Posted on 24 October, 2011
The word 'mesotherapy' originates from Greek, 'mesos' meaning 'middle' and 'therapeia' meaning 'to treat medically'. Mesotherapy has been uesd in Europe and the USA for over fifty years. The concept of mesotherapy is to use a number of very superficially placed injections to deliver treatments directly into the deeper layers of the skin where they are intended to work. Mesotherapy can be used to target cellulite and can also be used for skin rejuvenation aswell as treating a number of medical conditions. The nature of the product injected can range from Hyaluronic Acid to vitamins and minerals and many other products, depending on the desired effect. With regards to skin rejuvenation, the purpose of mesotherapy is to replace levels of Hyaluronic Acid that is naturally depleted as we age. This treatment is suitable for all ages, including those just starting to develop very fine lines. It can be used as a 'stand alone' treatment or in combination with dermal fillers. The injection of Hyaluronic Acid into the dermis (just under the top layers of the skin) is thought to stimulate collagen production, which most of us now know, is responsible for retaining the suppleness and reducing fine lines and wrinkles in the skin. In fact we also know that the mere introduction of a needle itself also increases collagen production. At LPA, you can choose from Juvederm® Hydrate or Restylane® Vital.
Juvederm® Hydrate is a product which contains high levels of Hyaluronic Acid combined with Mannitol, which is an antioxidant that prevents the build up of free radicals and therefore slows down the degradation of Hyalruonic Acid. Juvederm® Hydrate requires a course of three injections with two weeks in between each treatment and a maintenance treatment once or twice a year. Restylane® Vital is now available with an anaesthetic combined for increased comfort. Restylane® Vital contains Hyaluronic Acid as its only active ingredient. The course for Restylane® Vital is three treatments with four week intervals and a maintenance treatment once or twice a year. The cost of these treatments depends on the area to be treated and starts at £200 for one treatment or £500 for a course of three. You can choose to target specific areas such as lines around the mouth or you can opt for a more generalised approach, treating the whole face, or neck, or decolletage or hands. As the needle used is very small, treatments are not painful. Straight after the treatment, sometimes there are small 'insect bite' marks visible which settle quickly. As with all injectables, there is always a small risk of bruising. The effects of this treatment are natural and subtle, so great for young skin or for those who prefer not to use fillers or wrinkle reduction injections, or these can be used to complement other aesthetic treatments.