Me and Dal have been discussing our skin in the last year. Particularly for me, I feel like my skin has become dull and older looking in the last few years. I've have fine lines on my forehead since my twenties and have always been notoriously terrible at looking after my skin. Anything more than soap and water doesn't really happen.
Dubai Cosmetic Surgery recently reached out to us to tell us about some of their rejuvinating skin treatments, so feeling like we needed some kind of face refreshing, we decided to head down their to meet their dermatologist, Lola. We're always a little skeptical going into these things as we feel you're just going to be sold whatever suits them.
Lola was lovely. She very quickly gave us all the confidence in her that we needed.
Dee: She told me my skin was very very dehydrated and needed some help. I got a bit of a telling off for my poor skincare regime, which prompted both myself and Dal to hit the Clinique counter (see the previous blog post about this).
She recommended 6 sessions of Mesotherapy, which she described as a 'cocktail' of vitamins, minerals and hyaluronic acid. I immediately thought, "eeeek! needles!". She explained the process and told me that in between these sessions, I would have two superficial fractional laser sessions. Needles....and lasers....I wasn't excited.
Dal: Lola told me that my skin was in better condition than Dee's (ner!) but that it was over-producing oil (hence my battle with acne for so long) and that even though oily, it was still dehydrated. Remember, oil and water are two different things and skin can be oily but dry! She recommended two sessions of mesotherapy and a couple of mild chemical peels. Let's do this!
First the nurse puts anesthetic cream on your face and covers this with cling film and leaves you for 30 minutes. This is the strangest sensation as you feel your face becoming numb! I'll spare you the selfies that Dal decided it would be hilarious to take at that point!
Then it's just a waiting game while you freak yourself out about the procedure. If you're lucky enough, you'll have an awesome twin there to make you less nervous :)
I was so surprised at how easily it went! It was only mildly uncomfortable and nowhere near what I was expecting. It's something I can confidently do again knowing its not so bad.
When you first finish the session your face is a little swollen and puffy, but this subsides in a couple of hours. So whats the result after the first session? My skin was just healthier looking, like it had just been plumped with goodness. The fine lines around my mouth are gone and my dark circles are visibly lighter. Needless to say, if this is the result after one session, I'm excited to see the results after the rest of the sessions!
Dal: Dee reacted pretty well to tolerating the actual procedure so I was confident going in (it didn't last long). I had timed my appointment to coincide with the less painful times of the ol' lunar cycle - you generally tolerate pain much worse if you are ovulating or PMSing - noteworthy for waxing appointments through to mesotherapy! They applied the numbing cream which felt icky, but necessary and started with the injections. I'm not going to lie and say its painfree and a good laugh - it was uncomfortable. Some areas were very sensitive while some I couldn't feel at all - but in general I was uncomfortable throughout - something that Lola told us we would experience (she didn't lie!). The whole thing was over in about 15 minutes and unfortunately 'no pain, no gain' really does apply for these instances.
But 7 days later most of the bruising has disappeared and I've definately noticed that the bags under my eyes are less, my forehead lines are less visible, and my acne has cleared up! The colour of my skin looks more like the rest of my body too with a warm glow to it instead of the dull grey it tends to turn. Can't wait to see the result after my next appointment which is a light chemical peel and deep pore cleansing!
We'll both be blogging after each of our individual treatments so you can follow our progress and get some answers about some of those treatments you've been looking to try out!
Toodles for now!
Dee & Dal xx