Eliminate Localized Fat Deposits
Mesotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that is widely used in Europe and elsewhere to treat various injuries and medical conditions. This medical specialty targets problem areas with microinjections of conventional medicines. Tiny “medicinal bullets” are delivered directly into the mesoderm (middle layer of skin) that are highly specific to the condition being treated. Phosphatidylcholine and deoxycholate are the active ingredients we use to dissolve the fat.
What can I expect from this treatment?
A study of 20 patients at the Ablon Skin Institute & Research Center and 30 patients in a Brazilian study, both with injection of phosphatidylcholine into lower lid fat pads, demonstrated cosmetic improvement in all patients, with only the below mentioned minor side effects noted. Dr.Ablon’s study was performed under approval of the Western Institutional Review Board. An average of 5 treatments were necessary to achieve desired results.
Are there any side effects?
While oral Phosphatidylcholine has been FDA approved to guard against low blood choline levels, allowing for support of normal cellular membrane composition and repair and maintenance of acetylcholine formation (a neurotransmitter which helps nerve cells function properly), no major side effects have been reported in connection with large doses of Phosphatidylcholine.
Along with benefits that can be obtained from this fluid, minor side effects can occur:
The site may become swollen and red immediately after injections. Swelling usually appears in the first 6 hours and may persist for two to seven days.
Mild burning may occur following injections lasting about fifty minutes. Due to the fact that some patients harbor bacteria deep within the skin, an infection may develop at the time of treatment, no matter how thoroughly the skin is cleansed. This is possible during any injection, and can be treated with local hot packs or antibiotics. None of the patients in Dr. Ablon’s study developed any infections.
Bruising can occur, as with any injection, but will disappear. It is common in those taking aspirin or blood thinners thus these medications should be discontinued 2 weeks prior to treatment.
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