Mesotherapy Anti-Wrinkle Treatment
Developed in the 1950s by the French Doctor Michel Pistor, Mesotherapy was originally used to treat conditions including rheumatism and joint injuries and to improve blood circulation. Mesotherapy is now used in the cosmetic field for skin rejuvenation treatments, and also for localised fat treatment, including improving cellulite. It is commonly practiced in France, where it is taught in Medical school and is recognised as a speciality of medicine by the French National Academy of Medicine.
How does Mesotherapy work as an anti-wrinkle treatment?
As the skin ages we lose collagen, hyaluronic acid and water, so lines develop and the skin sags. Sunlight and acne scarring can damage skin health.
Mesotherapy works by replenishing damaged skin through micro-injections with a mixture of vitamins, minerals and hyaluronic acid, thereby improving skin blood circulation, tone, firmness and texture and super-hydrating the skin. This means that these substances act directly on the problem area. They act as anti-inflammatory (reduce swelling) and vasodilators (improve circulation) and deliver essential vitamins and minerals.
It will not give you immediate results, but with repeated treatments, lines and damage will be significantly reduced.
What happens during the consultation and treatment?
At the initial consultation you will take a full medical history and examine your skin. Information will be taken on your reasons for wanting Mesotherapy, skin problems you may be concerned about, and your expectations from the treatment. You will then be asked to sign a consent form.
Treatment can start immediately if you wish. Photographs are essential before starting treatment so “before and after” comparisons can be seen.
Micro-injections are given in a series of lines, in a grid pattern, penetrating the skin by no more than 4mm. If you find this uncomfortable an an aesthetic cream can be applied first, though generally this is not needed. Treatments take up to 30 minutes each time.
How many Mesotherapy treatments do I need?
This will be discussed at the initial consultation. Initially you may need one treatment every 2 weeks for 1-2 months then monthly for 3 months, then maintenance treatments every 3-6 months. On average most people need 6 initial treatments then maintenance treatments once or twice a year.
Are there any side effects and can anyone have Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy treatment is very safe, although you may get some mild bruising at the injection site, and this will fade after 12-36hrs. Very rarely some patients have had an allergic reaction to the products used.
Anyone can have Mesotherapy, except pregnant women and people taking warfarin. If you take aspirin or clopidogrel regularly it is wise to stop these 2-3 days prior to treatment to minimise bruising. If you are using retinoid creams (retinova) please stop these 3-4 days before treatment. It is also advisable to delay any laser or electrolysis treatments for a week after Mesotherapy. Men may wish to avoid shaving on the day of treatment.
Glycolic Acid Peels
Cosmetic dermatologists are now combining a regime of Mesotherapy with a glycolic skin peel, which further improves skin health by exfoliating the skin too. This is not the same as a chemical skin peel, which is a very abrasive treatment. Skin is cleansed and a pre-peel solution is applied. Then the glycopeel solution is painted onto the face like a mask and left on for 1 minute the cleansed off.
The glycopeel works by changing the skin acidity, making it more acid, therefore sloughing off dead surface skin cells. This treatment can be used alone or including a Mesotherapy skin treatment.
The glycopeel can cause a slightly uncomfortable burning sensation and the skin may be slightly red afterwards. This will settle quickly but, unlike chemical peels, the glycopeel will cause no peeling of skin.
Treatment leaves the skin feeling amazingly soft and smooth.
What does Mesotherapy anti-wrinkle treatment cost?
Pioneered by a French cosmetic dermatologist, mesotherapy uses micro-injections of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants to restore skin vitality, quality and texture. It can be used for skin rejuvenation or cellulite treatment. Here are the average cost found around London.
- 1 treatment for one body area £120+
- Course of 8 treatments £800+