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Cellulite reduction by Mesotherapy
Cellulite usually appears between the ages of 25 and 35, and progressively worsens with time. Since more than 80% of women are affected by cellulite, this condition doesn't make any woman “different". Unfortunately cellulite topics are considered an embarrassing condition and can even occupy precious major newspaper pages with useless information about sexy celebrities that have been spotted with cellulite.
Cellulite is considered a devastating condition in our era and it affects the emotional state of almost every woman leading to:
- Lower self-esteem
- Fear of embarrassment
- Effects on romantic relationships
- Avoidance or decreased enjoyment of certain activities
- Stress from continual efforts to cover up cellulite
The result is time and money wasted on so-called "magic cures" who promise to remove cellulite forever like mesotherapy.
What is Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy has been around since the 1950s when it was introduced in Paris by Dr. Lionel Bissoon as a special way to specifically target different areas of the skin. The treatment itself is simply a chemical injection consisting of vitamins, amino acids, minerals and other medicines depending on the condition it is being used to treat. These treatments are marketed as safe, minimally invasive "fat dissolving" injections. While this invasive procedure for cellulite removal goes by many names, they all are multiple injections of a toxic liquid designed to destroy fat cells. The experimental procedure is not approved for cosmetic use.
The Risky nature of Cellulite reduction by Mesotherapy
Strong marketing has led to the surfacing of injection Lipolysis or Lipodissolve centers, franchises and spas especially in France. Contrary to advertising claims, injection Lipolysis does not actually "melt" or "dissolve" fat. Instead, PPC and/or DC (the main components in cellulite removal injections) appear to kill fat cells. These treatments have not been cleared by the FDA nor there have been objective studies indicating their effectiveness. There is no standard ingredient list. Many of the individual ingredients are not FDA-approved on their own, not to mention as part of a chemical cocktail. The procedure is banned for cosmetic purposes in many countries. There are class action cases being heard in the US against lipodissolve providers.
Studies have found that infection, disfiguring masses of inflamed tissue and tissue necrosis, threadlike strands of scar tissue, cell wall disruption, focal inflammation and collagen deposition can occur after mesotherapy treatment.
The most common complication reported, however, are pain, tenderness to touch, redness, stinging/burning sensation, itching, swelling and bruising. These occur soon after treatment and usually last for several days, but can persist for weeks or even months.
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Position Statement
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) recently issued a “position paper” on the use of mesotherapy. Here are the recommendations that the ASAPS made to its members, after an extensive investigation into the use of mesotherapy:
"ASAPS does not endorse the injection of phosphatydal choline, deocycholate or any other drugs, vitamins, plant extracts, hormones, etc. into subcutaneous fat as practiced in mesotherapy/Lipodissolve treatments. At present, these therapies lack objective proof of safety and efficacy. They also lack FDA approval.
Members should therefore refrain from adopting these procedures until the results of the ASERF study are available to provide proof of safety and efficacy, or lack thereof. If and when patients ask about these treatments, the scientific reality that currently exists should be explained to them, along with the caution to wait until something definitive is known.
Until then, patients should be warned about seeking treatments from people who may not be qualified to administer large numbers of injections that require very precise placement."
FDA Office of Criminal Investigations - "Mesotherapy" Treatment Results in Hospitalization of 16 People
This investigation was initiated based on a complaint received in December 2004 from Puerto Rico. The complainant alleged that Felicita Ilarraza-Pantojas was engaged in providing a treatment called “Mesotherapy,” which consists of injecting products into the human body to burn fat and reduce body volume. As a result of the therapy, 16 people were hospitalized suffering severe health problems.
FDA’s search uncovered a large number of used and unused syringes, syringes containing a clear substance, unapproved drugs, and some prescription drugs.
On May 6, 2005, Ilarraza-Pantojas was convicted of violating 21 U.S.C. § 331(k) - Misbranding of Drugs.
Defendant Provided Treatment by Injection of Products into Human Body to Burn Fat and Reduce Body Volume
6-29 Office of Criminal Investigations Fiscal Year 2005 ________________________________________________________________________
On August 26, 2005, Ilarraza-Pantojas was sentenced to 4 months incarceration and 1 year of supervised release.
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