It’s no secret that aging can take a toll on our skin, this can show in the form of wrinkles, lines, and folds, and can potentially have a negative affect on our appearance.
I certainly have felt this impact recently especially these last 2 years. (I”ll be 41 this year).
As a make up artist I had noticed the plumpness of my skin and definition of my facial structure was taking a more downward turn. Yes! Gravity had finally hit me!
I’ve not really been an advocate of cosmetic surgeries/procedures nor one to oppose it. I’ve always just sat happily on the fence watching both sides.
As of recent, after months of surfing online and watching countless YouTube videos along with many other things, the procedure of Derma Fillers came up.
How does it work?
Derma fillers are a naturally-derived or synthetic material known as hyaluronic acid that is directly injected into skin with the aim of plumping that area to the point where any wrinkles, depression, or folds are gone. Depending on the type of filler, the effects can last anywhere from six months to two years, possibly even longer.
It can be used to plump thin lips, smooth out vertical lines around the edges of the lips/mouth, in augmenting cheeks to enhance their shape, and to fill out hollows in the under eye area.
The under eye and ‘laugh lines’ areas were of a specific concern for me, so after a lot of asking around and research I decided to see Dr. Salil Bharadwaj at Bahrain Specialist Hospital in Juffair.
I had a very thorough consultation with him where he explained all the elements of the procedure which gave me a lot of confidence to go ahead.
How was it done?
First of all a numbing cream was used to numb the area, which took about 40 minutes to take affect.
The technique he used was done by injecting a cannula at the inward part of the apples of my cheeks aiming it into the tear trough area under the eye. The laugh lines were also done with the same procedure injecting in from the lower cheek area. This is done to minimise bruising.
I wasn’t too painful, I just felt the initial prick of the needle and from there on it was like feeling a slight “pushing” and “pulling” sensation.
I was very scared, I must admit but Dr. Salil talked to me throughout the procedure reassuring me that all was going well and handed me a mirror to see the progress.
The amount injected was 0.3ml each in all 4 areas- under both eyes and around the mouth/laugh lines.
It took about 20-30 minutes in total, and I was surprised with how quick it was.
The following day was a slightly different story! I felt a little sore and swollen which I was told was normal. Washing my face felt wierd and it felt tender to touch.
As this was all so new to me I called Dr. Salil to explain my symptoms, he reassured me that this was quite normal and advised me to lightly massage any swollen areas.
I went about my day as normal and certainly by the end of day 2 almost everything had settled down. There were absolutely no bruises.
I went out on day 3 and received so many compliments saying how “refreshed” I looked. I didn’t think that people would notice so soon!
That evening I applied make up on for the first time since the procedure and everything looked amazing. Especially on my under eye area. The concealer didn’t sink in because the skin was so much more plumper.
After about a week I went to see Dr. Salil for a follow up and he said that everything looked great. The fillers had settled in nicely and looked very natural. Looking natural was something that I stressed on from the very beginning, and was very pleased with the result.
Overall it was a very positive experience and I would recommend to anyone who’s thinking of having it done, to go for it – just wish I had done so sooner!
Photo taken with an IPhone with no skin make up (i.e.. foundation/concealer) just some lipstick