I had my first restalyn treatment in Dec, 2011. i bought 1 vial from a living social promo for $295. I was 42 (and 10 months old) and my frown lines were pretty deep. i was so self conscience because they started when I was 40 and nearly 3 years later they were all I saw in photos. The first vial did a lot. My husband was really impressed and fine with the $ spent. We don't have much discretionary income so this was definitely a splurge. For him to comment over and over about how much it had improved (without prompting) says a lot.
I was delighted but because I still had a wrinkle on my left side around my mouth and it didn't seem "plump" like young skin. I started obsessing again. I'd say it was a 70% improvement but now that I saw how it really worked, I kept thinking "what would it look like if I did another" I saved my pennies and in Mar (3 months after 1st injection), I bought 2 vials which I had injected in the frown lines again, plus I had injections on my marionette lines which were not extreme but they were taking up residence on my face. I also had injections at the corners of my mouth. the dr. recommended it and wow, it really helped. (a side note on that: I was taking a drawing class and they had us do a self portrait. When I drew mine, I had to keep a slight smile on my face else my whole face drooped like I was frowning - see photo below. This was after 1 vial in Dec. but before the additional 2 more vials in March) I also had injections done on my lips because of a thin upper lip. So that was a lot of injections from 2 vials (at $495 each): the lips, edges of mouth, marionette lines and additional boost to the frown lines. I couldn't be more pleased.
i sort of have this empty spot were my longing for restalyn used to be. I think "what would make me feel prettier" and honestly, my response is "nothing" I am totally happy with my 43 fabulous self. My husband freaked out when i told him I spent $1,000 on more restalyn but now he is completely smitten. I'm not this vain person who puts her self worth in looks, I just want to feel pretty and I do. That is probably what makes him so smitten- he loves to see my confidence and that I feel good about how I look.
i'm posting a photo of how I look now, i just had the left over (1cc) injected in my bottom lip so it might look a little puffy. My dr. kept 1 cc from the 2 vials just in case anything was off balance, but since it all turned out great, we used the last bit to add a tiny pout to the bottom lip. I do want to tell you that if you get your lips done, plan to stay home for a couple of days. Your lips swell up like a fish. the morning after I had them down I looked like the joker with fish lips. It goes away. after 3 days I was almost normal (my birthday) and went out in public. % days later - I was 100%. i'll post the big lip pictures too