Mesotherapy: Purpose, Procedure, And Side Effects

Mesotherapy Purpose, Procedure, And Side Effects | The Better Body Shop MedSpa In Houston, TX

Mesotherapy is a method that involves injecting the patient with various substances, including vitamins, enzymes, hormones, and plant extracts, to renew and tighten the skin, as well as eliminate excess fat.

In 1952, French physician Michel Pistor was the one who first devised the procedure. At the outset, people turned to it for pain relief, but in the years that followed, it has seen significant growth in popularity across the United States and other regions of the world.

Mesotherapy Purpose

Mesotherapy can have a variety of effects, each of which is contingent on the specifics of the treatment being administered. For treating cellulite, for instance, mesotherapy injections are delivered into the fat layer beneath the skin, causing the fat cells to become fragmented and reduced in size. 

Another example is treating dark circles around the eyes, a combination of several methods, including mesotherapy, which works together to make the eyes appear more awake and younger.

A succession of tiny injections is used to administer minuscule doses of an injectable solution selected with great care. The characteristics of the injection solution are chosen with the individual patient’s requirements in mind. The formula for the treatment may include the following:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Plant extracts
  • Enzymes
  • Pharmaceuticals prescriptions like medicines
  • Vitamins and Minerals

Other Conditions It Can Treat

Mesotherapy can also help treat the following skin conditions:

  • reduce cellulite
  • lighten hyperpigmented skin tone
  • address alopecia, a condition that renders hair loss for both men and women

Main Highlights

Although mesotherapy is used to treat various conditions, it has recently seen a surge in popularity as a treatment for imparting a more youthful appearance when applied to the face. The physical method induces fibroblasts to make new collagen and elastin by increasing their activity level. This occurs as the body’s normal reaction to the needle being inserted into the skin.

Imagine the fibroblasts being depleted of nutrients such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, growth factors, stem cells, etc. Once you have this mental image, you will be able to tailor the nutrients that you provide to the fibroblasts to meet the requirements of the patient as well as the patient’s age.

Note that mesotherapy is not a filler and cannot compensate for the loss of volume in the body. However, it will extend the duration of the effects of a filler, and it will promote the production of collagen and elastin in areas where there has been a loss of volume, which will result in an improvement in the fullness of the face.

It is also a good option for individuals who want a more balanced and symmetrical appearance. Mesotherapy is an excellent treatment for vertical lip lines, dehydrated lips, and the barcode wrinkles some patients get next to the mouth and beneath the cheekbones.

How To Prepare For Your Mesotherapy Treatment

You won’t need to do much in preparation for mesotherapy; however, some providers may advise you to stop taking aspirin beforehand since doing so can increase the likelihood of bleeding or bruising following a procedure.

You should also stop using retinol products a few days before your treatment, as this ingredient might aggravate existing skin conditions and make the skin more sensitive overall.

Likewise, since alcohol can cause the blood to thin out, abstaining from it for at least twenty-four hours before receiving treatment is recommended. After your treatment, you should always use sunscreen to shield your skin from the sun, and you should postpone getting any further operations done until your skin has completely recovered.

Treatment Procedure

A topical anesthetic may or may not be given to your skin before each session, depending on the provider. A short, specialized needle will be used to administer a series of injections to you. The needle may be connected to a mechanical machine to administer multiple injections in rapid succession, depending on the clinic you visit. 

Depending on the medical issue you are seeking treatment for, the injections may be administered anywhere from one to four millimeters (mm) beneath the surface of your skin. The needle may be inserted into your skin at an angle, or your provider simply may flick their wrist very swiftly while administering the injection. With each injection, only a minimal drop of the fluid may be injected into your skin.

You may likely require several mesotherapy treatments to achieve the desired impact. You should prepare to visit your provider anywhere from three to fifteen times. At the outset, expect to receive injections anywhere from once every 7 to 10 days. If your skin shows signs of improvement, the frequency of your treatments may be decreased to once every two weeks or once a month.

How It Compares To Liposuction

When it comes to reducing undesirable fat, mesotherapy is often considered a non-surgical alternative to liposuction.

Liposuction is a procedure that can remove fat from problem regions such as the stomach, thighs, and back permanently. Cosmetic surgeons carry out this operation by introducing a thin plastic tube through small incisions made in the patient’s skin and then using a surgical vacuum to suction out the fat that has been removed. A general anesthetic is administered before beginning the liposuction procedure.

Even though liposuction is thought to be an efficient method for permanently reducing fat, the recovery time might be as long as six weeks. In addition to this, it can cause damage to nerves and blood vessels, irregularities in the skin’s contours, burns, and infections. In addition, liposuction can be pretty pricey and costs thousands of dollars. 

The process known as mesotherapy is not nearly as invasive as liposuction. There are no cuts or incisions present. Each session costs far more affordable than liposuction, ranging from $250 to $600 and only requiring one to three sessions. 

Side Effects

Those who engage in the practice of mesotherapy claim that the hazards are minor, but some of the following adverse effects have been reported:

  • bruising
  • itching 
  • redness 
  • bumps on the injected areas
  • rash 
  • infections
  • scars
  • sensitivity
  • swelling
  • nausea
  • pain


Mesotherapy is one of the most versatile treatment methods in the cosmetic industry, tackling various skin issues to even addressing fat lumps. So if you are seeking to try out the treatment, contact our clinic, The Better Body Shop. We also offer other services that address other wellness concerns without resorting to surgical options. 

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