I went to a high-powered beauty panel and demonstration at the MORE magazine Reinvention Convention at Chelsea Piers in NYC. The speakers included top tier dermatologists, a style director from Frederick Fekkai, and Tim Quinn, the legendary make-up artist from Giorgio Armani.
All the presentations were packed with new information, but it was the demonstration of fillers ( eg Radiesse and Juvaderm) that made my day. These FDA approved substances are injected into both fine and deep lines to erase years of stress and sun damage. Fillers are in my anti-aging game plan and the More Beauty Master Class gave me a much better idea of wht was in store for me. For example, to lower risk of after injection brusising ( its very commen), I should stop avoid aspirin, alcohol and caffeine for 5-10 days prior to the injection. Afterwards, I should not get dental work, facials, or other skin procedures for at least a week. I can however continue with Retin A.
Watching the volunteers get fillers, I could see that they were not in pain. Some fillers like Radiesse are mixed with the anesthetic lidocaine which numbed the face. I saw that their faces became pretty swollen and lumpy– and learned that it can take 2 weeks for the face to settle down. The worst of the side effects subsides within 48 hours, so I plan on doing it on a Friday. I found out that I’m not that original. When I shared my plan with a dermatologists nurse, she told me that they call the end of the week “Filler Friday”. To be on the safe side, I’m not going to get fillers less than three weeks before a big event.
Have you had fillers? Did you have bruising? Swelling? I’d love hear about your experiences. Do you have any before and after photos to share?