How to Get the Benefits of Mesotherapy at Home
How to Get the Benefits of Mesotherapy at Home
It’s no secret that most people want to put their best face forward each and every day. That includes having flawless, radiant, “just off the magazine pages” skin.
What may be a secret (to some, at least) is the new approaches and techniques available for making skin look its best every day. This includes mesotherapy—a safe and non-invasive way to enhance your natural beauty.
It’s not just about spending your next paycheck on creams and serums, or pricey (and painful) procedures and skin treatments that require multiple office visits anymore!
What is Mesotherapy—and What Makes it So Effective?
With airborne pollutants, environmental stressors and even that last sun-filled vacation taking a toll on your skin, it can take more than a topical solution to offset wrinkling, cellulite, hyperpigmentation and sun damage. This is where mesotherapy comes in.
Mesotherapy is a non-surgical treatment that introduces pharmaceuticals and other helpful preparations into the middle (or meso) layer of the skin. The technique was first developed in France in the 1950s as a treatment for pain but is now used more broadly to target cellular structures below the skin’s surface.
So, what does this mean for the beauty-conscious seekers of healthy and radiant skin?
Mesotherapy uses various techniques to introduce active ingredients directly to below-the-surface skin layers where many skin issues arise, such as;
Sun damage, which causes damage to DNA and other structure of the skin
Skin discolorations such as “age spots” and irregular pigmentation
Wrinkles and sagging skin, caused by a breakdown in elasticity and loss of collagen
Skin that appears coarse and dull
Unlike topical serums, creams and lotions that are smoothed on the skin’s surface, mesotherapy treatments deliver skin-supporting ingredients directly to the skin’s inner structures using fine needles (in clinical settings) or micro-needle devices (in-home settings). There are also exciting products being introduced today that use transdermal devices which can be used in clinical or in-home settings. The skin benefitting cocktail can even be tailored to each individual's specific skin concerns.
Customized mesotherapy serums can include various ingredients formulated to target specific aspects of skin health and appearance. These serums can include:
Vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, C and E
Chemical compounds such as hyaluronic acid, which support soft-tissue growth and encourage the body to make collagen and elastin
Natural plant compounds including bearberry and niacinamide, which have skin-brightening, nourishing and anti-inflammatory properties
Ingredients in mesotherapy serums are chosen to nourish skin cells and encourage the production of collagen, a substance that keeps skin looking firm and smooth. When these compounds are introduced into the skin’s middle layers, they work directly on cells and tissues, healing damage and encouraging the production of healthy skin cells.
And because mesotherapy is minimally invasive, it’s generally safer than surgical procedures for improving the appearance and texture of the skin.
That said, mesotherapy isn’t necessarily a direct substitute for cosmetic procedures such as Botox and liposuction. But it can address similar issues without significant discomfort and the need for recovery time. It’s also a less expensive option than many more invasive procedures, with clinical mesotherapy treatments averaging $250-$500 USD per session.
Why Do Mesotherapy as Part of Your At-Home Skin Care Routine?
Mesotherapy treatments were originally done only in a clinic setting, where trained technicians could assess individual skin issues, develop a personalized serum, and administer the injections in a safe and sterile environment. This has changed recently, with new delivery methods that allow you to get the benefits of a mesotherapy regimen at home.
The new generation of microneedle devices, light therapies and advanced serums give home users access to clinical level strategies to brighten skin, reduce signs of aging, and more. And, like clinical treatments, at-home mesotherapy devices use various mechanisms to deliver skincare compounds to the tissues and cells beneath the skin’s surface.
Benefits of home mesotherapy treatments include:
Privacy. Doing mesotherapy at home offers privacy and control over the experience. You can perform treatments whenever and wherever you like, from the privacy and comfort of your home.
Affordability. Traditional mesotherapy treatments are considerably less expensive than many other cosmetic procedures, but they can still be costly, given the number of sessions that are needed to see results. Home mesotherapy kits are a one-time purchase that can start at around $25 per treatment, depending on the type of instrument and serums included in the kit.
Convenience. Not everyone has access to clinics offering mesotherapy treatments or the time to attend the multiple appointments required to achieve the intended goal. Home mesotherapy kits allow anyone to try out the technique, no appointment necessary.
