Fear of 40, a story of fillers
I’m not going to lie, since turning 40 I see a lot of changes in my face. For the past five years, I’ve been toying with the idea of fillers and Botox. It seems more acceptable now than ever, but that doesn’t take away my fear of botched results or pain from the procedure. Regardless, I see so many benefits that I’ve been prompted to take a journey into researching the process, the aftercare and how temporal the results are.
While exploring different blogs, vlogs and editorial sites I stumbled on Overheard: 5 Beauty Editors Get Real About Fillers and Botox. This article profiles 4 editors and their journey with Botox and fillers. I was pretty excited to get started reading until I stumbled on their ages:
After reviewing their stats, I took a moment to scroll through the page — I was desperately looking for a 30-something point of view. Don’t get me wrong I think it’s important to talk about preventative measures, but in my opinion, to write an anti aging article without covering a 30+ bracket is seriously lacking. I can guarantee that there isn’t a person out there who has spent $600/vile on filler who hasn't thought about next steps. How about covering questions like, how often do you need appointments? Are there any adverse effects over time? What’s the data on how this procedure can help with slowing down the effects of aging? Only an older demographic can cover these essential questions in a POV article.
Moving on, I've done a fair amount of research, and I've listed some key concerns about treatment, four things to check when sourcing the right clinic and few scary things to look out for on your quest to finding the right medical clinic
Concerns about treatment
- How many vials of filler need to be injected to achieve the look I want?
- If you fill the upper lip to plump fine lines, do you have to fill the bottom lip too, so it looks balanced?
- Is this treatment preventative? Does the skin get stimulated enough to potentially generate collagen?
- How long do the results last? Can you provide me with the shortest to the longest timeframe?
- Is Botox a riskier procedure than Juvederm and other fillers?
4 things to look out for when sourcing the right clinic
1. Do the doctors administer injectables or do they have nurses. Personally, I won’t let anyone but a qualified doctor close to my face.
2. Does the clinic have good ratings? For a second opinion, you can check RealSelf: Reviews of Cosmetic Treatments, Surgery, Doctors. Brace yourself; there’s some scary sh*t on this site ;)
3. Does the clinic sell reputable products? If they sell their own line of products they could be in it for the wrong reasons. It’s impossible to spend time and energy on making clients happy as well as being the leading innovators in this market. This is especially true when there are so many effective products already available. Hell, Allergan, the makers of Juvederm, Botox and all the other big names on the cosmetic skin care spectrum make one of the most popular lines called Skin Medica. Does any small clinic really want to compete with that?
4. Finally, ask the doctor about their style. Make notes about what you don’t like for example, duck lips, stretched skin, ability to emote (if you know for an eyebrow raise you might not want to get rid of that). Make sure you connect with them since there aren't always a lot of pictures to reference. Obviously patients need to A-OK them for release.
A few scary Don'ts
- Don't listen to anyone that tells you that you need fillers or Botox
- Don't let anyone dictate to you where your face needs help; you tell them what you want to see
- Don't think for a moment that this a preventative treatment
- Don't start this journey if you do not have budget set aside to maintain results
- Don't get lip injections if you're prone to cold sores without discussing with your doctor first
Good luck and be confident with whatever you choose to do. Personally, I'm going to continue my search for something that works for me. I'm just not comfortable at this time with the risks, the gains and research in favor of these treatments.
More to come on this topic!