Mesotherapy is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment during which a whole variety of homeopathic medications, plant extracts, vitamins and other ingredients are injected into the subcutaneous fat tissue. The goal of the treatment is to initiate the process of lipolysis, rupture and eventual cell death of fat cells called adipocytes. The effects of mesotherapy are related to reduction of excess fat from the body. This is a much different treatment comparing to liposuction. In liposuction the surgeon penetrates into the fat tissue with certain instruments and mechanically removes it while in mesotherapy just by injecting certain substance fat tissue starts to breakdown.
Apart from being used as a method of weight loss injection of certain substances can effectively remove certain skin changes such as scars, acne and this treatment method can also efficiently deal with cellulite. Apart from having many advantages mesotherapy also carries certain risks and is associated with potential side effects. Fortunately, these side effects can be successfully prevented and reduced to minimum.
What are Benefits of Mesotherapy?
As it has already been mentioned mesotherapy is highly effective non-surgical treatment modality for fat loss and weight loss. Apart from that mesotherapy can also be very effective against cellulite. This is why many people opt for mesotherapy instead of liposuction. The explanation is very simple. Liposuction only eliminates excess of fat tissue and it does not correct the problem with cellulite. On the other hand, mesotherapy can deal with both, excess of fat tissue and cellulite.
Mesotherapy is also used in people suffering from acne, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. In some cases it can efficiently enhance hair growth.
Side Effects of Mesotherapy
Being a non-invasive treatment modality mesotherapy is less risky comparing to other procedures, especially surgical procedures. Still, it does carry certain side effects which must be taken into consideration in case one opts for this cosmetic treatment.
The most common side effect of mesotherapy is swelling at the injection site. The swelling can be in a form of lumps and they generally occur if the injected solution contains compound 'lecithin'. Swelling subsides within 2-3 days. Bruising and scarring are two more potential complications. The affected skin is usually itchy. These side effects are treated with specific topical creams and some herbal supplements. Some patients complain about pain and burning sensation in the treated area. The pain varies in intensity and it usually subsides within a few days.
Some patients are administered topical anesthesia prior mesotherapy. After the procedure, numbness of the treated area lingers for a while. In case numbness lingers for a longer period of time it is considered a side effect and it needs to be reported. And finally, one more side effect of mesotherapy is an allergic reaction to some of the substances injected during the treatment. In order to avoid this complication all patients are due to undergo allergic test prior the very treatment.