Not TOO Painful - Seeing Some Immediate Results! - Saint Augustine, FL
After researching for several months, I finally...
I was worried after everything I read that the pain would be unbearable. The Dr. said if I could not tolerate it (was pre-medicated with 5 mg Valium and a Vicodin) that he would do a nerve block. That did not end up being necessary and I tolerated the procedure well. There were a few intense moments, but it was not nearly as bad as when I had non-ablative laser done to my eyes a few years ago, nor near as bad as I had anticipated it being. At worse pain was a 5-6 of 10 (at times but not the majority) and much of it a 3. He put cotton in my mouth to keep the tissue away from the bone and that helped.
I have very little swelling (not noticeable to anyone but me) and few welts (easily covered up with makeup-not severe). I took arnica for 10 days before, and bromelian, and stopped all NSAIDS. He used the new Amplify settings which i think made a big difference in toleration. I do have some mild numbness and tingling in the area under my cheek, but not terrible and not distracting.
The pain meds did not really buzz me out too much, (my husband did drive me to be safe) and they were wore off by noon, I was able to drive and go about my day with makeup.
I do see some immediate firming and tightening. The upper lip looks fuller and more upturned. He treated it conservatively as that area was most prone to welting but I had no problem with the lip and didnt even feel that part. prejowls are nearly gone (I had mild laxity, not severe) so i am very excited to see what i look like in the coming months, if today's improvement is an indication I think i will be very very pleased. I plan to do the brow area after I get done paying this off. This clinic takes Care Credit card at 12 months no interest so that made it convenient.
Overall, I definitely think it was worth it and will update as I see more results. I spent months (and hours) researching and obsessing over where to do this at and I hope my review can help others.
I definitely think the upper lip is improved about 70% - i had a noticeable "ribbon" look, it was the deep layer - i do not have superficial skin lines-- (i used to smoke, quit 13 yrs ago-i am 48) and this really improved them.. I have no swelling or redness at all on the upper lip, so i know its not being hid from any swelling.
For me this was truly a no downtime procedure, as soon as the narcotic wore off (about 4 hours after i took it) and i could safely drive, i was back out and about and working. I was tired today because i took a Zyrtec last night (he said I could take an antihistamine for the welts/swelling). Tonight I do not feel that i need to take anything.
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