I have been getting botox for 3 years to soften and prevent wrinkles on my forehead and a crease between my eyebrows and have always been very happy. I went to the same Doctor for a Botox update, and we talked about fillers. I have been screwing up my courage to do it, and Monday was the day.
The procedure itself was a bit weird, but not really painful. She did a nerve block in my chin by putting two dental injection inside of my mouth, between my lower front teeth and gum under my lower canines on either side. This numbed up my chin in a matter of minutes. She used the micro-cannula technique. I think it was a bit disconcerting because I could feel and hear a bit of a crunching sensation as the cannula moved through the chin tissue. From what I could tell, she inserted the cannula only 2-4 times in total. I had no puncture wound to speak of, and no bruising. She spent a bit of time moulding and shaping the filler once it was injected, and smoothing out any lumps.
It was really a weird and amazing thing to walk out with a chin. I could not stop looking at it and taking pictures! It looked GREAT! One thing that I realized during the procedure is how important the nerves of your chin are. I could not talk or smile normally with the nerve block, and thought many times to myself how upsetting it would be to have those nerves destroyed and growing back from a chin implant.
The next day I came back to put a single syringe into my two cheeks, to do a mini cheek lift.
Over the next 24 hours things did change. The filler spread out a bit and puffed up. The volume of my chin peaked at about 36 hours I would say... as there was a touch of swelling, plus the filler expanding as it took in water. One thing that has shocked me is how incredible my skin looks--radiant and smooth. I was expecting my pores to look bigger and shiny, but it has been the opposite. My skin looks incredible.
As the days have gone by, the total volume of the filler has gone down a bit. It is important to know that you get used to your new look really really fast. The first day I thought I looked really different, but now I have to look back at my before pictures to realize how dramatic the difference is and I find myself worrying a bit that my chin is "melting" back into my face--though it isn't.
A lesson this process is teaching me is that insecurities are really a lot more than skin deep. When you have spent a lifetime feeling bad about something, you are in the habit of it! There's a brain reprogramming that goes along with the cosmetic procedure.