Is Mesotherapy the elixir to eternal youth and just what is it?
We are all aware that ageing is an inevitable process which none of us can avoid indefinitely. We may accept the fine lines, grey hair, our children growing up and leaving home and for some the prospect of retirement is the promise of an exciting new venture in our life’s journey. The trouble for many is the mirror’s reflection reminds us daily of the changing structure of our faces, the passage of time and the loss of our youthful appearance.
“Most people do not have a problem with being old. They have a problem with looking old.”
Fortunately the science of anti-ageing, or a better term “age management” has developed rapidly over the last few decades and there is a dearth of in clinic treatments available to help maintain a youthful appearance that belies our chronological age. Most treatments focus on managing volume loss, lines and wrinkles but very few will benefit our skin and its health.
We all are aware of the need to protect against the sun’s harmful rays and we know to moisturise daily. There is a treasure trove of creams, lotions and potions available, all beautifully packaged that “promise” the solution to our ageing woes. The more expensive the cream, the better we feel it would be in delivering the said “promise”. However the promise invariably turns to disappointment as the lines that were supposed to disappear still stare at you in the mirror. Yes your skin may feel soft and smooth but the creams are doing little if any help to the living skin underneath.
One treatment however that does deliver what it “says on the tin” to improve skin health is “Mesotherapy” a technique, developed by Michel Pistor in the late 1950’s to treat medical ailments. Over the last decade or so this technique introduced in the cosmetic field and has gained widespread popularity across Europe and South America. Other terms that are used to describe the treatment is “Mesoglow” or “Skin prick nutrition”.
So what is Mesotherapy, how does it work and is it effective in managing skin health? The treatment involves a series of multiple small injections in the top layer of the skin delivering minute drops of a cocktail of nutrients known to benefit the skin such as Hyaluronic acid, multi-vitamins (A, B, C, E, K), minerals, co-enzymes and amino acids. This cocktail of natural ingredients help the skin regain its elasticity, improve collagen production, is deeply hydrating and moisturising leaving the skin brighter and more radiant. The action of the needle (similar to micro-needling) also stimulates the skin, improving the circulation and enhances the results.
For those who are scared of needles this procedure, if done correctly is completely pain free. The speed and repetition of the needle can be surprisingly soothing but it’s not like a relaxing facial. The depth of the needle is so superficial there is little or no risk of bleeding or bruising. The treatment lasts about 30 minutes and after a soothing mask or moisturiser and UV protect of course, you will come out feeling a little tight (a bit like windburn) but little if any signs you have just been jabbed by millions of little injections.
The next day while you may not have morphed into a supermodel you will notice a subtle but noticeable improvement with your skin looking brighter and feeling smooth and radiant.
As the face is not only a give away to our age this treatment is fantastic for the neck, décolletage and hands. If its good enough for Madonna and other celebrities its good enough for you.
However Mesotherapy is not just for the face. Using specifically formulated ingredients it can used to treat localised fat and cellulite and is gaining popularity in managing hair thinning to stimulate the scalp and feed the hair follicles.
While a one off treatment is fantastic for a boost before a special event you will need to invest in a course of treatments a month apart to get long-term results. For those who don’t like the idea of scary fillers and toxins Mesotherapy is a great option for healthier and younger looking skin.