Evaluation of mesotherapeutic injections of three different combinations of lipolytic agents for body contouring


JOURNAL OF COSMETIC AND LASER THERAPY, vol.13, no.4, pp.142-153, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.3109/14764172.2011.594059
  • Page Numbers: pp.142-153


Background : There has been significant interest recently in the technique of mesotherapy as a method of 'melting fat' for body contouring. Objective : The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety, efficacy and lipolytic potential of several compounds commonly used in cosmetic mesotherapy. Methods : A total of 75 women (mean age: 33 years) were separated randomly into three mesotherapy groups. Injections were performed for 15 treatments once a week. The main component of each cocktail was phosphatidylcholine/deoxycholic acid for group 1, caffeine for group 2, and Conjonctyl (R) for group 3. Outcome was evaluated by weight, body fat percentage (BFP), circumference measurements, and patient questionnaires. Results : Seventy-two of all the patients (96%) showed a circumference loss. An average circumference reduction of 4.41 cm per site for group 1, 2.99 cm for group 2, and 2.10 cm for group 3 was achieved. Mean body circumference loss was statistically significant, with p < 0.00. Weight loss was 5.33 +/- 1.09 kg for group 1, 3.74 +/- 1.51 kg for group 2, and 2.82 +/- 1.43 kg for group 3. Seventy-four subjects (98.7%) showed a BFP decrease. A questionnaire indicated high patient satisfaction (63%). No patient showed irregularities, dimples or any serious side effects after treatment. Conclusion : Mesotherapy is a well-tolerated and effective alternative treatment modality for reducing the diameter of body circumference.