What is Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy is a relatively non-invasive, painless, and safe superficial French injection technique for medical and cosmetic concerns. Mesotherapy is globally being recognized as the non-surgical spot fat reduction technique. Natural substances such as homeopathic medicines, herbs, and nutrients are injected into the mesoderm (only 3-6 mm under the skin) for the treatment of medical conditions such as chronic and acute pain, tendonitis, arthritis, eczema, tinnitus and asthma.
Mesotherapy is also utilized for cosmetic purposes in stimulating hair growth in hairloss, for dissolving scars and cellulite, for spot fat removal and reduction, and for weight loss, skin rejuvenation and photo-aging. Mesotherapy is also used to correct deformity complications such as ridging and irregularity of fat deposits after surgical liposuction.
Brief History of Mesotherapy
In 1952, Dr. Pistor of France discovered Mesotherapy as he was treating asthma and tinnitus with superficial injections of procaine (local anaesthesia). Later, he discovered the cosmetic benefits of such injections.
In 1987, the French National Academy of Medicine acknowledged Mesotherapy as an official specialty of medicine. From France, Mesotherapy’s popular benefits and results spread across Europe and more recently, to the United States.
Dr. Darvish is one of a hand-full of physicians who has been trained directly by Dr. Jacques Le Coz, the first student of Dr. Pistor, and by Dr. Roman Chubaty, the leading authority of Mesotherapy in United States.
How is Mesotherapy performed?
Mesotherapy uses a series of gentle yet swift and painless injections using a tiny needle (the thickness and length of an eyelash) into the mesoderm (the fatty layer and connective tissue area under the skin). The injections are usually multiple and painless. The area of concern being treated may require a series of injections every 2 weeks to achieve optimal results.
Mesotherapy for cellulite and spot fat reduction stimulates the fats to burn. Fat cells are reduced in number and their by-products are reabsorbed by the body into the blood and eliminated through the kidneys and bowels.
Mesotherapy performed for cosmetic reasons such as facial rejuvenations, elimination of wrinkles and mesoglow, show immediate results. For cellulite reduction, 2-6 treatments may be necessary for optimal results. For fat reduction and weight loss, approximately 1 pound of fat (for example, a pound of butter) is lost per week and treatment continues until desirable results are reached.
Is Mesotherapy safe?
Mesotherapy is relatively safe. Pain is usually minimal during and after these superficial injections. Mesoglow and mesolift techniques used for facial rejuvenation have no down time. Occasionally minimal redness and irritation in the area of injection can occur.
Typically, with cellulite and fat reduction techniques, the injected sites may bleed slightly and may manifest signs of inflammation such as bruising and swelling which is a sign of the efficacy of fat breaking down. This usually resolves within a few days. Rare occurrences such as allergic reaction or infection with redness, swelling and discomfort at the injected sites may occur.
Who is NOT a candidate for Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy must not be performed on pregnant females, children under 18 years of age, nursing mothers, or those suffering from chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease or autoimmune disease with the exception of those suffering from Hashimoto’s disease or rheumatoid arthritis. Those suffering from an acute illness or from liver or kidney failure should not be treated with Mesotherapy. Patients on Prednisone or chemotherapy should wait until their course of medications are completed before starting Mesotherapy.
- Alopecia or hairloss
- Arthritis pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic infections
- Muscle tension
- Smoking cessation
Which areas can be treated with Mesotherapy?
- Above and inside of knees
- Axillary fat pads
- “Bra rolls”
- Calves & ankles
- Facial wrinkles
- Gynecomastia (excess breast growth in men)
- Infraorbital eye pads (“bags” under the eyes)
- Jawline including “chinless” jaw and neck
- “Love handles”
- Upper arms (“bat wings”)