Posted in About Aging, Cosmetic Injectables, FBTV, Skin Peels & Microneedling, Wrinkles And Aging Skin

Before And After Injectables

It’s been a great year! 

First, please note that I am not 100% healed in my under eye area, but it’s very close to that.  Barring that my “after” photo is accurate.

Before 

Taken in the car in May 2017, I was out in the sun quite a bit that week so you see the tan on my skin and just a hint of sunburn on my nose and cheeks.  I am wearing lip gloss and that’s it.

I had much more signs of aging around the eye area, and the cheeks as well.  Lines in the cheeks, in case anyone isn’t aware of it, are primarily caused by sagging skin or “hollows” in that area.

You can also see the hollows under my eyes in this shot.

After 

Also taken in my car, this photo is from December 2017.  The 20th to be exact.

My skin is much lighter for two reasons 1) I did a VI Peel in October that lightens any discolorations and hyperpigmation is reduced.  That did happen for me.  2) I am, for the first time in my life, using at least an SPF 15 every single day regardless of whether I’ll be in the sun or not.

There is a reduction in lines around my eyes, my upper lids are firmer (the VI Peel helps there) and my cheeks are fuller, making the lines in the cheeks much less pronounced.

I did use Botox in June and again in September, but not since then so if my crows’ feet are less noticeable it’s not that, it’s my SPF at work and my skin treatments as well.

What I’ve used 

  • Starting on June 2nd, I first started out Botox.  10 units per eye.   I did this again the first week of September.  But not since.
  • In July I used Voluma in my cheeks.  1 syringe total.  So 1/2 syringe per cheek.
  • Also in July I had lash extensions added.  I’m very happy with them and never use mascara.
  • In August I had permanent brow makeup added.  I like it, but want a lighter color in the future.
  • In September I used Volbella under the eye and a very small amount to the right side of my upper lip to even out a natural lopsidedness I have.  Vollure was added to the cheeks.  One syringe of each product was used.
  • In October I had a VI Peel which was very beneficial.
  • In November I had micro-needling that left me a lumpy mess.  I did not know it until December 24th, but the Growth Factor product used, Biopelle Tensage 40, was causing an allergic reaction.  For that reason, I’d never do this again.
  • In December I had Vollure injected under the eye area, as I did still have tired-looking hollows, and a bit in the cheeks.  Most of the single syringe I used was placed under the eye.

My results 

I do like the way I look now, and am happy with the condition of my skin, except for the awful reaction I had to the micro-needling and the product used my bruising and swelling was minimal.  Look at the videos on my FBTV channel to see what I mean.

As of today, December 29, 2017, I have just a small amount of redness leftover from when I last applied the Biopelle Tensage 50 (purchased as a kit from the medispa I go to) which was on December 23rd.

My plans from here 

To maintain the health and appearance of my skin I plan to use an SPF every day of my life forever.

I’m beginning to use Retinol (by ROC) this week, and will continue for one month and evaluate my results then.

Next, I have already purchased Retin-A online, and I will use my Retinol results as a way to determine when to start that and how much to use, etc.

I will continue to do VI Peels a few times or so per year.  I’ll keep everyone posted about it and update you as to my progress.

My injectables will continue, although  I do not know how many times I’ll need them in the future if my Retin-A does as well as the product says it can.

I had been using a NuFace facial trainer device for 18 months prior to June of this year, but stopped as I did not know how that would work out with using injectables and getting deeper facial treatments.  I plan to add that back into my routine in February 2018.

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Posted in Cosmetic Procedures, Skin Peels & Microneedling, Wrinkles And Aging Skin

Microneedling Day Five Results Feedback

Hey everyone! 

Well, “Ms. Red Puffy Face” is no longer!  LOL  That’s pretty much what I was last Wednesday, Nov 29th, when I got my first ever microneedling treatment.

In the video I just published yesterday, you can see my results on day five, which are actually more spectacular in person than you see on film.  The redness is gone, any swelling is forgotten as well, and my skin feels like silk.  Very, very expensive silk I might add! Wow!

What I wanted to gain. 

First, let me tell you what I wanted from the microneedling treatment.   I turned 60 this past April, and I have since then decided to actually do the skin care treatments that I’ve always wanted.  I am using injectables, and happy with the results there, and in the past two months I have done a VIPeel (October 2017) and now microneedling (November 2017) – with about 6 weeks in-between those two last treatments.

I want fresher, firmer skin with less hollows under the eye and in the cheek areas.  I have also started using an injectable to even out the shape of my top lip, which has nothing to do with my age since that’s always been something I’ve wanted to change.

Overall, I want to look in the mirror and not see a tired-looking woman.  I am anything but that!  And I want to keep myself looking as good on the outside as I feel on the inside.  But, with all of this, I want a look is that is natural and attractive at the same time.

Microneedling process in detail.  

I went to a Medi-Spa in Stuart, Florida, called “Oasis MedSpa”, and the aesthetician there is Kelly, who performed the microneedling treatment.  Kelly was very careful, and took it slow and easy.  She first allowed the topical numbing product to take effect, which was about 20 minutes or longer, and I have to tell you I would not even think about attempting to have this performed without it.  This is a woman who has given birth twice so I am no stranger to pain, but, in some areas of the face, this process can be very uncomfortable.

During and after the process, Kelly applied Biopelle Intense Growth Serum to my face, which assists with the cell turnover rate, and so helps bring about a fresher, healthier result.  As part of the service, I was given the remaining 8 ampoules of the serum to apply to my face over the next few days.  Even  though I was advised that it could sting at first, I did not experience that at all.  I literally had no stinging sensation whatsoever from this serum.

In the following days, I noticed that any swelling and redness was going away quickly.  On day two, the swelling I had seen around my mouth and on my cheek areas was 80% reduced.  By day three it was completely gone.

On day four, Saturday, Dec 1st, I ventured out.  My skin looked great I have to say.  So good, that I did not bother with any makeup at all.  Not even my usual under eye concealer and dab of eyeliner.  Not a thing.  First, I went to my nail salon for my fills/pedi and felt perfectly fine about my appearance.  More than fine.  I admit that I was beginning to feel really good about my complexion!

Later that day, my husband and I went to a party for a friend’s daughter who just graduated from college (a degree in Criminology!) and what did I use for makeup?  A bit of eyeliner, just a pencil in a color called “fig” that is softer than black, and a swipe of nude lipstick.  I put on a ruby-red dress, which is one of my favorite complexion-enhancers for us girls who love to go without makeup, and I have to tell you I was pleased with the overall look.  At 60, my skin is really starting to look fantastic again and that feels wonderful.   It can be done, ladies.  Yes, it can!

Further benefits?  

I will keep you updated with my progress as time goes on, and I expect to see the fullest benefit from micro needling at the 30 to 45 day mark from 11/29, so that will put me at about the middle of January 2018.  You will see any skin improvements in my videos during that time period as well.

Additionally, I may  need more microneedling treatments, as in a series of 3, to get maximum results.  If that’s what I do – everyone who follows my work will know about it!

From here.  

I am keeping up with the injectables I started over this Summer (2017) and for those of you who do not know, it takes time for that process to be completed.  The changes are very subtle after each injection, or at least they should be when properly done, and so it can take quite a few months (3 to 6 or so) to get the end result you desire.

Watch my FBTV video I made on Day Five!  Perhaps you’d like to subscribe to my new YouTube talk show as well!

DAY FIVE MICRONEEDLING RESULTS

PHOTO

The photo to the left is fuzzy, sorry about that.  But you can still see that the swelling I had last week is gone.  My video making skills and photos are all improving – one of these fine days i’ll be publishing like one of the pros!