This post is probably quite controversial. Most women prefer to keep their Botox & filler a secret which is completely understandable. Not me mate, I’m more than happy to over-share heehee
For me the use of cosmetic injectables is an effective way to slow down the appearance of aging. Therefore when I noticed my face forming droopy dagwood dog jowls I decided that my 50th birthday was a good time to start serious maintenance. As luck would have it Harley Academy Clinics contacted me at exactly the right time!
Now I know many of you are considering one or both of these treatments. My hope is you’ll benefit from the information contained in my vlog. Prior to editing the footage I watched a gazillion videos on the topic to get an idea of what is already out there & what is lacking. I noticed many of them time-lapsed through the injecting part. O.k I understand some people have an aversion to needles whilst others are properly phobic, I get it. However the way these injectables are administered is actually quite crucial. Therefore rightly or wrongly I decided it was important to show that part in real-time. Unfortunately it does make the video rather long (& possibly a bit gross) my apologies if it gets boring. Although you can fast-forward those bits if you like, right? I also decided to keep Dr Mehta’s detailed tutorial in there too. He had already explained everything to me in my consultation as we discussed what effect I wanted. Then during the procedure Dr Mehta described each step to his students who were watching over me. I don’t know about you but I like to know exactly what’s going on when someone’s putting a needle into my face! After all the Harley Academy is a teaching clinic.
I was totally ready for this…
WHAT’S IT LIKE HAVING BOTOX & FILLER?
Obviously such a subtle difference is almost imperceptible to anyone other than me. Yet that’s exactly what I was aiming for! Focusing Botox on just the lateral lines between my eyebrows results in the overall brightening of my entire upper face. This also allows natural movement of my forehead thus avoiding the telltale heavy frozen brow. It’s essential your practitioner has a comprehensive knowledge of anatomy to get the best from Botox. Injecting into the wrong area can result in permanently raised or drooping brows that you have to live with for up to 3 months!
I am just as pleased with the natural effect from half a ml of filler on either cheek. Dr Mehta used Belotero filler which is made from hyaluronic acid & can last up to 12 months. Fillers come in various densities for injecting into different depths to replace volume at different levels. So you see, again experience is vital here. Dr Mehta explained the heavier filler was needed to inject deeply for the lift I wanted to achieve. Could I go a step further for slightly more obvious results? Yes is the answer. Injecting a thinner filler superficially under the skin where the wrinkles fold will soften them. However this does cause some stiffness around the mouth which didn’t appeal to me at all. That’s not to say I would rule it out in the future.
The following week I went back to the clinic to discuss further treatments for improving my skins texture. This time I spoke to Dr Qian Xu about my conservative approach to these treatments & told her I’d had a chemical peel five years ago that gave excellent results. She recommended microneedling to refine my skin this time & said it works well on stubborn pigmentation. You may recall the patch of pigmentation on my cheek that I posted about recently here? This is a terrific technique for covering pigmentation successfully with make-up although I’d rather get rid of it altogether if possible. Dr Qian explained that sterile micro-needles are inserted into the skin using a small electronic device called a SkinPen. The micro-trauma created stimulates the skin to heal itself resulting in a smoother appearance. Furthermore microneedling will give my skin the most natural yet marked improvement. Sounds fab right? I’m definitely up for this!
UP NEXT ON RCM…
Oh blimey Charlie what about FontGate last week? Hahahaha such a flippen kerfuffle, I almost lost the plot! If it wasn’t for you lot taking the time to have a look at RCM & give me your advice I probably would have. Thank you so much, it helped big time. With that I’m now teaching myself how to make a logo in Photoshop. I’ve gone off the current one, oh boy making more work for myself. Anyway I have another vlog to edit now so best crack on. This time it’s an easy up-do for you. Also I’m off to Lisbon on Thursday – Follow my Instagram Stories for all the details.
Bye for now loves xx
*Thank you to Harley Academy Clinics
They have Clinics all over the UK.
For appointments you can contact them directly on 020 3884 3246