Without going into too much detail, we could say that the main difference between injected mesotherapy and virtual mesotherapy is the way the active ingredients are introduced.
In injection, as the name suggests, the skin is punctured and the active ingredient is deposited in the skin. Virtual mesotherapy works by means of electromagnetic waves that create temporary channels in the skin that allow the active ingredients to enter.
But if we were to stop here, we would be leaving many parts unanalyzed because, as we will see below, the differences between the two techniques go beyond the method of introduction.
What is injected mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy is a technique born in 1952. It was invented by the doctor Michel Pistor and was even recognized by the French Academy of Medicine in 1987. However, there is currently no scientific study to support its results.
Injected, conventional or pricked mesotherapy consists of applying injections in the skin with fine needles through which active ingredients are injected to achieve improvement effects in facial, body or hair treatments.
It is a treatment of exclusive medical application. Microinjections are applied superficially, in the first layer of the dermis and are generally painless. Injected mesotherapy is used to treat localized fat, cellulite, wrinkles and flaccidity.
For this purpose, active ingredients or combinations of active ingredients are used to act against these “imperfections” or skin disorders. The most commonly used active ingredients in injected mesotherapy are those that enhance blood and lymphatic circulation, such as artichoke extract, hyaluronic acid, L-carnitine, organic silicon, vitamins, antioxidants and trace elements.
What is virtual mesotherapy?
Although it is also known as virtual mesotherapy, its correct name is electroporation. We can consider it the non-invasive alternative to injected mesotherapy, although the reality is that not only has it ceased to be an alternative, but its results are far superior.
This technology increases the permeability of the skin through the application of electromagnetic pulses, which creates intracellular channels for the introduction of electroporated actives into deeper layers of the skin.
Virtual mesotherapy can be used for facial, body and hair treatments. For hair treatments, enzymes, vitamins, selenium and regenerative complexes are used to nourish, strengthen and regenerate the hair.
Differences between injected mesotherapy and virtual mesotherapy
The most striking difference between the two techniques, as we have already seen, is that virtual mesotherapy does not require needles to apply the treatment.
- As it is a non-invasive method, it can be applied by any knowledgeable professional. The intervention of a physician is not necessary, as it is in the case of injected mesotherapy.
- For the same reason, virtual mesotherapy does not produce wounds, bruises or redness. In addition, its price is usually cheaper than injected mesotherapy.
- On the other hand, products manufactured for use with injected mesotherapy contain very low concentrations of the active ingredients to avoid possible adverse effects. However, products manufactured for electroporation allow the introduction of high concentrations of active ingredients and act directly on the target. This fact allows the effectiveness of transdermal electroporation application to be greater. If you are unclear about which active ingredients can penetrate the skin, this article on Dalton’s Law is sure to be of great help.
- The injected active ingredient is reabsorbed by the body and becomes systemic. This means that, although the intention is to cause a local effect, when it is reabsorbed it affects the whole organism.
Which mesotherapy is better?
As we always say at Sisneo, no two people are treated the same. Each case must be analyzed individually because our skin and circumstances change.
However, regardless of these circumstances, virtual mesotherapy or transdermal electroporation will achieve greater effectiveness with the treatment. The reason is not only that it manages to introduce more potent actives in deeper layers, but also that it will act locally, avoiding the systemic effect.
Despite their differences, the combination of both techniques can enhance the results obtained. We can take advantage of injected mesotherapy to enhance results. By injecting, we also create small regenerating lesions. If we add to this the effect of electroporation, we have an excellent result.