Mesotherapy is one of the latest weight loss crazes to hit medical centers. It involves injecting small amounts of vitamins and / or medications into the middle layer of skin in order to reduce fat and cellulite. The supplements and herbs help remove fat from fat cells and thus aid in taking fat and cellulite out of the system. The procedure is named after the middle layer of skin, also known as the mesoderm, in which these vitamins are injected.

When used to rejuvenate the face, this particular process is known as meso-facelift. It can also enhance weight loss and eliminate the fat under the chin and the fat pad under the eyelids. It may assist with problems not related to weight, such as hair loss. Furthermore, mesotherapy can also be used to alleviate neck and back pain, known as meso-pain management.

Mesotherapy can be used in various places on the body. It can be administered almost every spot that has cellulite. This includes but is not limited to the waist, the arms, the back, the hips and the legs. All of these areas can be targeted in one session if the patient desires.

Mesotherapy started in France with a doctor named Michel Pistor. The procedure has been used in France for over fifty years. Mesotherapy was officially noted and recognized by the French Academy of Medicine in 1987. The trend spread all over the world, leading to the creation of the International Society of Mesotherapy, touching fourteen different European and South American countries. Reportedly over fifteen thousand currently practicing doctors use mesotherapy.

Mesotherapy has even been the topic of news reports and programs such as 20/20. The popular ABC Newsmagazine profiled mesotherapy last summer. The highly popular television series showed both sides of the issue, discussing whether or not the technique was safe.

Dr. Robert Partovy has run the San Fernando Medical Center for two years. He has been a practicing family physician for six years, since 1998. He specializes in medical weight loss, both for obese and overweight cases and personal weight loss goals. He tends to treat adults, but also has teenage clients. He can recommend courses of treatment and create personalized weight loss plans for his patients.

Dr. Partovy strongly supports mesotherapy. He first learned of it after attending two seminars which focused on mesotherapy. He believes this new therapy enhances weight loss when used accordingly and in addition to a healthy diet and regular exercise.

The doctor recommends it for adults, meaning those persons age sixteen and over, and not for children. At the risk of sounding like one of those commercials for new prescription drugs: Mesotherapy is also not recommended for pregnant women or people with a history of blood clots, strokes or certain types of cancer.

According to Dr. Partovy, mesotherapy is a good alternative to liposuction. “Mesotherapy is non-invasive. It is a non-surgical procedure for the reduction of fat and cellulite.” Dr. Partovy’s office can treat patients to various forms of mesotherapy, including the mesolift, which he deems a great alternative to a face lift.

Wondering how hard mesotherapy will hit your wallet? The cost of mesotherapy is said to be comparable to the cost of liposuction. One session may cost hundreds of dollars. It depends on how often a patient goes for injections, what his or her condition is, what his or her goals are, and what doctor(s) are doing the procedure.

Mesotherapy is an outpatient procedure. Many people are rushed for time and think that they haven’t the time to see the doctor for a consultation, much less an actual medical procedure. The good news is that each session takes a matter of minutes to complete. Patients can be completely awake while having mesotherapy. It requires no anesthesia.

Afraid of needles? You do not have to be. The needles used in mesotherapy are approximately 0.4 cm to 0.6 cm in size – nicely put by one website as “the size of a eyelash.”

Worried about how hard the therapy will hit you afterwards? Dr. Partovy states that clients can go back to their normal routine and go back to work the day after having the procedure done. Within twenty-four hours, he says, the average patient has bounced right back. Afterwards, the majority of patients have little to no brusing and minimal pain.