Mesotherapy side effects and how effective is mesotherapy ?


What is mesotherapy?

Mesotherapy is a technique involving injections of medications directly into the skin.

What are these medications?

Injections contain “cocktail” of natural plant extracts, homoeopathic agents, blood vessel dilators, other medicines and vitamins.

How frequently is it done?

It is done at an interval of 2-4 weeks with the help of dermaroller or mesogun.

How effective is it?

Both the mechanism of action and the efficacy of other agents are not established and are doubtful. There is near total lack of documented data about all aspects of the treatment – mechanism of action, therapeutic regimes, etc., in standard medical journals.

What are the side-effects of mesotherapy?

People claim that it is practically free of side-effects. But after searching the scientifically published data, few but serious side-effects were found in the form of hair loss and multiple abscess formation on the scalp.
Minor side-effects include pain during injection and slight bleeding.

Is it FDA approved?

Federal drug administration (FDA)-USA has not approved this method of treatment for any indication.
CDC recommends that “providers should adhere to recommended standard precautions, follow safe-injection practices with appropriate aseptic techniques, and inject only FDA approved products that are prepared following guidelines to ensure sterility”.

What is your Impression?

  • Data on the safety and efficacy of mesotherapy is inadequate.
  • No clear-cut guidelines are available regarding the dosage and regimens.
  • Mesotherapy is not entirely a safe technique.