Patient Information Leaflet on Mesotherapy Service
What is mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy is the stimulation of the mesodermal tissue (middle layer of the skin). This treatment involves using superficial micro-injections, using very small doses of customized mixtures of pharmaceutical drugs and natural plant extracts, antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids into the middle layer of the skin. Mesotherapy results in repair of the skin, fibrous tissue, and fat. The injections are placed at the exact site that you want treated.
How long ago was mesotherapy developed?
Mesotherapy was developed in 1952 in France by Dr. Michael Pistor.
What is mesotherapy used for?
It was first used to treat pain. It has also been safely and successfully used to reduce cellulite, for fat reduction, facial and neck rejuvenation and to treat hair loss.
Are the injections painful?
The injections are done using tiny needles which are usually quite tolerable. Anaesthetic (numbing) medications are usually combined with the other medications in the mixture to be injected.
Who can have this treatment?
Most healthy adults between 18 and 80 can have this treatment done.
Who should NOT have this treatment?
- Allergies to any of the medications to be used
- Severe multiple allergies/anaphylaxis
- Pregnancy and breast feeding
- Insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
- Anticoagulants, multiple cardiac therapy
- History of blood clots, stroke, recent cancers, Cirrhosis of the liver, immune compromise e.g. HIV
- Organ transplant recipients
- Skin lesions at the site to be treated
- Severe obesity (this procedure is ideal for small deposits of fat and is not a stand-alone overall weight loss procedure for the severely obese)
What are the possible side effects of this treatment?
Side effects are few and limited, especially in professionally trained hands. All invasive procedures have the possibility of side effects. Possible side effects of this procedure include:
Temporary bruising, hematomas, lumps (nodules), temporary swelling, itching, redness, infection, soreness, nausea and lightheadedness if the patient has not eaten. These side effects are self-limiting and if they occur usually resolve in days to 2 weeks.
How many treatments are recommended for best results?
In some cases, results can be seen after one to a few treatments. However, in most cases, 5 to 15 treatments are recommended at intervals of 2 to 6 weeks apart for best results. Maintenance treatments are optional and may be done 2 to 4 times a year based on the individual patient and their lifestyle. A healthy diet and exercise routine is recommended to complement the treatments.