Developed in the 1950’s by Frenchman, Dr. Michel Pistor, Mesotherapy is one of the most popular non-surgical cellulite decreasing treatments today. Not only does this injection even the skin tone, but it actually affects fat deposits by breaking down the connective bonds of fat cells and naturally flushing them out of the body. As a result, patients can reveal smoother, cellulite-free legs, hips, thighs, arms, abdominals and even the area under the chin with a series of 3-15 treatments!
Mesotherapy is the practice of injecting pharmaceutical grade vitamins, enzymes, homeopathic and traditional medication into the mesoderm the second layer of skin. The medication is injected exactly where the person needs treatment to deliver rapid results. Mesotherapy is not a painful procedure due to extremely small needles that are used , the injections are not deep they only penetrate the mesoderm, the sensation is more like a prick with minimal discomfort. A topical anesthetic cream can be applied for those with sensitive skin prior to injection.
Though it is new to the United States, mesotherapy has been widely used for the last 30 to 50 years in France. The reviews in the U.S. are outstanding, Mesotherapy has the most enviable track record over most elective procedures.
Mesotherapy has a variety of applications and is used to treat many conditions both cosmetic and therapeutic. Mesotherapy has an enviable track record, it’s a preventative and curative modality that is being chosen over surgery and oral medication because of the low risk and low cost. Due to the non-invasiveness of the procedure there is no down time or scarring, and it is the only effective treatment for cellulite making it an excellent choice for someone who wants to avoid having surgery.
Some of the conditions treated with Mesotherapy include:
What are the Side Effects of Mesotherapy?
The most common side effect after Mesotherapy is soreness, similar to a strenuous workout. You may also develop knots in the injection area. This is considered normal and a sign that the injections are dissolving the fat cells.
It is very important to drink lots of water after treatment to help flush the injections and dissolved fat cells out of the system. You will also want to eat a light meal beforehand so you can avoid any dizziness you may feel after treatment. Anti-inflammatory medications can also help. Tylenol, or ibuprofen. Please speak with your provider beforehand.
How long do Mesotherapy results last?
Depending on the area being treated, you may only require 3-5 treatments. However, some people may need as many as 15. Once you go through the prescribed number of treatments, you can expect the results to last for at least a year. It is very important that you keep with an active healthy lifestyle so that you can maintain your results over time. Mesotherapy is NOT a weight loss treatment, it is a body CONTOURING technique. While your body will maintain the same contour you achieved through treatments, any extra weight you gain will affect your body’s overall shape.
What is the recovery time for Mesotherapy?
Some patients will rest for a day or so after treatment. This office procedure takes less than 30 minutes per session and requires little preparation or recovery time. No heavy bandage or compression girdles are required.
Are there any restrictions?
General restrictions vary depending upon the area(s) and the condition that was treated.
» Avoid vigorous exercise for forty-eight (48) hours.
» Avoid hot showers for six to eight (6 – 8) hours.
» Avoid application of makeup four (4) hours.
» Use loose clothing around the area treated immediately following the injections.
Will my insurance company cover Mesotherapy?
Due to the cosmetic nature of Mesotherapy, insurance is not involved. Care credit however will cover this. Please ask us for details about this. This is financing which we can provide if you are eligible.
Is there much discomfort for Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy injections can be uncomfortable as the injection does sting. Your provider can use numbing injections (which are often mixed with the active ingredients) or a topical numbing cream.
What types of anesthesia is necessary for Mesotherapy?
Most often a topical numbing cream, however, a numbing agent can be mixed with the injection.
What else can I combine Mesotherapy with?
Liposuction-Mesotherapy is effective to reduce or “shrink” excessive sagging skin commonly experienced after Liposuction.
Is mesotherapy different from liposuction?
Mesotherapy is a non-surgical medical treatment. Mesotherapy removes the fat from the fat cell, where liposuction removes the entire fat cell. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that requires anesthesia (local, regional, or general). Mesotherapy does not require anesthesia nor recovery time. However, mesotherapy is not a replacement for liposuction. Mesotherapy is applicable for the reduction of small areas of unwanted fat spots, cellulite and skin rejuvenation. Mesotherapy is best suited for men and women who are not excessively overweight but, instead, have certain problem areas with stubborn fat that can no longer be reduced by diet and exercise. These patients want liposuction but are hesitant to undergo a surgical procedure. The downside with mesotherapy is mainly that the results are gradual when compared with the immediate results that liposuction offers. Mesotherapy has shown excellent results to smoothen and reduce uneven fat spots that may persist after liposuction, thereby avoiding the need for additional touch-up liposuction procedures. Mesotherapy and liposuction are not competitive procedures but, rather, they complement each other. In our experience, mesotherapy injections have shown great results when combined with liposuction. Mesotherapy is an excellent initial alternative to liposuction for minor to medium body sculpting of specific areas of the body such as the stomach, upper arms, thighs, chin, hips, and so forth.
The following outline is a standard estimate of what each mesotherapy treatment entails (the number of injections and amount of medication varies from patient to patient):
Fat Reduction/ Body sculpting: Usually 4 to 7 treatments (injections) are required at intervals of 2 to 4 weeks. Depending on the problem area, the number of procedures could increase. Because mesotherapy treatments are not for weight loss, it is generally recommended for patients who require a little fat reduction in specific areas, as with body contouring. A person with a body mass index of 30% or less is the typical candidate for this procedure.
A soy based nutrient called phosphatidylcholine is injected into the localized fatty
deposits to break down the fat cells layer by layer with each treatment.
Cellulite Reduction: Approximately 4 to 10 treatments are necessary at intervals of 2 to 4 weeks. Mesotherapy for cellulite is more successful than topical creams, and treatments like endermologie. It is successful in dealing with mild to moderate degrees of cellulite.
Facial Rejuvenation: 4 to 8 treatments are required at 2 to 4 week intervals. It is one of the most popular mesotherapy treatments, as satisfied patients notice a substantial improvement in their facial appearance and reduction of wrinkles. Our fat reduction treatments are excellent for shrinking double chins and tightening sagging jowls.
Needless to say, mesotherapy treatments are here to stay. Many people receive this simple, non-surgical procedure on their arms, tummy, thighs, face and more! Call today to schedule a complimentary consultation!
Pricing for mesotherapy starts at $200 for a small area
Mesotherapy treatments are priced per area, per session.
Pregnancy and lactation
Patients prone to keloids and scars
Less than 18 years of age
Anticoagulants and other blood thinners, like coumadin, xarelto, etc
Diabetes Mellitus, Chronic Kidney Disease, Chronic Cardiac Disease, Liver Disease, Seizure Disorders, HIV, Lupus, Allergies to any of the constituents of the mesotherapy solution
Clots in history
The risk of bruising or bleeding may be increased by medications with anticoagulant effects, such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. Ibuprofen, Motrin, high doses of Vit E, Coumadin, Plavix, and certain herbs: Ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wart, Ginseng. Discontinuation of these for 1 week prior to treatment is recommended to reduce this risk