The American Society of Plastic Surgeons quoted the national average for Mesotherapy at approximately $1,693 per area per treatment session, depending upon the size, location and difficulty of the area(s) being treated.
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Am I a candidate for Mesotherapy?
Suitable candidates for mesotherapy include people who:
- Have localized pockets of fat that cannot be lost through diet or exercise
- May not need, or be ready for invasive fat reduction surgery procedures such as liposuction
- Are physically and emotionally healthy
- Have realistic expectations of what mesotherapy injections can achieve for them
You may not be a suitable candidate for mesotherapy treatment if:
- You have a history of any allergic reactions to any of the substances in the mesotherapy injection
- You are pregnant
- You have insulin dependent diabetes
- You have severe heart disease
- You have a history of stroke or ischemic attack
- You have recently had cancer
- You are taking blood thinning medications, such as warfarin
- You smoke
You should discuss any questions and concerns that you have concerning your suitability for mesotherapy treatment with your mesotherapy practitioner.
What is a Mesotherapy Procedure?
Mesotherapy is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment involving multiple injections of a formula of pharmaceutical and homeopathic medications, plant extracts, vitamins, amino acids and other ingredients into the subcutaneous fat. The formula causes the fat cells to dissolve and the fat to then be passed out of the body.
Mesotherapy involves the injection just under the skin of a specially prepared mixture of vitamins, amino acids. The ingredients in the mesotherapy preparation injected into the mesoderm (or surface layer of the skin) depend upon the problem area being treated.
The substances used may include a local anesthetic (lidocaine), products that may reduce inflammation and treat veins, muscle relaxants, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, plant extracts, hormones, and hormone blockers. The combination of ingredients in the mesotherapy treatment solution claims to help to improve circulation, replace lost vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and boost levels of hyaluronic acid. The mesotherapy solution may include any or all of the following ingredients:
Many areas of the body with localized fat deposits may benefit from mesotherapy treatment, including upper arms, the abdomen, the back roll (the fat that runs between the waist and the bra line, love handles, inner and outer thighs, knees, and the area under the buttocks.
The mesotherapy procedure involves the administration of multiple injections just millimeters under the surface of the skin using a very fine needle. Each treatment takes around ten to twenty minutes to perform and is generally not painful. The mesotherapy injection should normally contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic similar to the one used by dentists, and a topical anesthetic can be applied prior to mesotherapy treatment if you find the injections uncomfortable.
The initial course of mesotherapy injections should be a series of up to six treatments, given every couple of weeks for two to three treatment courses. Some individuals may require a longer initial course of treatment. The first treatment takes around 45 minutes, with following treatments being 30 minutes for single areas, or around 45 minutes for larger areas. When the desired effects of the mesotherapy procedure are achieved, you should require maintenance mesotherapy injections approximately every two to three months. The fat loss effects of mesotherapy are gradual, and optimal results vary from patient to patient.
There is no recovery time needed after mesotherapy injections, and you can return to work and your normal daily activities immediately.
Mesotherapy Procedure Steps
Step 1 Preparation
Step 2 The injections
- Your mesotherapy doctor will cleanse the area to be treated, and may apply a topical anesthetic cream or gel 30 minutes prior to your mesotherapy treatment to ease any possible discomfort from the mesotherapy injections. Some areas, such as the inner thigh and the spine, are particularly sensitive. Ice may also be used to minimize sensitivity.
Step 3 The results
- The mesotherapy doctor will uses a very tiny, fine needle to administer multiple injections of the mesotherapy medications at small doses into the treatment area. Mesotherapy treatment patients report that the injections feel like a pinch or bee sting. If you are being treated for cellulite, one mesotherapy formulation may be used to dissolve the fat and another to destroy the fibrous bands beneath the skin.
- Following the mesotherapy injections, the fat is broken down into fatty acids and burned off as energy or naturally metabolized. Results take a few weeks to fully become apparent.
Mesotherapy Recovery and Healing Steps
Following the mesotherapy treatment there may be bruising, swelling, itchiness and some discomfort. Patients are advised to drink plenty of water during the mesotherapy treatment course to help to flush out the broken down fat products.
Swelling may last for up to five days, and you may need to wear a compression garment for up to 72 hours after mesotherapy treatment to minimize swelling and reduce the amount of movement to the injected areas.
Mesotherapy fat reduction patients should wear loose clothing around the treated areas, avoid vigorous exercise for 48 hours and avoid hot showers for six to eight hours.
Mesotherapy risks are low, though some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to one or more of the ingredients used in the mesotherapy injections. You should contact your mesotherapy practitioner immediately if you notice any signs of pain or inflammation in the area treated.
Possible side effects include small bruises in the treated area which will resolve in a few days, and swelling in the injected area which may last for up to five days.