When I first started having fillers – ( non-animal based Hyaluronic acid that literally ‘fills in’ lines) they really, really hurt. Like grit your teeth and try not to cry kinda hurt. I had my nose to mouth lines done and loved the effect, but it was either dental blocks – so dribbling for the rest of the day – or a seriously excruciating few minutes. I’ve written before that nowadays Juvederm Ultra 3 has a local anaesthetic built in and the pain is dramatically reduced, so I didn’t baulk at trying a filler treatment I haven’t had before. Rather than the entire nose to mouth line, the practitioner (seriously, never go to someone who isn’t recommended) – in this case, one of the lovely cosmetic doctors at Courthouse Clinics, Wimpole Street, injected a small amount of filler to either side of the nose right down by the nostrils. This has an immediate effect (and unlike Botox, where you need to wait a few days for it to take effect, fillers are an instant fix) and while it doesn’t exactly eradicate nose to mouth lines, it defintely gives a much softer appearance for a lot less discomfort. To do the entire nose to mouth lines relies on filler being injected in several places, and while it doesn’t hurt when the filler is going in the initial jab is sore. The effect of having one jab either side of the nose isn’t dramatic, but it is noticeable and gives that area a softer look that I loved straight away. Annoyingly, there isn’t a particular name for this trick of the trade, so not all practioners will do it.
The thing about any non-surgical cosmetic procedure is that, administered properly, it is clever stuff, that can do far more to help you look younger and less tired that any face cream ever will. It can make you look ‘like you, but better’ without fat lips or startled eyes. I have it because I want to look good for my age, not because I want to look younger than I am.
I’ve also said many times that I loathe creams that promise a ‘Botox like’ effect – it just isn’t going to happen, and once you’ve spend X hundreds of pounds on these creams, you might as well have had Botox and be done with it, because the results are so superior to any cream I’ve ever found.
So many people say they’re afraid to try it: I was initially, and in fact held off trying it for years. But the day I caved and went for it, I was instantly smitten! I have my tweaks probably twice – maybe three times – a year, and it just does keep everything looking a little fresher than it would otherwise. I haven’t got a trout pout, I haven’t got scary startled eyes and no forehead movement at all…it all just works within the structure of my face for a natural look that’s a bit more perky than it otherwise would be.
I always feel it is a bit of a risk to recommend non-surgical procedures on a blog – nobody should feel pressured into having it, and anything that goes to the extemes of Jocelyn Wildenstein as seen above has moved from being about looking good for your age into something entirely different. It’s isn’t a cure for feeling bad about yourself, more isn’t more – in fact, the polar opposite applies, and it won’t change your life. It might help you feel you look fresher and younger, but please remember, a good practioner would never do to your face what JW’s had done.