Popular in Europe and the Middle east and lesser known in the UK, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Dubai, Kuwait, Iraq, and more mesotherapy can be used to address everything from dehydration, fine lines, cellulite and hair loss. Here’s your need to know on the subtle non-surgical technique
Anything involving a succession of needles to the face/ body/ scalp/ you name it shouldn’t be considered lightly- as the recent news that Superdrug will be launching Botox and dermal filler services in store emphasises. Injectables are medical procedures rather than simple beauty treatments, with potential short term side-effects, long-term health risks and limitations, and the same goes for mesotherapy. Despite the skin injection technique being available in high street salons and other potentially questionable locales, you don’t want any Tom Dick or Harry coming at you with an unlicensed cocktail in their syringe. Mesotherapy should be performed by a licensed aesthetic doctor or nurse at a reputable clinic. Safety first part over, here’s what mesotherapy can do for skin, hair and scalp, and why it’s more of a subtle slow burner than an instantly transformative treatment.
The History of Mesotherapy: It’s a technique rather than a ‘one size fits all’ treatment
Mesotherapy was pioneered by French doctor Michel Pistor back in the 50s and so called as it it involves a series of small injections to the ‘mesoderm’- the middle layer of the skin (‘meso’ means middle in Greek). It was originally invented as a means of injecting pain relief locally, but its uses has evolved quite a bit since then.
“Mesotherapy solutions can stimulate the fibroblast cell in the skin to produce more collagen to combat the signs of ageing. Amongst the list of skin-friendly ingredients injected are growth factors, peptides , antioxidants and trace elements that provide the ideal environment for healthy skin that copes with the ageing process better.
“It has gradually gained momentum here in countries like the UK, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Pakistan, Dubai, Brazil, Mexico and many more with a combination of better understanding of the correct solutions to inject alongside advances in injection technique and devices that have improved the delivery of the ingredients into the skin. Put simply the treatment is introducing into the skin molecules that encourage the skin cells to function at an optimum level.”
The formula injected into the skin makes all the difference as to the results you’ll achieve, but a small amount of plumping, moisturising hyaluronic acid is a common inclusion to replace the skin’s natural stores, and vitamins and amino acids you’ll be familiar with from your skincare labels are also often delivered via mesotherapy. A typical mesotherapy blend might contain 50 ingredients to nourish, repair and rejuvenate skin, delivered via tiny needles or a mesotherapy ‘gun’, which sounds terrifying but is apparently painless during treatment, although a numbing cream may be applied beforehand to minimise discomfort.
Uses for MESOTHERAPY: How to use MESOTHERAPY for addressing pigmentation and scaring, Promote Hair Growth, and Reduce Cellulite
Using Mesotherapy to address pigmentation and scarring
Bespoke mesotherapy blends can target skin issues more specifically that sunspots are another motivation for mesotherapy:
“Some mesotherapy ‘cocktails’ are formulated with ingredients that help to reduce unwanted pigmentation by controlling the rate of pigment production by the melanocyte in the skin. This can be an effective treatment for certain forms of sunspots and melasma.”
Mesotherapy can also be used to fade acne marks and scars over time, particularly if your skin surface is pitted, as hyaluronic acid with the solution helps to create volume in the skin, while other antioxidants and amino acids have an anti-inflammatory effect that encourages healing.
Using Mesotherapy to Promote Hair growth
It’s a fairly novel idea, but it could help to if hair loss is an issue:
“A relatively new area of mesotherapy is the treatment of hair loss where microinjections into the scalp improve hair production from the follicle. By stimulating blood flow and providing essential nutrients, the hair follicle is encouraged to produce stronger, denser hair growth.”
Multiple sessions are required to get to the hair growth stage, however, and it’s normally an ongoing treatment- you’ll generally require follow-up maintenance appointments, so it’s not a cheap and easy fix by any means. That said, the fact that it’s non-invasive and requires no down time is a plus.
Mesotherapy to Help Reduce Cellulite (Reduce Fat)
Some promote mesotherapy as a fat melting jab, and while it can help to reduce excess fat and tighten loose skin, it’s no magic bullet (and almost every woman on the planet has cellulite- let’s not all inject it away in a quest for perfection).
“Fat deposits in cellulite and localised areas such as the chin and jowl can be successfully treated by enzymes that breakdown the fat cell. The fat dissolving enzymes disrupt the wall of the fat cell, releasing the fat and allowing it to be reabsorbed by the lymphatic system and excreted by the body.”
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