By Charles Hopkins Published 06/2/2006 | Beauty

Perhaps no non-surgical cosmetic procedure has been as hotly debated and discussed across the world in recent times as mesotherapy. The word comes from the Greek mesos, (middle), and therapeia (treat medically) and is a system of alternative medicine that stimulates the tissue repair in the mesoderm, which is a part of the skin that includes skin, connective tissues, and adipose tissues. Mesotherapy essentially is a process that injects chemicals, vitamins, and other products into the mesoderm to treat various ailments, reduce fat or improve cellulite.

To begin with, most people look at mesotherapy as a way of eliminating cellulite and help blood flow, which in turn will invigorate the skin, thus preventing the onset of wrinkles. That is the reason why a lot of people begin mesotherapy at a relatively young age, because the vitamins and antioxidants used in mesotherapy stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, thus creating a smoother, more youthful look. The prime areas of the body that receive mesotherapy injections are the face, hands, neck, and arms. As with Botox injections, mesotherapy is not a permanent procedure and has to be repeated every four to six months.

As we said earlier, there has been a lot of controversy regarding the medical as well as non-medical use of mesotherapy. How is it used in the medical context? Well, mesotherapy belongs to a branch of medicine known as homo-toxicology, which encourages the body to generate its own healing methods. Mesotherapy as a well-formulated procedure was first introduced in France in the 1950s, and later spread to the United States where it is widely popular today. However, its detractors say the side effects of mesotherapy may include bruising, allergic reactions, liver impairment, withering of tissues and one or more infections.

Nonetheless, mesotherapy is one of the most in-demand non-surgical cosmetic procedures in the United States, and today, there are about 50,000 physicians who specialize in non-surgical cosmetic medicines and provide mesotherapy treatment.

Though a lot of physicians in North America and around the world are concerned about the potential side effects of mesotherapy, there has not yet been any research to establish them. In most people who have mesotherapy done, the results show after two or three sessions, and the procedure is absolutely painless, which is a prime concern among potential recipients of mesotherapy.

Regarding side effects, the commonest is a bit of bruising, which tends to disappear by itself. If it doesnt, one can always enlist the help of certain medications to help the bruises disappear. Nevertheless, if you want to get mesotherapy done, make sure you consult a specialist beforehand and find out whether you are eligible for it. This is particularly true of people already on medications, or those with a history of long-term ailments such as cardiac diseases, liver trouble, or kidney problems.

Like all procedures, therefore, mesotherapy requires one to carefully check the pros and cons before deciding in favor or against. Remember, while mesotherapy does work wonders for a large number of people, it may induce complications in you simply because you didnt find out whether it was meant for you, and you may end up blaming the procedure for something that could have been avoided.