Effectiveness of mesotherapy on body contouring

Seung Ha Park, Deok-Woo Kim, Min Ah Lee, Sang Chul Yoo, Seung Chul Rhee, Sang Hwan Koo, Geun Hee Seol, Eun Young Cho

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BACKGROUND: Despite the increasing interest in mesotherapy as an alternative method for body contouring, there are few reports of its safety, efficacy, and mechanism of action. A clinical examination was performed to evaluate the efficacy of mesotherapy for body contouring. METHODS: Twenty women were enrolled in this prospective, case-controlled study over a 12-week period. The authors injected a mixed solution (i.e., aminophylline, buflomedil, and lidocaine) into the superficial dermis of the medial aspect of one thigh weekly using a mechanical delivery gun. There was no treatment to the other thigh. The change in the fat level was evaluated by measuring the girth of the thighs and by computed tomographic scanning. The lipid profiles were checked to determine the effect of mesotherapy on lipid metabolism, and questionnaires were used to determine the satisfaction rate of the patients. RESULTS: The loss of thigh girth on the treated side was not significantly different from that of the untreated side. The computed tomographic scans showed no statistically significant difference in the cross-sectional area or thickness of the fat layer between each group. There were no statistically significant changes in the lipid profiles except for the triglyceride level. A questionnaire asking about the effect of mesotherapy indicated poor patient satisfaction. CONCLUSION: Mesotherapy is not an effective alternative treatment modality for body contouring.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Volume121
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Apr 1

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Aminophylline
Firearms
Dermis
Lidocaine
Lipid Metabolism
Triglycerides
Safety
Therapeutics

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Effectiveness of mesotherapy on body contouring. / Park, Seung Ha; Kim, Deok-Woo; Lee, Min Ah; Yoo, Sang Chul; Rhee, Seung Chul; Koo, Sang Hwan; Seol, Geun Hee; Cho, Eun Young.

In: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Vol. 121, No. 4, 01.04.2008.

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Park, Seung Ha ; Kim, Deok-Woo ; Lee, Min Ah ; Yoo, Sang Chul ; Rhee, Seung Chul ; Koo, Sang Hwan ; Seol, Geun Hee ; Cho, Eun Young. / Effectiveness of mesotherapy on body contouring. In: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2008 ; Vol. 121, No. 4.
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