First Time Getting Fillers: Tear Trough W/ Belotero (Plus Botox) - Carlsbad, CA

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I just got Belotero yesterday in my tear trough...

I just got Belotero yesterday in my tear trough area. I am a bruiser so expected to bruise and I did (Dr also warned that I would most likely leave bruised & swollen). The left eye (my right) looked amazing immediately but it is hard to tell on the right side (my left) as there was a lot of swelling & bruising. Right now it looks like I will need more Belotero on the right side since it looks like the filler was placed higher than the left (there is a small divot between the swollen lumps). But I am giving it time to settle before going in for more. Even though my Dr used Belotero which can be placed superficially, she went all the way down to the bone as is done with Juvederm/Restylane. Instead of "threading" it, she injected three spots and used a qtip to spread/massage/smooth it. I also had lines in my cheeks (below the hollows) from my bags and she used the residual Belotero to fill those (she "threaded" this area). Normally a thicker filler is used there but we decided to just use the Belotero to save $.

P.S. I also got botox but I've been getting botox for 13+ years so nothing new there. =)

Pics from Day 3

Bruises getting worse. Lump on the one side seems to be getting larger...very noticeable divot right below it. Hoping it will go down, definitely think I need more filler underneath that eye. Showing a pic in awful lighting that shows how large the lump is. Dr warned me that it was going to look horrible for at least a week so trying to think positive. Lump definitely bothers me more than bruising.

Day 5

Still major bruising and large lump under my left eye. Starting to worry that it is edema and will not go down. Going in to see my Dr. on Tues.

One Week Later

I still have a large lump under my left eye. It may be slightly better but not much. And I can feel the pressure on my eye. Bruising is still pretty bad. It is shocking to me that there are people who supposedly don't bruise at all after injections to the tear trough area. This lump really bothers me. Have an appointment with my Dr this evening.

Exactly Two Weeks After

Well, it is two weeks later and sadly I am not happy with my results. I am still bruised (which would be fine if that was the only problem). And I still have a lump. The left eye (my right) looks better than before but the right eye (my left) looks much worse. It is lumpy and now I have a large crease under the lump making the shadow/hollow/wrinkles WAY worse than they were before. I am not smiling in these pics to keep them consistent with the previous pics, but when I am smiling it looks even worse. Also, at my one week checkup, I had the Dr. add a few more units of botox because I had more movement on one side than the other. Well, I'm not sure if it is just the botox causing drooping or if it is a combo of the botox and filler being too high on one eye and too low on the other but now it looks as though I have a lazy eye or that one of my eyes is a different size than the other. It is much more obvious when I smile. Either way, I am NOT happy. I've been getting botox for 13+ years and I've never had drooping. So I'm thinking it is the filler for the most part. At my one week checkup the Dr. also used the Genesis laser (at no cost) under my eyes to try to help the bruising but I don't think it did much if anything to help. She also mention that she could add more filler to correct or dissolve if I wasn't happy. But at this point, I am too scared to have her do anything else to my eyes.

Final Results...

The bruising is finally all healed and these are my final results. I am very pleased with the left eye (my right) but not happy with the right eye (my left). Thank goodness I took before pictures because I never noticed I had a bulge under my left eye and probably would have blamed it completely on this procedure. I definitely think my eyes look better but had I gone to a doctor with more experience, I definitely would have gone back to have my left eye corrected. It still looks as though it has edema and is wrinkly with a much more noticeable crease under the bulge now. At this point I am going to just let it dissolve on it's own and have the procedure done again by a board certified cosmetic dermatologist/plastic surgeon (who only uses a cannula) some time in the future. 3+ weeks of black eyes was brutal. I think it will take me at least 6 months to put myself through it again. Thank goodness I only paid $500 (before discount...actual price was $400). I am also still dealing with one eye looking droopy. I still believe this to be the result of badly placed botox but it may just be that the filler is pushing my lower lid up so making it appear smaller than the other eye. Only time will tell. Moral of the story...make sure you find a doctor who is very experienced with fillers in the tear trough area (I knew better but wanted it done so badly that I just hoped for the best).
Tri-City Laser & Aesthetics

I went to see Dr. Sharon Slowick for botox as she came highly recommended by a friend. She is very sweet, very personable and I feel bad even sharing my results because she genuinely seems like a very nice person. I decided at the last minute to try Beletero filler for my tear trough area (even after she truthfully told me I was only the 5th person she had done this for). So 1000% my fault for going through with it. Tri-City Laser and Aesthetic Center is listed as the FIRST and ONLY state-licensed cosmetic center in California affiliated with a Joint Commission accredited hospital so I hoped for the best. Who knows, I may have had the same results with another Dr. but for now I have scheduled an appointment with a board certified dermatologist & cosmetic surgeon to dissolve & hopefully correct what's been done. Which is what I should have done in the first place. Expensive lesson learned.

2 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
4 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
4 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
4 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
2 out of 5 stars Wait times
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