Friday, 13 January 2017



THREE YEARS AGO when working out at the gym I felt a sudden, searing pain in my right hand. My index finger became swollen and delicate to touch, which at first I put down to wearing new workout gloves or pulling something in my hand or arm. I mentioned it to one of the personal trainers at the gym but he said not to worry and that it would pass.

But a month passed and the pain was getting worse, particularly at night when I was lying down. I went to a doctor who suggested it was a strain of some kind and, like the personal trainer, told me not to worry about it. I was advised to take some painkillers and come back in another month if I was still suffering, at which point I would be referred to a hospital.

Two months later, it was no better. So I got a second opinion, which is when the issue of arthritis was raised. Apparently, it could be the result of my years of hairdressing - an idea that horrified me but which I discovered was not uncommon in the trade. My mother suffers arthritis in her hands too, so it could be heredity. 

What made matters worse was after x-raying my hands, the consultant confirmed the diagnosis and said my finger was literally crumbling! The one piece of good news is that the arthritis was not too advanced and the pain could be controlled with steroid injections and painkillers. But there wasn’t a lot that could be done to stop it developing in my other fingers or to halt its progress in my index finger.

I still do hair for special clients but it’s no longer my main line of work, so I don’t spend hours blowdrying every day. But my hands are still my livelihood as I am writing on the computer most days. I’m also a trained Reiki healer, so it was a devastating diagnosis.

I think I went into denial a bit, so was still the first one to offer to open a bottle at a party even though the pain was searing. And I carried on blowdrying even though I had to take painkillers after I’d finished. I put up with the pain because I did not want to draw attention to the fact that I had arthritis - the thought that people might believe that I was not 100% capable was just too awful to bear.

Of course I looked around for other ways to help, such as taking a two tablespoons of cider vinegar a day, drinking pineapple juice and taking coconut oil. They seemed to alleviate the pain, although that might have been psychosomatic, but I knew the weren’t going to stop my arthritis progressing.
Really I had given up hope.

 However, one day I was writing about how Redermilization-mesotherapy helped with ageing hands. Apparently stars like Madonna are fans of the treatment, which costs £250 for a course, in which the hands are injected with a series of micro-injections, made up of skin-plumping collagen and elastin. Helping treat lines/ wrinkled hydrating the hands .

The treatment takes from 15 minutes to three quarters of an hour, depending on your age and the severity of the skin damage. It can be administered by injection or by the virtually pain-free meso-gun. 

I’ve talked to various doctors and practitioners who administer mesotherapy and there’s no real consensus on which method is best, so the jury is still out. 
Andrew Hansford, the aesthetic practitioner and educator who teaches Redemizations, says treatment should be tailored to the individual client. His preference is for the gun, as it’s painless and easy to administer, plus there’s no down time. “It’s like using a whole pot of expensive hand cream but half the price and with better results,” he tells me.

Andrew  Hansford 

Doing my homework, what struck me was that the treatment was originally created to help arthritis, tendonitis, eczema and even asthma. In cosmetic terms, it also helps hair growth and loss, as well as spot fat removal and photo-ageing. 
The treatment originated in France but is popular in Russia, where it is said that women will forgo their shopping in order to have their mesotherpay done!

Andrew suggested that he freshened up my hands with the meso-gun but said they weren’t in particular need of treatment. He would have to inject directly into the finger with the arthritis and he warned the results weren’t guaranteed and could be painful. It would also need repeating two weeks later and a top-up every three months.

Andrew Hansford with Linda Gray

My hands were having a bad day so I was happy to try anything that might help. The mesa-gun did not hurt but felt like my hand was under a small sewing machine. I was a little shocked to see blood appear on my hands but Andrew cleaned it up as he went along and assured me it was completely normal.

The mesotherapy Gun 

Andrew injected my arthritic finger with a needle. Normally he would use numbing cream before injecting directly into the hands but as it was only one finger, we skipped that part. It was not painful but what shocked me was my finger popped as the meso went in, although this was just the product filling in the damaged area of my finger.

I can’t praise the treatment too highly - the constant pain I’d been suffering subsided almost immediately, not to mention the fact that my hands looked younger and fresher. There was more movement in my finger and I was so happy I just wanted to skip out of the room!

Andrew warned me the pain might return but today I am typing away and still feel amazing. I will definitely be going back for a top-up in two weeks. 
Anyone suffering from arthritis should really consider this treatment - it could restore more than just youth to your hands. 

Andrew Hansford 
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