Mesotherapy is a broad term used to describe the process of delivering active ingredients into the middle layer of the skin (mesoderm, hence the name mesotherapy), or into the fat cells. Mesotherapy is used to treat a large range of conditions such as skin ageing, stubborn fat pockets as well as scarring to name a few. I was interested in Mesotherapy from a pigmentation point of view as well as to achieve a vibrant glow because my skin has been looking a bit dull and tired recently.
When you reach your thirties, all the neglect and blemishes begin to show: from the excessive sun damage over the years, to limited amounts of sunblock and the lack of a proper beauty regime (or the laziness to stick to one). After experiencing many different facials over the past 2 years, it was time to do something that had more depth than a normal facial. Naturally, treatments targeting the mesoderm are far more effective than topical facials or creams.
I consulted Amy Bowie from Pulse Dermatology and Laser and she recommended Mesotherapy. The French press originally coined the term Mesotherapy in 1958. It was popular throughout European countries and South America and Mesotherapy is now recognised as the ultimate medical facial!
To really influence skin physiology positively you need to put the correct ingredients in contact with “living cells”. This means at the base of the epidermis where cell division takes place, or in the dermis where you have fibroblasts – the factories responsible for tissue formation.
Amy administered a vitamin cocktail with hydrating and plumping Hyaluronic Acid (natures water molecule), applied via the Mesogun injector to infuse active ingredients directly into the lower layers of the epidermis and the dermis of my skin.
The treatment took all of 20 minutes, however it’s the 20 minute prep and the post 20 minute LED light application that fills up the balance of the 1 hour treatment.
Step 1: Cleaning of the face with alcohol and the application of numbing cream
Step 2: Administration of ‘vitamin cocktail’ via jabs of fine injections using a Mesotherapy gun to all facets of the face.
Step 3: 20min ‘cool off’ under the LED light.
The numbing cream took effect and I barely felt the needles as they jotted in and out all over my face like a quick acupunture session. It was not painful at all, (botox is more uncomfortable in comparison) just nerve racking by not knowing what to expect. I had a bit of superficial bleeding during the treatment from the needles, but that was surface level. Upon leaving my appointment, my face already had an amazing glow, and there was no redness or downtime at all. In-fact I went straight to a meeting and was asked if I had been overseas recently. The complexion was that good.
“I absolutely love this treatment, it treats such a wide variety of conditions all depending on the ‘vitamin cocktail’ used on the day! When I was working in London this was a treatment that nearly all my patients had at some point, and now that I have brought the techniques with me to my clinic in South Africa my patients are really happy and enjoying this holistic meets Medical approach to skin health.” Says Amy
This is the perfect treatment for dull devitalised skins and for those wanting to lift and tighten their skins. Mesoglow provides the skin with Hyaluronic Acid to really plump and hydrate the skin and from there Amy adds to the cocktail whatever the patient needs, so that the treatment is tailored specifically for you. They have everything from Centella Asiatica for scarring and ageing, Vitamin C for its wonderful effects on sun damaged skins and Gucosomine for the depigmenting properties. And that’s just the beginning.
Mesotherapy may also be combined with other treatment procedures and homecare products to achieve even better results, such as LED light.
LED light therapy uses specific colour wavelengths of light (a combination of blue and red) that penetrate the skin at different levels. The light energises the skin cells and stimulates them to produce collagen, improve elasticity and increase blood circulation and oxygen. The skins ability to absorb light stimulates the healing processes and makes for a quicker recovery and decreased down time. Amy makes use of the LED light treatment after nearly all her treatments.
It is recommended to experience a Mesotherapy treatment every three weeks or once a month to begin for about 3 – 4 sessions. I will definitely be back in 3 weeks.
Cost of Mesotherapy: from R1500 per session.
Cost of LED: R300 per session.
You can find Pulse Dermatology and Laser at Unit 1B, The Ride Office Park, Door de Kraal Road, Kenridge, Durbanville.
Tel: 021 914 0447