This post is sponsored by Allergan Canada.
My first time getting JUVÉDERM® fillers:
Hey beauty lovers, I am back with another blog post about my experiences with JUVÉDERM® fillers.
If you have been following my blog & my social media for quite some time, you know that I am all about empowering women to be their best and I have always been wanting to share my insights on the medical cosmetic industry for a while.
Being an Asian millennial woman, I had previously found myself sitting on the fence about medical aesthetic treatments. I used to believe that the industry was solely based on society’s definition of beauty. I used to believe that injectables were only for women who were looking to revert to their youth. It wasn’t until I got to my late 20s and truly found my value and my voice as a woman that I started to realize that these thoughts are not entirely true.
This is a disclaimer. I believe that self-love and self-confidence come from within. No cosmetic procedures in the world could fulfill or satisfy a person without self-love & self-respect. However, I also believe that women have choices and the freedom to do whatever they want with their bodies. With this blog post, I want to share and create a conversation so women like ourselves can get educated and receive as much information as possible. That way, women can make the right decision for themselves to whether or not they want to pursue cosmetics treatments.
JUVÉDERM® Canada Beauty Decoded Live Event:
When I was invited to join JUVÉDERM® Canada’s Beauty Decoded Live event, I couldn’t say no. What I admire most about JUVÉDERM®’s approach to beauty is that they place the entire focus on empowering women and the general public to learn and educate themselves on cosmetic treatments to make the right decision for themselves so they can make more informed choices.
At the Beauty Decoded Live event, I learned that when injectable treatments are appropriately executed by the right physicians, they can serve many different purposes and are great options for women to enhance their natural beauty & create their own definition of beauty.
Choosing the Right Expert:
As mentioned, choosing an experienced injector is the most important first step if you are thinking of getting treated with injectables. After gaining a lot of information at the JUVÉDERM® Beauty Decoded event and after doing a lot of research on my own, I decided to book in my consultation session with Dr. Suzanne Mady. Dr. Mady has years of experience in this industry and is considered a leader in the field of advanced non-surgical medical aesthetics. Dr. Mady is also very well- trained and has been practicing MD Codes™(Click on this link to learn more about MD Codes)for quite some time. Created by renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Mauricio de Maio, the MD Codes™ is a system that divides the face into different anatomical areas to guide the use of injectables in medical aesthetics.
Choosing the Right Products:
What I loved most about Dr. Mady was the fact that she spent over an hour of her time to learn more about me and the look I was trying to achieve. Dr. Mady gave me a lot of advice and walked me through the pros & cons of injectables. She also educated me on JUVÉDERM®, the world’s leading brand of hyaluronic acid facial filler, and why choosing the right products comes right after choosing the right doctor on your “Most Important Checklist” when it comes to injectables. I also learned that in many cases, prevention is always a lot more effective than correction.
Going through the consultation process:
I have to be honest, having someone like Dr. Mady really helps make the process a lot easier. I was definitely nervous going into the appointment but knowing that Dr. Mady had my best interest in mind and only wanted to help me enhance my natural facial features, I felt a lot more relaxed and comfortable.
What made me even more impressed with Dr. Mady was the fact that she would not hesitate to give me her professional “Not recommended!” when I asked to get fillers in other parts of my face because she didn’t think I needed any work done there. That’s how you know you are in the right place.
Now, it’s the REAL DEAL!
The process of injecting fillers was very quick and effective—I wouldn’t say that it was the most comfortable thing—but I experienced minimal to no pain.
What is JUVÉDERM®?
JUVÉDERM® fillers are great for smoothing out wrinkles & fine lines and helping to enhance cheek, chin & lips contour without the high cost and lengthy recovery time of surgery.
JUVÉDERM® fillers such as Voluma® and Volbella® are hyaluronic acid (a natural substance found in the body) based and are reversible. As we age, the skin begins to sag in certain parts of our body. Hyaluronic acid fillers help restore volume in these areas, and they help the skin remain looking hydrated and lifted.
Does it hurt?
In addition to hyaluronic acid, JUVÉDERM® fillers contain lidocaine, which acts as a numbing agent to reduce pain., Do check with your doctor to see if you are allergic to this ingredient.
I was told to expect some swelling and bruising in the days following my treatment.
It takes a week or two for the fillers to settle, so I was told to avoid going to the gym, sauna and to use ice to help reduce swelling. I have to say that downtime was so insignificant that I was still able to go about my days without any disruptions.
Now, let’s check out the BEFORE & AFTER results two weeks after my treatment:
The result is so subtle yet noticeable that you wouldn’t know that I had fillers done (which I love!). To the untrained eye, I just look refreshed and rejuvenated, but if you pay attention closely, you will see:
- My chin has more definition than before
- My jawline is more defined
- My eyes look less tired
- My cheeks are less hollow and my cheekbones are more defined (which allows more light to reflect, giving my skin a glowing appearance)
- Overall, a more balanced and youthful-looking appearance
In conclusion, I am very happy and pleased with my first ever JUVÉDERM® experience. I hope this blog post has given you some insights into what to look out for when considering cosmetic aesthetic treatments. I would love to see more of an open dialogue about fillers on social media so we can have a healthy & educational conversation about injectable fillers and women’s choices.
Interested in finding out more? Find a local Beauty Decoded event near you: https://www.juvederm.ca/en/events
1 JUVÉDERM.ca. Products. https://www.juvederm.ca/en/products
2 JUVÉDERM.ca. Your Questions Answered. https://www.juvederm.ca/en/faqs.
3 Juvéderm® VOLUMA® with Lidocaine. Product Monograph. 2016.
4 Juvéderm® VOLBELLA® with Lidocaine. Product Monograph. 2017.