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How does mesotherapy work?

Mesotherapy is a proven medical technique that uses a combination of natural medications to shrink fat cells. By using extremely small needles (4-6mm), these medications are injected directly into the unwanted fatty areas. With the use of a special injection device, many of the needle sticks are not even felt. Dr Santos combines medications with specific properties to treat localized fat. The medications used in mesotherapy will not work alone. These medications must be used in combination to be effective. The basic functions of these medications are to open up the fat cells and liquify the fat, while other medications assist in fat transportation. In essence, the above will help facilitate the natural excretion of unwanted fat from your body. Dr Santos will also recommend a diet plan and exercise to further enhance the fat burning process. 

How often are the treatments?

Mesotherapy treatments are spaced-out every one to two weeks depending on the individual. The number of treatments depend on the size of the individual being treated, the number of body areas needing to be treated, and the chronicity of the problem. Typically a patient requires 4-6 treatments. 

What are the side effects?

All patients undergoing mesotherapy will experience bruising, swelling and soreness the day after treatment. The intensity varies between patients. Most patients do not need to alter their daily activities because of the discomfort.

Cellulite and Mesotherapy

Cellulite can be effectively treated using mesotherapy.  The treatments aims to break down the collagen matrix which creates the dimpling effect making the surface smoother. Here is a study that shows the effectiveness of this treatment on cellulite: 

Collagenase Injection in the Treatment of Cellulite

Alexander B. Dagum, MD and Marie A. Badalamente, PhD.

There remains no effective treatment for dimpling of the thighs and buttock skin known as cellulite. We postulated that if the anchoring connective tissue septae and/or hypertrophied subcutaneous adipose tissue could be lysed by collagenase that the contour irregularity would be improved.The purpose of this Phase 2,FDA study was to test the safety and efficacy of collagenase injection as a treatment for cellulite. Methods:10 female patients with a mean BMI of 28,avg. age 41 enrolled. 0.58mg of collagenase was injected into the posterolateral thigh. Patients were followed and photographed post injection and the area of cellulite quantified in cm. Results:There was a significant reduction in cellulite appearance of the injected area. Cellulite area was reduced by 77% day 1, 74% at 1 week,89% at 1 month,86% at 3 mos.,76% at 6 mons.Patient satisfaction was 1.75 at 6 mons(1= completely satisfied, 4= not satisfied).BMI and thigh circumference showed no significant differences from baseline values. Side effects included injection area soreness, ecchymosis and mild edema which resolved in a mean of 10, 18 and 6 days, respectively. Conclusions: This study has shown that collagenase injection for cellulite is safe and has merit.This therapy warrants continued testing within the FDA regulatory process.

Who can get mesotherapy?

You can receive mesotherapy if you are between the ages of 18 - 75 years old and are in good general health.

Mesotherapy is not recommended for patients with the following conditions:

  • history of heart disease
  • history of stroke
  • women who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding
  • Insulin -dependent diabetes
  • history of cancer
  • history of kidney or liver disease
  • history of multiple medical allergies (may need prior allergy testing before getting treated)
  • bleeding disorders
  • blood clots
  • During your consultation with Dr Santos, we will ask you pertinent questions with regards to your overall health - - prior to initiating treatments. The cellulite factor

It is important to first understand the nature of cellulite to better understand why mesotherapy is so effective in treating it.

There is a layer of fatty tissue called the subcutaneous fat that lies between the skin and the deeper tissue layers. Coursing through the fatty tissue are numerous fibrous bands which anchor the overlying skin to the underlying deeper tissues. When these fat cells swell and increase in size, their expansion is limited because of the fibrous strands, thus causing the dimpling or cottage cheese appearance of the overyling skin. Cellulite is not only an accumulation of fat, but also trapped water and toxins.

Ninety-percent of women have cellulite. It is a myth that only obese individuals have cellulite, when in fact, there are many thin individuals with cellulite. Some contributing factors to the development of cellulite are genetics, sedentary lifestyle, crash diets, smoking, alcohol, certain medications (diet pills, sleeping pills), dark beverages, and poor hydration to name a few.

The medications used in mesotherapy are injected with tiny needles directly into the cellulite areas to break-up fibrous cords, emulsify fat out of fat cells, and increase lymphatic and venous circulation to aid the body in fat excretion.

Dr Santos was individually trained by Dr. Roman Chubaty MD, A.C.S.M., A.A.A.M., L.M.C.C., A.C.F.P., The top North American expert on Meso-Lipotherapy and President and founder of the International Meso-Lipotherapy Society , Dr. Chubaty trained under Dr. Jacques Le Coz, MD in Paris, France and Dr. Patricia Rittes, MD in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Santos has performed over 700 treatments. Before and after pictures are available during the free consultation.


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