Mesotherapy Specialist

Iftikhar Ahmad, M.D. -  - Medical Spa

MINTS Medical

Iftikhar Ahmad, M.D.

Medical Spa located in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL

At MINTS Medical, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad and his team offer Mesotherapy treatment. Give us a call or book a free consult online to schedule an appointment.

Mesotherapy Q & A

WHAT IS MESOTHERAPY?

Mesotherapy is a treatment that tightens, removes fat and rejuvenates the skin by using injections that contain enzymes, hormones, vitamins and plant extracts.

The mesotherapy procedure involves administrating a series of injections with really fine needles into the mesoderm which is the middle layer of the skin. It works by targeting the source of the problem like inflammation and poor circulation.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MESOTHERAPY?

Mesotherapy provides a lot of benefits that include:

  • It can remove excess fat from the thighs, stomach, buttocks, legs, arms, and face.
  • It can improve cellulite
  • It can lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • It can make loose skin taut
  • It can help with alopecia which is an extreme hair loss condition.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR THE PROCEDURE?

You are required to consult the professional before the treatment who will determine what you can expect from the procedure. You might be required to not take any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like an aspirin, a week before the session because these drugs can increase your chances of bruising during the procedure.

HOW IS IT DONE?

Before the session, the practitioner may apply an anesthetic cream to the skin. After that, some injections with fine needles will be administered in a series. A mechanical gun may be used to deliver the injections to give a series of injections in a row.

The depth at which the injections are delivered differs according to the skin condition that is being treated and can range from 1 to 4 mm into the skin. The injections may be delivered into the skin with the help of a needle inserted at an angle.

In order to achieve a specific effect, you may require repeated mesotherapy procedures. You may be required to revisit the doctor about 3 to 15 times. The first few sessions are conducted every week. However, as your skin progress, the interval between every treatment can extend for as long as a month.

WHAT DO THE INJECTIONS CONTAIN?

While there is no typical formula for the mesotherapy injections, different doctors prefer different solutions that may include:

  • Prescription drugs like antibiotics and vasodilators
  • Hormones: thyroxin and calcitonin
  • Enzymes: hyaluronidase and collagenase
  • Herbal Extracts
  • Vitamins and minerals

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS?

While mesotherapy does not cause a lot of complications even if you consult with a good and professional practitioner, some side effects of the procedure may include: 

  • nausea
  • pain
  • sensitivity
  • swelling
  • itching
  • redness
  • bruising
  • bumps at the site the formula was injected
  • patches of dark skin
  • rash
  • infection
  • scars 

DOES MESOTHERAPY HELP WITH HAIR LOSS?

Apart from reducing the appearance of wrinkles and removing excess fat, mesotherapy is also a treatment that can help with hair loss due to conditions like alopecia. The procedure involves injecting vitamins, natural plant extracts or medicines like minoxidil and finasteride into the skull. Mesotherapy for hair loss can:

  • Fix any hormone imbalance in the hair follicle
  • Provide nutrients to the hair
  • Improve the circulation of blood in the head