Mesotherapy and microneedling are advanced technologies in skin care, based on micropunctures, applied in order to reduce scarring and other blemishes, or to stimulate skin and improve its appearance. Although this sounds as if they are the same treatment, you should not mix them up. The mesotherapy came into being as a medical procedure, developed by a French doctor, defined as a non-invasive non-surgical technique that uses micro-injections of pharmaceutical and homeopathic preparations, plant extracts, vitamins, and other ingredients into subcutaneous fat (hypodermis). The microneedling (Collagen induction therapy) on the other side is a technology, that does not require products to be injected.
So, basically, mesotherapy is a procedure of injection of epidermis or hypodermis with different active ingredients, which are usually poorly absorbed by the skin – such as hyaluronic acid, vitamins, antioxidants, etc. Thousands of controlled micro injections deliver the chosen chemicals to the right layer of skin. They are expected to provide skin hydrating, rejuvenating and tightening effects. Mesotherapy can help address ageing skin, textural skin issues, and it may even be able to help reduce cellulite. This treatment is an option as an alternative or complementary treatment to injectables. It has rapid, relatively long-lasting results.
Microneedling is a treatment, aimed at more severe scars and severe skin aging or acne. It can also be combined with injection of active ingredients, but it is solely based on stimulation of the healing process to stimulate collagen production and cell repair by simply inducing micro-trauma to the skin.
What happens after skin treatment with micro punctures? If only the epidermis is affected, the keratinocytes move to fill the the holes caused by the needles. Within some hours the production of new cells starts to replace the damaged cells. In the day following the treatment the keratinocytes return to their original form and reconstitute a clean cornified layer without any apparent scars. When a deeper dermis treatment has been deployed, the healing cycle is longer, including a slight inflamatory event, as the macrophages digest collagen and elastin, affected by a needle, to to release growth factors. Then starts the collagen synthesis, after which the fibroblasts begin to compensate the losses, caused by the needles. As mesotherapy or microneedling are used to force the body to produce more fibroblasts you cannot submit to a course of such treatment every year.
In general, mesotherapy is effective practice to improve the overall look and feel of skin. It is proven effective at reducing the look of scars and acne, as well as the visible signs of aging. Many individuals seek microneedling treatment to help stimulate the production of collagen, allowing for the development of skin that is smoother, firmer and more toned. Although most individuals use mesotherapy treatment on their face, it is possible to use on almost any part of the body, allowing you to reduce the look of stretch marks, pigmentation issues and scarring. Microneedling is effective at reducing pore size, improving sagging skin, treating hair loss and boost complexion and pigmentation.