Mesotherapy is a procedure that has been used since the 1950s. During treatment, a mixture pharmaceuticals, vitamins and other extracts are injected into the mesoderm, a layer of the skin between the superficial dermis and the deeper fat layer fat called the mesoderm. When placed in this layer, the substances are not absorbed into the body but work only in the area they are injected.
Mesotherapy has been used in sports medicine and to treat other medical conditions. In the cosmetic field, mesotherapy has been found to be very effective in treating cellulite and resistant fat pockets which have persisted despite diet and exercise. The particular mixtures used are targeted towards breaking down the fat cells beneath the skin, aiding the removal of broken-down fat via the body’s clearing system (lymphatics) and stimulating collagen production, so firming and toning the skin.
The procedure offers an alternative to those who are not too keen on surgery. Mesotherapy is also performed with an injectable form of Hyaluronic Acid specially formulated for skin hydration in the hand and chest areas. Hyaluronic Acid is naturally found in the connective tissue of our skin and replenishing it keeps the skin looking more elastic and younger (please see section on ‘fillers’).