Mesotherapy is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure in which a series of injections containing a mixture of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are delivered into the middle layer of the skin (the mesoderm) to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as to address other skin concerns such as cellulite, hair loss, and scarring. The procedure is performed by a Medhills Medical Center-trained practitioner, typically a doctor or nurse, and is usually performed on the face, neck, and body. There is limited scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of mesotherapy, and it can also carry risks such as infection and allergic reactions to the injected substances.
How much does it cost?
It’s important to keep in mind that mesotherapy is not always covered by insurance, so you may need to pay out of pocket for the procedure. It is a good idea to consult with multiple practitioners to get a sense of the cost of the treatment in your area and also ask if they have any financing options or package deals available.
How do you prepare?
- Consult with a practitioner: Before undergoing mesotherapy, it’s important to consult with a trained practitioner, typically a doctor or nurse, to discuss your concerns and goals. They can advise you on the best course of treatment and help you determine whether mesotherapy is the right choice for you.
- Inform your practitioner of any medical conditions or medications you are taking: It’s important to let your practitioner know of any medical conditions or medications you are currently taking, as this could affect the procedure and the substances that can be used.
- Avoid blood thinners: If you are taking any blood thinning medications, you will need to stop taking them before the procedure. This includes aspirin and ibuprofen, as well as certain supplements such as fish oil and vitamin E.
- Avoid sun exposure: Avoid sun exposure for at least a week before the procedure to reduce the risk of complications or hyperpigmentation.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine: Avoid consuming alcohol and caffeine for at least 24 hours before the procedure as it may increase the risk of bleeding or swelling during the procedure
- Arrange for transportation: You may feel a little lightheaded after the procedure, so it’s a good idea to arrange for transportation home.
- Follow any other pre-treatment instructions from your practitioner.
It’s important to keep in mind that everyone is different and your practitioner may have additional instructions specific to your individual case. Be sure to ask any question you may have before the treatment.
How effective is the procedure?
Some studies have found that Medhills mesotherapy can provide some improvement in skin tone and texture, and may also help to reduce the appearance of cellulite. However, many of these studies have been small in scale or have not been conducted using rigorous scientific methods, so the results should be interpreted with caution.
Additionally, mesotherapy can have some risks such as infection, pain, swelling, redness, and allergic reactions to the injected substances.
It is worth noting that the procedure should be performed by a trained professional, who has knowledge about the substances used and the technique, as well as the proper equipment and asepsis.
It’s important to keep in mind that everyone is different and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s always a good idea to consult with a qualified practitioner who can advise you on the best course of treatment and help you determine whether mesotherapy is the right choice for you.
What are the side effects and risks?
- Pain and discomfort: Some patients may experience pain or discomfort during or after the procedure. The level of pain varies from person to person and depends on the area treated and the substances used.
- Bruising and swelling: Bruising and swelling are common side effects of mesotherapy. These usually resolve within a few days but can last for a week or more.
- Infection: There is a risk of infection with any injection procedure. The risk can be reduced by ensuring that the practitioner follows proper aseptic techniques and using sterile equipment.
- Allergic reactions: There is a risk of allergic reactions to the substances used in mesotherapy. This can include redness, itching, and hives.
- Hyperpigmentation: There is a risk of hyperpigmentation, especially in patients with darker skin tones. This can occur when the injected substances cause an increase in melanin production, resulting in areas of increased pigmentation.
- Scarring: There is a risk of scarring, especially if the procedure is not performed properly or if the patient has a history of keloid scarring.
- Nodules: Injections can cause hard nodules to form under the skin, which can be painful and may require treatment.
- Limited results: Some patients may not see the results they were expecting, or the results may not last as long as they would like.
It is important to keep in mind that every patient is unique and the side effects may vary depending on the individual and the substance used. Be sure to discuss any concerns or questions you may have with your practitioner before the procedure.
What is the recovery like?
- Swelling and Bruising: You may experience some swelling and bruising in the treated area, which should subside within a few days.
- Discomfort: You may experience some discomfort or tenderness in the treated area, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
- Sun sensitivity: You may be more sensitive to the sun for a few days after the procedure, so it is important to protect the treated area from sun exposure.
- Care: You should avoid any activities that may cause trauma to the treated area and avoid using any harsh skincare products for a few days after the treatment.
- Follow-up: Your practitioner will probably schedule a follow-up appointment to assess your recovery and the results.
- Results: Some people will see results immediately after the treatment, while others may need multiple treatments before seeing results. The results will depend on the individual and the area treated.
It is important to follow the post-treatment instructions provided by your practitioner to ensure proper recovery. If you experience any unusual symptoms or side effects, you should contact your practitioner immediately.
Can mesotherapy be used for hair loss?
Some practitioners claim that mesotherapy can help to improve blood flow to the hair follicles, promoting hair growth and reducing hair loss. The procedure typically involves injecting a mixture of vitamins, minerals, and other substances into the scalp to nourish the hair follicles.
However, there is limited scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of mesotherapy as a treatment for hair loss. Most studies on the topic have been small in scale or have not been conducted using rigorous scientific methods, so the results should be interpreted with caution.
Additionally, it is important to note that hair loss can be caused by a variety of factors such as hormonal imbalances, genetic predisposition, and certain medical conditions. Therefore, it is essential to consult with a qualified practitioner who can help you determine the underlying cause of your hair loss before starting any treatment.
It’s also worth considering that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has not cleared or approved mesotherapy for hair loss treatment.
In summary, mesotherapy may be used as a treatment for hair loss, but more research is needed to confirm its effectiveness and potential risks. As always, it is important to consult with a qualified practitioner before undergoing any treatment.
Dr. Miryam Ishak