While some people don't mind going under the knife for reducing cellulite, some might not be willing to undergo an invasive cosmetic surgery. Mesotherapy is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that might appeal to the latter. It is a non-surgical method that has been hugely advertised as an alternative to liposuction or other surgical methods of cellulite reduction. Being a non-invasive method, it is undoubtedly less risky.
Difference Between Mesotherapy and Liposuction
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that is performed under anesthesia. Mesotherapy, on the other hand, involves the injection of certain substances into the mesoderm or the middle layer of one's skin. What is injected into the skin is generally a combination of vitamins, minerals, homeopathic medicines, traditional pharmaceuticals, and natural extracts in small amounts. The aim of this procedure is to dissolve cellulite and give one a youthful appearance. These injections are used for the purpose of body contouring, and the removal of scars, wrinkles, and stretch marks. These injections can also be used for getting rid of fine lines and wrinkles from the face and neck region. It is believed that injecting these substances stimulates the production of collagen, which is a fibrous protein that keeps the skin taut and youthful. Such injections can be used in any part of the body wherein deposition of fat cells has taken place.
Unlike liposuction, wherein a small incision is made at the area of localized fat deposits and fat cells are broken down and removed with a suction device, this non-surgical cosmetic procedure involves just the administration of fat-melting injections. Though this procedure is less risky, it has not been approved by FDA. Certain side effects have also been reported.
Cost of Mesotherapy
The cost is dependent on a variety of factors. These include the location of the clinic, reputation or expertise of the doctor, and the complexity of the body part wherein you wish to use these injections. You will have to pay the initial consultation fee of USD 200 or more. The average cost could range from USD 300 to USD 600 per body part for a session. The cost will also depend on the number of sessions. If you are going in for more than one body part, the cost would naturally increase. The size and complexity of the target area will also determine the cost. Those who are planning to undergo this procedure for smaller areas will have to pay less than those who are going for larger areas such as thighs, abdomen, hips, or buttocks. Those who have large fat deposits will require more sessions, which in turn would increase the cost. Some treatments might involve more than four sessions, so, the cost can be considerably high. If you are planning to undergo this procedure, make sure to ask your doctor about any additional costs and the number of sessions that will be required for getting the desired results.
Though this procedure was introduced way back in 1950s in Europe, it is now attracting the attention of cosmetologists and the fashion-conscious people of America. However, its effectiveness is widely being discussed. Some of the drugs used in the injections have not been approved by FDA and certain side effects have been reported as well. So, make sure that you conduct an extensive research before you opt for this cosmetic procedure for cellulite reduction.