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Mesotherapy is the retro treatment making a comeback

It’s a needle-based treatment that has a plethora of benefits – here’s everything you need to know about mesotherapy

What is mesotherapy? 

Originally used to relieve pain, the mesotherapy technique was first developed in 1952 by French doctor, Michel Pistor. Modern day mesotherapy is minimally invasive and is essentially a series of injections into the middle layer (mesoderm) of skin using very fine needles to deliver vitamins, enzymes, hormones, minerals, plant extracts, and more.  

It is used to boost hair growth, rejuvenate, recontour, rehydrate, smooth, and tighten skin by boosting collagen and elastin. It can also be used as a non-surgical method for tackling stubborn fat found on the thighs, hips, chin, bra strap area and abdomen – it does this by eliminating fat cells for good

How to prepare

This is not a treatment you need to do much preparation for, but you should avoid taking aspirin beforehand as this thins the blood and can increase the likelihood of bruising and bleeding.

It’s also wise to stop using powerful actives like retinol and vitamin C a few days before your treatment as these skincare ingredients can leave skin more sensitive, which could lead to pain during the treatment (despite the numbing cream) and redness post injections.

What to expect

Pre-treatment the chosen area will be numbed with aesthetic cream to ensure a comfortable treatment – although the needles used are so fine they generally cause very little to no pain.

Once numb the injections begin, depositing the meso cocktail at 1 to 4 millimetres into the skin, and depending on the area treatments tend to take 20-40 minutes in total. Some practitioners use a mechanical gun making the procedure even quicker. There is no downtime and any bruising or swelling tends to disappear after a few days.

How many treatments are needed?

Most people require several treatments for noticeable results, but it does depend on what is being injected. It could be anywhere from three treatments to one a month.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary depending on what is being injected, but you can expect to pay anything between £75 to £900 per session.

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