If supermodel cheekbones weren’t in your genetic cards but you have always coveted the look, man have I got the post for you! Today, I am going to share my favorite non-surgical “hack” for facial contouring…
While my recent twenty-pound weight loss has made me feel so much more youthful in so many ways( eg. I have more energy, I can wear crop tops, I am slaying my workouts), I did not necessarily love what it did to my middle-aged face.
One morning as I was washing my face, I looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize the haggard lady staring back at me.
See… that’s the b*tch about getting lean when you reach a certain age….
Since humans cannot naturally spot reduce, when we lose weight, volume loss not only occurs on the body (like in the places we want to actually lean out), but also in the places we don’t want to lose (like the face)- sometimes causing us to appear gaunt and actually older than our true calendar age.
As for me, my face is actually one trouble spot where I tend to gain weight first.
So after I had lost my first ten pounds of quarantine weight earlier this year, I was actually pleased to notice my chipmunk cheeks slim down.
Unfortunately, as I continued to lose more of the lbs, I also began losing more and more volume in my temples and cheek area. I also noticed deeper lines developing around my mouth.
Obviously, I could have just accepted aging and gravity as a natural part of the process, but given I am a “fixer” (not just houses, but my actual freakin’ self), I went to my favorite injector, Lindsay Bright, FNP-C, and told her I not only wanted to restore lost volume, but that while we were at it, to go ahead and make my cheekbones look a bit more pronounced.
I was also sure to voice my concerns about not wanting to look overdone. I especially did not want to restore the dreaded chipmunk effect which I had been so self-conscious about prior to my weight loss.
That’s when she told me about a brand-new product on the market which is being referred to as “the Louis Vuitton of fillers”, called RHA Collection.
RHA Collection Filler Review-
The RHA line is unlike any of the other Hyaluronic Fillers (HA) on the market as it is not only the most natural and least modified (less chemical additives than its competitors) but it is also the most malleable and moveable (as in moving with the dynamic muscles on the face). In case you didn’t know, the human body naturally produces HA.
Even more impressive, you cannot get this filler at just any old med spa or aesthetics practice. The product is exclusive to master injectors at select offices.
Because I had never done fillers in my cheeks, we started off with a very conservative approach- only two syringes for my cheeks, temples and nasolabial folds.
After the swelling went down a few days later, however, I realized that I wanted even more volume in my cheeks. I loved the defined look of my cheeks so much, that I decided to go back and do one more syringe per cheek.
The days leading up to my injections, I was sure to cut out any blood thinning agents (alcohol, fish oil, ibuprofen). I was also sure to refrain from alcohol and exercise 24 hours following my session.
The actual procedure took less than 30 minutes, and other than some minor swelling and tenderness, I did not experience any major side-effects.
While I had taken a photo of myself mid-procedure to show you the difference between an injected cheek and an un-treated cheek, my head was turned in a weird position and you really can’t see the untreated side. (If you go to my Instagram stories and look under “Beauty” , I have documented some of the experience).
RHA Filler Results:
While my photos were basically pointless, I do have a beautiful transformation shot of an RHA patient which my injector granted me permission to show you…
This patient received filler in her cheeks, lips, nasolabial folds and tear troughs.
Injector Lindsay Bright explains, “By creating smoother transitions and adding a bit of volume, I was able to change how light hits the face and the shadows that are cast across it. The overall result is the appearance of a nice lift with some contour.”
RHA filler results typically last for nine to twelve months. The duration of the volume uniquely depends on how fast the individual patient metabolizes the product, and everyone is different.
As for me, I am going to add this to my arsenal of beauty tools that make me feel like the best possible version of myself. In fact, I am now completely hooked.
I know fillers are anything but cheap, but they do make such an impact and I think anything that gives you an extra spark will always be worth the investment.
I hope this helped you see just how effective fillers can be for not only restoring youth, but augmenting one’s facial structure. Just be sure to do your research on the injector and product you choose. If you are in Chattanooga, I can give Lindsay’s information.
Now get out there and design some good vibes along with a fabulous life.