Have you seen an increase in fine lines or wrinkles on your face? Or are you dealing with the symptoms of alopecia? A mesotherapy session with us might be just what you need to increase your levels of wellness. Here's what you should know about mesotherapy and its benefits for functional medicine.
What is Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy is a form of functional medicine that involves a series of microinjections that go into the subcutaneous layer right under the skin. It was first developed in 1952 by Dr. Michel Pistor, a French physician, to treat vascular diseases and help manage pain. Herbal extracts, vitamins, hormones, enzymes, and minerals can all be used in mesotherapy and target the "mesoderm," which is the primary layer of tissue that develops into muscle and connective tissue.
Today, mesotherapy is used primarily in cosmetic dermatology where it's used to:
- Reduce fat and cellulite
- Reduce skin pigmentation, especially under the eye
- Reduce the appearance of aging and wrinkles
- Treat alopecia
What Are the Benefits of Mesotherapy?
Traditionally, mesotherapy was most commonly used to treat and manage the symptoms of pain. Mesotherapy has been found to be effective in treating patients with headaches, lower back pain, sports-related injuries, and fibromyalgia. Today, however, mesotherapy is typically reserved for cosmetic practices and is most commonly used to remove fat from your hips, buttocks, thighs, stomach, and arms. Patients with alopecia have also found an increase in hair growth after recurring sessions of mesotherapy.
What to Expect During a Mesotherapy Session
If you've never been to a mesotherapy session before, you might be wondering what to expect during your first appointment. A trained cosmetic clinician will begin by asking you a series of questions to determine your health, as well as what you expect out of your mesotherapy session. From there, you'll either lay on a padded treatment table or sit in a chair, and your clinician will begin the process of mesotherapy by injecting microinjections into your skin at various depths, depending on what you're being treated for.
Treatment very rarely causes any discomfort as mesotherapy sessions are minimally invasive—you might be given numbing medication before your treatments and asked to avoid certain medicines that may increase your risk of post-procedure bruising and bleeding. Most patients report being able to get back to their regular activities immediately after the session. While you may start to see an increase in wellness right after your first appointment, most patients opt for a systematic treatment plan that lasts several weeks.