I can’t even do. I was going to post a picture of my face post VI Peel. What I forgot is I scheduled an appointment today to go in for the IPL laser treatment along with some injections of fillers. Then I ordered Sushi. It seems important to have Sushi after any cosmetic procedure, I’m not sure why. Ideas?
And they were having a special! So if you did one syringe of filler, the second was half price. On top of that, because I did the peel two weeks ago, I got 10% off of all my procedures today. I mean, I can’t resist that. Check with your local injector and see if they have a similar special going on, it sounds like both Restylane and Juvaderm are running the special. I’ve never done that many syringes, and I go a long time in between injections. I just don’t like the overly filled look for me, so I wait – sometimes too long, and my lips look like a couple of flat tires with the treads showing on top.
I keep thinking one day I’ll regret my very open yakking about my cosmetic procedures, but right now I can’t see why. So on the menu today was IPL, which I’ve done before, but this time they did it at a much higher zappage (not a technical term, just the way I think of it), so my face is more reddish today than it usually is, but not too much, and they said that should diminish in a day or two. They also added another laser just for broken veins so they could zap a couple around the nose. I’m anxious to see what the higher zappage will do. I tend to ruddy/rosacea skin, and IPL just gets it almost all out of my skin, it’s amazing. It’s also expensive, like 300-450 per treatment, depending on location, and I suspect some areas it runs higher. This is the one cosmetic procedure that I think it so worth it. The laser creates wounds under the surface of the skin, and collagen comes running in to fix it, and you wind up with plumped up, glowy skin.
For filler, I did a new thing! In the tear trough under the eye. I know, I know!!! I cringed, but I was told it really doesn’t hurt, you just get a little oogied out. It didn’t hurt, it does feel weird. I closed my yes, felt a teeny stick. I’m a little bruised right now, which should go away in a week or so, but makeup will cover it up, but the results? Can i just say how amazing it is to have almost all of my undereye shadowing gone? I had no idea what a great transformation it would be. It lasts a year or more, so at $400 for a tube of Restylane to get it done, that just doesn’t suck, and it beats surgery, which I really don’t need at this point, but I sure did want to diminish the undereye yuck. It’s almost an optical illusion. The shadow under your eyes get worse when the fat does a vanishing act, which happens to everyone as they age, some faster than others. As that fat diminishes, it creates more of a trough under your eye for shadows, a place light can’t get to as easily. If you pump up the tear trough with a little filler, that reduces the area for shadows. It’s nifty!!! Eventually I’ll do a lower bleph, but I’d rather put that off for a few years so I can get as much mileage as possible out of it when I finally do get around to it.
We also put a little in the frown crease in between my eyes. I wanted to do that instead of Botox. I’m just not a huge fan of Botox. I’d far rather have all of my expressions, including wrinkling, available to me.
Then we also re-filled the lips, but since we had gone through all the Restylane around the eyes, we used Juvaderm in the lips and between the eyes. Juvaderm I like much better in the lips. I’m really particular about lip fillers. I hate the trout pout, overfilled lips that look like they don’t belong to you, so before a needle hits my lips, I give this long thing about what I want them to look like and that I want a mirror halfway through to make sure. So I got exactly what I wanted, plus he gave me the little ridges above the lips. I know, right?! As you age, those two ridges from the points of the upper lip to the nose flatten out, and that ages you a lot. He ridged me right back up, and I’m jacked with the result. I also insist in a little pout thing in the middle of the bottom lip, which helps make sure your lips are more matchy and one doesn’t look bigger, it just balances them out.
I promise pictures next week. All the after-effects should be definitely gone by then. For those of you that have done any cosmetic procedure, facials, whatever, what is the one that you think gives you the best bang for your buck and that you would really feel pain not to be able to do anymore if you couldn’t afford it?