I had a cosmetic procedure done yesterday.
On one hand, I'm thrilled.
On the other hand, I have a nagging fear of waking up tomorrow as a plastic doll.
Dolls are kind of freaky-scary when you think about it.
(Also, I'm completely surrounded by freaky-plastic people on a daily basis!)
Then there's the issue of BOTH of my hands.
Yes, my hands are a little sore.
The treatment was a nonsurgical hand treatment.
I've had enough necessary surgeries to last my entire life, after all.
Remember when I wrote about The Plastic Surgery Party?
One thing I wrote was, "There's one product I'm really intrigued by. In fact, I'd like to buy it by the barrel and take baths in it. I'll tell you more about it soon."
Let's back up for a minute. I've always had pretty hands. I can look in the mirror and find fault with almost all of my body parts, but I've been complimented on my hands my entire life. In fact, when I was in college I earned extra money by being a hand model.
My hands are still okay. I don't (yet?) have any brown spots or wrinkles on them. However, I've never had one ounce of body fat or cushion on my hands. I have fat to spare from everywhere else on my body, but I've got tiny wrists, hands and fingers.
For the last ten years I've stared at my mom's hands and thought they look younger than mine. My mom is thirty years older than I am. What little hand collagen I had disappeared from my hands at an early age. Basically, I have a very thin sheet of skin covering bone. My hands look decades older than my actual age.
It's been a huge annoyance for me. I don't mind aging awkwardly gracefully, but I really don't want a very visible body part looking years (decades!) older than I really am.
I know a lot of women, at least here in Orange County, use "fillers" to plump up their hands. The problem is, fillers don't last long. It seems like a waste of money to me, so I've never wanted to try them.
In any case, when I went to The Plastic Surgery Party, I learned about a product which can be injected into your hands. It isn't a "filler." In fact, after it's injected you don't see any results for about three months.
What does this product do?
It causes your body to make it's own collagen.
Now do you understand why I'd love to take a bath in it?
This is the problem with having friends in the plastic surgery business. They tell me about products and inventions I otherwise wouldn't know about. I was probably better off being oblivious to the latest and greatest in anti-aging.
Most people get injected 2-3 times over a twelve week period (the standard treatment) and then not again for around three years. Three years later, or so, a touch up injection is used because as we continue to age more collagen is lost from our skin.
The product is called Sculptra and it's been used on HIV patients for years to add volume to their faces. It's got a proven track record. My readers in Europe are probably familiar with it also because it has been used there cosmetically since 1999. Recently, it's moved into the spectrum of cosmetic use here in the United States.
This post is not sponsored by Sculptra; they don't even know I'm writing it.
(But they will, I'm sure.)
Every company I write about ends up tracking me down sooner or later.
Dear Sculptra, Can you mail me enough product to take a bath in every night?
* Ahem *
A lot of women in The OC now use Sculptra on their face. I know it sounds weird, but my face looks about the age I actually am and I'm okay with that. Sure, I'd love to rid myself of the crows feet around my eyes and blah, blah, blah – but I'm okay with it. It's my hands that look ancient. Getting a little padding on my skeletal hands fullness from my own body's collagen will make me feel better about my pet peeve.
In six weeks I'll go back and have my second treatment. Yesterday, I took "before" photos. In three months, I'll take "after" photos and show both sets of photos to you then.
Will anyone else notice a change in my hands?
Probably not, but I'll feel better about a body part that's really bothered me for a long time.
And really, that's what this is about …
Feeling a little better about something which has made me self conscious for years.
Would you consider a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure? (Botox, Peels, Fillers or something like Sculptra?)
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