Mesotherapy is a gentler and safer alternative to liposuction. It lessens some of the risks associated with liposuction surgery but it still has its own share of downsides. Mesotherapy is safer because it is less invasive and does not require the use of general anesthesia. However, to get a better picture it is important that we educate ourselves about the different risks and complications that could result from Mesotherapy.
Major areas of concern for people who have just undergone Mesotherapy are immediate areas around the injection site. This includes the skin and tissues in and around the areas of treatment. Side effects of Mesotherapy may include skin discoloration and redness which may appear after treatment. However, this may disappear with time or a few days after treatment. If discoloration persists, consult this with your doctor.
Common side effects include pain, swelling and bruising. A small amount of trauma is experienced as a direct result of fluids being injected on the area. Severe cases may result to adverse reaction to injected solutions that can cause ulcers and scars.
Allergic reaction to injected solutions is the most dangerous threat posed by Mesotherapy. This could lead to anaphylactic shock, or the shutting down of major body organs. Hives appear almost instantly and breathing becomes difficult as air passageways close. This requires an emergency procedure to treat the allergic reaction. The good news is that this is very rare and is the result of using of unlicensed practitioners.
Although most of the side effects (swelling, redness, pain) of Mesotherapy are the direct result of treatment, the more dangerous complications are associated with the use of solutions. Skeptics in the medical community remain unconvinced about the effectiveness of the solutions used. Like many liposuction alternative treatments skeptics label this treatment as mere hype or an advertising gimmick.
Adding to the concerns is the entry of foreign-sourced solutions. This has not undergone FDA scrutiny thus it remains unproven unscientifically as being safe and effective. These solutions are readily available to be purchased over the internet and its manufacturers are outside the jurisdiction of the USA. Questions also arise regarding the purity of said solutions made outside the US used in Mesotherapy.
Solutions used for Mesotherapy has yet to get the nod of the FDA. Although some of these compounds have already been approved for use in other treatments, its specific use in Mesotherapy has not. One more thing to consider is that Mesotherapy has yet to get approval from the American Society of Plastic Surgery.
Those looking into Mesotherapy for a weight loss solution should know that it is limited as to the amount it can remove with each treatment. Multiple treatments may be advised before the desired results are achieved. Mesotherapy is not covered for those with medical insurance plans.
Stress and anxiety might be experienced after Mesotherapy. This is especially true when results do not match their expectations.
Given the risks and complications of Mesotherapy, it still remains as a safer alternative to liposuction. Just don’t expect that it would give the same quality of results seen in liposuction.