WHAT IS MESOTHERAPY?
Nowadays, mesotherapy is one of the most, if not the most, effective approaches for treating any skin alteration or aesthetic concern, including cellulite. It consists of the administration of small amounts of therapeutic solutions by intradermal injections. The professional chooses among a variety of injection techniques such as point-by-point, micro-papular or nappage to reach the exact area to treat, maximizing its benefits.
The affection to treat, body part, skin tolerability, as well the patient’s needs and expectations, will determine the therapeutic solution and the type of intradermal injection that the professional will use.
As mesotherapy is a very extensive topic that deserves not only an article but a whole book itself, in this post we will focus only on why and how to use mesotherapy as your perfect ally to fight cellulite.
WHY TO USE MESOTHERAPY TO IMPROVE CELLULITE?
Cellulite is one of the trickiest alterations to treat. Even in this era of science and technology, it is still difficult to achieve consistent and long-lasting results. The main reason for this is its recurrence. You can improve its appearance, but after that, you will have to be always on your guard and do some maintenance treatment, or it will crop up again. It can sound discouraging but is the plain truth. However, if you are determined and willing to invest some time and money in it, you can keep cellulite under control.
In general terms, cellulite causes an increase in fat cell size (adipocytes) in the fat deposits, accompanied by toxin and water retention in the interstitial space. These fat deposits are cavities divided by connective tissue. This connective tissue is known as septae and gets atrophied due to the increasing size of the fat deposits, causing the irregular and dimpled skin appearance, also known as orange peel skin. [see a related entry here]
On top of it, it requires to prevent its triggering factors or underlying causes. That is, improve venous return and promote a sustained breakdown of fats into energy (lipolysis) and the elimination of fluids and toxins.
According to this, to effectively treat this alteration, the professional must fight more than one issue:
- Water retention.
- Increasing adipocytes.
- Atrophy of the connective tissue.
- Poor venous return.
The use of an anti-cellulite cream can help to achieve these goals, but it is often not enough as not all the active ingredients that can help to degrade fat cells reach the deeper layers of the skin, where those adipocytes are located. For this reason, the effects of an anti-cellulite cream will be less potent than those achieved by intradermal injections, as for the latter, the therapeutic solution acts entirely and directly in the area that needs to be treated. Therefore, to get a powerful action on cellulite without the inconveniencies, risks, and costs of surgery, mesotherapy is undoubtedly the best option.
HOW IS IT PERFORMED?
Mesotherapy for cellulite or body contouring usually takes a little longer than facials, as the area to treat is generally larger. For a standard cellulite treatment, it requires around eight sessions at 7 or 15-day intervals, though the physician will determine the exact number and frequency of sessions depending on the patient’s needs.
Also, to reach the fat deposits, the professional needs to use an injection technique that gets to the deepest dermal layers. The most used intradermal injection technique for cellulite is point-by-point.
Therapeutic solutions for cellulite should combine active ingredients that promote the breakdown of hypertrophied adipocytes and induce lipolysis, with others that help to reconstruct the damaged connective tissue and improve skin microcirculation.
ADVANTAGES OF MESOTHERAPY
- Good alternative to other more invasive treatments like surgery.
- Safe and effective.
- Long-lasting results.
- No recovery time required.
- No adverse effects.
- Minimal or no discomfort.
Mesotherapy will help you achieve fast and visible results, but remember to do the follow-up at home and keep using an anti-cellulite cream to keep cellulite under control.
Remember that, even if mesotherapy is not surgery, it is a professional treatment that must be performed and supervised by a physician or skin expert.