Are you bothered by pockets of unwanted fat?
Your figure says a lot about you. In many ways it provides others with a lasting impression of who you are and how you take care of yourself.
Diet and exercise can help many areas of the body, but there are always some areas that just don’t seem to respond. Those fatty deposits in the cheeks, chin, jaw line, neck, “love handles”, and even the hips, under the arms and cellulite are the most difficult to remove. Now, Mesotherapy is performed by our doctor for patients in our region to provide a solution.
What is Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy has been used in Europe since 1952 when it was invented by a French physician for pain management. It is the injection of a mixture of FDA approved medications, vitamins and minerals into the mesoderm, the layer of fat and connective tissue just under your skin. This mixture may differ depending on the condition and area being treated. Mesotherapy has a number of medical applications that include weight loss, spot body contouring, face and neck rejuvenation and cellulite reduction.
How does Mesotherapy work?
The mixture of medications used in Mesotherapy melts the fat beneath the skin and shrinks the deeper fat cells. Once the fat has been dissolved, it is absorbed into the bloodstream where it is carried away and removed from the body through the kidneys. The formula of medications is used to treat cellulite, destroy the connective tissues that cause the dimpling effect and dissolve fat cells that are trapped. This results in a smooth, dimple-free appearance.
The Mesotherapy procedure
Mesotherapy is performed to actually melt away unwanted localized deposits of fat from your body. During the procedure our physician uses a very tiny needle (about the size of an eyelash) to painlessly make multiple injections of the medications into the targeted area. For overall weight loss our doctor may inject larger areas to cause a general dissolution of the fat over your body. When treating cellulite, one formulation of medications may be used to dissolve the fat and another to destroy the fibrous bands that bind the skin. In some cases, a special injection device may be used to deliver the injections.
Treatment averages about 10 sessions, spaced 1 – 2 weeks apart. Patients say the treatment is like a pinch or bee sting. Some prefer to use a local anesthetic cream applied thirty minutes prior to their treatment.
Mesotherapy is custom-tailored for each individual. Unlike surgery, Mesotherapy is virtually painless, and has no downtime, no heavy bandages, girdles or anesthesia. Patients having Mesotherapy have no disruptions to their daily life.
What about side effects for Mesotherapy?
Side effects are limited because Mesotherapy is delivered directly to the target area. This reduces the possibility of drug interactions, and reduces the amount of medication required for each procedure. Since localized bruising is common, we suggest you discontinue blood thinners before your treatment.
How does Mesotherapy compare to Liposuction?
With Liposuction, the fat is surgically suctioned out of your body. With Mesotherapy, the fat is dissolved nonsurgically and is performed in a series of sessions with no downtime. Afterwards, the results can be measured in inches as about one pound per week can be melted away. Many patients can lose as much as two dress sizes after only 10 treatments.
How soon will I see results with Mesotherapy?
That depends on the area being treated. Some patients see results after 1 – 2 treatments, while others may require 10 treatments before they are satisfied. Fat loss with Mesotherapy is a gradual process. The results are not immediate as with liposuction.
Patients can maintain their results as long as they stay on a healthy diet and continue to exercise. Cellulite may require maintenance treatments every 6 months to a year.
After our doctor performs Mesotherapy, there may be bruising. Some patients elect to use arnica cream and warm baths to relieve this. You should drink plenty of water during your course of Mesotherapy to help flush out the breakdown products of the tissue. Aspirin, ibuprofen, or other anti-inflammatory or arthritis drugs should be avoided to reduce bruising. Mesotherapy is designed for fat sculpting, not weight reduction. For true weight reduction and management you should be on a good diet and exercise program.