The whole premise of this blog is about marrying vanity with a commitment to holistic health. And while many of my posts focus on the wellness aspect of beauty with recipes, breathing techniques and detox tips, everyone knows that I have an incredible vain streak. That’s why I often get a wandering eye towards cosmeceutical treatments. Now, of course this only really applies to procedures with a natural bent: Sea Salt Microdermabrasion, Organic Sugar Cane Peels or LED lumilifting treatments and the like. I always seek a balance between pure ingredients and esthetic results.
So, when I heard about mesotherapy from naturopathic doctor Stacey Shillington I was very intrigued. Mesotherapy is a treatment that involves injecting homeopathics, plant extracts and vitamins into the dermis layer of the skin for anti-aging. There are forms of mesotherapy for fat and cellulite dissolving, but the most natural type (using homeopathic remedies) is for skin radiance. Its been found effective for minimizing fine lines and deeper wrinkles in the nasal labial fold, treat crow’s feet and boost hydration.
Still, it took me a while to decide to try it – I’d never done injections before, and I felt like I might be losing some sort of cosmeceutical virginity that played with the liminality of my beauty philosophy. But meso does mean middle in Greek, and after being educated by Dr. Shillington, I confirmed that it wasn’t much more invasive than acupuncture and booked it.
The procedure itself took less than half an hour – and although it wasn’t the most relaxing 30 minutes of my life, it wasn’t as painful as I expected. It involves a series of pricks all of the face with a homeopatic form of collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid and vitamin blend, and I was expecting to look like a human pin cushion afterwards, but somehow I had no redness at all. The needle doesn’t actually go that deep (2mm), except for a few areas around the eyes and in the nasal labial fold. I am a pretty big wimp and even I will say it was more annoying that hurtful. Not bad – only 30 minutes, no down time, no redness, no contraindications at $175 per treatment. Dr. Shillington explained that because the procedure isn’t very invasive it would take 10 treatments to see results but that we could achieve the same effects in 3 treatments if we used a nutriceutical formula that she also uses instead. After the 10 treatments, the body would start to be able to replenish on its own and I would only need occasional treatments. And, Dr. Shillington says that she usually prescribes an internal homeopathic remedy to compliment the mesotherapy so that results are being garnered from the inside and out.
I didn’t touch my face for the rest of the night and just let the solution do its magic – because I did not apply my ritual of serum and a rich cream I thought I would wake up to flaky skin and maybe even a bit of eczema – but nothing. My skin looked great – no tightness or dryness, the homeopathics must have really nourished my complexion. I haven’t decided if I will continue. I did it to research new innovation in the industry along with satisfy my need to primp and prime – but I’m definitely considering it. I have clients who still get fillers and botox despite being very holistic and healthy in other aspects of their lives – and this may be an option worth considering instead. Now that my injectables virginity has been lost, I may just be up for a bit more experimentation.
Questions? Ask away and I’ll ask Stacey to answer them!
Stacey can be reached and booked at The Rosedale Dermatology Centre.