I had plastic surgery (first time in my life) when I turned 50 to rejuvenate my face...upper and lower eyelids, brow lift, full face lift. Loved the results after everything healed, but time marches on; the aging process continues.
Today, at 54, I still look 1,000 times better than before the surgery, and want to maintain a more youthful appearance(and protect my investment!). This means doing some maintenance on a regular basis. My lips lost volume and wrinkles began to appear around my upper lip (although I have never smoked). Instead of getting repeated injections of a dermal filler in the lips I went for perma facial implant about 7 months ago. As with the other facial surgery, after healing, I love the results. Growing bolder, I started to get light BOTOX injections...more great results.
Confident in the skill and expertise of my cosmetic surgeon, I asked him about Juvederm earlier this week when I went in for BOTOX. I know that I can't get surgery for every little droop or wrinkle -- thank goodness for dermal fillers. He recommended putting a little Juvederm in the nasal labial folds, and also in my upper cheeks to restore volume and create a gentle lift. He's great about explaining the concepts behind his recommendations so I understand what to expect and can envision the end-result. I trust him implicitly and didn't think twice about going for it.
I was nervous because shots in the face aren't something most people look forward to. His assistant applied ice to the treatment areas before the filler injections. I felt very, very little discomfort during the procedure. In about 20 minutes I had BOTOX and Juvederm, and was out of the office walking down the streets of Manhattan looking good. Talk about instant gratification!
One day later I have only a couple of small, pinhead-sized bruises from the Juvederm injections which are easily covered with makeup, and some minor swelling that is barely noticeable. The filler is evenly distributed without lumps, and feels natural. I will definitely keep this up!