Mesotherapy is a minimally invasive way to eliminate localized pockets of body fat using a needle injection. The procedure itself is considered a medical specialty and is used for many other purposes beyond body contouring such as treating injuries and various medical conditions. Today it is used for all these purposes as well as for fat reduction, body sculpting, cellulite reduction and skin toning.
It was originally developed in France and the technique has been used for over 50 years with little or no serious side effects. Mesotherapy as an injection for body shaping is more popular in Europe and parts of South America but is also making headway in the United States against more aggressive non surgical liposuction injection including Lipodissolve.
How It Works
The injection is actually only a tiny drop of a solution composed of enzymes, proteins and medicines. The solution is not injected directly into the fatty tissue but into the space just below the deep layer of the skin where the solution sits as it is slowly absorbed into the fatty or subcutaneous layer. As it comes into contact with the fat cells, it causes the membrane to open and release stored fat. The released fatty substance is then picked up and removed naturally by the body’s lymphatic system.
Since it takes time for the injected solution to go into effect, the results can take a few weeks to show but this small dosage and slow absorption rate has its benefits. It causes much less trauma for the area of the body being treated and minimizes any potential side effects.
Risks and Side Effects
Liposuction comes with all the risks and preparation required of any surgical procedure. The great thing about this alternative method of fat reduction is the ability to avoid such potential for complications. Mesotherapy is also one of the safest non surgical liposuction alternatives compared to other injection systems like Lipodissolve. The dosage is higher and the effect is more immediate with Lipodissolve but the increased ambition of the treatment also makes Lipodissolve a more risky treatment.
There is the potential for serious problems with any lipo injection treatment arising from unforeseen allergic reactions. That is why patients are put through lab tests before beginning any type of treatment to test for compatibility with the injection solution. More common Mesotherapy side effects are temporary and mild in severity.
There are several factors that influence the cost of Mesotherapy which explains why the variance between different procedures can be so great. On average each session will range from $200 to $600 and the number of sessions required will depend on the amount of fat being treated. Typically it comes down to the size or specific demands of the area of the body being treated. Facial regions such as the chin will obviously cost a lot less than larger areas such as the back or thighs.
Other factors include the level of experience and certifications held by the physician performing the treatment. While it may sound like just an injection, there are preliminary examinations required to determine the precise solution required to treat the each individual case. Also, the location of the clinic will impact the cost as what the clinic can charge is directly related to the demands of the regional cosmetic surgery market.
Anyone considering this type of treatment is advised to consult with their physician or plastic surgeon to determine whether this is the best option. Discussing you goals and expectations can help both parties understand each other and create an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. The cost of Mesotherapy also varies between different service providers so it is a good idea to speak to several clinics and get estimates if you want to shop around. It is important to fully understand what goes into the fees and charges and that is another way the consultation session can help in a major way.