The hirudotherapy aging skin firming treatment for women over 40 has received positive responses from women seeking reliable, natural anti aging skin care. This bizarre mature skin rejuvenation treatment requires considerable training because of the feeding timing. Timing is very critical when the leeches are being moved to suck blood from specific portions of the face or blood congested limbs. Even though it is a bit bizarre, the hirudotherapy has been known to double the skin graft surgery success rate. The hirudin powerfully prevents blood clotting. It has been recognized as an effective blood clotting treatment among patients suffering from a heart attack. Because of this, the hirudotherapy became popular in modern medicine for skin graft surgery. With the introduction of the microsurgery involving plastic or reconstructive surgery, it has been proven useful as a surgical instrument for blood letting.
What about the leech?
A leech is about 6-10 cm long. The most obvious characteristic of leeches is its ability to expand and contract with suckers at the sides and back. Although the actress Demi Moore described the leeches as highly trained medical leeches used to detoxify her blood, in the medical science, the use of the leech therapy as a beauty treatment still needs more research and a confirmation of the use. The leech sucks blood and thrives in damp places. Most species live in ponds, lakes, streams, or swamps. Only a few lives in the land or in the ocean. They like to inhabit in the damp, warm parts of the world. The leech is related to earthworms and belongs to the annelids class of animals. Annelids have segmented bodies shaped like rings. Leeches are characterized by 34 segments, which help change the shape of their body. They sometimes stretch out making them appear long and thin or just short and wide. Most leeches are 1 to 8 inches long when they stretched out. The smallest is about ¼ inch long, which is about the size of the fingernail of your little finger. The largest specie is about 18 inches long, which is about as long as your arm. The colors are often black, gray, brown, or olive green. Leeches have a top and a bottom sucker. The smaller sucker is located at the front end while the larger sucker is at the back end of the body. The sucker allows the leech to hold onto surfaces such as your skin.
What causes the infection?
The leech detaches itself when they feel full. Forcing and pulling the leech off the skin may leave any mouth parts, which is considered as the major cause of infection. The common known side effects are mild pain during treatment, prolonged after leech bite bleeding, itchiness, and reddening of the skin around the leech bite. This is actually some kind of allergy like reaction. The rare side effects could be enlargement of the lymph nodes, pigmentation or scarring, and temporary swelling of the treated part of the body.
How to discard the leech?
Put the detached leech in a cup, cover with an alcohol, and throw it into the biohazard container.
Tips to remember
The hematocrit as well as the appearance of the skin should be closely monitored. Make sure that it is not losing a lot of blood and the reattached body part is maintaining good circulation. The intended area of application should be free from strong perfumes and chemicals. The leech is very sensitive to strong odors and may not be interested to bite. If the part of the body is densely covered with hair, we need to shave it cleanly because the sharp stubble hinders the leech activity. We may entice the leech to feed more quickly by softening the skin and stimulating the blood flow such as the compress, hot sponge, bathing the skin with hot water, or using the red light.
Roth, M. (2007). Medicinal leech therapy. Germany: Georg Thieme Verlag.