I’ve been on a bit of a beauty journey over the last couple of months.
A journey to improve the appearance of my ageing skin – just for ME.
Here is a link to my first post B is for Botox where I told you beautiful lot of my intentions to get my wrinkles sorted, once and for all.
I was so fed up of buying creams that promised to turn back the ticking clock of time. When in reality, at best they just offered me lasting hydration…which is something my sandpaper dry skin desperately craves, but unfortunately my poor deepening
wrinkles laughter lines were always left wanting.
One thing is for sure though, I am a realist. I know that as a 50-year-old woman, I need a little more intervention than even the finest cream can offer.
Botox was definitely the next step for me.
The first time I tried Botox it worked a treat but I didn’t go back for more.
Looking back, I truly believe, I expected a miracle. I thought having Botox once would fix my face for good. WRONG.
In reality, Botox is no different to booking your regular hair appointments – you need to keep making those regular appointments to maintain the desired effect.
Alison was recommended by a friend – a friend whose skin looks very natural for her age.
Then something spooky happened… another friend approached me to ask if I was interested in having some fillers done. She had read my first blog post B is for Botox where I mentioned that I was also interested in sorting out the deep lines that run from the side of the nose (nasolabial folds) to the chin with dermal fillers.
Her friend was a qualified nurse transferring into the cosmetic field. She was looking for patients to practice the art of injecting dermal fillers.
Now, before you think I’m crazy, you need to know I checked her and the clinic she works at, thoroughly before I decided to go ahead.
Of course, I was intrigued (and super excited) to meet her and discuss my options further. I know it was a risk, but I always trust my intuition.
She was so lovely, the clinic was professional (and very busy) which filled me with confidence.
I was informed at my first consultation that she would have a trainer with her at all times, guiding and advising her.
Also because she had been a nurse for many years this meant she was competent in administering injections.
We decided that I was the perfect candidate for Juvederm in my Nasolabial Folds
An appointment was booked for two days later. Gosh I was so excited.
Anyway, just to prepare you, there is a scary pic on its way…
This is me on the morning of my dermal filler appointment without make-up and not a filter in sight:
I can honestly say I wasn’t frightened or anxious at all.
At my appointment, I met the trainer who explained the procedure and we both agreed on a desired outcome.
He recommended that to achieve the best natural result, I would be better having filler injected into my cheeks and my chin, rather than in to the folds. This would add more depth and structure to my cheeks and give more definition to my chin which in-turn lifts the folds giving a more natural result. Which doesn’t look so fake.
By the end of the session I had 3ml of Juvederm filler injected. The clinic ( Vie Institute at Cotton Tree) charges $800 per 1ml of filler.
Pain and aftercare.
An anaesthetic is injected at the same time as the filler. You can feel a sharp scratch when the needle goes in but it wasn’t too bad.
On a pain scale of 1-10 (10 being the worse) the injections into my cheeks raised between a 1/2 on the pain scale. I’m not needle-phobic at all and I have a very high pain threshold.
The injections in my chin on the other-hand were about an 8 – it was very uncomfortable, but quickly over.
On the evening my face was sore, so I decided to take a couple of Panadol before bed. I was also told to massage the filler several times over the next week or so.
I was left with a couple of bruises and a few needle marks but they quickly disappeared within a few days.
**As the nurse that administered my filler was in training I was not charged for this procedure**
I explained to both the nurse and the trainer that I intended to blog about my experience – the only thing that was asked of me in return was that I wait one month for the full results to show.
Finally, with filler you can expect the results to last anywhere between 10 – 14 months depending on the individual.
For me personally, I would do it again. I love the subtlety of the results BUT it is expensive.
Before I even started this journey I was already aware that the biggest ageing issue on my face that can’t be fixed without surgery is my heavy eyelids. Trust me as soon as I can afford this – I will have no hesitation in getting it done.
In the meantime, Botox injections under and above my brow-line will offer a slight lifting effect.
Initially I only intended to have my crows feet injected but Alison explained that she felt I would get a better overall result if I had my frown line addressed at the same time. This would obviously cost more but she felt the result would be better.
The total cost of my Botox visit was $600.00 – for this I was injected in my frown lines, above and below my eyebrows (to help with my baggy eyelids) and in my crows-feet.
Botox injections are not pain-free, but if administered by a seasoned professional, you really don’t feel a thing.
As you can see from the picture below I still have wrinkles directly under my eyes. This area is not suitable for Botox. These lines need a fine filler which I will go back for in a couple of weeks.
Alison if you are reading this, expect to see me in the clinic as a regular visitor.
I am wearing make-up in the above images.
Before my Fillers & Botox, foundation had a tendency to sit in my wrinkles, which emphasised them ten-fold. I have full make-up on in all three pics ( the bottom two have no filters).
I am delighted with the outcome.
Alison from Cozmedics did say that for my age, my skin is in pretty darn good condition. So I’m more than happy with that.
Yes, I now need a helping hand every three to six months – but that’s ok with me!
My priorities will be completely different to yours – that’s fine too.
Because we’re all different.
Tell me your thoughts lovelies?
Would you give your skin a helping hand? Do you know anyone that has had fillers or Botox? Or do you prefer to let nature take its course?