Q. What is used for the Mesotherapy treatment?
A. At Dermakare our Mesotherapy solution is a form of Choline which comes from lecithin. Lecithin is sold as a product in health-food stores and has been touted in the treatment of various medical conditions such as fibroids, mood disorders, high cholesterol etc. It is found in many foods that we consume on a daily basis.
Q. How do I know what will be put into my body is safe?
A. Dermakare uses phosphatidylcholine from lecithin to break down the fat and increase the metabolism of fats from your treated area. Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is a purified extract from lecithin and is one of the components of bile (it is required for normal transport of bile acids). It emulsifies and breaks down fat deposits in the body, which make it helpful in the prevention of gallstones, atherosclerosis, heart disease, and liver problems. Research has shown that Phosphatidylcholine is beneficial in depression, memory loss and neurological disorders. It is sold as a supplement in health food stores and is contained in many of the foods we eat daily.
Q. How is the Mesotherapy procedure done?
A. What we do is inject this solution into any area where undesirable, unwanted fat collects. What it does is cause the fat to be released from the fat cells so that it can be easily burnt off as energy. Pretty much the same as when you exercise, except that exercise most times does not give the desired results in ‘problem’ areas. That’s where Mesotherapy comes in, as these areas can be easily targeted and tackled.
Q. How long does the procedure take and is it painful?
A. The procedure itself takes approximately between 7 and 15 minutes depending on how much fat you wish to treat. The solution is administered by means of fine needles which are surprisingly not painful to most patients.
Q. How soon will I see results?
A. You will begin to see results as early as two weeks, sometimes before. We do a review / follow up 2 weeks after Mesotherapy. Results continue to be seen over 8 weeks following the 15 minute procedure but most of your results will typically seen by the 6th week.
Q. Hooray!! Mesotherapy works! But where does the fat go?
A. Similar to when you exercise, Mesotherapy stimulates the release of fat from the fat cells, which is then metabolized (or burnt off) as energy by your body. The ‘meso’ solution itself is broken down in the process and excreted as waste.
Q. After the fat is gone, will there be flabbiness / overhanging skin?
A. No! The skin tends to retract simultaneously with the dissolution of fat.
Q. Do I need any specialized garment after the procedure?
A. You will not have to wear a girdle or compression garment following Mesotherapy.
Q. How many treatments are usually needed?
A. Most patients will do 1-2 treatments in a particular area. Most of the time when they do more than 2 treatments, it is because they are treating more areas.
Q. Are there any side effects to the procedure?
A. What you will notice after your Mesotherapy procedure is that you may have some amount of tenderness and swelling which lasts approx 3 days for most patients. Residual swelling may last up to a week but for most it will be significantly less after the 3 days. You will be expected to massage the area several times a day over the first 3 days to a week.
Q. Can I take painkillers if I experience tenderness?
A. In the immediate period following Mesotherapy, it is okay for you to take Panadol or Panadiene (unless allergic to Codeine) for tenderness.
Cold compresses can also be used to minimize any tenderness that is felt during the days immediately following Mesotherapy.
Q. Are there any special instructions to follow after the procedure?
A. You will be given information on how to maintain your results following Mesotherapy. When these instructional guidelines are adhered to, we find that patients have long-lasting success.
You will specifically be expected to observe a low salt /low sodium diet for the first 2 weeks in order to prevent your results from being masked by fluid retention over the Mesotherapy period.
Q. I do go to the gym or plan to start working out, should I continue with my training?
A. Exercise, though not mandatory, is very helpful during and following Mesotherapy and may be resumed as early as 48 hrs after the procedure.
Q. Will the Mesotherapy treatment complicate any medical condition?
A. You should not do Mesotherapy if you have a history of thyroid disease or are diabetic or have a serious medical condition. Please don’t hesitate to alert the doctor to any condition you may have! Even so, our doctor will check your medical history and blood results prior to doing the procedure to ensure that you are indeed a candidate for Mesotherapy.
Q. I am on some medication and/or dietary supplements. Should I discontinue?
A. 3 days prior to Mesotherapy, you should discontinue taking any vitamins and supplements normally taken, and any medications that are not life sustaining. These can be discussed prior to the procedure to ensure that you do not discontinue any medications that you need. For instance, patients with hypertension may continue taking their anti-hypertension medication.
Q. I am allergic to soy based products. Can I do Mesotherapy?
A. You should not do Mesotherapy if you are known to be allergic to soy or soy derived products.
Q. I do not know if I am allergic to soy. Can I still have the procedure done?
A. We advise that you drink a little soy milk for a couple of days as a test, with an antihistamine handy, just in case you have an adverse reaction. We do issue an anti-histamine to all patients as a precautionary measure prior to your having the procedure done.
Q. What level of fat can be treated with Mesotherapy?
A. If you are very obese, Mesotherapy is not recommended. Patients who respond positively to Mesotherapy are those who have ‘pockets’ of fat in certain isolated areas which can be treated easily.