Saudi women look to mesotherapy for beauty solutions

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Updated 22 July 2014
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Saudi women look to mesotherapy for beauty solutions

Mesotherapy is increasingly becoming popular among Saudi women as a safe method to obtain freshness and beauty. It does not require scalpel surgery. The injectable cosmetic treatment is considered safe because it does not incur any risk to the patients.
Dr. Abdullah Al-Gebran, dermatological surgery consultant at the armed forces hospital in the southern region, underlined that Saudi women prefer to use safe cosmetics such as whitening and beauty creams, simple and dermabrasion peeling agents, and mesotherapy or any other risk-free cosmetics.
“There is a big demand for mesotherapy, especially among women seeking freshness and beauty as well as for the treatment of hair loss. It gives positive and pleasant results, provided that clean and sterile instruments are used in the operation,” Al-Gebran said, stressing the importance of taking maximum precautions.
Meanwhile, ophthalmology and laser surgery consultant, Dr. Hassan Abu Hathra highlighted that mesotherapy is a safe means for women, adding that women need at least six sessions of this treatment to achieve the required results in terms of removal of pigmentation and damaged skin as well as for obesity treatment.
“This kind of cosmetic treatment is mainly demanded by women who are aged between 25 to 45 years. Nearly 70 percent of skin clinic patients opt to resort to this method and 40 percent would not hesitate to immediately use it,” he said, noting that ophthalmology comes as the patients’ third choice after cosmetics and laser treatment.
He underlined that mesotherapy is a minimal invasive procedure that is widely used worldwide to treat various injuries and medical conditions, adding that this medical specialty targets problem areas with microinjections of conventional or homeopathic medicines, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
“Tiny 'medicinal bullets' are delivered directly into the mesoderm (middle layer of skin) that are highly specific to the condition being treated,” he said, adding that it is fairly expensive as it is costly to the service provider.
“The concept of this treatment is based on the theory that this combination of substances or drugs leads to melting the fat located under the skin causing fat cells to shrink,” he said.
“This method is 100 percent safe as it adopts natural materials such as vitamins, minerals, growth factors and proteins found in nature, but it is concentrated in a specified location, and it is already found in our bodies which makes it very safe,” he said.
Mervat Abdel Majid, a dermatologist at Downey Medical Center in Abha, said mesotherapy has increased in popularity in recent times and that it is based on the use of non-surgical injections containing some pharmaceuticals authorized by the World Health Organization (FDA), given to the patient through injections for the treatment of some skin and cosmetic problems such as cellulite, obesity, renewal of skin cells and hair loss, among others.
“Mesotherapy requires in-clinic sessions for a period ranging between 30-45 minutes where the patient can then resume her normal life immediately after the treatment session. It is also possible that more than one area can be injected in one session especially in the cases of treatment of hair loss and fat melting,” she said, adding that fat melting injections are given under the skin which will make fat cells shrink in size where the body would dispose of the fat through the lymphatic system.

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Karen Gillan wear Arab jewelry to LA premiere

Gwyneth Paltrow showed off earrings by Beirut-based brand Yvan Tufenkjian. AFP
Updated 24 April 2019
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Gwyneth Paltrow, Karen Gillan wear Arab jewelry to LA premiere

DUBAI: Hollywood actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Karen Gillan both showed off Arab jewelry brands at this week’s world premiere of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Paltrow showed off statement earrings by Beirut-based jewelry brand Yvan Tufenkjian, which featured teardrop-shaped stones and resembled ear cuffs.

Meanwhile. British actress Gillan boasted a pair of diamond drop earrings by UAE-based label Amwaj at Monday’s Hollywood premiere.

After nearly two dozen films and billions of dollars in ticket sales around the globe, the Avengers are gearing up for a final time — and their last adventure could shatter all box office records, AFP reported.

“Avengers: Endgame” is the final installment of a wildly ambitious 22-film arc featuring the beloved superheroes of the Marvel universe, many of them the creations of late comic book legend Stan Lee.

It hits theaters this week and pundits are predicting a debut weekend that could break records with the first billion-dollar opening in history.

Karen Gillan wore earrings by UAE-based label Amwaj. AFP

That would easily beat out the previous record holder, “Avengers: Infinity War,” the first part of the “Infinity Saga” — as it was dubbed by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who has produced every single movie in the franchise — which opened in 2018 with $640.5 million.

After Monday’s star-studded world premiere in Hollywood, the six original Avengers celebrated the end of the road Tuesday at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre.

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) assembled for a final time with Feige at the TCL Chinese Theatre, where they signed blocks of cement and marked them with handprints.

“It’s been an amazing ride,” Ruffalo — who attempted a handstand while waiting for the cement to set — said of the 10-year project.

The 21 preceding films have earned about $19 billion globally, and though “Endgame” marks the end of the current narrative arc, Marvel Studios is far from through.

Even as they mark the end of what Johansson called a “wonderful” experience, Marvel Studios has already announced several new projects: in addition to sequels for “Spider-Man,” “Black Panther” and “Doctor Strange,” there will also be “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” “The Eternals” and “Black Widow,” the second Marvel universe film to give a female character solo top billing.

“The fun thing about an ending is that you eventually get to do a new beginning,” Feige told AFP.

“So yes, there will be a new beginning, but right now, it’s about this combination of 22 movies. That’s what we’re most excited for.”

In preparation for the marvelous cinematic conclusion, “Endgame” directors Joe and Anthony Russo took to Twitter to post a letter to “the greatest fans in the world.”

“This is it,” they wrote. “This is the end. The end of an unprecedented narrative mosaic spanning eleven years and eleven franchises.”