Friday, October 07, 2011

Your Turn

On this site, I talk about plastic surgery a lot, but I don't think I have ever asked you if you would ever get plastic surgery, or if you have. And do you consider Botox plastic surgery or is that something different in your mind?

68 comments:

Sylvia said...

I think if I had the money Maybe.

B said...

I've had a breast reduction and a tummy tuck after losing 125 pounds...that was enough for me to swear off any more plastic surgery...I'll stick with the flappy skin. And while I am not thrilled to see my face age, I also realize that I AM getting older, so I'll just go with the flow.

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

I've had breast reduction. My only regret was that I waited as long as I did.

As I age, I can see why women do certain things to their faces. The circles under my eyes are getting darker, the skin on my eyelids are getting that crepe paper texture, the under-chin padding sucks.

Botox scares the crap out of me. No matter how you slice it, it's still botulism, and I think is the reason why so many people have wonky eye and those horrible immobile faces. As much as I hate the furrow between my brow, I feel that Botox could turn out to be one of those meds/treatments that in a few years we find out is horribly dangerous and could get pulled by the FDA.

bluebonnetmom said...

I have not yet, but I would. I am not enjoying the aging process in my mid 40's. Botox knowing what it is just not too exciting. I do think it is a procedure.

Tempestuous Grape said...

If I had the money, I would be afraid of what I might do. It seems having a good deal of money makes people do all kinds of crazy shit. Otherwise, I never have and don't plan to. Botox scares the hell out of my five head!

MISCH said...

I would, yes...and Botox is a procedure or maintenance
..I can see it between the brows, but that's it.....also new research says while it freezes one wrinkle the face simply moves another part of the face and that wrinkles...

Patty said...

I would get a tummy tuck in an instant if I could afford it. Pregnancy really wrecked my abdominal muscles. There is no other way for me. I am very afraid of every doing anything surgical to my face. Too many bad looking jobs to consider this. I view botox as a procedure, like a peel. To me, plastic surgery involves incision and stitches.

Ida Blankenship said...

NEVER. I'm also terrified of needles, though, so that certainly makes a difference. I watched about three minutes of Nip/Tuck and thought I was going to pass out cold. NOT for me.

I do kinda dread the day when my lips will begin to thin out. I've got a plump mouth. I like it. I wanna keep it. But there's no way in hell I'd ever go for collagen -- have you guys seen any recent shots of Gwen Stefani? I think she may have gotten some work done. :-( She's always been one of my beauty icons, so I found that particularly depressing.

I am a beauty product nut, and enjoy slathering creams all over my face. I clap like a seal whenever I enter a Sephora, but there's no way in hell I'd ever alter myself in a drastic or fake way. I'll stick to Philosophy products, big sunglasses, and my year-round arsenal of hats.

Really, I would like to age EXACTLY like Connie Britton. She's in her mid-forties, but she's still got cascading hair, luminous skin, and she doesn't look like a grown-ass woman trying to imitate a sorority girl.

Connie, if you're reading this: PLEASE stay away from the scalpel! You are a flawless creature!

Same goes for you, Helen Mirren. You genetic FREAK.

Alicia said...

I've tried Botox and it sucked! I hated the way it felt .. I'm only 35 ( only ha! ) so I feel like good products and regular facials will sustain me for another ten years.. After that we will see.. Maybe with a great doc

Btw love the new smartphone format! So nice especially for times like now where I've been stuck in a freakin line for twenty min at the cell place!

ms snarky said...

I had Dysport (similar to Botox) on July 4th weekend, and loved it. My forehead smoothed nicely, no lines between my brows....I would absolutely do it again.

It didn't make me look immobile, just fresher and prettier. and a little younger. Very nice. But you have to go to someone reputable, who knows what they're doing!!!!

evergrey said...

I don't consider Botox plastic surgery - I see it more like the chemical peel, laser resurfacing genre.
That said, I do botox - just a small amount in the forehead creases. I don't do the eyes or anything else -yet. For me, the botox works wonders and makes me not look like the haggard mess I was looking like with all the forehead sun damage. I grew up before the sunscreen age - the age when you used tanning Acclerants - sooo bad for the skin.

evergrey said...

@ms. snarky - I do Dysport too. Didn't think anyone else would know that reference, so I substituted botox. But the Dysport gives me the same results you described.

lanasyogamama said...

