Therapy of the week: Transderm Meso facial
Last updated at 2:52 PM on 24th February 2009
Transderm Meso Facial, £180 for a one-
Being a beauty journalist in my 30s, I’m constantly bombarded with offers of free Botox, or fillers. I’m not saying never, but so far I’ve not succumbed. It’s not that I don’t believe these treatments are safe and effective; it’s simply that, rightly or wrongly, I’m not bothered enough by my facial flaws to go under the needle.
Skin saviour: Dr Michael Prager at work
However, when I heard about a system called Transderm Meso System that claims to be able to ‘inject’ substances like Botox and Hyaluronic Acid without using needles, I was intrigued.
For all the claims made by certain face creams, the fact remains that molecules such as those found in Botox and hyaluronic acid are simply too big to penetrate the skin –
I go to Dr Michael Prager’s London clinic to try it. It’s just the right blend of medicinal and luxury, and once Dr Prager has talked me through the treatment, his nurse, Ori, takes over. First, to exfoliate the skin thoroughly and create optimum conditions for the Transderm process, she gives my face a microdermabrasion treatment.
One tube bombards my skin with crystals of aluminium oxide, while another instantly sucks them away –
Then it’s time for the transdermal delivery of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the skin and is a humectant, meaning it draws water from the lower layers of the skin to plump out the upper layers.
It’s for this reason that it is frequently used in stabilised form in fillers such as Restylane. Ori works across my face a section at a time, applying the hyaluronic acid solution directly to my skin and then using the wand to deliver the electrical impulse.
The strength of the electrical impulse can go from zero to five. Most people stick at about two, and though it stings a little, especially round the nose, it’s not painful. Apparently, some people even fall asleep during treatment.
Directly after, my skin looked slightly plumper but I didn’t have any redness, and over the next couple of days it seemed firmer and more radiant. I’ll definitely be going back to see if another three of these can help stave off the needle a little longer.