Cellulite Reduction Mesotherapy
Before discussing cellulite reduction mesotherapy, lets first discuss what cellulite and mesotherapy are:
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is not caused by weight gain as so many believe. The exact cause is unknown, but an autoimmune process my be involved. It is most common in post-pubescent females, although there is a higher association in overweight and obese women.
The medical name is dermatomyoliposclerosis which describes exactly the make up of cellulite on a microscopic level. Skin, muscle, and fat tissue clump together held in place by scar tissue, called septa.
Picture grandma's quilt. Each square is a septum, the border is the scar tissue, and the middle are is skin, fat, and muscle. The scar tissue tethers the septa to the skin making that area inflexible. As you age and gain weight, the non-effected surrounding areas grow while the cellulite septa remain in the same area connected to the skin. The result, is the classic "dimpled" appearance.
Liposuction has little effect on cellulite because of the scarring. It might even make things worse by causing more scar tissue to form. Mesotherapy is the treatment of choice for plastic surgeons.
What is Mesotherapy?
Meso-therapy is small injections (microinjections) administered into the mesoderm layer of skin. This is the middle part of skin, where scar tissue can form and mix with all three components of cellulite.
The medication injected "dissolves" the middle part of the septum and effects the scar to a lesser extent. Outward effects can be immediate and dramatic. However, scar tissue can form again causing even more cellulite to form then before treatment.
Studies have shown blood and lymphatic flow around the area to increase post meso-therapy.
Yes. Mesotherapy has evolved from a medical procedure to a cosmetic one, performed by all kinds of "cosmetic specialists." It is now marketed as a "body-sculpting" technique.
This is concerning because of the strategic nature of administering injections. The "sculpting" aspect may have adverse consequences if we're not careful.
For instance, scar tissue is not just dead tissue. Like cellulite, there are areas of active cell growth and repair. Different areas communicate through certain inflammatory markers and growth factors released by the immune system.
Body sculpting may disrupt the normal cell to cell signaling that keeps the scar formation in check, limiting it's growth. Uninhibited, the scar tissue could slowly advance making the situation much worse then before the "body-sculpting" procedure.
A few cases of "inner" keloids have already been reported. These are massive disfiguring scars that keep returning even after surgical removal. Some people have "outer" keloids from old wounds. This is seen mainly in African Americans and can be tough to control. You don't want a massive keloid deep in the mesoderm of your skin.
Our recommendation is to be cautious and do your homework. If you decide on a "body-sculpting" technique, choose your specialist with care.
Research everything you can about them. Find out for yourself how experienced they are--don't just go by their testimonials.
Investigate matters yourself, the Better Business Bureau and your State Health Department would be good places to start. Any resistance on the part of the staff performing the procedure, is a red flag, consider yourself warned.
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