one of his patients with severe asthma. The patient did not get any relief in his troubled breathing but started to hear his village church bells. This strengthened his belief in local therapy to treat diseases.
Mesotherapy the procedure
As the skin ages, microcirculation of blood in it reduces, making it deficient of nutrients and loaded with toxins. Aged skin looks dull, thinned out, with fine wrinkles and irregular pigmentation. Sun exposure makes the skin age faster and causes blemishes, freckles and lentigines. Mesoglow is meant to infuse skin lightening agents and antioxidants like Glutathione, Vitamin-C, retinoic acid and glycolic acid, and brings about dramatic improvement in 6-8 sessions. Mesolift cocktail uses hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid and a specified amount of botulinum toxin to tone and tighten the sagging skin of the neck, arms, hands, abdomen and legs.
Mesotherapy for hair loss
Hair fall can occur in both men and women due to excessive emotional stress, crash dieting, illness, harsh chemical treatments, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalance and illness. Common baldness or androgenetic alopecia is a gradual loss of hair in genetically predisposed individuals, either due to increased levels of, or due to heightened scalp skin sensitivity to hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Mesotherapy uses injection gun to infuse a mixture of Acetyl tetrapeptide, an anti-inflammatory substance and Biochanin-A, an isoflavone extracted from red clover, to modulate and reduce scalp levels of DHT, reduce skin sensitivity to it, improve blood supply of scalp, increase the size of hair follicles, to prevent thinning, revive, strengthen and retain new hair growth. A minimum of 10 sessions is required for visible hair growth.
The other side of the coin
Mesotherapy also helps fill post acne scars and stretch marks. Before the procedure begins local anaesthetic containing creams are applied to the area being treated to avoid pain. Slight redness or swelling may be experienced post-procedure. Overall it is a safe, natural procedure with long lasting effects.
- Skin allergy
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Acute inflammation of skin as herpes infections
- Anticoagulant medication as warfarin, heparin