The origins of mesotherapy take us to the aesthetic capitol of the world —France, where Dr. Michel Pistor laid the foundation of meso-therapeutical research until it was adopted as a specialized field of medicine in 1987. In the last decade or so mesotherapy has received more global attention and has gradually become an increasingly popular cosmetic injectable procedure. The science behind mesotherapy focuses on delivering multiple pharmaceuticals, vitamins, plant extracts etc. directly into the different layers of skin to target different needs — in aesthetic medicine we use it to promote healthy shiny youthful skin, tackling hair fall/loss, and to combat cellulite or fat reduction.
Today we are going to focus on mesotherapy for face, as I have received tons of queries and questions demanding an elaborate feature on MesoFace — How is it done, what entails, who is a good candidate, what are the side effects, and what are the results?
MesoFace — All You Need To Soak Up
MesoFace sessions are aim specifically at skin rejuvenation, brightening and hydration as well as on face/neck contouring. The procedure itself is a unique combination of art and science utilizing almost painless microinjections, which deliver skin boosting and enhancing formulations into the epidermis, dermis and sub cutaneous space (top, mid and under the skin).
The natural hyaluronic acid found in our skin contributes to skin elasticity and firmness by maintaining a high level of hydration in the skin. As we age, the level of naturally occurring hyaluronic acid in our skin decreases considerably, leading to the appearance of sagging & aged skin highlighted with fine lines and wrinkles.
MesoFace formulations are carefully chosen to improve and maintain skin tone by promoting collagen production by the skin fibroblasts (natural factories of collagen), plus anti-oxidants utilized in MesoFace formulations promote free radical scavenging activities thus preserving the natural collagen. By using combination formulas containing hyaluronic acid along with valuable vitamins mesotherapy helps to nourish and hydrate skin putting spot light on an instant youthful glow and radiance.
For skin revitalization and brightening multivitamin injections coupled with hyaluronic acid are applied by superficial nappage (by hand, pen or machine) or by papule method in the sub dermal plane. This process ensures efficient delivery of active substances into the skin to help rejuvenate the epidermal and dermal cells, making them more active, and thereby stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. The active formulations also help plump up and rejuvenate the skin with use of non-cross linked hyaluronic acid. Results become obvious 2-3 days post treatment, showcasing a visible improvement in the tone, hydration and texture of skin.
For face and neck contouring specialized formulations containing caffeine and Sodium deoxycholate are injected into the fat layers under the skin that lead to fat break down and shrinkage of double chin, puffy cheeks or bulky jowls. Additional skin tightening agents are then injected into the dermis to promote skin tightening to trot out a more slimmer and lifted silhouette.
MesoFace With A Derma-Roller
Derma roller is a hand-held small, narrow device (rather like a tiny paint roller) studded with almost 200 fine surgical steel micro-needles (common lengths are 0.5 millimeter, 1 millimeter and 1.5 millimeters). Smaller lengths are designed for thinner skin areas (eyes, neck) and longer lengths are used for the thicker skin areas like forehead and cheeks.) As the device is rolled over the skin it produces multiple pinpricks and punctures.
The science behind needle plowing the skin aims at stimulating collagen production by injuring the skin with thousands of micro punctures. Theoretically, any injury to the skin should instigate a process of wound healing by attracting cytokines and growth factors to the area as well as stimulating the fibroblasts to produce more collagen. More collagen literally means smoother & plumper skin. Applying vitamins and hyaluronic acid on skin stimulated by needle punctures leads to additional beneficial effects in the form of instantaneous glow and shine for the skin.
No Needle MesoFacials
There are also many trans-dermal delivery devices available in the market that utilize micro current or ultrasound waves to deliver skin enhancing active formulation more efficiently into the skin bypassing the sharp pricks from a needle, but for me the good old-fashioned skin stimulation and nutrients delivery package with a sharp needle point holds precedence.
Though over time I have become a big fan of using the meso-cocktails coupled with fractionated lasers & radiofrequency (RF) devices. Utilizing these technologies the micro-holes into the skin are drilled by lasers or RF instead of stainless steel needles and the end results become much more satisfactory compared to using only one module. Coupled treatments also result in less downtime and faster recovery post fractionated sessions — literally the best of both worlds.
Who’s A Good Candidate For MesoFace?
If you suffer from dull, dry, lack-luster skin and are looking for a quick megawatt-radiance fix — mesotherapy might be godsend to you. With few swipes from the needle tips meso-cocktails deliver mega doses of vitamins, nutrients and hyaluronic acid into your skin and you get an instantaneously glowing and beautiful skin.
Finally Let’s Talk Side Effects
Using mesotherapy practices under unhygienic conditions can lead to introduction of bacteria into the skin resulting in infections and related side effects. Word to the wise if you’re planning to use derma-roller at home, make sure you learn how to do the procedure with proper anti-septic protocol. Even while selecting a derma clinic to do the procedure look for places that maintain high standards of care with strong emphasis on sterilized clinical practices.
Mesotherapy has been the hidden secret behind “The Red Carpet Star Glow” for ages. In my practice it is the fastest & quickest way to get red-carpet worthy radiant skin in a jiffy.