TOBeautyHack olumnist Marina Syutaeva tested mesotherapy at the Clinical Institute of Aesthetic Medicine (KIEM) and shared her impressions.
“Oh, you have some points here! – My friend-hairdresser says in surprise, applying hair dye to me somewhere near the right ear. – Beauty experiments again? Yeah, three days ago, for the first time in my life, I decided to have a mesotherapy session. I’ll tell you in order.
At the beginning of the summer, in addition to my main place of work, I, as an incorrigible workaholic, took on another interesting – but very labor and time-consuming freelance project. And after several months of living in a work-work-work mode with practically no breaks for sleep and lunch, I discovered that my skin had turned into something terrible.
Six months ago, tender, smooth, shining, it became dull, flabby, with obvious signs of sagging,
But, of course, while the test results are being prepared, therapy is prescribed, the indicators return to normal month after month – in any case, something must be done with the face so as not to be afraid of one’s reflection in the mirror. In general, I wanted to act quickly, so I decided on a mesotherapy session.
I think everyone is already aware of what mesotherapy is, but just in case, let me remind you: this is an injection technique in which cocktails based on a complex of vitamins, amino acids, peptides, and hyaluronic acid are injected into the skin. The purpose of this mix is noble – to moisturize, strengthen, tone tired skin, restore its radiance and freshness, and how it should be energized.
And for me mesotherapy has become a good reason to finally visit the famous KIEM – Clinical Institute of Aesthetic Medicine on Novy Arbat. Without delay, I make an appointment for the procedure, I come to see a dermatocosmetologist Elena Ivanova. I voice all my problems to the doctor, and at the same time I warn you that according to the allergy tests made several years ago, I may be allergic to lidocaine.
This is a difficult moment, because the local anesthetic used for injections is just based on this substance. Then Elena makes a test: she applies a little anesthetic cream to the thin skin of her wrist, plus invites the director of the clinic, Andrei Alenichev, for a consultation. The three of us discuss options and watch the reaction of my skin. No reaction occurs within an hour – you can proceed to the procedure.
Taking into account my wishes and after a careful examination of the skin, we choose a drug for mesotherapy. My skin needs not only hydration, but also a pronounced anti-aging effect: smooth out wrinkles, increase elasticity and density, and strengthen the contours of the face. Therefore, we stop at the drug “Meso-Warton P199”. It is designed to correct the first signs of skin aging. Consisting of:
- hyaluronic acid;
- growth factors;
- vitamins A and groups B, C, E, K;
- amino acids, nucleic acids;
- peptides (thioredoxin, a copper-containing tripeptide and the author’s development of Wharton’s Jelly Peptide P199 oligopeptide).
Elena also injects a certain amount of the drug into the nasolabial folds and along the contour of the lips (spoiler: the wrinkles there will be smoothed out, but not for long, fillers are still needed for the full effect).
The injections themselves do not last long, less than half an hour. After that, the doctor applies a tissue mask impregnated with hyaluronic acid to me – this will give the skin an additional supply of moisture and help to calm down after the invasive procedure.
After the meso session, it is not recommended to actively engage in sports, visit the bathhouse and sauna – otherwise, the excretion of the drug will accelerate. It is better not to do make-up during the day after mesotherapy, but you can and should treat the skin in the evening with a cotton pad dipped in a chlorhexidine solution.
I left the clinic with such a face, as if I had been stung by a whole swarm of bees at once: the skin turned red, rather voluminous papules were swollen on it. Well, just the Frog Princess. After a couple of hours, the puffiness subsided, the papules turned into red dots. The next morning all this disappeared without a trace, except that in some places tiny bruises were visible, which indicates the weakness of the capillaries. The skin is smooth, even, not a single hint of yesterday’s frog-style.
As Elena Ivanova warned, the maximum effect of the procedure appeared in a couple of weeks. Moreover, he had to do this in extreme circumstances: with my three-year-old daughter, I ended up in the hospital, and even in the conditions of a small ward, where an old-school cast-iron central heating battery was boiling with might and main, the skin managed not to turn into a piece of parchment. And my “sore spot” – nasolabial folds and outlined purse-string wrinkles – looked less deep. But I will still do fillers, now I am not afraid of injections and I know that I tolerate lidocaine adequately.
Now, after a month, I am still happy with the result. The face has refreshed, the habitual feeling of tightness after washing has not made itself felt for a long time. Moreover, I can safely forget about the cream – but the skin will look great. This suits me.