I beg my husband to let me, but I know I'd never go through with it!

Treesap-Covered Lady, the Humanist said...

When I was four, I had a brow lift. A headfirst fall into a window left me with a scar in the middle of my forehead that my parents and doctor decided to move up to my hairline. As a result, no one ever notices the scar, and I have no lines on my foreheads when I move my eyebrows. Incidentally, after the first scar I went headfirst into the corner of my parent's bedside table and got another scar directly beneath the previous one.

When I was 17, I had corrective jaw surgery to fix a slight overbite; however, a month after I had my surgery, my parent's insurance provider classified the procedure as cosmetic. I say it was corrective, but everyone else says it's cosmetic.

Given all that, would I have cosmetic surgery? Probably. I'm not about boob jobs, botox, liposuction, nose jobs, lip fillers, etc., but I can see myself have small procedures here and there to help insure I age well. Jowls are a genetic guarantee from both sides, and I'd avoid that fate if possible.

Lissa THEEE Pissa said...

I'm lucky enough to have given birth to 4 children and stayed pretty fit. Unfortunately, once I began drinking alcohol on a regular basis, I have seen my waist line expand and have started accumulating "chub" on my belly. For that reason, I'd LOVE some lipo. I'd consider breast implants, but there are just too many risks. I'd also love to plump my very thin lips, but all in all, I'm pretty content with who I am...

iheartjacksparrow said...

I would never get Botox; that stuff is very scary to me. I am an anti-aging cream fanatic, and buy every new product that comes out. I also have virtually every at-home anti-aging "machine," such as Baby Quasar, Nu-Face, Tri-Polar, etc. I also do a variety of facial exercises each day. The skin would have to be hanging off my skull before I would consider any type of plastic surgery.

.robert said...

I had rhinoplasty to fix my twice-broken nose. I just had it straightened so I could breathe though and not altered.

FS said...

Facial exercises actually speed up the wrinkling process. Wrinkles are caused by genetics, sun exposure, and a lifetime of moving your face. I recommend exploring www.beautypedia.com and www.cosmeticscop.com to dispel the beauty myths floating around.

I have contemplated lipo on my thighs for many, many years. Genetically, I was blessed with saddlebags on the outer sides of my thighs and no amount of exercising will get rid of them. I had them when I weighed 110 lbs, I have them even worse now that I weigh more. I can accept my giant rear end, but the thighs make finding pants that fit nearly impossible.

The only procedure I would consider on my face is microdermabrasion or some other light re-surfacing treatment, to get rid of some acne impressions and other icky little bits. Other than that, I've pretty much accepted my face as it is. After 45 years, its about time.

Syko said...

Nope. I can't say I'm thrilled with my 69 year old face, but in my mind aging is what happens. It's natural, as is menopause. If I were mutilated in some way, then yes. But purely to try to hang on to the last dregs of youth, never. There are huge advantages and joys in being old, just as there are in being young, and I'm embracing it.

hoosierlady said...

I was a pretty young woman. I guess I figure I'll be a pretty old woman.

My mom would do it in a heartbeat. She's 82.

I'm not kidding.

Pookie said...

i would totally do botox if i could have the same dr. that does jho's. it's the only thing about her i like...and i'd stay far away from nicole kidman's guy.

Melody said...

Well said, Syko. :)

Maja. With a J. said...

As you already know from some previous posts, I had a breast reduction. And they grew back. I would do it again. I like small boobs. I like mine too but they do get in the way at times. It would be nice to be able to just "go buy some bras", rather than having it be a full day project *L*!

Like Ida, I am obsessed with beauty products (I LOL'd at "clapping like a seal at Sephora). I can count the times I've gone to bed without washing my face on one hand. I scrub, I buff, I rub, I moisturize...and have been known to trow in the occasional Facercise o_O.

I'm not against plastic surgery or injections per se, I just wish celebrities would own up to it if they've had something done (and don't overdo it!). I would love it even more if they (and everyone) would age naturally and gracefully. For myself, I don't think I every would. Maybe I'll feel differently about it in a few more years, but as of right now, the thought of a needle in my face does not appeal to me at all...

Jenny said...

I avoid mirrors, and my mental image of myself is fantastic.

EmEyeKay said...

