Mesotherapy is a new and emerging cosmetic procedure for treating localized pockets of unwanted fat under the skin. In 1950, a French physician, Dr. Michael Pistor developed the concept of injecting small amounts of medications under the skin to treat many diseases. This optional treatment for fat melting is widely practiced in Europe and South America.
The formulations vary with the conditions and locations being treated. Phospatidylcholine (PC) is the major fat melting medication used in the USA. Other medications, nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids may be used in the microinjection of the mix (mÃ©lange). The melted fat cells are eliminated through the body's natural waste excretion systems.
Frequently treated areas are the jowls of the jaw line (small area under the chin), back of the upper arms, breast in men, resistant areas under the bra line, love handles, abdomen and saddlebags.
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Q. What should you expect after the injections?
A. You will feel a slight burning, tingling sensation for one to two days. Bruising, bleeding, itching, slight swelling and lumps may also occur. Oral antihistamines, non-aspirin analgesics and a warm compression wrap or support garment calms these discomforts.
Q. Where does the fat go?
A. The fat cell contents pass through the usual lymphatics and veins for the body's natural elimination.
Q. Who is not a candidate?
A. Individuals who are pregnant, diabetic, more than 30 pounds over weight and severely obese. People with chronic infections, cardiac, renal, liver diseases and immune deficiency cannot be treated.
Q. What can be done to keep the fat down?
A. A lifestyle committed to diet, vitamins, exercise and lots of water.
Treatments are given 2-4 weeks apart. The goal of the injection, as in any other cosmetic procedure is improvement, not perfection. There is no guarantee given when a patient is treated. It is important to stress that this procedure is in no way a substitute for weight loss by diet and exercise.