Mesotherapy

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Author: Maya Vedamurthy
Date: January-February 2007
Publisher: Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd.
Document Type: Clinical report
Length: 1,046 words
Lexile Measure: 1420L

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Byline: Maya. Vedamurthy

Mesotherapy is a technique which involves microinjections of conventional homeopathic medication and/ or vitamins into the mesoderm or middle layer of the skin to promote healing or corrective treatment to a specific area of the body. It is a debatable addition in the therapeutic armamentarium in the management of skin rejuvenation. However, dermatologists have to use this cautiously and judiciously as at present there is a lot of controversy regarding its efficacy and safety despite the fact that mesotherapy is gaining popularity in the West.

Mesotherapy was invented by the Frenchman Dr. Michel Pistor in 1958 to treat conditions in rheumatology, sports, traumatology, infectious diseases, vascular diseases and mainly as a pain-relieving technique. The North American experience began when Dr. Lionel Bissoon learned the technique in France and later popularized it in America. Its cosmetic applications, particularly for removal of fat and cellulite have recently received attention in the United States.

Applications of mesotherapy in dermatology

Mesotherapy is used in the treatment of:

*Cellulite *Local fat deposits - xanthelasma, lipoma[1] *Alopecia *Rejuvenation - wrinkles, skin tightening *Hyperpigmentation and melasma *Body contouring[2]

Products commonly used in mesotherapy

*Phosphatidyl choline- dissolves fat[3],[4] *Organic silicuim - increases collagen production *CRP 1000 - has cytokines for cellular stimulation and copper peptide which improves collagen and elastin sysnthesis *Hyaluronic acid- improves hydration *Following chemicals act as antioxidants and are claimed to decrease pigmentation:

*Glutathione *Ascorbic acid *Glycolic acid *Pyruvate

*Following chemicals are claimed to stimulate hair growth:

*Buflomedial *Minoxidil *Finasteride

*Vitamins

      i. Vitamin C is used for hyperpigmenation and melasma. It acts as...

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