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Mesotherapy: The Alternative to Cosmetic Surgery

By: Corinna Underwood - Updated: 15 Mar 2013 | comments*Discuss
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What is Mesotherapy?

Mesotherapy was pioneered in the 1950s by French physician Dr. Michel Pistor. It involves the painless injection of vitamins, minerals, medications, and amino acids placed just under the surface of the skin. Mesotherapy has a variety of applications including weight loss, cellulite reduction, face and neck rejuvenation, and hair regrowth. The injected solution is individually prepared to suit its purpose. Unlike other medical treatments, mesotherapy is administered directly to the desired area. This is said to limit side-effects, reduce the possibility of drug interactions, and to allow for a substantial reduction in the amount of medicine utilized for each procedure.

The Many Uses of Mesotherapy

Cellulite Reduction
Cellulite is caused by poor circulation, fat build up, a weakening of connective tissues, lymphatic congestion and hormonal imbalances. Cellulite is classified into four stages, based upon its appearance while standing, laying, and pinching the skin. Mesotherapy treatment is targeted to correct these problems by improving circulation, strengthening connective tissues, and dissolving excess fat.

Weight Loss
For weight loss, mesotherapy works to modify the biology of fat cells. It does so supposedly by blocking the signals of fat accumulation and simultaneously triggering the release of stored fat. The desired area of treatment can be specific, targeting the most problematic areas. Additionally, a complete dietary and nutrient evaluation is needed to help maintain weight loss goals.

Hair Regrowth
Alopecia, the loss of hair, affects both men and women. Alopecia results from poor circulation, nutritional imbalances, and the excess of a hormone known as DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Mesotherapy can correct these problems, stimulating the body to naturally grow lost hair.

Face and Neck Rejuvenation
Aging, sagging and wrinkling of the skin occurs from accumulation of fat, loss of skin elasticity and excessive free radical damage. Using antioxidants and amino acids, mesotherapy aims to remove fat from under the neck, remove free radical damage, and tighten loose skin. The effects are said to rejuvenate the face, eyelids, and neck without the unnatural appearance and painful recovery of surgical face lifting.

Body Sculpting
Contouring of the abdomen, arms, back, legs and hands can be obtained with mesotherapy. Vitamins and amino acids are used to tighten sagging skin while other agents are used to remove areas of fat, restoring a more youthful and athletic appearance to the body's contours.

Medical Uses
Mesotherapy is said to have a variety of medicinal uses. Treatments can benefit those patients suffering from muscle spasms, stress, insomnia, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, infections, RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), and osteoarthritis, among other conditions. Such a wide variety of conditions can be treated with this technique as each treatment is formulated to meet each patient's unique problem. Mesotherapy is administered only into the problematic area, avoiding the side-effects of taking oral medications.

How does Mesotherapy Work?

An injection is administered just below the surface of the skin at the location of the problem area. It can be used just about anywhere on the body, but is mostly used to treat the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, knees, and ankles. The mesotherapy injection is a solution of various vitamins, minerals, enzymes, plant extracts, anesthetics, medications and amino acids. The makeup of the solution varies depending on the needs of the patient and the effect desired while allowing for a greater level of safety when issues such as drug interactions and allergies exist. A treatment cycle could require as few as 4 and as many as 10 treatments or more depending on the size of the area being treated and the results desired. The procedure has minimal discomfort, but if a patient is sensitive to needles, a mild painkiller, local anesthetic or numbing cream can be used.

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