I am going in a few weeks to Cincinnati to meet...
I am going in a few weeks to Cincinnati to meet with well respected facial plastic surgeon Dr. Donath. I have in previous reviews, reported on my use and temporary satisfaction with, Voluma and juvederm xc to fix my facial insecurities, but sadly after paying for THREE $800 syringes of Voluma ($2400), and 1 $600 syringe of Juvederm... I am left with only about half a year of results. The fillers went away far too quickly for what my budget can handle. The Voluma did not last 2 years... not even 1 year!
I feel fat transfer will allow me more cc units for less lost per unit. I also think the fat will last longer as my Dr is using innovative micro fat transfer techniques, and I also like the idea of removing fat from an area I don't want it. I am very optimistic. I will post another update after my initial consulatation Sept 8, 2016.
My hope is to not only get the "bad side" of my face to be more congruent with the "good side", but the to go a level more and make both enhance together in symmetry. I have Cherokee heritage and I have never had good full cheeks, always flat. So I want to correct the bad side of my face, and also get convexity to my face like a young Betty Grable or Lauren Conrad.
Parked in Traffic for over 3 hours - missed consulation
This morning I got my rental car and excited anticipated the drive to Cinci for the appointment I made 3 months ago. To my utter disappointment, despite leaving 4 hours early for travel, I got stuck in traffic literally PARKED for 3 hours due to a hazardous material spill that closed both North and Southbound 75. I have rescheduled for the next earliest time they could see me, October 10th, so no update until then. Bummer!!!
Consultation Day finally!
I finally was able to meet Dr. Donath and go over with him what I saw as problems, and what solutions there are for these problems. I can do 1, 2, or 3 "quadrants" of the face. Each quadrant is $2500 approx. So I need a good amount in the midface.. that is for sure, and that is definitely what I am going forward with to address. But a tiny bit in the eye socket area ( another quadrant)? Maybe. A bit to fill in the nasolabial lines (yet another quadrant)? Eh? I feel like the midface volume he will be adding will lift help that. I'm conflicted if I will do 1, 2, or 3 areas....???
As of writing this, I am leaning toward considering doing two areas. The midface, and the eye socket areas. This is because even though my eyes are not too bad yet, I feel they will lose fat in the next several years. Also, I have one eyelid that is slightly uneven, and he said he can fix that with fat transfer.
So I paid my $1000 down payment today and I have booked this for January 25, which will allow me a renewed face in time for my 33rd birthday in February. Also, this way I can tell my work I'm taking time off for my birthday, which will be true.
Harper's Bazaar Nov 26
Saw this article I enjoyed. Reassures me that at 32 I dont need to feel conflicted about being "too young" for a fat transfer. Person in article, like me, hates being called mam all of a sudden. (I also stopped getting carded as soon as my voluma wore off).
pre open is tomorrow
Here are some before photos
When I was Young
Here is when I was younger and prettier because I still had fat in my face. I think my marathon running has really done a number on my face!
Pre _OP - So excited! 3 areas
I just wanted to update and say my pre Op appointment went wonderful! I am doing 3 areas of my face. 1) The orbital area of my eyes where I have lost fat which makes me look tired and older, and also the temples a bit. 2.) The mid-face!! Going for a *good amount* of convexity! The right side will get more fat than the left as it is flatter. Also special care will be used due to the hereditary malar crescent(s) which is something very hard to treat but may improve. 3) Nasolabial lines, corner mouth areas, and lips will get a tiny bit more fat. Not much, but just a bit. I have Permalip implants in my lips (4mm top and bottom) so I love the look of them, but since I am already paying for the lower quadrant, I figured a tiny more lip volume would not hurt.
I think the total cost was $5500 approx. It was not $2500 per area like I thought, it was $2500 for 1st area, then slightly discounted after that. I fully expect this to be worth the $$. I know myself full well, and I am the kind of girl who will always be shelling out $ for looking youthful as I age. So why buy temporary fillers frequently, when I can just take the downtime, get fat transfer, and have around 70% last indefinitely ? Value per dollar! One whole side of my face would be 3 syringes of Voluma... you know what I mean? I think this is going to be such a wise investment for as I age. a stitch in time saves nine!
How I looked with 3 voluma syringes recently
Attached is a photo showing me when I was 20 years old, then showing how gaunt my face has become in my early 30's (this was prior to EVER having filler, after running marathons), and the 3rd picture is a month later after I had 3 syringes of Voluma injected. Now since then, all the Voluma has worn off. It took only about 6 months for my voluma to go away. But this temporary experience of the Voluma gave me the hope of the youth a fat transfer might give me. This is the look I am hoping to achieve again as a 33 year old.
this time tomorrow I will be arriving for my fat transfer!!!
Photo from today...day before fat transfer. I need this so bad! I am excited as can be!!! The other photo I'd of me in full make up