Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mesotherapy and "Fat Melting"

The biggest buzz word that is used to describe mesotherapy in the cosmetic and weight loss industry is “melting fat.”  Is this really an accurate statement? 

In some ways yes because it is a form of “injection lipolysis” meaning that it has shown success when it comes to some non-surgical cosmetic application such as the removal of cellulite (sometimes generally called disfiguring fat) in most places in the body including the thighs, buttocks, hips arms, legs and face. 

Mesotherapy procedures can also be used to minimize the pads of fats that gather around the eyes and under the chin and also to tighten loosen skin.  This can also help tighten the skin and the underlying shape of the face.

Common Injected Substances For Fat Removal

There are various nutraceuticals that are used to “melt fat” and these include  aminophylline, collagenase,  glycolic acid , hosphatidylcholine (PC), L-carnitine, hyalorunidase, multivitamins (A, D, E, K) retinoic acid,), trace elements (essentially tiny quantities of zinc, copper, selenium, chromium and manganese), an acetylcholine analog dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) and lidocaine. 

An often used fat-removing compound is the PC (hosphatidylcholine) which, in essence, thins out fat cells by making their membranes more permeable. Minute amounts of stimulants that aid fat release are included with PC injections. Common for this purpose are thyroid preparations, isoproterenaol and aminophylline.

Common Injected Substances for Cellulite

Substances such as hyaluronidase and collagenase are used to disintegrate the fibrous tissue bands that form between the fat globules in cellulite.  This is a like a net of tissue that makes the skin look dimpled and lumpy as the fat clumps are caught in it.  DMAE can also help smoothen out lax skin and the injected trace elements can help the skin turn over and repair itself.

Melting fat is not all that mesotherapy is used for, however that is what most of your clients equate it with. They probably need to know that the procedure can also be used for correcting vitiligo, hyperpigmentation, acne and alopecia.

One thing that your patients might mistake mesotherapy for is liposuction. Although it is often promoted as being a safe non-invasive replacement for liposuction, it does not remove huge volumes of fat from the body.  As a practitioner, it is important to be clear with your patient about what mesotherapy can and cannot do for him or her.  Although fat is released and skin is removed, and the area may appear to have less volume, this is not quite the same as having fat surgically removed or sucked away from beneath the dermis.

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