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I Got Tiny Needles Poked in My Face and My Skin Has Never Looked Better

Full disclaimer: Words like retinol and hydraulic acid are lost on me and my skincare routine consists of home-made oils, some Aloe Vera gel at night and hoping for the best. But as I turn older, the skin discoloration has become more prominent and the under-eye bags have gotten darker. So, when a friend politely nudged me in the direction of Beverly Hills Sunset Surgery Center’s (BHSSC) new Dubai clinic to try out their Mesotherapy, I decided to step out of my comfort zone to see whether the non-invasive treatment could change my view of skincare.

Courtesy of BHSSC.

Located in Valiant Clinic, BHSSC is led by celebrity-approved doctors (think Kylie Jenner, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Naomi Campbell): Dr. David Matlock and Dr. Andrew Ordon. On offer are a variety of invasive and non-invasive treatments like dermal fillers, facelift, and cosmetic dentistry.

The non-invasive Mesotherapy that I opted for is known to rejuvenate and tighten the skin. “Surprisingly – it’s not a new treatment at all,” Dr. Ordon tells us. “It was first developed in Europe in the 1950s and since had a recent resurgence.” The treatment uses tiny needles to infuse the skin with essential vitamins. “Over the years Mesotherapy has also been touted for weight loss, fat melting, and more recently, for hair growth, anti-aging and energy boosting,” he shares.

While the treatment isn’t painful, if you are expecting a relaxing facial – let me remind you, it’s not. “It’s a technique that uses injections of various cocktails of vitamins, enzymes, hormones and natural plant extracts into the subcutaneous fat layer below the skin,” shares Dr. Ordon. As a first-timer, my nurse held my hand as she took my vitals and prepped my skin with numbing cream and before I knew it the treatment was over. Needles with ingredients such as vitamins ABCD, B complex, enzymes that breakdown old cells and fat, hormone precursors, and plant extracts were poked into my cheeks about 24 times. What about aftercare, I asked my doctor? Just avoid direct sunlight.

The results: At first, I was skeptical. I have never had a treatment that has lived up to its expectation beyond the hours spent at the spa, so when I was washing my face that night, I was pleasantly surprised. My skin felt smoother, softer and had an unmissable glow to it. Two weeks later, nothing has changed except my skincare routine in hopes that I can hold on to the magic of BHSSC’s Mesotherapy a bit longer.

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