Liposuction vs. Mesotherapy - A Close Look

If you need to lose a few ‘vanity’ pounds around your waist, hips and thighs, liposuction seems to be the most convenient solution. Liposuction involves extracting fat cells completely from the skin tissues, and the procedure can be fairly extensive; the doctor must make several incisions, and you may be required to wear compression garments for weeks after surgery. 

Mesotherapy is an alternative to liposuction, and involves administering a series of injections into the skin; the compounds in the injection break down fat cells, and the body eliminates the fat naturally. Both procedures offer their own set of benefits and drawbacks, so educating yourself on how these procedures work -- and what the risks are -- can help you make the best decision for treatment.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Liposuction

Liposuction techniques have improved significantly over the last few decades, and surgeons are becoming skilled in body reshaping and sculpting techniques to provide more natural-looking results. There are now several variations of the traditional liposuction technique available: SmartLipo is performed under local anesthesia, and involves melting the fat before extraction so that there is minimal bruising, scarring and pain; VASER liposuction also melts the fat before removal, and offers skin tightening benefits because it heats up the dermal tissues around the treated area, creating a more sculpted and defined look; conventional liposuction involves extracting the fat ‘as is’ using a cannula, and this process can cause significant trauma and damage to surrounding tissues.
All three of these liposuction techniques involve extensive downtime, and do require the patient to wear compression garments for weeks, even months after surgery. The surgery itself presents some risks; if surgery is performed under general anesthesia, the patient may experience several side effects from the anesthetic, and recovery may be a lengthy process.
Still, liposuction offers permanent results and can help many people achieve their ideal silhouette.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy is designed to ‘melt’ the fat beneath the skin and shrink the fat cells in the top layer of skin. The fat is dissolved and carried out through the bloodstream where it is excreted through the body’s natural elimination system. Mesotherapy injections are administered in very small doses in each area that needs to be treated, and the medication works immediately to start breaking down and eliminating the fat cells. It’s a non-surgical procedure that promises no downtime, and minimal pain. You don’t have to wear compression garments after the procedure, and there are no incisions or bruises involved.
While mesotherapy offers several benefits, there are some drawbacks to this procedure. Patients who regain weight after the procedure typically regain it in the same place, because the shrunken fat cells just become filled up with the new fat. The compounds in mesotherapy injections may also present adverse side effects in some people; the treated areas can become swollen, bruised, or even infected (although the risk of infection is low). 
Still, mesotherapy presents a number of benefits over liposuction, and may be an affordable, more practical alternative to surgery. 
Learn more about liposuction and mesotherapy in our information guides, or consult with a cosmetic surgeon in your area to find out if you are a good candidate for either of these procedures.