I don't consider Botox to be "plastic surgery", but I count it as "having work done". I think that if I could afford it, I would, if I needed it. Other procedures frighten me though - Nip/Tuck made me gag.

Nosey Parker said...

My nose is slightly crooked from an old injury. I would love to have it straightened, but fear something going wrong.

Mary Ann said...

In order to save my life, I had extreme breast reduction (basically surgical removal of both breasts) and an abdominoplasty. The skin had become gangrenous because of infection.

Then there were complications after these "simple" surgeries. I cannot imagine having plastic surgery just to improve my appearance.

And, believe me, my appearance could use some improving. *wry grin*

pegd said...

I've had breast reduction too. Would do it again in a heartbeat. I had lipo of the stomach area done at the same time, but didn't notice much improvement and the recovery sucked. Would not do it again. I've also had botox and Velashape and liked both, but do not consider either plastic surgery.

ardleigh said...

I would have my nose fixed. I have a deviated septum.

Merlin D. Bear said...

Okay... here blows another stereotype...
I'm a gay man, I'm 50 and there's only one procedure I'd ever ever consider. Won't do botox, don't see the need for anything else except for a sinus transplant.
I have the worst hayfever and every spring and fall I experience what I lovingly call "my elephant roommate". He comes and stays on my sinuses...the only relief I can get is through Allegra-D, and because of a recently diagnosed heart condition, I'm not allowed to take it any more.
So when the day comes that such an operation becomes possible, I'll be on that waiting list.
Until then, no. I can say I've been blessed with good genes and I don't look anywhere near my age, but I have always felt that aging is a natural process and should be celebrated, not feared.
And I'm probably one of the only gays who feels that way.
Besides, youth is wasted on the young.

The Black Cat said...

I've fortunately aged well so I would likely never consider getting anything done to myself.

califblondy said...

Merlin, don't give up. I have a friend who had surgery and his allergy symptoms have decreased dramatically.

I would love to have a tummy tuck and have seriously thought about it, but I just don't handle pain well anymore. I would love to smooth out the c-section bump. Who knows, maybe I'll do it someday.

Maja, I have a friend who remembers the ONE time years and years ago that I staggered to bed without washing my face. I buy tons of creams and clean my face with three different products. I hate finding a new wrinkle, but I like my face just fine. I don't want to look or be 20 years old again.

I just wished I would have discovered sun screen sooner. When I was a teen I used to slather on the baby oil at the beach and lay there 'til I fried.

RocketQueen said...

I had a breast reduction in my early 20s and like the other commenters, would do it again in a heartbeat. Best decision I ever made. I could exercise again! Clothes fit! Men stopped leering at me!

I would like to consider botox because I have very strong facial forehead muscles and in the last couple of years (I'm 35), I've noticed the creases in my forehead from my expressions are just kind of there all the time now. Boo. But due to my personal feelings about the animal testing that is done for botox, I won't do it. Guess I'll just spend my money on some fancy-ass wrinkle creams when I just can't take it any more!

And with regards to the tummy tuck? Maybe? Let's finish up having some kids first and I'll see what it all looks like in about five years :)

Crystalrope said...

I've had a nose job, a neck lift, Sculptra, microdermabrasion....and no one's ever mentioned to me that I look any different. But I look different to myself, and that was what was important.

Maja. With a J. said...

At the end of the day that's what matters, isn't it, Crystalrope? :)


Can anyone give me a good tip on how to get rid of age spots? See, I've always had freckles, but now there is this one freckle on my cheek which keeps getting bigger. Yeah, it's not a freckle, it's an age spot. So if anyone has tried any magic potions for that, let me know ;)

kerri said...

I've had two boob jobs, Botox many times & Restylane in my lips twice. I haven't had the Botox or Restylane in two yrs though (am broke!)

If I had the money I'd continue to get Botox top ups every 6 months.

Boob jobs were totally the best money I ever spent..... I'm unfortunately a chubby person with a flat chest (not a good look), so now I look far more balanced.

Lelaina Pierce said...

The only thing I'd consider at this point in my life is a breast reduction.

I have some tiny lines on my forehead & in between my brows I'd LOVE to get rid of but would not consider Botox at this point. I find collagen/lip fillers to be worse than anything I've seen. It's always SO obvious.

anita_mark said...

