Before the Fine Lines Set In…
My friends always ask me why I round up for my age. As a woman, it’s a rarity to find a woman who ages herself. I feel like I’ve done a lot, accomplished a lot and sometimes I’m really prideful about my accomplishments. On those days, I feel really old like I’ve lived three lifetimes.
Other times I feel young and youthful, mostly when surrounded by my children. They remind me that I have a lot of life left to give, youthful at heart and spirit. For some reason, I quickly forget that.
Truthfully, I don’t sleep much. I was an 8-hour girl. I would easily go to bed at 11 p.m. and wake up at 7 a.m. or when I used to workout, I would go to bed at 9 p.m. and wake up at 5 a.m. No alarm clock needed. But now, I’m tired. Even if I get 8 hours of sleep, I’m too tired to pull myself out of bed. I’ll happily take that extra 20 minutes and crawl out later.
So when I was invited to an exclusive “art” event for Sculptra® Aesthetic in Miami, I was hesitant. I don’t feel old enough to need help with my looks.
Until I see…
…those bags under my eyes,
…those blemishes on my chin, and
…those fine lines around my mouth.
I’m not ready, at all, to face the visual effect of my aging.
I’ve realized that there’s a difference between the aging process in your head, and what you might need to do to change it.
The presentation was beautiful, large art installations in the gallery. However, my pictures did not come out nearly as clear to show the depth of the pictures that they presented. What stood out the most were the giant before and after pictures:
Vivienne is 53 years old and used 4 vials over 25 months.
Elissa is 49 years old and used 5 vials over 25 months.
Franca is 42 years old and used 5 vials over 12 months.
These pictures are unfiltered before the first and after their last treatment. Don’t they just look like younger versions of themselves? No distortion at all. As you see, the results look incredibly natural, breathing life (aka “collagen”) back into your face.
The presentation was given by the doctors on staff: Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera and Dr. Flor Mayoral at YoungArts Miami. They explained that Sculptra Aesthetic, a type of facial injectable made from poly-L-lactic acid, helps to replace lost collagen. It helps correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles, and folds, that appear with aging by replacing lost collagen.
The best candidates for the Sculptra Aesthetic procedure are approaching or over 40 and/or when they start to see fine lines and wrinkles. In effect, they can “freeze time” as it’s easier to prevent than it is to correct (hence the varying treatment times). Since we take such a huge beating from the hormone variations throughout our lives (including pregnancy and breastfeeding), mothers can hugely benefit to recreate the collagen that we had in our faces. Women who have more melanin have less lines and have more natural collagen in their skin. The doctors suggest that you have one session for every decade of age.
This injectable works over time. This is NOT BOTOX® or plastic surgery. You don’t walk in with sagging skin and walk out with a different face. Because of this, one treatment (around three sessions) lasts up to two years. I don’t know much about BOTOX®, but what I do know is that you have to get injected regularly… for life.
This has been a part of Finish the Sentence Friday’s sentence: “Marty McFly and Doc Brown’s DeLorean are giving me a ride and we’re traveling to the date…” that I could sleep through the night and not look like I’ve aged.
If you’re young, or under a rock, or haven’t seen Back to the Future, feel free to use something like “If I could travel in time…”
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