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08 December 2008

Experts warn against mesotherapy

Mesotherapy, touted as a non-surgical method of losing weight, has not been proven to be a safe alternative to liposuction, experts say.

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Mesotherapy, touted as a non-surgical method of losing weight, has not been proven to be a safe alternative to liposuction, and patients should be wary until the procedure is found to be safe and effective.

That warning comes in a new report from a committee of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Mesotherapy involves injections of medications and plant extracts into layers of fat and connective tissue beneath the skin. These injections may include enzymes, nutrients, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, antibiotics, hormones and agents that open blood vessels.

This treatment may be used in conjunction with diet changes, exercise, nutritional supplements and hormone replacement therapy.

Safety, efficacy not tested
There are no published scientific studies demonstrating the safety or efficacy of this therapy, or whether its effects are permanent. There is no standardisation in mesotherapy, meaning the types of drugs and quantity and frequency of injections varies among practitioners.

"The promise of a non-surgical, permanent method for fat removal and body contouring is obviously very appealing, but mesotherapy is not proven to be the miracle cure to a thinner you. The problems with mesotherapy is the whole technique is shrouded in mystery. Liposuction remains the only proven method to safely and permanently remove fat," report co-author Dr Alan Matarasso said in a prepared statement.

The report appears in the current issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. – (HealthDayNews)

 
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