A little while ago, I sought some expert advice. I was looking for a treatment that would target pigmentation and help with other general ageing concerns with minimal down-time. Redermalisation was recommended. So, I decided to give it a try about five weeks ago.
WHAT IS REDERMALISATION?
Redermalisation is treatment where a combination of Hyaluronic Acid and Succinic acid is injected into the skin. Hyaluronic acid is known for its hydrating properties, and dehydration of the skin I said to be one of the main causes of ageing. Succinic Acid combats free radicals and has an antioxidant effect with powerful restorative properties. It also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. Succinic Acid has further been clinically proven to reduce pigmentation.
The treatment promises to provide a significant improvement in overall skin quality and elasticity, and improved hydration and skin tone. The benefits also extend to the treatment of stretch marks and pigmentation.
During the booking, was told that the Redermalisation treatment would leave me with “bumps” for about 24 hours. I’ll admit, I probably should’ve done some research beforehand, but for some reason I expected a dermaroller-type treatment. After arrival, I was offered some Panado which got me a bit worried. Then, some numbing cream was applied to my face and neck.
The treatment takes about 15 minutes and consists of about 50 injections into all areas of the face. Yes, even for someone who isn’t scared of needles, this is hectic! Although the numbing cream does help, some sensitive areas do hurt.
AFTER THE TREATMENT
My skin was extremely red and bumpy directly after the treatment. The bumps remained for about three days. I also had small red marks and bruising around my jawline for about a week. I could either have been unlucky, or I could say that the downtime was understated. If you want to do this treatment, don’t do it just before an important event. Make sure you have a few weeks to recover.
WAS IT WORTH IT?
As with most medical aesthetics treatments, the results only become apparent after a few weeks. Five weeks later, I can confirm that my large sunspots have faded but are still visible. My skin certainly looks more “full”, especially around the eyes and cheeks. The results apparently last for about 8 months.
Would I do it again? I’m unsure if I’ll rush to do this treatment again after 8 months. It is very uncomfortable, and the downtime is a detractor, but it does make a difference.
My once-off treatment cost approximately R4500. Some patients may require a series of 3-6 treatments.
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