Location: Seattle, WA
Member since 8/1/2011


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Reviews & Stories

Retin-A is NOT Meant for Under Eyes, No Matter What Percentage! - Seattle, WA

I must have the worst luck in the world when it comes to cosmetic devices (as you can see by my reviews). There seems to be a lot of confusion when it comes to Retin-A and whether it thins or thickens the skin. In my opinion, it comes down to how thin your skin is already, how old you are, and where you are putting it. The claim is that Retin-A thins the epidermis, i.e. top layer, but... READ MORE

I Should Have Listened to the Drs Who Said "Don't Do It!"

About me: I'm 26 years old, and had fat atrophy from a radio frequency facial when I was 23 and collagen depletion from using Rogaine in April. I had been looking for something to correct both issues, first looking at a fat transfer, in which I was discouraged by doctors, and then looking at fillers, in which I was also discouraged. But I chose the latter anyway. Hey, I could dissolve it if it... READ MORE

Extra Strength Rogaine: Aged 5 Years in 2 Months, Even Though Hair Grew - Tacoma, WA

As a 25 year old female, one wouldn't think I would be a typical candidate for Rogaine - and I wasn't. I visited a hair transplant surgeon because I had a bald spot on my scalp from hair being ripped out a few years back and because my hair had been receding due to hypothyroidism. He suggested that I first use Rogaine 5% foam to improve my condition before going ahead with a more invasive... READ MORE

Questions from Juliabars

Is Fat Transfer from Arms + Upper Back to Love Handles a Viable Solution?

At 23, I bought a spa package that advertised treatments that “burned fat” called Ultrasound. Unaware that this was a form of lipo & is permanent, this was... READ MORE

Can Cheek Fillers Such As Restylane Help Diminish Appearance of Undereye Bags?

I had thermage done when I was 23 and I went from being full faced to looking quite gaunt. As a result, I think it took a toll the structured support under my eyes. If I get an... READ MORE

Can Fat Transfers Cause Unwanted Fat Redistribution (As Liposuction Often Does)?

Considering that only ~ 40% of fat survives in regular procedures and only a minor % is used in total of high-density fat transfers, out of the 100% fat suctioned does this... READ MORE

Can I Use Brachioplasty As an Alternative to Liposuction?

I would like to reshape my upper body. I have been told I don't have enough fat (less than an inch - 5'3" and 125lbs) to do fat transfers or liposuction and would... READ MORE

Why Are So Many Plastic Surgeons Opposed to Facelifts at a Young Age?

With all the questions I've seen by Realselfers with regards to age and facelifts, many of the plastic surgeons seem to evade the question of why PRACTICALLY facelifts on a... READ MORE

Solution for Thin-skinned Chest?

Seemingly due to sun exposure at a young age - or maybe due to early and large breast development - the chest's skin has thinned or stretched so much that my ribs show... READ MORE

If Hypothetically All Body Fat Were Liposuctioned, Where Would Excess Calories Go?

Hypothetically, if a healthy 120 lb, 5'4" female who ate a steady diet of 1300 calories and exercised everyday were to be liposuctioned on ALL of her subcutaneous body... READ MORE

Who Has the Most Risk of Scarring After Surgery? (Age-wise)

I asked a question about facelifts on young people previously, and some answered saying that younger clients scar worst than older clients. However, it would make more sense... READ MORE

Breast Lift Without Incisions Around Areola?

If extreme sagginess is not a problem (e.g. mid-20s, athletic adult who has not gone through pregnancy), is it possible to get a breast lift without cutting around the areola?... READ MORE

Best Way to Maximize Fat-cell Survival Pre-op BBL/fat Transfer?

Is there anything a patient can do to ensure or maximize fat cell survival prior to a Brazilian butt lift/fat transfer surgery? E.g. with exercise - the healthier the cells,... READ MORE

Techniques You Use to Liposuction Arm Fat?

What techniques or methods do you personally use to minimize irregularities and contour problems that can occur with arm fat liposuction? I am 125lbs at 5'3" and have... READ MORE

Is There a Way to Lift the Cheeks Vertically Rather Than Horizontally?

I've noticed that in most people 25 and younger, they have less space between the apple of their cheeks and their under-eye area, creating a "lifted" look. Is... READ MORE

Lip Augmentation: Different Techniques for Different Shapes of Lips?

I have petite Cupid's bow lips. Is there a certain technique for injecting fillers with my shape of lips that proportionally enhances my lips as opposed to others? E.g.... READ MORE

What is "3-D Liposculpture"?

I've seen on a few sites procedures called "3-D liposculpture", what is this exactly and how does it differ from regular liposuction? READ MORE

Can I Get a Fat Transfer to my Flank/love Handle Area Instead of Butt?

I had a botched/unwanted external lipo procedure on my love handles two years ago that left me with a very rectangular, waist-less body. Is there a way that I can do a BBL-type... READ MORE

Will Liposuction on Inner Thighs Make Bow-leggedness More Pronounced?

I've been thinking of getting liposuction on my thick inner thighs, however I have mild bow-leggedness. Could liposuction there exacerbate that awkward space between my... READ MORE

Ultra-diet After Liposuction?

Hi, I'm a very health-nut, eating 1300 calories a day, exercise 5 times a week, and am about 123 lbs at 5'3". I have a few fat bulges I'd like to remove. From... READ MORE

Can Liposuction Change Estrogen Levels?

