After reading all the reviews and doc Q&As and...
After reading all the reviews and doc Q&As and having 2 derm consults, I made the decision to go for it. Having read all the not-so-great results and side effects had made me a little nervous and the stories of too much voluma also scared me but everyday as I looked at my sudden aging in the mirror, particularly with my more noticeable nasolabial smile lines, I knew I just needed to take a chance. I didn't have smile lines when I wasn't smiling and now they were there all the time. Ugh. Initially, I thought I just needed filler in my smile lines but Dr. Finder gently educated me and explained otherwise. She recommended a conservative approach and I had 1 syringe split b/w my cheeks with the objective of lifting my cheeks due to a bit of volume loss and therefore minimizing my smile lines while still allowing for the natural folds. My face is also asymmetrical so she split the syringe accordingly to add more on the one side that needed it more. I had it done yesterday ahead of the long 4-day holiday weekend (just in case)...and the immediate results were wonderful! No swelling, no bruising, no issues. No one has noticed that I got "done" as the change was perfectly subtle. She emphasized, "give it a few weeks and see if you're happy with the results; you can always do a little more," and that is the exact approach I wanted.
Eye Bag due to Cheek Voluma
25 Feb 2017
3 months post
Had a second syringe as recommended 2 1/2 weeks ago to cheeks and it looks like it's settled in the area under my eye...on the right side. Gradually, the thin skin under my eye began to get dry and irritated as in with a scabby patch which continued to grow and become more irritated and became more and more puffy. Of course, it's the weekend so have to wait 'til Monday to call to request to be seen. These injections were painful in comparison to no pain with the first set and it felt that the voluma was high on the right side close to my eye but trusted Dr. Finder. Will continue posting updates.