For many people, the desire to better their appearance is often outweighed by their desire to NOT have surgery. Whether it be from fear of surgery, financial issues, or a need to avoid longer downtimes, more and more people are opting for non-surgical options to look younger. While nothing can replace a true facelift, things like Botox, Juvederm, IPL and quality skin care products can make an astounding difference when used consistently. One of our patients at St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery has offered to share her experience with the products and non-surgical services we offer, to show what a difference they have made on her face and in her self-confidence.

 Making the decision to have non-surgical facial procedures was easy for me, it just seemed the less invasive way of looking younger & brighter without the pain of surgery.  When I looked at myself in  the mirror I didn’t like who was looking back at me!  Getting my picture taken wasn’t all that pleasant because all I would see on the photo was sagging jowls & tired eyes.

One of my favorite parts of this process was seeing such a difference the Juvederm and Botox gave in such a short time.  There was hardly any downtime with these injections, and the only problem for me was some bruising. My next favorite was  Latisse… this product really lengthens your eyelashes!  I put it on every night, it takes less than a minute and after about 6 weeks I could really see a difference in my eye lashes.  I absolutely cannot go without this product now.  For skin care, I was using a product line called Vivite.  I used  these products for 2 months I really noticed a big difference in the clarity of my skin.  I saw fewer brown spots and my skin seemed firmed & less saggy. Those fine lines were disappearing before my eyes.   Another product I loved was the Clarisonic electric face brush.  When I used the brush with the Vivite cleanser my skin was as smooth as a baby’s bottom! In addition to the products and filler, I had IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) for some areas on my face with hyperpigmentation issues.

These products have given me my confidence back.  I tend to look in mirrors now instead of avoiding them.  I also noticed that I can go without makeup & still feel pretty good about my looks.  Recently, some of my family members had all gotten together recently for a 40th birthday party. A few of my relatives noticed and made comments on how much better I looked.  Co-workers have also commented on how much brighter my eyes looked, more refreshed.

 All in all, I would recommend these products to everyone.  You would be surprised to see the difference these products will make in the clarity of your skin. The one thing about my treatment I would have changed? I would have begun sooner!

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