What is Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy is a technique that uses injections that contains a cocktail of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and hyaluronic acid. It is designed to boost cell turnover, hydrate and improve essential supplements to the skin. Mesotherapy combines a bespoke cocktail of powerful vitamins, which are injected into the lower layer of the skin using a meso device with 1 needle (pistor mesothearpy gun). The procedure at worst can be described as mildly uncomfortable but generally pain free.
Are there any side affects to Mesotherapy?
Immediate or delayed allergic reaction to injection drugs/solutions
- Skin Infections
- Pigmentation at the injection site
- Bruising at the injection site
- Scratch marks at injection sites
- Redness and flushing
- Bruising and bleeding
These typically resolve within minutes, sometimes hours and rarely days after treatment. Extremely rare side effects may include infections and ulceration.
How long will the results last?
For optimum results, we recommend a course of 4-6 treatments of mesotherapy. Once you complete the recommended course, the results can last from 6-8 months
What is Mesotherapy used to treat ?
Mesotherapy can instantly improve dull, tired looking skin and superficial wrinkles but can help improve sluggish blood circulation, aiding the body to flush out ageing toxins. Mesotherapy can be undertaken to treat skin problems like acne, hyper pigmentation, cellulite, stretch marks. Mesotherapy improves collagen and visibly reduces the sign of ageing. It speeds up repair of skin to give it a more youthful appearance. Mesotherapy is effective in reducing wrinkles, pigmentation problems, and reversing the effects of sun damage and skin aging
Are there any post treatment considerations for Mesotherapy?
Yes, please adhere to the following instructions post treatment.
- Avoid any form of exercise for 24hrs
- Avoid extensive sun or heat for 72 hours
- Avoid consuming excess amounts of alcohol or salts to avoid swelling
- If you have swelling you may apply a cool compress for 15 mins each hour (note that this a rare occurrence).
What is Profhilo?
Profhilo is made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar chain molecule found in skin and throughout the body, identical across species. Hyaluronic acid attracts and binds water in the skin, providing volume and hydration, but also ‘cushions’ and supports collagen and elastin fibres and also provides a medium, or carrier, for the efficient transport of chemical messages between the cells. Profhilo contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, exceptionally pure because its unique and patented manufacturing process does not involve the use of chemical cross-linking agents to bind the chains.
How does Profhilo Work?
Although the majority of dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, Profhilo is not dermal filler. The molecule chains of both high and low molecular weight non-animal hyaluronic acid are thermally stabilised and fused together creating a unique patented hybrid complex, to form a gel which spreads and becomes integrated into the skin.
Profhilo is injected into the skin in a specific pattern depending on the area to be treated. Two treatments are required, 4 weeks apart. The first to stimulate, the second to ‘boost’ and ensure longevity. In some cases and depending on your initial skin quality, you may benefit from a third treatment, typically 8 weeks from your second treatment.
What is Profhilo used to treat?
Profhilo is used to treat skin laxity and improve skin qualityalmost anywhere, common indications include;
- The face
- Inner arms.
Generally, patients report an overall improvement in skin hydration, brightness, smoothness and firmness.
Am I suitable for Profhilo?
The practitioner will take a detailed medical history to ensure you have no conditions that might increase risk of unwanted side effects, consultation is also important to discuss your expectations and whether or not this treatment is able to meet them.
With any injectable treatment;
- Treatment is not recommended if you are suffering from any skin infection in or near the treatment area or are unwell in any way (even a cold).
If you are taking any medicines which affect bleeding, such as aspirin or warfarin.
If you are currently or have recently completed a course of Roaccutane (acne treatment) in the last 18 months.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you are planning to attend a special event when a bruise, should it occur, would be unacceptable to you.
If you are planning to attend an important event and any adverse event described would be unacceptable to you, discuss with your clinician in advance of having treatment.
Some over the counter medicines and supplements can also affect bleeding (make you more prone to bruising) as can alcohol- which should be avoided the day before and after treatment.
Vigorous exercise, sun exposure, sun beds, sauna should be avoided for 48 hours, or as advised by your clinician, after treatment.
If you are at all concerned about symptoms you were not expecting or not happy with, please contact the practitioner for advice. If necessary, an appointment will be made for you to be seen.
With Profhilo are there any pre treatment considerations?
All make up will need to be removed prior to treatment, so please come ‘fresh faced’ if possible. Alcohol, aspirin, Ibuprofen and a range of dietary supplements including; St. John’s Wort, fish oils, Gingko Biloba, Vitamins C and E- may all contribute to bruising and are best avoided 24 hours before treatment. Treatment cannot be administered if there is an active skin infection, including acne or cold sores or if you are unwell- including colds, coughs, sore throats etc. Contact the clinic to discuss any illness or new medicines prior to attending.
Do not schedule treatment when you have other procedures planned, without first discussing with your clinician. This includes, but is not limited to; massage, facials, dental appointments and surgery.
Does the Profhilo treatment hurt?
Anesthetic cannot be used and is not necessary for this treatment. The injections sting briefly, but patients generally report only a mild discomfort. After the treatment, you may experience some tenderness for the first 24- 72 hours.
How Long will the effects of Profhilo last?
Longevity does vary between individuals, but results are expected to be gained over a period of 4-6 weeks and last for approximately 6 months. If you choose not to maintain the results with further treatment, your skin will return to its pre-treatment state over time.
Most people can continue with normal activities. Some will have some redness, pin prick marks. Bruising is possible. The product is injected in small ‘deposits’, you may be able to see them initially, but they settle usually within hours. It may be possible to feel the product where it has been injected under the skin. It will settle, there is no need to massage.
Is there any specific after care advise following a Profhilo treatment?
Make-up should not be worn for 12 hours
You are advised to avoid alcohol and vigorous exercise for 48 hours
Avoid sunbathing, and extremes of heat or cold for 14 days post treatment.
Any bruising may take a few days to appear, arnica can be helpful in clearing bruising. It is advisable to avoid aspirin and alcohol for 12-48 hours after treatment.
Tenderness should settle as swelling and bruising goes down.
With Profhilo, what systems should be reported to my clinician ?
Symptoms to report to your practitioner:
- Please contact your practitioner if redness, tenderness, itching or swelling worsens after 3 days, rather than settling.
Blanching, mottled bruising/redness, or pain (beyond tenderness as you would expect with bruising or swelling).
Symptoms of a severe allergic reaction can include shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, difficulty swallowing, and swelling of the tongue, eyelids, lips, and hoarseness of the voice, stomach pain, nausea, or diarrhea. If you have any of the above symptoms, please report to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department or call 999 for an ambulance.
How Do Anti-Wrinkle Injections Work?
Made of a purified protein, they are injected using fine needles into the specific muscles in problem areas. So how does it work? The protein blocks the nerve signals that are responsible for the muscles contracting and allows the muscle to relax. As these muscles relax, the overlying skin remains smooth. Untreated muscles continue to work as normally for an expressive, fully natural look that enhances the natural shape of the face.
What is a Chemical Peel?
A chemical peel is a technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin. Facial skin is mostly treated, and scarring can be improved. Chemical peels are intended to remove the outermost layers of the skin. Chemical peels can provide clients with solutions to treat a multitude of skin concerns. From ageing skin, pigmentation, acne, and acne scarring to name a few, the correct course of skin peels can assist you in getting the results you want.
What is a mesopeel?
A mesopeel is a pharmaceutical grade chemical peel. A chemical peel is a dermo-cosmetic procedure that consists of provoking accelerated skin regeneration in a controlled manner through application of chemoexfoliation agents that are used to act on different layers of the skin.