Mesotherapy as a method began to be applied in the 50's in France for the treatment of arthritis, traumatic injuries, and stress.
In the process, its beneficial effects on skin problems such as cellulite, streaks, wrinkles, hair loss and acne were discovered.
Its contribution to the reduction of the localized fat and consequently to the loss of centimeters is important.
The advantage of mesotherapy over the oral administration of the active mixture is the avoidance of the gastrointestinal tract and the wide distribution of the drug throughout the body resulting in smaller doses of active substance being used, as they are injected directly into the area where needed.
At the same time, the skin has the property of gradually releasing the injected mixture, maintaining the result for a longer period of time.
Why try mesotherapy?
There are three main cases in which mesotherapy is applied in Aesthetic Dermatology:
Rejuvenation of face, neck, and chest area (décolleté)
Reduction of localized fat
How is mesotherapy done?
Facial mesotherapy aims to enrich the skin dermis with vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids, which nourish and rejuvenate the skin.
At the same time, it promotes the production of collagen and elastin by increasing metabolism.
During the treatments, hyaluronic acid is added to the mixture, which by retaining water contributes to the deep hydration of the skin.
The treatment for the reduction of cellulite is done with mixtures that have caffeine as the main active ingredient.
The formula used is individualized and is proportional to the degree and stage of cellulite.
The course of action is as follows:
- Dissolves excess fat cells
- Improves blood circulation
- Softens connective fibers
- Improves lymph drainage
On the other hand, the main ingredient in the formula used to reduce localized fat is phosphatidylcholine, a phospholipid that is abundant in animals and plants and is the key building block of cell membranes.
Phosphatidylcholine penetrates the fat cell through the lipid bilayer acting as an emulsifier resulting in the stored lipids changing biochemical characteristics, becoming water soluble, and, thus, being able to be eliminated due to incompatibility with the fat-soluble material stored in the lipids.
The technique of mesotherapy is the same regardless of the area to which it is applied:
with very fine needles, the case-specific formula is injected deep into the skin (in the case of lipolysis a little deeper into the subcutaneous tissue).
Needle puncture marks are minimal to none given the thickness of the needle, but, also, because the area has been previously smeared with anesthetic cream.
The injections are made very close to each other, at a distance of about one centimeter and in very small quantities.
The only side effect that occurs after the end of the treatment is small bruises on the puncture points that completely subside in the next few days.
This allows the patients to return immediately to their daily activities.
Rarely, sporadic cases of skin infections, allergic reactions and, especially in the case of lipolysis, tissue necrosis and abnormalities of the skin surface are reported in the literature.
However, those with conditions such as pregnancy, insulin-dependent diabetes, stroke, cancer, thrombosis, or severe heart disease should not undergo mesotherapy.
PRP – Αυτόλογη μονοθεραπεία - PRP - Autologous monotherapy
PRP is a new technique of skin rejuvenation and regeneration, which utilizes materials that come from our own body, more specifically the plasma of our own blood, contributing to an elastic and hydrated skin and a body free from cellulite and skin sagging. Lastly, it is the most revolutionary method of treating hair loss.
It is also called autologous mesotherapy because it comes from our own body.
In PRP mesotherapy we receive the material we use for infusion from the body itself, with the result that after its injection in the surface layer of the skin, a natural anti-aging and regenerative action is activated, without allergic or other reactions.
It is done by taking a minimum amount of blood (5 -15 ml of blood is more than enough) in our specialized clinic, following the immediate centrifugation of the sample, so that its components stand out.
The growth factors that we take as material are proteins with regenerative and restorative properties that are produced by some cells in our body.
They have the ability to enhance the repair of damaged tissues and activate stem cells.
Then, we take the blood plasma rich in nutrients and vitamins, that is, its serum, and inject it into the areas of the face and neck that need tightening and rejuvenation.
The treatment can be applied to the face and neck, while, regarding the rest of the body, it is also recommended for the arms, adductor muscles, thighs, nates, and abdomen. The results in the bodice (neckline) are spectacular, an area that was traditionally considered "difficult" in its regeneration and renewal.
The duration of the results can range from 2-4 months and of course can be repeated up to 3-4 times per year.
PRP facial mesotherapy is also effective:
To reduce wrinkles and tighten the face and neck.
The combination of Fractional Laser with autologous PRP mesotherapy achieves impressive results in skin regeneration and in scar healing, as growth factors have regenerative and healing properties. PRP either as monotherapy or in combination with laser can significantly improve scars after surgery, burns or even injuries.
Acne scars on the face, back and chest. This is the most powerful acne scar treatment. In this case, cycles of sessions are required, depending on the depth of the scars.
It helps in the case of stretch marks on the skin, while it can eliminate red (recent) stretch marks provided that it is combined with laser treatments.
The main advantages of PRP autologous mesotherapy are that it restructures the skin in a natural way, without affecting facial expressions or volume.
It is easy and safe to apply, as it comes from our own body and allergies are never reported.
In addition, when combined with other treatments, it tends to smooth the wrinkles, not by "filling" them, such as e.g. with hyaluronic acid, but by rebuilding the skin locally and internally.