As we age, you may notice that you have that healthy glow to your complexion less and less. This, unfortunately, is to do with your body becoming less efficient at being able to flush out toxins, as circulation tends to get more sluggish, and the skin isn’t fed with as many nutrients and oxygen.
To combat this, mesotherapy, has been developed as a treatment to target areas of the skin that need to be revitalised, helping you to recapture the glow, as well as reducing and smoothing thin lines.
Mesotherapy was first developed as a medical technique, which was used in the 1950s to improve blood circulation and treat sports injuries and rheumatism.
Its healing properties are now being used in skin rejuvenation.
How does it work?
To revitalise ageing skin, your doctor will administer tiny injections just under the skin, to replace minerals, vitamins and amino acids that diminish as we age.
Only small amounts are injected, as unlike taking supplements orally, areas can be specifically targeted. Each mixture is make up in a prescriptive way, depending on what you need. This stimulates your metabolism and boosts the production of elastin and collagen, which will plump up your skin and reduce fine lines.
What’s this treatment best for?
This is an effective treatment for softening the signs of ageing, by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as breathing life into dull skin.
It can also be used to tighten sagging skin on the neck, legs, abdomen, arms and hands, and is frequently used in combination with other anti-ageing treatments such as dermal fillers and facial peels.
Mesotherapy can be used to boost levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin, an ingredient of popular fillers, that’s used to help hydrate skin and stimulate the production of collagen.
The technique can also be used to promote the loss of fat or cellulite, by injecting a preparation that prevents cells from storing fat, and helps break down existing fat cells.
What’s involved in the procedure?
The treatment isn’t painful, as a local anaesthetic cream is applied beforehand. Your dermatologist will then administer a number of tiny injections into the areas that need nourishment, using fine micro-needles that penetrate millimetres under the mesoderm - surface layer of the skin.
The procedure lasts from 30 to 45 minutes and is of minimal discomfort. There may be some bruising and localised swelling, but this will disappear after a day or two. You’ll be able to return to your normal activities after the treatment.
What results can I expect?
While some patients report improvements after one treatment, it’s more usual for you to notice results after two to three sessions.
Depending on the area treated, you should see an added firmness to your skin, and an improved skin tone and texture, along with a smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles.
Another newer procedure is to boost levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin. This is another important component of the skin that helps to maintain firmness and texture.
An initial treatment period of 2-3 treatments given every two weeks is usually recommended. Results last from 3 to 6 months, after which maintenance treatments may be required.
Our Dermatology & Aesthetics Team
Dr Badvey brings her considerable expertise to the latest cosmetic skin technologies to enable women to have healthy, beautiful and natural looking skin at any age.
Professor Ash Mosahebi is a highly qualified surgeon and part of the UK's Specialist Advisory Committee on Plastic surgery. He brings his expert knowledge to the clinic.