Mesotherapy involves a simple series of injections which help break down unwanted small localized areas of fat. This process of breaking down body fat is referred to as lipolysis.
This method of spot fat reduction by injecting solutions into the skin is incorporated in many name-recognized procedures. Some physicians add additional treatments to increase the effectiveness, an ultrasound is additionally used.
Areas treatable with injection-based lipolysis include:
- Upper and lower abdomen
- Upper arms
- Fat bulges below the bra-line
- "Love handles"
- Double chin
- Residual fat deposits post-liposuction
During your treatment, the solution is injected directly into the fat layers and connective tissue. The injection is relatively painless though some patients prefer the use of a numbing cream. The medication produces a chemical reaction in conjunction with the body's physiology to harden the fat cell wall and begin a breakdown of localized areas of fat.
Benefits from each injection should be evident within three weeks of the treatment. Several treatments, four to six weeks apart, are often required to produce a fully satisfactory result.
What Is in the Injection
The main ingredients used include phosphatidylcholine, multivitamins and saline. Phosphatidylcholine is a natural lecithin which contains two unsaturated fatty acids ( Linoleic- and alpha Lionleic acids) extracted from the soy plant.
Phosphatidylcholine (PPC) is actually produced by the body itself, but the body's version includes saturated fatty acids (Palmitic-, Oleic- and Stearic-acid ). It is found in all cell membranes and occurs naturally, for instance, in the lungs of the developing fetus from the 4th month on. In this case it is loaded with Palmitic acid and enables the inflation and deflation of the lungs, preventing them from sticking together. It performs a similar function as a lubricant in the intestines to avoid adhesions.
To make PPC injectable, it requires a solvent which also needs to be a detergent substance; deoxycholic acid is used in the emulsification of fats for the absorption in the intestine.
When injected into fatty tissue with very thin needles, the double layer of the fat cell membrane swell and harden and the agent, which acts like a detergent, begins the fat breakdown, transforming the fat cells into tiny little fat particles of nano-size (one millionth of a millimeter). The final process occurs in the liver where the fat is completely broken down into carbon dioxide and water.
Can Anyone Use Mesotherapy?
This procedure is not used for pregnant women, nursing mothers, obese patients; or people with diabetes, autoimmune diseases, vascular complications, or infections of any kind. It is important to note that injection lipolysis for dissolving fat is not a means of weight loss.
Patients will need a properly maintained diet, regulated hormone levels, and an exercise regimen. The Nurse Practitioner can effectively incorporate either or both into your overall treatment plan. There is minimal recovery time for your treatment.
Side Effects of Mesotherapy Injection Treatments
Short term side effects from the injections are temporary and may include slight bruising, pain and swelling which can be treated as needed.
You may feel some slight stinging during the treatment and possibly experience some post injection soreness that could last a day or two. A common side effect of Mesotherapy is bruising, which generally resolves over one week. To speed up the healing process, we recommend that a supplement called arnica be taken either orally or applied topically on a daily basis.
Source: Network Lipolysis
Photos courtesy of Franz Hasengshwantner, MD
Patient results may vary
Cellulite Treatment with Mesotherapy*
Source: Mesotherapy Worldwide
Individual results may vary
Because there is no "cure" for cellulite, the best and most effective treatments diminish the appearance by reducing the amount of fat within the fat chambers themselves. Although liposuction is thought to be a solution, often it worsens the situation by creating deeper pockets in the skin through internal scarring and the inherent unevenness of mechanical tissue removal.
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* Individual results may vary