Mesotherapy is a technique of delivering a series of injections into the middle layer (mesoderm) of skin using very fine needles. It’s been first developed in 1952 by Michel Pistor in France and originally used to relieve pain. Its effectiveness caused that’s been very quickly adopt to help with underlying issues that cause skin problems, such a poor circulation, inflammation, poor hydration, etc.
Today mesotherapy is widely used to improve several skin conditions. It revitalises skin hydration, helps with first symptoms of photo-ageing, loss of firmness and it delays the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is also used to remove fat in areas like the stomach, thighs, buttocks, hips, legs, arms, and face, to reduce cellulite, tighten loose skin, re-contour the body, lighten pigmented skin, or to treat alopecia.
The effect depends on the active ingredients used for mesotherapy. These are selected individually after consultation and presentation of skin problem. The most common active ingredient used for mesotherapy is hyaluronic acid.
One molecule of hyaluronic acid can absorb and hold on to between 250-1000 molecules of water within the skin (depends on type of hyaluronic acid and its concentration). This improves skin hydration by expanding the cells and increase the volume of the intracellular fluid. This creates a radiant glow as well as firms and soothes skin. It also evens up the skin tone as hydrated skin reflects the light in a different way, brightening dark circles and concealing imperfections.
Other active ingredients used in mesotherapy are vitamins A, C, and E, which are commonly known as essential for skin rejuvenation. By delivering them directly to the skin, we avoid oxidation and their full activity is achieved in designated layer of the skin.
There are also other active ingredients such as: green tea extract, algae extract, colloidal silica, L-carnitine, herbal extract and many more. These ingredients can be selected individually and mixed to achieve the best, bespoke result.
At the moment there are next generation products available, containing a combination of enzymes activated just before administration. These are designed to treat bags under eyes, scars, and stubborn deposits of fat and cellulite. The formulation of these products is a lot more advanced than the formula of classic products which are used for the same purpose. The results of the next generation products are obviously a lot more spectacular!
We need to clean the skin and apply the numbing cream 30-45 minutes prior to the procedure. When the intended area is numb, the skin is disinfected and ready for treatment. The injections are done about 0.5cm-1cm apart and down to a depth of 1mm-4mm using very fine needles. Clients shouldn’t feel any discomfort.
Total time of procedure takes about 15 minutes. There are several techniques of injections, but the most recommended by me for skin rejuvenation is the small deposits technique. It leaves skin covered by small bumps, which are being slowly absorbed within few days up to two weeks. This technique benefits skin the most - giving it the best rejuvenation.
Most clients experience several small bruises, redness, local swelling, lumps and bumps which slowly resolve within a few days.
Very rarely some clients experience inflammation or infection which are typically caused by inappropriate after care.
Mesotherapy is an invasive treatment, however, more often than not clients can put on their make up from the next day.
It is recommended to do a series of 3 to 7 treatments, each 3 weeks apart (depends on the skin problem), and do one booster after 6 months.