If I could know the results in advance, hells yes. But alas, it works for some and not others. A friend's mom got a light facelift. We couldn't figure out what was different but good Lord did she look fantastic. My friend finally confided.

If I could have any procedure today and could be certain that it would look great and not freakish, I'd get my lips done. They are thin and the only thing about my face I truly hate.

I miss the skin I had in my late teens, early 20s. It was so perfect. I've taken care of it but I'm 39 and 39 year old skin doesn't compare to the perfection of youthful skin.

I too am a product junkie. I'm not sure what's longer, my shower or the moisturizing process afterwards. I put on cocoa butter this morning. I'm kind of sticky (my husband hates it) but the sweet smell is still noticeable.

RenoBlondee said...

I'd get a tummy tuck in a second if I had the money. Pregnancy wrecked my abs too. My mom just got a breast reduction, but I'm pretty happy with my DD's right now, but in the future when they are hanging low, who knows?
I just turned forty and have started noticing little crinkles beside my eyes and I DO NOT LIKE IT! LOL
I might have to do something about that someday.
I *do* use Retin A for my acne which also helps lines, so I'm happy w/ that for now.

califblondy said...

Ooooh, I love cocoa butter. The smell the feel, everything!

Maja, have you had the spot looked at by a doctor? It's a good news/bad news thing when the doc says "Oh, it's only an age spot." Ugh. Thanks.

I'm using something by Estee Lauder for spots and it's working slowly. Clinique has something for spots, but the online reviews were mixed. Some people said it worked miracles while others saw no diff. Sometimes even a cheap jar of banishing cream can work wonders.

Lori said...

@ Merlin D Bear : I recently had my adenoids, tonsils, uvula, etc etc removed and though it was terribly painful, going back to have my deviated septum fixed. I used to wake up EVERY morning with what felt like terrible nasal/sinus allergies and since having surgery, wake up with clear sinuses...no headached, stuffy nose, etc etc.

I'm 31, and wrinkle free (my dad is 65 and almost wrinkle free, as well) but I would definitely get some botox or filler if I need it later on. As for the other procedures, I think I would only do them if the doctor could ensure that I would look like myslef, only younger. I like the way I look.

lanasyogamama said...

Thank for FS for mentioning those sites. LOVE PAULA, her products and knowledge are amazing.

Mooshki said...

I don't think botox is plastic surgery. I'd never do either. Hell, I only wear makeup a couple of times a year. I've watched my mom age, and I think she's looked beautiful at every age, so she is my role model. As long as the most noticeable wrinkles on my face are my laugh lines, I'm good.

Of course, I live in fly-over country. I think living in LA or NYC, the social pressure would be hard to resist.

Caroline said...

Yes, in a hot minute.

Jennmcn said...

I get Botox every 3 or so months. I started getting it because of my debilitating Migraine headaches and Bruxism(teeth grinding. Yes, my face still moves and it has helped a great deal. I do have to pay for it at $500 a pop, as my insurance doesn't. I saw a Neurologist, who would use 5 times as much as I get now. I dream of the day I would get that much relief.

Also, I look pretty good because of the Botox plus using Retin-A and lots of sunscreen. As for the rest of it, I will definitely get my neck if it goes the way my Grandma's did but I'll keep my chubby belly, saddlebags and small breasts after seeing what happened to Tara Reid. It's Spanx and a padded bra for me!

surfer said...

I'm shocked at everyone's willingness to come clean...so here goes.

I had my eyes done. Initially, I was only going to do the lower lids, but then I thought, what the hell, I'll never do this again, so may as well take care of the upper lids at the same time. My upper lids were completely hooded (I don't remember them ever not being that way). I told fewer than five people, and all everyone seemed to notice were the upper lids - suddenly I had really nice eyes. To those afraid of needles, it was done under "twilight sedation" - a drip of morphine & valium. Never felt a thing, and there was absolutely no pain afterwards.

In the summer, I Botox my underarms. It's been absolutely life-changing.

anita_mark said...

@Jennmcn, as Surfer above me mentioned, my cousin gets Botox under her arms because of sweating. She managed to get a doctor to "prescribe" it so she was able to get insurance to cover it. Worth a shot, maybe?

