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My Bariatric Life Looks Like I Had an Eye Lid Lift! Great Voluma Results from Nurse Triste at Winslow Facial Plastic Surgery

Massive weight gain and loss of 125 pounds had...

Massive weight gain and loss of 125 pounds had left my face and body with sagging skin. I describe my face as looking like a St. Bernard's face and my body wearing an ill-fitted suit of skin. So last year I fulfilled a long held dream to have plastic surgery and erase the last traces of my former obesity. I had absolutely amazing results from facial plastic surgery with Dr. Catherine Winslow (Winslow Facial Plastic Surgery) on 12-10-2013. I invite you to read my review here http://www.realself.com/review/carmel-in-facelift-and-feel-15-years-younger-incredible-work-dr-catherine.

One of the procedures I had was an upper eye lid lift, and I really liked my result. I used to stare at my eyes in the mirror in amazement at how awake and youthful my eyes looked without the heavy hooding.

Once my swelling subsided and the tissues settled, as is normal after plastic surgery, my eyes were not as awake looking. The upper eye lids relaxed a little and although I still very much liked the result, I missed that bright eyed look that I had in the early months after my lift.

To be clear, the upper eye lid lift was successful and my results were worth it. In fact, when I saw my body contouring plastic surgeon, Dr. Joseph F. Capella, I had him guess what procedures I had done to my face and he quickly said that I had had something done with my eyes. So, yes, the results are great.

But as. I said, I missed that bright eyed look. Yesterday Nurse Triste injected Voluma in my cheeks. Triste is the ONLY ACE INJECTOR in Indiana. This distinction was given to her by Allergan, the pharmaceutical company who makes Juvaderm, Voluma, etc, and Triste is so proficient that they even have her train other nurses to inject fillers. Triste came very highly recommended to me and has injected me several times now with great result and virtually no bruising or swelling. So I trusted her judgement and expertise when she recommended we use Voluma.

Triste injected into my cheeks and the side of my face by my eyes to pull everything up. It was pretty pain-free. I did not have any bruising and my results immediately looked natural after being injected.

What strikes me most about the Voluma is how it lifted my upper eye lids. I now have that awake and bright eyed youthful look that I did after my eye lid lift. I was even able to wear dark eye shadow in my eye crease today without it making my eyes look hooded. Voluma also smoothed out the creases around my nose. Oh how I hate those parenthesis around my nose and chin!

The price point for Voluma is higher than other fillers. However Voluma is the only FDA approved HA filler for the cheeks. Plus the results last approximately 2-years, which is far longer than any of my other fillers. So with that in mind, the higher price point is justified.

I've seen some reviews on this site in which women had bad results with filler. It is likely that the injector was less than proficient at the task. This is a prescription product, ladies! The injector you choose must be very well trained. Even my body contouring plastic surgeon advised me to go to someone who does injections all the time. Be selective in choosing your injector. Ask for credentials and certification with the product, how many procedures they have done with it, and how often are they doing them. Even if you don't get bad results, product that is not placed optimally can be absorbed quicker by your body, and your results will not last as long. I highly recommend Nurse Triste at Winslow Facial Plastic Surgery. She is an expert. I just love her and would not go to anyone else. In fact if I moved back to the East Coast where I am from, I would probably fly back to Indy to have filler with Triste (it is cheaper out here anyway than on the east coast and Fromtier Airlines flies here very cheaply from NJ).

You know, I never thought I would get filler. I did not want a foreign substance injected into my body. But once I looked at the safety profile of Hyaluronic Acid, a substance made by our bodies, and talked to a friend who is a clinician about how safe it is, well, then I felt comfortable using it. Now I really love the results that only filler can give. I have friends who have avoided getting face lifts because they use filler. The results can be amazing! As for me, my old St. Bernard's face needed surgery to give the filler a chance of providing great results -- I mean, filer is amazing but it is not a miracle in a syringe, LOL. Just look at my before face lift photos. You"ll be blown away at what Dr. Winslow was able to achieve (she may have had a bit of miracle in her scalpel).

I've attached a few pix of me getting injected. Despite the look on my face in some of the pix,this does NOT hurt -- except the lips, OMG, they hurt, but I endure the pain for the luscious lips I get. I have also attached some really bad selfies taken the day after injection so you can see how smooth my face is, and no bruising or weird swelling. Excuse the quality of the selfies, as camera phones do not take great close ups.

GOOD ADVICE:
Triste told me to stay out of the sun as tanning will make the filler last half as long as it normally would last. She said apply 50 sun block every two hours. So I am going to heed her advice.

Your injector is critical

I am always saddened to read of patients who get poor results from their cosmetic procedures. I just now finished reading a review of a woman who had Voluma injected by a board certified plastic surgeon and had a bad outcome. Even months later, she looks "bad." I hope that her Voluma does not last the two years that the manufacturer claims it does.

Voluma is very new to the market. Therefore, injectors do not have that much experience injecting it. Voluma has a different consistency than other fillers, so just because the injector has experience with Juvaderm, etc, does not necessarily mean the injector will be good with Voluma at this point in time. Be sure to ask the injector about their experience and credentials using Voluma.

I put my trust in Nurse Triste because she has earned it. And my Voluma results are very nice. I've posted a selfie of me taken a few days ago, about 2-mos post treatment, and I am very pleased with how flawless my face looks. I strongly suggest going to Nurse Triste at Winslow Facial Plastic Surgery for your Voluma filler, even if it means a long drive, or even a short flight for you. You really do not want to take risks with your face. The slightest little imperfection can be seen, and it cannot be concealed that well. It is worth traveling to get the best.

Speaking of dolls, I am so happy to look more like Barbie and less like a marionette!

Dare to be bold and wear a red dress or glittery gold dress to a black tie affair! The divine Anna (publisher and owner of a successful magazine) and me at Gotham Hall in NYC. I love this beautiful woman -- she's all heart and soul and brains and beauty. #inspiration!

Thanks for the near-flawless face, Triste! Buh-bye marionette lines!
Indianapolis Facial Plastic Surgeon

My facial plastic surgery with Dr. Catherine Winslow has been such an easy journey. I am a year post op and time has flown by, no complications, an easy recovery, and no drama. I go back to Winslow Facial Plastic Surgery from time to time for filler with Nurse Triste and those experiences are always great; Triste is a master injector. It is wonderful that we can look better at 50 than we did at 30! I'm loving it. Dr. Winslow and Triste did such great work that I even look pretty good without makeup! My experience with Dr. Winslow and Triste and Alyssa and Michelle and Heather and everyone at Winslow Facial Plastic Surgery has been terrific! I am so very happy to recommend Dr. Winslow for facial plastic surgery, and Nurse Triste for filler. If you like what Winslow Facial Plastic Surgery did for me (and the price I paid) then you may want to explore what they can do for you.

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