A female architect has shared how she ‘lost her face’ in the hours and days after getting a beauty treatment because her then-boyfriend told her she looked ‘old’.
Svetlana, 37, from Perm in Russia, claims it had the opposite effect and made her ten years old when she said, “My face crumpled like mummification.”
She claims the cosmetic surgeon used a new drug recently approved for use in Britain and other Western countries, but that it destroyed her “irreversibly aging hair ten years” appearance.
Before and after: Svetlana, 37, from Russia, (pictured above, left) revealed she ‘lost her face’ in the hours and days after a beauty treatment that aged her overnight 10 years (right)
She turned into a ‘hermit’ and said, ‘My skin sagged like a rag, the face was completely detached from the skull.
‘The connection of the skin to the skull, the so-called ligaments of the face, has disappeared.’
A criminal case has now been launched in her case in Russia, but Svetlana says her love life and career have been ruined and she has spoken out to warn other women.
“It’s very scary,” she said. “As if you were murdered, you decompose – and you see it every day in the mirror.
“It’s like your face is melting and you can’t stop it. Doctors don’t know how to treat it.
“Had I had the slightest indication that this could happen, I wouldn’t have gone to a beautician at all.”
She decided to have the cosmetic procedure because her boyfriend at the time told her she looked “old” and joked that he would “find himself a younger model” (pictured, before the treatment)
She claims the cosmetic surgeon used a new drug, Longidaza, to remove old gel implants, but it “destroyed the collagen” on her face and her “skin went limp” (pictured)
Her problems started when she was advised by her cosmetologist to remove old gel implants with injections of Longidaza, a Russian multi-use drug approved for use in many Western countries this year, Russia’s NTV reported.
She had undergone treatment because “my boyfriend at the time kept telling me – ostensibly as a joke – ‘You are old – I will find myself a younger model,'” she said.
Unwittingly, she believed him and tried to improve her face with cosmetic surgery, then he dumped her when her surgery went wrong, she said.
Svetlana was told that the drug “destroyed the collagen on her face” and that her “skin went limp.”
Svetlana says her love life and career have been ruined and she has spoken out to warn other women after saying her ‘face shrank like during mummification’
She said that within three days of the treatment, the lower eye and upper eyelid were completely dry, her eyebrows had fallen down and the outer corners of the eye had fallen off.
She had gone to see a surgeon she had previously visited in her home city of Perm in March 2020.
The doctor – a fully qualified physician – assured her that the Longidaza would break down any excess gel under the skin under her eyes, she said.
She also had other treatments, in which she injected gel into her cheeks and into her nasolabial fold.
She was given enzyme and hyaluronan filler in one procedure, she said.
In the evening I went to the mirror and saw that my face started to change,” she said. “The skin under my eyes dried up and literally fell through.
‘In the morning, the amount of dried tissue under the eyes increased even more. Rapid changes took place, every hour my face changed.
She said she became a ‘recluse’ after treatment went wrong, hiding behind Covid face masks and also wearing large dark glasses and a cap to completely cover her face (pictured)
‘Within three days, not only the lower eye, but also the upper eyelid was completely dry. My eyebrows dropped, the outer corners of my eyes dropped. I didn’t understand what was going on.’
She was later told that the Longidaza, an allergen for scarring, was “eating my tissues.”
Svetlana said: “I didn’t realize then that it was irreversible.”
Her esthetician Dr Irina Freimanis then injected more gel but also used more of the new drug, this time giving her a free treatment, the victim said.
The new fillers hurt her, but didn’t solve the worsening problem.
“After all those injections, I saw someone else in the mirror every day,” Svetlana said.
“It was clear that some sort of chemical process was taking place and the face was changing. This was really scary.’
Svetlana said two years ago that she was successful and her career as an architect went in an upward direction, but the visit to the beautician “broke her whole life”
Surgeons and ophthalmologists warned her that as a result of damage to her eye contour, her eyesight would be damaged.
“I stopped communicating with people, I locked myself in,” she said. Everyone asked what had happened to me, why I didn’t look like myself, what was wrong with my eyes.
“I kept bloating a lot and didn’t leave the house anymore so as not to scare anyone.”
Covid face masks saved her embarrassment, but she also wore large dark glasses and a cap, which completely covered my face as I had a very unnaturally flat forehead and temples in profile.
“My face crumpled like it did during mummification,” she said.
On the internet, she realized that she was not the only one with such problems.
She went to the Russian Commission of Inquiry that is now investigating the case, and was medically checked as she sought a way out.
“Some doctors said to me, ‘Yes, this drug has affected your face, it is irreversible…’.”
Her cosmetologist – who is disputing the case – was caught on video and said, “Go and prove I injected you with Longidaza.”
Svetlana says she bitterly regrets having undergone the treatment and says: “I’m looking at my photos and videos before that now and I can see that everything was fine.”
She said she had found “wrong” in herself because of her boyfriend’s words.
“In most cases, women don’t need procedures. You just need to drink vitamins, eat right and lead a healthy lifestyle. But society forces its stereotypes on us, the beauty cult is actively forced on us.’
A criminal case has now been launched against her beautician, Dr. Irina Freimanis, a fully qualified doctor, (pictured) in Russia, who is contesting the case
She said, “I’m telling my story here to warn other girls and women… what could happen to them.
“You can’t blindly trust doctors, even with a lot of qualifications. You should love yourself and look less at Instagram, and not listen to people who say, “You’re getting old”.
‘It is better to grow old with dignity and do nothing with your face. I am very sorry that I even requested a procedure. I wish I hadn’t.
“I only wanted to correct the minimal age-related changes, but I couldn’t even think that my face would be so thrown off that it would cost me my whole life.”
Svetlana said: “Two years ago I was successful, everything worked for me, my career went up, everything was fine.
And this fatal mistake – my visit to a beautician – broke my whole life. It seems like looks don’t matter. But looks are very important, especially for a woman.
“Your face is your calling card. I would agree to anything to get my face back. But this is unreal.
‘Even after a (repair) operation it will be a completely different face and the skin will not be fully recovered.’
Longidaza has been widely used in Russia and neighboring countries for 15 years.
It has applications in pulmonology, urology and has been used to treat Covid-19 patients, helping to overcome respiratory problems. Its creators say it has a number of uses in cosmetology.
The commission is investigating the case and assessing Svetlana’s claims.
When confronted with a claim from Svetlana, the doctor said on video, “I don’t care what you brought… goodbye, get out.”