@Surfer, you like it that much? Because of the sweating? I sweat like crazy, I carry two types of deodorant in my purse and when shopping, I look at the fabric of the shirt before I look at the price because anything that doesn't breathe becomes disgusting on me. I'm kind of scared of it though. I'm not the "my body is a temple" type as I don't always eat right (had poutine for dinner and am heading to the liquor store) but there's something about it that scares me.

surfer said...

@anita_mark: LOVES it! And it's for more than just sweating, if you get my drift. I had tried just about everything before - every deodorant (including men's); as well, years ago, my doctor prescribed a deodorant that the pharmacist had to make up. NOTHING worked. I would do it year-round if I could.

LetLoveRule said...

I'm looking at breast reduction surgery now, and I'll admit I am terrified!! But hearing that you all came through it with no regrets is very reassuring, so thanks. :)

Jasmine said...

First off- I find it REALLY refreshing (no pun intended haha) hearing all this candid talk about plastic surgery! I really like it when you can feel the community vibe thing we have going on here and its so apparent when you scroll down and read everybody's honest answers :)))

At 28, I've never gotten anything done. As a retired massage therapist who worked in Napa Valley/Calistoga area for a few years as well as working in Marin now, which is a very wealthy country right outside SF, I have to tell you a few things I've learned.

DO: get a neck lift. The scars are easily hidden and I recommmend this SO much more than a facelift. Its harder to botch a necklift and the results are subtle but surprisingly benefical and take YEARS off your appearance. I think because hands and neck are one of the first things people notice on women, as far as determining age range.
DONT: Get lipo if you can help it. It often yeilds minimal results, is painful as fucking shit, and is i think the most dangerous.
DO: Get an eye lift- This combined with the neck lift is all you really need to look 15 or more years younger. This is also a subtle procedure, the scars lie almost exactly where you would apply your eye liner and you heal with what looks like reddish-eye liner on- so most people cant tell. Its also not that painful.
DO: Get a tummy tuck!!!! Though horribly painful I once spent 4 hrs giving spa treatments to a woman who had had 4 kids and her stomach looked as flat as a 15 yr olds! It was shocking, especially considering she was in her late 40s...
DONT: get Fillers, Too much Botox, Full Facelifts!!!! PEOPLE CAN TELL and to me plastic surgery should be like makeup- you apply enough to ENHANCE your natural looks but its subtle enough that you dont look like your're trying too hard.

Maybe in 15 years I'll get an eye lift and maybe in 20-25 yrs a neck lift, and I'd get a tummy tuck but you actually have to drain the fluid coming out of your body at home!!(shudder) and I am scared of this.

Jasmine said...

*lol, COUNTY

Mooshki said...

Jasmine, that's why you've got to go to one of those plastic surgery recovery spas like Julia started on Nip/Tuck! ;)

Jasmine said...

Moosh- Ive never heard of one of those!!! RAD

I've actually been advised by people who've gotten it that I should just pay extra and stay one more day in the doctor's office (or wherever) as the first few days are the worst and when you stay on location you get the good drugs that really numb ya out hehehe.

Jasmine said...

oh duh yes I have, I just didnt think they were something little ole me could afford- assuming its like at least a thousand a day...

lutefisk said...

Never. I went to a high school where the minute girls hit 16 they had their noses done, and walked around all week proudly displaying the bandages. These same women now have had so much work done to their faces they are freaky looking. My guilty pleasure is beauty products. Boxes and boxes of them that I try to remember to use, or if not figure they will help me through osmosis if I surround myself with enough of them. There aren't too many flaws that can't be covered up. I will stick with a good sunscreen and a high quality foundation.

Crystal Jones said...

I just turned 50 so yes. No botox though. Don't my face to look like a balloon animal.

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

@LetLoveRule - If you go through with your breast reduction surgery, let me give you some advice a surgical nurse gave me that helped me the first few weeks... stay ahead of the pain. If they tell you to take your pain medication every four hours, take it every four hours without fail. I weaned myself off narcotics but I still used Tylenol or Advil or something over-the-counter for pain. One time about 10 days after surgery, I forgot to take my meds because I felt so good, and about an hour later, all of a sudden I was in so much pain, I cried for the next 45 minutes until the meds kicked back in.

Otherwise, breast reduction is the best thing I've done for myself besides the decision to quit tanning at 30 (I'm 48). I look years younger than my friends.

