For years, I have looked in the mirror and wanted to do something about the bags under my eyes. That sagging skin made me look either constantly exhausted, older than my actual age, or – most likely – both. As I grew older and age continued to take its toll, I found other imperfections to worry about: lines around my mouth and eyes, creases on my forehead, hollow cheeks, even the beginning of jowls around my chin and jawline. That last development was the last straw for me!
I have always been averse to any sort of elective treatment that has the potential for pain; as a result, I had resolved that the best course of action for me was to “age gracefully.” However, I began to hear more and more about minimally invasive treatment options and the positive effects they could have. I even witnessed first-hand the rejuvenating effect that Botox injections and facial fillers produced for some of my friends. Finally, with encouragement from friends and family, I decided to give the process a try.
After an initial consultation, I chose Coastal Aesthetics as my treatment provider. The Coastal Aesthetics team – Tina Scarborough, RN and Lonnie Scarborough, MD – worked together seamlessly to provide expert diagnosis and treatment recommendations. They also provided extensive information about the treatment process, along with directions and pretreatment medications to minimize swelling and bruising from the procedure. Based on this consultation, I decided to proceed with a regimen of Botox injections as well as facial fillers.
On the day of my procedure, I was anxiously anticipating a long series of painful needle sticks. I was skeptical that the topical anesthetic applied to my face would be effective; however, to my surprise and relief, both procedures were relatively painless. Tina carefully explained each step of the process and told me each time she was going to inject; her steady communication and calm demeanor served to keep me informed and relatively relaxed. Dr. Scarborough, the Medical Director, was also on hand and provided input and direction throughout the process. A comfortable bed, soft background music, and an aromatic diffuser all helped create an ambiance designed for maximum comfort and minimal distress. Before I knew it, the procedure was over and I was on my way home.
Although not all results are immediate – it takes approximately 3 weeks for the total effect to be seen – I could tell a difference in my appearance from Day 1. I had some swelling for 2-3 days, as well as a little bruising under my eyes and mouth; as that subsided, the effects on my wrinkles and sagging skin began to be more apparent. Each passing day brings incremental improvement; I actually enjoy looking in the mirror each morning to see what’s changed!
As I write this account, I am half way to the 3-week posttreatment mark and could not be more pleased with the results. The only question I’m asking myself at this point is, “Why did I wait so long?” So for those of you who, like me, may be tempted but hesitant to try these cosmetic procedures, I have the following advice: Don’t let preconceived notions and fears prevent you from doing something that can subtract years from your appearance and make you feel great each time you look in the mirror!
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