How does Mesotherapy work?
Mesotherpy is a procedure performed using a cosmetic roller. A Dermaroller is a hand held instrument studded with needles ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 mm in length. This roller is gently rolled multiple times, back-and-forth in a star-like fashion over the whole area to be treated.
The 30 minute procedure produces thousands of tiny wounds which can penetrate as deeply as the dermis and start up the inflammation phase. The minute wounds caused by the needling, trigger the release of growth-factors that form new tissue layers and natural collagen with hardly any downtime at all.
These minute injuries cause micro-bleeding, and each tiny wound goes through the classic phases of wound healing which induce growth factor release and collagen induction. These growth factors are responsible for the production of the new collagen which is deposited in the dermis.
When should I start Mesotherapy?
Human skin is a living organ which performs dynamic activities such as growth, repair and maintenance. Our skin requires cytokines and growth factors as key modulators of skin cell metabolism and their levels decrease with the aging process which results in slow cell renewal and defective skin defense systems. If endogenous cytokines and growth factors are stimulated in the aged skin by Micro-Needling, they improve skin elasticity and plasticity via accelerated rejuvenating processes.
The good news is that the latest treatments such as Mesotherapy are more effective than ever and treatments should be started sooner when the skin has a much greater ability to rejuvenate. If wrinkles are left and they become ingrained and scar like they are much more difficult to treat. Loss of collagen in the face or on the body causes the dreaded sagging problem which can easily be slowed down and prevented with early treatment
What are the typical areas that are treated?
Mesotherapy is able to treat fine lines and wrinkles around eyes, mouth, cheeks, neck and décolleté. Other areas of the body can also be treated such as the abdomen, back of the hands and arms. All forms of acne scars, most surgical scars including facelift scars, abdominal scars, breast plastic operation, post liposuction scars, orthopedic scars, stretch marks and burn contracture scars can safely be treated. In addition stretch marks on the breasts and body and loose body skin are also safely treated.
The most commonly treated area with Mesotherapy is the face, for skin rejuvenation. At Euro Charm Clinic we use a variety of needle lengths so as to be able to treat different depths and therefore affect different concerns on the skin. Rollers with longer needles are used on more difficult problems such as acne scarring, deep ingrained wrinkles around the mouth, burn contractures and surgical scars, whereas shorter needles are used for general rejuvenation.
The only type of scars on which Mesotherapy would not have a positive result, is keloidal scar tissue. Mesotherapy cannot be performed on any active inflammatory condition including active, inflamed acne.
What to expect after Mesothrapy procedure?
These minute injuries cause micro-bleeding, on the skin (with the shorter needle lengths the bleeding is hardly visible, if at all). The needle only penetrates through the epidermis and does not remove it, thus the skin’s natural protective barrier remains intact. The pierced epidermis rapidly heals in a matter of hours. After the procedure, the treated skin has the appearance of moderate sunburn which improves over the next 24 to 48 hours. Makeup can be worn the following day. Post-procedure treatment foundation can be worn immediately after the procedure.
The results are not instantaneous as it takes at least 90 days for collagen to be manufactured and matured in the skin. Treatment effects are cumulative and a softening of fine lines and wrinkles will usually be seen within 6-8 weeks of each treatment. Over a period of 6-12 months, this new collagen slowly shortens and an added benefit is progressive tightening of the skin over the next few months.
What are the advantages Mesotherapy over other resurfacing procedures?
Mesotherapy has minimal downtime, has negligible complications and is affordable by most people making it the perfect alternative for slowing down the ageing process.
The advantage of Mesotherapy is that the epidermis, the natural skin barrier remains intact resulting in no downtime, significantly reduced risk of infections, no post operative pain, and no pigment problems as the melanocytes remain intact. Depending on the grade of photo damage and condition of the skin, usually two to four treatments 4 to 8 weeks apart are required to produce great results.
Mesotherapy offers similar results for acne scars and deeper wrinkles as the fractional Pearl laser treatment.
What can be expected during the treatment?
One hour before the treatment a local numbing agent is applied to the area making the procedure with the cosmetic Roller almost painless. Because the epidermis is not removed, and the skin’s barrier has not been removed, the skin is still very capable of performing all its protective functions, including rapid healing, making this treatment much safer than many other more invasive options.
Can all skin types be treated?
Mesotherapy can be safely performed on all skin types, however darker skin typed V & VI are treated with caution.