There seems to be a great deal of clandestine activity going on in the beauty industry lately. For centuries, both women and men have used wigs, special clothing, make up, procedures, contraptions, and various aesthetic cosmetic treatments to help their appearance look more pleasing to themselves and to others.
Most people don’t want to divulge what they do to achieve their look though. It’s a very well kept secret. When I meet someone who looks like they are in their mid thirties to early forties and then learn they have children in their thirties, something doesn’t add up. I mean if they look well rested, have no wrinkles, no bags, no jowls, and no frown lines or smile lines then you have to wonder if they’ve discovered the fountain of youth. I respect everyone’s privacy so I never press them for information but it’s pretty clear that they have had something done to prevent wrinkles and sagging skin. I say good for them!
I believe that you should do whatever makes you feel happy about your appearance. If you want to remain all-natural, go for it. I know many women who choose to not do anything other than a simple skin care regimen and they are incredibly beautiful and stunning! If you’d like to take advantage of some of the cosmetic treatments available to us then do that. It’s all a very individual choice and we shouldn’t be so harsh and quick to judge each other about what we choose to do.
I recently met registered nurse and advanced skincare specialist, Sabrina Mercer, RN, BSN. After talking with her and hearing her philosophy about cosmetic procedures like Botox and fillers, I was quite intrigued and wanted to see what suggestions she had for someone like me. I am speaking up about my journey and as usual; I will be “Naked & Unafraid” and open about my individual experience.
First, I confess that I’m not completely new to Botox. In my mid 40’s, I tried it to smooth out the frown lines between my eyes. They had been getting more and more pronounced and every time I looked in the mirror I felt like I looked angry or stressed out. I hated that! And maybe I was a little angry and stressed out since this was a time in my life that was quite difficult but I didn’t want others to see so clearly on my face what was going on in my life. Those frown lines really bothered me! I went to a Dermatologist and she happily shot me up with Botox. While it did get rid of the frown lines, I noticed that it pretty much froze my eyebrow movement. Kinda weird but I really hated those frown lines so I continued to go back to her.
A couple of years later, I met a Plastic Surgeon who explained how important it was to really understand how the muscles in the face work and that placement of the injections should be administered very carefully. I knew that the Dermatologist I had been seeing kind of just poked at me without really studying my face. So, when it was time to get more Botox, I gave the Plastic Surgeon a try. The results were much more desirable. After a while I noticed that I had to go less and less often because the results lasted quite a bit longer with each treatment.
After a couple of years, for several reasons, I decided to stop getting Botox. I figured it would be interesting to see if the frown lines reappeared. It took a few years but they did come back. It’s noteworthy that they didn’t come back as strong as they had been when I was 10 years younger. I’ve learned that Botox not only works to smooth wrinkles, it can also work as prevention. But after several years with no treatments, those darned frown lines began to bug me again. And now, in addition to the frown lines, I was seeing dark circles and bags that hadn’t been there before. Every time I looked in the mirror, I saw a tired woman looking back at me. I believe it even affected my energy level sometimes. I was ready to do something about it.
After a lot of thought and discussion with Sabrina, I have decided to go for it and let her work her magic on my skin. The goal is for me to have a more airbrushed appearance. I won’t be going for the Kenny Rogers look, lol!!! I don’t want to look “done” at all. In fact, if I weren’t blogging about it, you probably would think I have finally just gotten some rest. This is the look that most people strive for but struggle to find the right person to achieve that look for them. I can say that I completely trust Sabrina Mercer to take care of me. She totally understands what I want to achieve.
So get ready, this will be continued! For now, here are some of my “before” shots.