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What is Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy is a recent technique, developed in 1952 by Dr. Michel Pistor, which involves administering drugs via micro-injections under the skin, using one or more needles or a compressed air gun.
His idea was to "inject little, rarely, in the right place." In other words, the medication should travel the shortest possible distance, avoiding entering the bloodstream and stomach or liver. Hence, the solution of injecting a product directly under the skin near the area of the problem being treated.
Injections can be intraepidermal, superficial intradermal, or deep between 1 and 13 mm.
The two advantages highlighted by this method are:
- The reduction of drug side effects.
- The possibility of reducing the injected doses.
Injection techniques, injection depths, and injected products vary widely among professionals.
Mesotherapy with vitamins
In most cases, injected solutions contain products used in conventional medicine. The most commonly used products are relaxants, anti-inflammatories, vasodilators, vitamin cocktails, flu remedies, and antidepressants.
The products are selected by the professional and mixed before injection.
What can be treated with Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy is a complementary treatment that should be offered by your doctor to help alleviate certain symptoms and improve your comfort.
The relaxing, analgesic, or anti-inflammatory actions of mesotherapy are the origin of its indications.
Indications of facial and body mesotherapy
- Mesotherapy is particularly used by high-level athletes to treat joint traumas, tendinitis, and muscle problems.
- More generally, mesotherapy is used to treat rheumatism, migraines, vertigo, low back pain, neck pain, venous insufficiency, functional colopathies, or stress.
- Sometimes called "mesolift," "mesodissolution," "mesodrain," or "mesopecia," it is also aesthetically useful for treating cellulite, overweight, alopecia, or fibrous scars.
Facial Mesotherapy Mesolift
Mesolift is a classic medical beauty treatment that revitalizes the skin of the face, firms it up, gives it a "boost of radiance," and improves hydration.
Its effects can be seen quickly without the need for surgery, although the results provided by a facelift cannot be expected. It is used in the prevention of wrinkles and facial rejuvenation to improve the condition of the skin or revitalize it.
- Mesolift is not a wrinkle filling technique but a facial care technique.
- It is an ideal technique for maintaining the skin of the face and repairing the lack of cutaneous hydration, linked to various external aggressions (pollution, cigarettes, sun....).
- Performed regularly, it helps fight the effects of cutaneous aging.
- It should be combined with skin stimulation methods such as micro-needling and the use of "skinboosters."
Today, laboratories sell mixes specially designed for mesolift (for example: Filorga NCTF), often containing non-crosslinked hyaluronic acid.
Unlike crosslinked hyaluronic acids used to reduce wrinkles, it is not a filler and therefore retains water in the skin without altering the shape of the face or increasing its volume.
What are the advantages of mesolift?
It is a light treatment, without really embarrassing consequences, to regularly maintain your skin. As the dermis is better hydrated and oxygenated, your face looks younger:
- The skin regains its color, the complexion looks brighter, it is more luminous,
- Increased firmness and a slight lifting effect.
- Better tone and hydration of the skin.
- Gradually, from one session to another, the skin's condition improves.
Who can benefit from mesolift?
All skin types can use this treatment, as it is suitable for any age.
- When young, it can improve acne and seborrhea. It prevents dehydration.
- In middle age, it revitalizes weakened dermis (sun, pollution, etc...) and helps preserve skin tone.
- At an older age, it plumps up the dermis due to its hydrating effect and helps repair the effects of skin aging.
How does a mesolift session work?
The method consists of injecting very small amounts of specific products tailored to the skin's needs.
These microinjections are intradermal, along wrinkles and also as a "coating" over the entire face, with a very fine needle (by hand or with an injector gun).
When done properly, a mesolift session is almost painless, but it is always possible to apply an anesthetic cream beforehand.
The products used in this "vitamin cocktail for the skin" are: amino acids, non-crosslinked hyaluronic acid, vitamins C, A, E, B5..., trace elements, antioxidants....
Depending on the skin type, the doctor chooses products that have nutritional and moisturizing properties. Others promote microcirculation, oxygenation, and stimulate collagen production in the skin.
How many sessions are necessary?
To obtain a good result, it is necessary to plan 4 sessions at intervals of 2 or 3 weeks, then one session every 2 or 3 months for maintenance.
The frequency of maintenance sessions varies depending on the dermal characteristics of the patients.
In general, this treatment allows for results to be obtained fairly quickly, sometimes they can be seen from the first session, although in general, they are better appreciated after 3 sessions.
What areas can be treated with mesolift?
The face is the most commonly treated area, but it is also possible to improve the skin condition of the neck, décolleté, and back of the hands. In fact, these are the areas where the skin is most exposed to light (UV), and therefore ages faster.
Side effects, consequences, and contraindications
- After a mesolift session, redness is usually present for a few hours and disappears quickly.
- Small bruises may appear on fragile skin (or rosacea), or in the deeper injection sites.
Among the contraindications, we have:
- Presence of eczema in the areas to be treated.
- Skin infections.
- A known allergy to one of the products used.
This method has existed for decades and mainly uses natural products. It is a safe method, is light, gives good luminosity to the skin, and although it does not eliminate wrinkles, it generally provides a high degree of satisfaction to patients.
Body mesotherapy: cellulite and orange peel skin
Currently, body mesotherapy is one of the most common cosmetic procedures. Its goal is to rejuvenate the skin of the body, restore its elasticity, suppleness, and freshness.
Body mesotherapy is effective in fighting cellulite, wrinkles and sagging skin, overweight, and various aesthetic defects, without the need for complex plastic surgery.
What are the effects and benefits?
As a rule, this procedure is used to:
- Reduce "orange peel skin" on the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.
- Reduce the subcutaneous fat layer.
- Tighten loose skin and to eliminate aesthetic defects of the dermis (couperose, scars, etc.).
The cocktail of vitamins or products injected will depend on the desired result:
Thus, to reduce the percentage of subcutaneous fatty tissue, substances that activate lipolysis, i.e., the breakdown of fatty acid molecules, are needed.
For skin stretching, elastin and collagen injections should be used.
In all cases, the result of body mesotherapy is an improvement in microcirculation of blood in the dermis.
Additionally, the micro-trauma that occurs with the infiltration of substances or products suitable for each indication contributes to the active regeneration of epidermal cells, since the injection requires a healing process that always accompanies the synthesis of new tissues.