I had a liquid lipo done on my big love handles 2 years ago (at 23) and have since had metabolic issues. My body fat went from bottom to top/center, and I gained a lot of... READ MORE

Do Hip Implants or Augmentation Exist?

I would like to give more fullness to my front-facing figure by means of hip augmentation or by creating an illusion of a smaller waist with love handle augmentation. I have an... READ MORE

Can You Lift Cheeks Vertically and Attach Them to Lower Lids?

I am 25 and have lost elasticity and fat in my cheeks. When I lift my cheeks up with my fingers to my lower eyeslids, I find I look like myself before any fat atrophy had... READ MORE

Can ACell + PRP Be Used with Brazilian Buttlift?

I'd like to have some fat transferred from my arms to my hips, even if only a small amount of fat is available. Can ACell plus PRP be used in body fat transfers in order to... READ MORE

Fat Transfer: Hit or Miss, or Technique Dependent?

I've heard of some awful and deforming fat transfer results. Is this something that is just a risk in general even if I go to the best doctor? Or is outcome based on the... READ MORE

Can Fillers Be Used As a Preventative Measure?

Just out of curiosity, I'm 26 and in the past few months noticed soft nasolabial folds forming. If I use fillers there will it prevent them or slow down the process of them... READ MORE

Can You Recommend a Psychologist Who Deals with Botched Liposuction Victims?

Are there any psychologists, therapists, clinics, or branches of psychology that can help with the impact and identity loss associated with a botched surgery? I am not talking... READ MORE

Is External Lipo Safe to Use Under Armpits, I.e. Near Lymph Nodes?

External liposuction has worked for me in the past and I was wondering if there is any danger to using it around the armpit area, or near lymph nodes. Considering that it... READ MORE

What Are my Options Aside from Dermal Fillers? Ultherapy? Mini-Facelift? Fat Transfer? (photo)

Hi, I'm 26 years old and my face has been rapidly drooping, esp. in the cheeks, due to a bad reaction to Rogaine (see review for before pics) with rapid weight loss. I've only... READ MORE

Why Do Some Filler Results Look So Unnatural? (photo)

Was there a technique used or an area where she was injected that made here look so...unnatural and - sorry to say but - weird? What questions can I ask doctors during... READ MORE

Can Fat Cells Be Made In Vitro and then Injected into Patients?

For those who don't want liposuction, will there ever be a way of making fat cells in petri dishes or getting stem cells from patients without losing any of the fat cells in... READ MORE

Is Love Band Surgery Performed in the US (Popular in South Korea)? (photo)

I have lost the fat padding directly underneath my eyes, which I would like back. In Korea, they call these fat pads "love bands" and promote surgery to enhance that area via... READ MORE

Is It Possible to Have a Fat Transfer to Love Handles? (photo)

I unknowingly had Thermage (falsely marketed) done on my love handles (suggested by "practitioner") 3 years ago and it drastically changed my body rendering it shapeless. I... READ MORE

Discussions started by Juliabars

Plastic Surgeon Forms That Make You Promise Not to Write Anything Negative About the Doctor!

Has anyone come across this? It frightens me to think that some doctors only have 5 stars reviews because patients signed their forms agreeing not to write negative, even if... READ MORE

Was it hard to lose weight after BBL?

I would have to gain 10-15lbs to get a BBL. What is your personal experience in losing any extra weight you had to gain for the procedure and getting back to your original... READ MORE

Are There Psychologists Who Deal with Botched Liposuction Victims?

Are there any psychologists, therapists, clinics, or branches of psychology that can help with the impact and identity loss associated with a botched surgery? I am not talking... READ MORE

Safe to Post Pics?

Do you know if it's safe to post pics on reviews/q&a? I'd like to do so but I'm afraid someone will find out who I am. Have any of you had such an experience?? READ MORE

Fascinating Study on Fat Cells

Contrary to popular believe that all fat cells shrink and expand, researchers in 2010 found that upon weight gain, lower body fat cells multiply while abdominal fat cells grow... READ MORE

Calling All 1 Year Post-Lipo Patients: Did YOU experience Fat Re-Distribution?

To those who've had liposuction more than a year ago: Have you had any fat re-distribution? If so, from where to where?   I have experienced fat re-distribution to my... READ MORE

What Happened to Your Face after Juvederm Wore Off?

Hi everyone, I just got juvederm in my cheek area and I HATE it. It didn't make me look like my younger self, just different. And it has increased my nasolabial folds, which... READ MORE

Recent comments from Juliabars

Yeah I exercised 6 times a week, and have always been very healthy and at an ideal weight pre-lipo, and even more post-lipo. I played FC soccer for 15 years. I have always been in shape. Not many people who have lipo go out an eat... READ COMMENT

And the last comment was to Dr. Persky. READ COMMENT

The issue with fillers is not the technique, but the fact that it does the same to your skin as yo-yo dieting. Honestly, if you deny that then I'm pretty sure you are trying to sell fillers. If you continuously stretch the face and then... READ COMMENT

Hi eye_user, Sorry for such a long time to respond. I never check my realself account anymore. I never ended up getting fat transfers to my face in the end, if that's what you mean by sg invasive (I don't know which comment you are... READ COMMENT

No, I was talking about "love bands". Please look it up. They are strips of fat transferred right under the eye to create a "baby", "youthful", or "innocent" look. From what I understand it only is offered in Asian countries at the... READ COMMENT