Mesotherapy is a non-invasive technique of European-French origin that includes microinjections of plant extracts, bioactive agents and homeopathics into the dermal layer of the skin.
This procedure was evolved by Dr. Michel Pistor, a French physician who initially evolved the technique as an analgesic for rheumatoid arthritis.
Mechanism of action
The injections are targeted to the dermis of the skin where the injected substances influence the underlying matrix and connective tissue. Injections will rehydrate the matrix, stimulate the body to the repair of potentially damaged underlying structure and will cause beneficial effects such as increasing circulation thereby increasing blood flow of nutrients and fresh oxygen to the skin surface combating free radicals.
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Different motivations for mesotherapy include both cosmetic and chronic pain resolutions. Cosmetic procedures include skin rejuvenation, elimination and prevention of fine lines, wrinkles and increased skin tone and overall complexion. Body sculpting including lipodystrophy - the undesirable settling of fat in the abdominal area – as well as cellulite are often chief concerns. Chronic pain is also a highly sought after treatment targeting headaches, back pain, fibromyalgia and joint pain (including rhematological diseases and other degenerative joint disease).
Treatment options for both cosmetic and chronic pain available today are vast and will vary and differ according to the individual. Mesotherapy offers a gentle alternative to toxins and harsh chemicals for skin rejuvenation. Furthermore, mesotherapy offers an analgesic alternative to Cox-2 inhibitors, NSAIDS and steroids whose side effects range from the disruption of gut flora and mucosa to advanced cardiovascular and renal impairments. The injected substances in mesotherapy are minimal and the effects, seen best over a period of six to eight months, gradually enhance and preserve one’s natural beauty. Health is not a quick fix. Mesotherapy is both safe and subtly powerful.
How can I receive this treatment
Mesotherapy should only be practiced by licensed physicians who are specifically trained. Ask your primary practitioner as certain existing conditions may not be indicated for this treatment. Practitioners should practice clean, sterile technique and should do a comprehensive assessment of the individual before beginning treatment. When finding a practitioner, ask for credentials and do not be afraid to ask questions. It is your body! Under naturopathic medicine, mesotherapy is usually incorporated into a greater holistic treatment plan therefore falling under many insurance benefits. Check with your provider to see if naturopathic medicine is covered.
Dr. Melissa Chan, a licensed naturopathic physician practicing at Vibrant Lifestyle in Liberty Village. Chan is certified to practice mesotherapy and truly believes that healthy bodies come from the inside out. Visit www.vibrantlifestyle.ca/mesotherapy for details.
Natalie Petyashina is a holistic nutritionist practicing at Vibrant Lifestyle in Liberty Village. Her specialty is digestion, detoxification, lifestyle/diet improvement and weight management. She can be reached by email firstname.lastname@example.org or at 416-792-5500. Learn more at www.vibrantlifestyle.ca