It’s the first of October and as I sit here drinking my tea, feeling the crisp fall air and surrounding myself with pumpkins (IDGAF if that’s basic) I embark on writing this taboo post about my newest beauty adventure. As many of you know I am a skin care, beauty junkie. I love trying new products and new procedures from micro needling to lasers. Reading the menu of services at medical spas actually gets me excited. Preventive care is the name of the game. Especially in an industry where I am constantly in front of the camera.
Over the last few years I’ve noticed my girlfriends being a lot more open about what they were having done and was surprised to find out how many had already had injections, botox, plastic surgery and what was even more surprising was that they all looked radiant, youthful, and NATURAL. My interests in this new world of socially acceptable non invasive procedures was piqued and I immediately started researching. SO many options. Did I need my under chin fat liquidated? My cheeks plumped with injections? My nose fixed with a non surgical nose job? Who knew those were even options! How much were people even spending on their faces these days?! My head started to spin with options and questions.
All along I knew what I would start with, call me basic but I was going to go very minimal for my first step into the world of face altering injections and procedures. Now for something a little personal. I haven’t shared this very frequently, not entirely sure why it’s not exactly embarrassing (well it was at the time of occurrence) but it is personal. Freshmen year of college I had what the doctors think was a mini seizure – in class. Yes full on fell out of my desk, eyes rolled back, jerking movements, I even peed my pants all in the middle of what was otherwise a rather boring Italian class. Thank god I don’t remember any of it.
I’ve had fainting spells my entire life, as I’ve gotten older they have become less frequent and much more manageable but this one was different. Ever since that day and progressively worse as the years went on, my right eyebrow has been lower than my left. My whole right side especially around my eye area just seemed a little off. A little less active and little lower. I used to joke my nerve endings must of went out on that side. I also happen to have all my migraines on my right side, specifically behind my right eye. Now this is something most people never notice, I wear my hair on that side and do my makeup to correct it, but on camera, film specifically, it is super noticeable.
BOTOX. Yes, there is is, I said it and yes I am admitting that I had it done for the first time. Shoot me. Botox had been suggested to me by several doctors, at first for non cosmetic reasons. I was told it would help my migraines and then later on was also suggested it would help my lazy right eyebrow situation. For years I was scared of having anything foreign injected into my face and never considered it an option. Botox and fillers are the most commonly performed non-surgical cosmetic procedure in America. It was also super appealing to start preventive measures to avoid common wrinkles like crows feet, brow furrow lines and expression lines.
After searching long and hard for a doctor I could trust with my face I found Dr. Devgan of @nyplasticsurgeon a board-certified plastic surgeon based in NYC with a beautiful office on the Upper East Side. Walking into her office I immediately felt comfortable, you can tell she has worked hard to curate an amazing team of super friendly staff, not to mention a stunning practice. She took a long time answering all my questions and concerns (I had a lot) – my main one being I am an actor and still need to move my face. I was NOT going for the Stepford housewife look. She did an in-depth facial analysis in which we decided to go with 23 units of Botox using a micro droplet technique which would smooth out any wrinkle lines, raise my eyebrow to achieve my once symmetrical look, and help my migraines all while maintaining my ability to make expressions.
Did it hurt? Not at all. She numbed the injection site first, the actual injections take less than a few minutes. It takes a few days for the Botox to start working, it’s been 3 days since I was injected and I’m already starting to see results – I’m OBSESSED. The only thing I’m upset about? These fantastic results only last 3-4 months – which is when I will be sitting back in Dr. Devgan’s chair.
I share this in hopes of removing some of the taboo around common beauty procedures, to share a personal story that I decided to no longer be the victim of but rather take charge and do something for my career and I. Please no shaming, or negativity only love. Happy to answer any questions you might have and remember there is no shame in giving yourself a little confidence but do it with grace and never go overboard with all these crazy procedures!
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