Mesotherapy involves the injection of a specially prepared mixture placed just millimetres under the skin. Mesotherapy for treating ageing skin aims to replace minerals, vitamins and amino acids that are found in lower levels in skin as we age. Another newer procedure is to boost levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin.
Micro-injections are given every couple of weeks for two to three treatment courses. When the desired effects are achieved, you will require a maintenance program every 2 – 3 months or so.
Private prices for mesotherapy can range from £50 to several £100’s per treatment session.
The idea is that you can get these active substances to the site requiring treatment by directly injecting them there. This is instead of relying on a tablet or intravenous injection where higher concentrations of the drug are required in order to get adequate levels to the site requiring treatment. Mesotherapy is both more precise and requires less solution to be injected.
The actual preparation injected into the mesoderm (or surface layer of the skin) during Mesotherapy depends upon the problem being treated. In general, the substances used can include: a local anaesthetic, and products that may reduce inflammation and treat veins, muscle relaxants, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, plant extracts, hormones, and hormone blockers; to name but a few.
Another newer procedure is to boost levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin. This is another important component of the skin that helps to maintain firmness and texture.
Again, as the skin ages, levels of hyaluronic acid decrease, and it is claimed that injecting more hyaluronic acid into the dermal layers (just below the surface of the skin) helps to stimulate more collagen production, which, in turn, improves skin tone and helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Is it safe?
Fine needles are used to help keep any pain – which is generally only minor and short lived – to a minimum.
Possible side-effects are small bruises which vanish in a few days, and a little swelling in the injected area which remains for about 12 – 36 hours.
Some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to the products used, although this is a rare occurrence.
What should you do after a Mesotherapy treatment?
No specific advice is usually given.
You should, however, contact your practitioner immediately if you notice any signs of pain or inflammation in the area treated.
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