Cellulite Removal Risks And Warnings

Mesotherapy is a treatment that can help rid your hips, thighs, arms, and behind of cellulite. There are few risks associated with this procedure, but the most common side effect is bruising.

Many individuals, particularly women, wish they could rid themselves of the uneven bumpy skin on their hips, thighs, arms, and behinds.This ruffled, fatty skin, called cellulite, is hard to get rid of.However, there is a treatment that can help you to eliminate cellulite - it's called mesotherapy.The cause of cellulite is somewhat unclear, but contributing factors include obesity, weight gain, aging, genetics, and inactivity.Mesotherapy has been around since the 1950s when a French doctor developed this treatment.This is a relatively safe procedure, but as with any cosmetic treatment, there are some risks and warnings to take into consideration.

Mesotherapy is not a quick-fix for cellulite removal.Averages of eight to ten mesotherapy treatments are required for optimal results.When you begin your mesotherapy treatment, you are likely to have one treatment per week.To maintain your results after your initial treatment period, you will need to get additional treatments every month or so.Due to the number of treatments required, mesotherapy can get quite expensive.Each treatment is generally somewhere between $200 and $600, so after just eight treatments, you are potentially looking at a bill of nearly $5000.Keep in mind that this is a cosmetic, elective procedure, and therefore, your insurance is not going to cover any of the expenses that you incur by undergoing mesotherapy.

Mesotherapy is done by injecting various homeopathic and non-homeopathic medications into the mesoderm layer of the skin (the middle layer).The chemical injections weaken the fat pockets and help to smooth out the ruffled appearance of cellulite-ridden skin.Different doctors use different chemical combinations, and although most of the individual chemicals are approved by the FDA, the combinations that are used together are not.This is part of the risk in mesotherapy - there are no guarantees.It is extremely important that you go to a reputable plastic surgeon for your treatment, and that you insist on seeing before and after pictures of past results.Certain chemicals that are sometimes used have more risks than others.Aminophylline contains caffeine, which can pose a threat to certain health conditions.The most common chemical combination is Procaine and Aminophylline.


Make sure that your plastic surgeon has your complete medical history, as well as your family medical history.Women who are pregnant or nursing are not eligible for mesotherapy, and neither are patients with diabetes, bleeding disorders, or a history of blood clots, cancer, strokes or heart disease.Before getting mesotherapy, you should tell your doctor if you have recently taken any medications or substances that promote bleeding, such as alcohol, vitamin E, aspirin, or herbal medication.

The most common side effect of mesotherapy is bruising on and around the treated areas.There is no way of knowing how severe your bruising will be - this is just something that varies from person to person.If you generally bruise around injection sites, then you can expect that to happen with mesotherapy.Luckily, mesotherapy is often done in easily-concealed areas on the body, and the bruising is only temporary.There is mild to moderate pain associated with mesotherapy, and this will vary based on your individual threshold for pain.Rarely, more serious side effects occur, such as infection or an allergic reaction to the injected chemicals.

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