It’s been a long time coming but I’m finally disclosing my journey with fillers! I think there’s a certain stigma that comes with the word “fillers.” People envision a Kim Kardashian robot generation emerging from Beverly Hills with 23 inch waists and butts as rotund as party balloons. But that’s (as with everything) an extreme end of the spectrum. I on the other hand have a different vision of fillers since trying them several years back.
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I started getting fillers right before my breast augmentation (which you can read about here) and I was terrified of needles going in to my face unless they were numbing my gums at the Dentists office. I mean why else would I openly volunteer to get poked and then charged after? I had never been into tattoo’s or piercings but I’ve recently noticed things that just didn’t look the same. Like my deep lines developing below my nasal area called nasolabial folds or laugh lines. I am proud that my face shows proof of laughter just like I’m proud of my stretch marks that took place after growing two human beings. But I also want to look less tired and less… well, like a Mom!! At the time, I was having a hard time sleeping and I tend to sleep on my sides. So these lines were also caused by my sleep patterns. I felt like I looked tired and beyond my years and I wanted to do something about it. My husband (at the time) gifted me a fillers treatment at the place where he often got his Botox done. (More on Botox later!) It was Dr. Laser!
Dr. Laser is a wonderful place where you are treated by a board certified dermatologists, physicians and nurses who answers all your questions and make you feel very comfortable. They offer suggestions and I’ve always taken their advice in to consideration because they treat so many patients! The first time I went, I purchased a whole syringe of Juvederm Voluma. That’s just a fancy way of saying facial filler. Voluma’s cross-linking helps provide an excellent lifting capacity, making it a great choice for restoring volume in the cheeks and midface. It was suggested to me in place of just using filler to fill up the laugh lines so that instead, my face got a more natural lift, softening the nasal lines.
I was so happy with my energized face that I made the effort to go consistently over the past several years to keep up with treatments. But there was a year where I almost didn’t go at all. **cough, COUGH** Covid… **rolls eyes** For much of 2020, spas and Dr. Offices were closed unless you just chopped off your finger trying to impress your GF with your barely there kitchen skills… and even then, they might have had you wait six feet behind the guy who chopped off an entire arm. Yeah, we were all waiting to get some filler, elective surgery and Botox because if you escaped 2020 in your thirty’s without wrinkles, (and without chopping something off) well then, you win. And this article is not for you. But going through 2020 with two kids was like, triple the wrinkles. So, back to the show.
My August 2020 trip is pictured below. As soon as Dr. Laser opened it’s doors (and safely with social distancing and strict cleaning) I was there! I had to wait a few weeks and there was only one location open but I got in! I went in for the same reasons. My nasal fold lines were creeping back in! This time around, I opted to get the filler injected directly into the lines to soften them up. With filler, you will have redness where the injection was administered for a little while. They tell you not to drink alcohol or partaking in strenuous exercise, as it may result in additional bruising. To help alleviate bruising, they recommend taking Arnica and applying ice to the area. Watch the video for recording of the actual injections in to my nasal labial area. ↓
Finally, my most recent trip a few weeks back, I ended up adding the remainder of my filler to my lips to even the sides. There wasn’t much of the syringe left, so the physician or RN said that she could help me achieve symmetry that was slightly off due to my lip mole on my right side. At first, I was alarmed (I’m gonna be honest) at the swelling of the lip area. I even hid for three days from the public and was suddenly very thankful for mask requirements. My lips got bruised and I was so worried that I ruined my face. After about 4-5 days, they subsided giving me my natural lip shape back. I’m actually very pleased with the treatment and (in full disclosure) I would opt to get it again.
Post filler: Now that I have actually gone (this aforementioned section above was prior to my visit), I can fully disclose that not only did I get fillers again, I got BOTOX guys!! And can I say that I love it! It’s only been a week but I can already see the difference in my eye folds (that cause hooded eyes) being that they are less droopy and more awake looking. When I was there, the doctor suggested “baby Botox” aka barely a unit in each poke. Prior to getting this, I was always for Botox. When I learned how preventative it is and non-evasive, I definitely knew I would get it once the time came. They did a wonderful job and I am going back later this year to address the 11 lines in my forehead. Those just mean I have been thinking a lot lately LOL!
Thanks for reading! I hope this can help you to better understand Botox and fillers.