Homeopathic Facial Injections
The Newest Trend in Natural Anti-Aging
Botox and collagen filler injections have long since become mainstream due to their efficacy with anti-aging. Despite their risk, side effects and potential toxicity, last year, the North American facial injectables industry earned an impressive 844 million dollars of revenue. But while their popularity points tout satisfying results from these treatments, are they worth the possible health implications that these injectables bring about?
Some beauty enthusiasts have been foregoing using botulinum toxin (Botox) and other synthetics and opting for a more natural medical beauty service: homeopathic injections, also called “mesotherapy”. Mesotherapy has been made popular in Europe and is now beginning to become commonplace in North America. It provides middle ground between cosmeceuticals and a holistic approach to anti-aging. While these new injectables can be used to dissolve cellulite and treat hair loss, the homeopathic form of mesotherapy uses natural remedies to address signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and cellular damage.
Mesotherapy involves a series of quick injections to infuse the skin tissue with nutrients and hydration. Similar to the feeling of acupuncture, homeopathic mesotherapy causes minimal pain but its sensation can be irritating due to the persistent pricking of the epidermis. Preparations for mesotherapy are made up of homeopathic formulations of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid.
Naturopathic Doctor, Stacey Shillington of the Rosedale Dermatology Clinic has performed mesotherapy for the last five years, and explains that there are multiple skin benefits saying, “meso reduces the appearance of the pores, fine lines and smoothes out the complexion’s tone. It minimizes hyperpigmentation and can even improve dark circles under the eyes.” After the first round of mesotherapy, skin is said to appear more hydrated, even and vibrant and Shillington says the most dramatic changes are in the nasal labial folds and crow’s feet.
One major highlight of this service is that there are no contraindications, side effects or down time. While skin is tender to touch after receiving this treatment, no topical anesthetics or prescribed anti-inflammatories are needed. Though, saying this, unlike other facial injectables, more than one session is needed to see visible results. While fillers and muscle atrophying injections usually only need a single service followed up by maintenance treatments, mesotherapy requires many sessions before dramatic changes are observed. The program for homeopathic mesotherapy is to receive once a week treatments in a series of ten. After this, booster treatments are needed once every season.
Also, these treatments do not address all signs of aging, so cannot completely replace the results of all other facial injectables. Dr. Shillington explains that it treats very different concerns than Botox as Botox prevents wrinkles by atrophying the facial muscles and mesotherapy brings nourishment to the deeper skin layers. Because treating frown lines between the brows is a muscular issue, Botox is much more effective for diminishing those pesky “11s”. Instead, it is more similar to collagen fillers and Restylane. So much so that Dr. Shillington claims that many of her clients who used to do synthetic fillers now prefer homeopathic mesotherapy.
Kristen Ma is an Ayurvedic practioner and esthetician who co-owns Pure + Simple Inc., an independent chain of holistic spas in Toronto. She has authored the book Beauty: Pure and Simple, and writes for her blogsite www.holisticvanity.com