How Effective is Home Mesotherapy?
With proper usage and ongoing treatments, at-home mesotherapy can be as effective as treatments done in clinical settings.
Acne is a common skin condition in which oil glands beneath the skin’s surface become clogged. That causes irritation, redness, and breakouts in affected areas. About twenty percent of acne sufferers experience severe scarring, pitting, and thickening of the skin.
Clinical treatments for acne scarring include light and heat therapy, medications and injectable fillers that replace lost collagen under the skin. Other procedures used to eliminate scarring include dermabrasion, which removes the top layers of skin, and laser resurfacing, which burns away damaged skin with high energy light. These procedures can trigger healing processes that reduce the appearance of scarring, but they can be costly—and most come with side effects and risks.
But recent research reveals that mesotherapy microneedling at home treatments using a dermaroller or derma pen can achieve similar—or better—scar reduction than standard clinical treatments do. These treatments also stimulate wound healing processes that increase the production of collagen and elastin. That helps to fill in acne scars and create the appearance of smoother skin, with fewer risks and less expense than clinical procedures.
Below we look at more detail of specific types of mesotherapy.
Types of At-Home Mesotherapy
Home mesotherapy setups come in a variety of forms, ranging from microneedle pens and guns to completely needle-free devices. They use radiofrequency and high-intensity light to effect changes in tissues and cells beneath the surface of the skin.
Microneedle mesotherapy kits deliver serums and creams below the skin’s surface using instruments such as pens, rollers or microneedle machines that lightly penetrate the skin. This allows the serum or even your favorite beauty products to reach tissues in the skin’s inner layers.
At-home microneedle mesotherapy pens and machines are handheld and rechargeable via a USB port. Microneedling rollers are handheld devices equipped with multiple tiny needles that are simply rolled over various areas of the skin. Rollers provided an added benefit of helping skin look firmer and softer, and help to eliminate fine lines.
All of these kits may also include numbing cream or gel to relieve any discomfort from the microneedling itself.
LED and Radio Frequency Mesotherapy Kits
A completely needle-free home mesotherapy treatment uses radio and light waves to stimulate the deeper layers of the skin. These devices heat skin cells and activate photoreceptors in the skin’s inner layers for a smoother, more flexible appearance. Electrical microcurrents also stimulate muscles and nerves in the skin’s deeper layers, improving skin tone and elasticity.
Mesotherapy Serums, Packs and Other Formulas
Some at-home mesotherapy kits are entirely instrument-free and use only serums and other compounds designed to nourish the skin and support collagen and elastin production. These products are delivered in the form of packs or masks that stay on the skin for relatively long periods of time so that they can be absorbed into the skin’s deeper layers.
These at-home mesotherapy kits and tools promise a long list of benefits for improving the look and feel of the skin, including:
Tighter, firmer skin
Fewer fine lines and wrinkles
Reduction in the appearance of scarring from acne and other skin conditions
Reduction in the appearance of “age spots” and irregular pigmentation
Softer, brighter skin
Results may vary, but home mesotherapy treatments can improve even the tough skincare challenges over time.
How Often Should I Use At-Home Mesotherapy Treatments and Are They Safe?
The frequency of mesotherapy home treatments can vary depending on the method you use.
For treatments involving devices such as rollers and microneedling machines, you might need to wait a week or two between treatments to allow the skin to recover, while light treatments and serums could be used more often. In general, mesotherapy treatments at home can be scheduled whenever a user chooses, rather than according to a clinic’s appointment availability or a client’s budget.
At-home mesotherapy is generally safe in all its forms, and mesotherapy kits are user-friendly, with plenty of instructions and video walk-throughs for new users. Depending on the method used, side effects can range from localized redness and tenderness to allergic reactions to ingredients in serums and compounds.
At Home Mesotherapy Is Easy, Convenient and Affordable
Mesotherapy at home can save money and time, with results that can be comparable to clinic treatments for many skin conditions and problems. If a clinic isn’t available in your area, or if you’re on a budget or tight schedule, home mesotherapy treatments can give your skin the boost you’re looking for.
Learn more about the benefits of mesotherapy at Flawless Beauty and Skin.