Self-care Journey: Botox & Fillers

My goal this year for 2021 is to continue with my self-care journey. After reflecting and being home for a full year, I wanted to do something for myself that I had been thinking about for years – botox and filler.

I’ve always been extremely self conscious of my side profile and chubby cheeks, so I did some research to see what options were available, but wasn’t able to find too much information. When I had my consultation with Dr. Judge, she did a deep dive to understand my concerns and was able to pinpoint what procedures would be right for me. She recommended that I get botox to the masseters to help with my clenching/grinding, botox to my crows feet to help with the fine lines, and filler to my chin. If you weren’t aware, botox is an injectable that helps relax the muscle – injecting it in my masseters will help stop my grinding and slim down my cheeks. As for filler, there are two types, a thicker consistency one that helps build out features and a thinner one that is used mainly for the lips. The filler that we used was Juvederm, which is thicker in consistency. With Juvederm, she was able to help build my chin and jawline. My lower jaw sits further back so we needed to use more filler to build it up and fill in my side profile. I’ve previously looked into jaw surgery for my face shape, so this is a great way to get a similar result without going under the knife.

I was extremely nervous but excited for the procedure. It was my first time getting any injectables and I love how Dr. Judge really emphasizes on enhancing your natural beauty as opposed to reshaping you completely. There are so many misconceptions regarding botox, but after having such a positive, easy experience, with such great results, I can easily say that I’ll be back to see her again!

When I arrived, I was instantly greeted by their friendly staff. I was happy to see that they take COVID protocol seriously, as everything was sterile and social distancing & masks were in place. The facility itself is spacious and luxurious! Within minutes, I was taken to the room where I’d get my procedure. Pro tip – if you’re going in to get injectables, I’d recommend coming with a clean and bare face. I wasn’t aware and had to wash off all my makeup inside! Dr. Judge is extremely friendly, and gave an in-depth explanation to the procedure and what to expect. She also helped answer any questions I had and definitely eased my nerves.

The whole procedure only took 1 hour. It was super quick and the pain was minimal! We first injected the botox, I’d say it was around 15 minutes or so. When I was getting the botox, she had me sit upright and cleaned the area. She asked me to clench my teeth to find the right placement, and within seconds she was done. The needle is so thin that it feels like a light pinch. Next, we moved to the crows feet, I would say that hurt a little bit more just because the area around the eyes are a lot more sensitive. Finally, it was time for the filler – she had me lay down on my back and assessed my face. There was more of an initial sting than with the botox, but it instantly went numb a few seconds later. The filler is thicker in consistency and she had to add a lot to help build out my chin. For reference, we used 6 syringes to help build out my chin and jawline!

Overall, this was a really positive experience and I’m glad that I worked up the confidence to do it. It was way quicker and easier than I thought it would be, and there was very little pain. Dr. Judge is compassionate, helpful, and knowledgeable, and took every step necessary to make sure that I felt comfortable in her chair.

I was told that, after getting filler, you want to make sure you sleep only on your back for 48 hours so you don’t move the product around. The first few days were pretty rough, my chin and jaw were swollen so it was hard to eat, and I felt a throbbing pain (definitely the most painful part of the process!). I made sure to ice the area and take Tylenol for the pain. It also felt really tight and uncomfortable, but trust me it will go away! I’m not going to lie, I was pretty freaked out. It was my first time and I had no idea what to expect, my friend sent me constant reminds that this was only temporary and it will look a lot better, and she was right!. It has been 1 week since my procedure and I can honestly say I’m so happy with the results!

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