Evolution of mesotherapy

Dr Pistor & the Evolution of Mesotherapy

Dr. Michel Pistor was a French physician who is credited with developing the medical technique known as mesotherapy. He was born on October 24, 1924, and passed away on September 5, 2003.

Mesotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves injecting small amounts of medication or other substances into the mesoderm. Mesotherapy is what he termed “surgical medicine” because it is the practice of placing medications by injection directly into the skin at the site of pathology or condition being treated. The term “Mesotherapy” derives its name from two words: meso and therapy. Mesotherapists describe their specialty as treating the ‘middle tissues’ since meso also refers to the middle. The word therapy refers to the type of treatment, with Mesotherapy; the therapy is in the injections. Mesotherapy is a treatment that introduces microscopic quantities of products into the skin to treat a variety of conditions.

When was it invented? 

Dr. Pistor developed mesotherapy in the 1950s as a treatment for a wide range of medical conditions, including pain management, circulatory disorders, and certain skin conditions. His goal was to create a targeted and less invasive way to deliver medication to specific areas of the body.

How does it work

Mesotherapy involves the use of fine needles to inject small amounts of medications, vitamins, minerals, and other substances into the mesodermal layer of the skin. These injections are typically very shallow, just below the surface of the skin.

Mesotherapy has been used for both medical and cosmetic purposes. In the medical field, it has been employed to treat conditions such as musculoskeletal pain, vascular disorders, and cellulite. In the realm of aesthetics, it has been used for facial rejuvenation, cellulite and localised fat reduction.

The exact mechanism of how mesotherapy works is not fully understood, and its efficacy can vary depending on the product being used, and the condition being treated. Most theories suggest that the micro-injections may improve local circulation, stimulate collagen production, or promote the body’s natural healing processes.

Popularity & regulations

Mesotherapy gained popularity in certain regions for its potential cosmetic benefits, such as reducing the appearance of wrinkles or localised fat deposits. However, its use and acceptance have varied over time and by location.

The introduction of needle-free devices has resulted in a surge in demand for the benefits of Mesotherapy, without the associated downtime.

The regulation of mesotherapy varies from country to country. Some nations have specific guidelines and regulations for the practice, while in others, it may be less regulated. It is important to check that the Mesotherapy product is registered, and suitable for injection prior to using it this way. 

Mesotherapy today

As Mesotherapy has grown in popularity, different methods of application have emerged. Today Mesotherapy continues to be injected, and is used in combination with micro-needling and a wide range of other devices.

Needle-free Mesotherapy

Since around 2005 needle-free Mesotherapy has been an alternative to traditional mesotherapy. Needle-free mesotherapy, also known as non-invasive mesotherapy or transdermal delivery, utilises various technologies to deliver these substances through the skin without the use of needles.

Needle-free mesotherapy appeals to individuals who are needle-phobic or prefer non-invasive procedures. This method reduces the discomfort and fear associated with traditional injections. Unlike traditional mesotherapy, which may lead to swelling, bruising, or downtime, needle-free mesotherapy typically involves minimal to no recovery time. Patients can return to their daily activities immediately after treatment. Since needle-free mesotherapy does not involve puncturing the skin, there is a reduced risk of infection, making it a safer option for some patients.

Advances in technology

With the increased demand of needle-free Mesotherapy, recently developed devices allow for precise and targeted delivery of active ingredients to specific areas of the skin, enhancing their effectiveness. In the world of aesthetic medicine, there has been a growing demand for non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments. Needle-free Mesotherapy aligns with this trend by providing effective results without the need for surgery.