29 Year Old Female with Restylane Under Eyes by Laura Pietrzak PA-C at Dr. David Rapaport's Practice - New York, NY

At 29 years old I could've passed for 40 with the...

At 29 years old I could've passed for 40 with the horrible bags, bilateral tear trough deformity, and dark circles under my eyes. It was to the point that I could never leave the house without makeup and was wearing my eyeglasses all the time to mask the appearance. I was constantly being told that I looked tired or angry - how horrible! I had been considering getting Restylane injections to correct the problem because at my age blepharoplasty seemed too extreme. I had made the mistake of going to plastic surgery consult in NJ where the MD told me that blepharoplasty was the only way to fix the problem. This just lead me to put off the Restalyne injections even longer!

Ultimately, I noticed a Gilt City offer for fillers including Restylane with Laura Pietrzak at Dr. David Rapaport's office. After doing some research on Laura I found that prior to her move to NYC she was running the non-surgical portion of a very reputable plastic surgery practice in Marina del Rey, CA and that she has 10 years of experience in injectables and is even a trainer for Allergan (Botox and Juvederm manufacturer). So I decided to buy the Gilt City deal for Restylane and finally get these eyes fixed!!

It has been only 3 days since my appointment and I am THRILLED with the results!! I cannot believe I waited so long to do this. First, Laura was amazing! She was so knowledgeable about the products and procedure and she was happy to answer the myriad of questions I had prior to beginning the procedure. Then she injected lidocaine and epinephrine to numb the area and reduce incidence of swelling/bruising. Once she began injecting I could hardly feel it. However, I was very nervous, still up from the night before (I work night shift at a hospital), and had not eaten. Thus, I got very light headed and was kind of freaking out. Laura was so patient with me! She was able to calm me down and make me feel completely at ease. Her bedside manner is amazing! Ultimately, she finished up the procedure in about 15-20 minutes. If I wasn't so dramatic and full of questions the entire thing would've taken less than 10 minutes.

The results are looking great so far! I had a mild amount of bruising and swelling under my right eye only. I expect it to be gone about 7-10 days from my procedure date. But even with the bruising I still look better than I did before! The circles are not entirely gone - which Laura explained would be the case. But I look so much younger and less tired I almost cannot believe it! My only regret is that I did not do this sooner! I will go to Laura again and again for any facial aesthetic needs I have over the years. She explained that the Restylane under my eyes should last about 1 year and that if I get a small amount of Botox to compliment it I can prolong the results. I will consider this for my two week follow up appointment.

Seriously anyone who is considering this procedure, I highly recommend you do it as soon as you can and if you are in the NYC area definitely see Laura Pietrzak! I don't have a before photo for you because I was mortified to be photographed "before" and this photo is a three days after photo, I will post an up to date after photo once the final result is apparent!

Two weeks post-restylane

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See my review - I highly recommend Laura! Also the front desk staff was super friendly and helpful and my wait time was about 10 minutes.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Beautiful results! Thank you for sharing.
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Thanks, you do look great! I have had a facelift and fat transfer and have had fillers for over 5 years yet having resty in the eye area makes me nervous...weird right? But I am going to call for an appt tomorrow and do it....My doc has been the only one to do fillers on me so why am I so scared of him putting it around my eyes? I worry about lumping or filler showing through the thin skin I guess....But you sound totally happy!
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I would be very careful and only say this because I have had a disastrous result. Infection and developing granulomas that can't be dissolved is a horrible experience to go through and am going to need surgery to get them out. My doctor didn't listen to me when I kept saying something was wrong and didn't know what to do, yes, he is a certified plastic surgeon but these injectables around the tear trough area take a lot of experience and many doctors are now aware of more problems. You can't just dissolve this as easy as they claim and unfortunately, I am an example of how things can go very wrong.
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Thanks for this. I have had the exact same problem and I feel better after my injections too!!
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Thanks for sharing on RealSelf.  We'd love to see some before and after pics of your eyes!
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