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What is Mesotherapy?

Mesotherapy is a technique, invented in 1952 by Dr. Michel Pistor, where medication is injected into the mesoderm, the layer of fat and connective tissue under the skin. Over the past 50+ years, an excess of 15,000 physicians world-wide have used Mesotherapy on a daily basis for a variety of purposes, including overall weight loss, spot weight reduction, cellulite reduction, hair loss, scar revision and wrinkle elimination. Mesotherapy is also used to correct unevenness, lumps, or divots that develop after liposuction.

Using a very tiny needle (0.4 to 0.6 cm or the size of an eyelash), the medication is injected into the mesoderm painlessly. Sometimes the technique of "multi-pricking" is used, where a number of swift, painless injections are concentrated in a specific area. Although "multi-pricking" can be done by hand, at the Office of Dr. Shapiro we offer a mechanical delivery system that delivers the medicine in a more accurate fashion with even less discomfort to the patient. Patients have universally reported that the treatments cause less pain than a momentary, light pinch.

The medications that are used in Mesotherapy melt the fat beneath the skin and shrink the fat cells. The fat dissolves and is excreted without any changes in your bowel habits.

Cellulite is caused by connective tissue bands that hold down the skin, trapping the fat and thereby causing the "dimpling" effect. The medications used in Mesotherapy destroy the connective tissue bands and melt the trapped fat, creating a smooth, dimple-free appearance.

In Mesotherapy, very small doses of different medications are administered in specific areas, depending on the condition being treated. The medicines and plant extracts that we use at our office are obtained from local pharmaceutical companies in the United States. All medicines used are FDA-approved for their use.

For cellulite, weight loss, and spot weight reduction, the medications are injected directly to the areas being treated. Treatments are administered weekly, or biweekly.

Many patients develop unevenness, divots, or lumps after undergoing liposuction. These areas can be successfully treated with Mesotherapy. The scar tissue that forms under the skin after liposuction is directly targeted and dissolved. Patients see and feel smoothing of divots and lumps, and the unevenness resolves.

The combination of vitamins, herbal products and medication that is injected is tailored specifically for each patient to optimize results. Many factors are taken into consideration to determine the most effective combination:

  1. Genetics: A patient that has had cellulite since adolescence responds differently than one who has developed cellulite more recently.
  2. History of Liposuction: Specific medications are added for a patient with a previous history of liposuction.
  3. Gender: The selection of herbal medications is determined by the gender of the patient.
  4. Type of Fat: The combination of vitamins is guided by the consistency of the tissue being treated. Softer fat is treated differently than firm fat.
  5. Age: The age of the patient is taken into consideration in order to formulate the most effective combination of ingredients.
  6. Medical History: The patient's past medical history is always thoroughly evaluated.

Dr. Shapiro has been practicing Mesotherapy in the United States since the spring of 2002. The Office of Dr. Shapiro has the most clinical experience. We have treated over 1,000 patients and performed over 10,000 Mesotherapy treatments. A statistical analysis of our patients revealed an overall success rate of 93%. Our patients with a previous history of liposuction have a 99% success rate. Dr. Shapiro has achieved an unprecedented 95% patient satisfaction. Overall, our patients have lost over 2,300 inches!

Who Can Have Mesotherapy

Adults between the ages of 18 - 75 and in good health are candidates for Mesotherapy for weight loss, spot weight reduction, and cellulite reduction. Patients who are pregnant, on blood thinners, are insulin-dependent diabetics, on medication for heart arrhythmias, have severe heart disease or have cancer are not candidates for cosmetic Mesotherapy. We are happy to discuss your medical problems and medications during a consultation.

Typical Results of Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy For overall weight loss:

Mesotherapy results are measured in inches. Because fat is melted under the skin, about one pound of fat per week is lost. - Equal to four sticks of butter! The Mesotherapy treatment is applied to the arms, waist, hips, back, and legs all in one session. A typical patient can lose up to two dress sizes with ten treatments. Patients have lost up to four inches on their waist, hips, and thighs.

For cellulite:

Mesotherapy is a permanent solution that eliminates dimpling and misshapen fat under the skin. Cellulite is an accumulation of fat, fluid, and toxins trapped in a hardened network of connective tissue fibers in the Mesoderm layer. The fat cells inflate, causing a rippling and puckering of the skin, commonly referred to as orange peel skin. Lymphatic and venous circulation is poor in these areas. Mesotherapy is used to cause an increase in venous and lymphatic flow, as well as the elimination of fat and dimpling in the area. In four weeks, a patient's skin appears significantly smoother. Most patients lose anywhere from two to four inches where their cellulite is treated.

For spot weight reduction:

Mesotherapy is a painless alternative to liposuction. Fat and cellulite are eliminated from targeted sites using the same techniques as above. Unlike liposuction, only the fat (not the fat cells) is removed. After ten sessions, patients can lose two to six inches in their saddle bags, hips, thighs, waist, love handles, back fat and chin when medicine is placed in those areas. Mesotherapy is not used to reduce fatty tumors or breast tissue in women.

Mesotherapy Non-Surgical Facelift

Has Mother Nature left your neck and face with loose sagging skin, an excessive amount of wrinkles or fat pads under your eyes? The aging process leaves the skin with decreased circulation which leads to a loss of nutrients, vitamins, and collagen production. The skin also loses elasticity from sun exposure and tanning.

Now, Dr. Marion Shapiro offers the non-surgical facelift, the Mesolift. Regain that youthful, fresh rested appearance in just a few visits. Dr. Shapiro’s combination of homeopathic medication, vitamins, and enzymes or (Platelet Rich Plasma) your own blood product, tightens and rejuvenates the skin. Mesolift decreases bags and tightens the skin under the eyes, in the jowls and reduces wrinkles on the neck. Using a combination of Mesolift and Restylane®, Dr. Shapiro can reduce the effects of aging, sun damage and gravity, literally taking years off!