FS said...

Maja with a J, go to cosmeticscop.com and look under skin care for the two skin lightening products. They might be able to help you get rid of that age spot.

I understand that some women like to buy all the latest 'beauty' products, but I get a little bit sad and a little bit angry sometimes when I read that. Yes, its your money and your choice, but so many of these products don't work and the cosmetics companies know they don't work. They don't care, they are in the business of making money and they will lie to your face to do it. You don't need eye creams, they aren't special or better, they are usually the same exact ingredients as regular moisturizer (read the labels), they just put them in a smaller package and charge twice as much. I get more worked up about this then I do about Chris Brown.

Dry skin doesn't cause wrinkles and moisturizers won't get rid of them. Retinol in a good formula with antioxidants and vitamin C will help. Try Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Night Cream for about $12. You'd be surprised, you can do a very effective skin care routine entirely from Target or a drugstore.

elspeth said...

Wow, this is like a spend the night party or girl's weekend. Sorry Barton ;-)

Paula Begoun has beautipedia.com and cosmeticscop.com which seem to be good sources of info as previously mentioned, BUT big disclaimer, I'm not particularly knowledgeable about makeup or cosmetic procedures.

Jasmine, you confirmed what i've been thinking about doing, i.e., neck and eyes. And i'd love a breast reduction; at 5'4" i commiserate with J. Simpson every time she's raked over the coals for her weight. But then i look at Salma Hayak and realize that w/the right stylist and clothes, you can be tiny, busty and chic.

Re lipo on your abdomen and thighs, a recent study done in Britain using a pretty good number of people indicated that w/in 5-8 years people regained the weight, but it returned above the waist. Their "before" outlines looked like pears, but their "later" outlines looked like [American] football players in full pads. A really scary look for a woman. So i'd say do some research before taking that route.

Finally, i'm not the type to LOL, but Ida, when you said you clapped like a seal upon entering a Sephora, i so identified that i "snickered" pretty loud.

Thanks for all the advice; this has been a really fun "Your Turn"!

elspeth said...

Awwwww, so sorry, Barton and Merlin. Now i need to apologize to Barton again for bringing him in to this post in error and apologize to Merlin for confusing him w/Barton. You're both two of my favorite posters; i truly know your different personalities, and i would not want to offend either of you. I'm claiming sleep deprivation and a desperate need for a blepharoplasty. No explanations for my lack of memory or reading comprehension.

surfer said...

I have to echo what elspeth (and others) have said - this has been a great forum to hear what others have been through, and to get some great advice.

@elspeth & FS - years ago I was at a taping of a show where Paula Begoun was the guest. She talked about how low-cost creams & lotions had the exact same ingredients as the expensive ones, and in some cases worked better. For those who don't know, L'Oreal is the parent company of Lancome, Biotherm, Vichy, Maybelline and many more. So like FS said, you can spend $12 or $62, and get the same results.

And Elspeth, at that taping that I mentioned, when the show was over, everyone approached Paula to talk. I shared with her that for years I would get these tiny bumps on my chest that my dermatologist prescribed cortisone cream for, but never worked. She told me to go out and buy "Clear Pore" by Neutrogena. The main ingredient is Salicylic Acid, and after a few applications, the bumps disappeared, and have never returned.

And I loved Jasmine's advice. Great tips from someone who's in a position to know.

figgy said...

I too had a breast reduction in 1995, but to my everlasting frustration, the doctor did not remove enough! I wanted b-cups. She insisted that they remain C-Ds, because she said I have such broad shoulders and a big rib cage. Now I wish I'd insisted harder. I wanted very small breasts, damn it. I might have it done again.

Reese said...

No to all of it.

jaariel said...

Here's a great tip: get Botox/Dysport from an Opthalmologist (an eye Dr. w/an MD). These doctors know the area around the eyes better than any one else. I have gotten Botox from such a Dr and it looked FAB! Couldn't even tell what was done, but looked just naturally refreshed. I later got some from another source, &I could tell I had something done. Since then I always use the eye Doc--totally worth it
Also I had a tummy tuck. Worst decision ever.

Beth said...

Yes and yes, and I would get more, but nothing to my face.

FS said...

I don't want to sound like a complete Paula Begoun fangirl because I'm not, I have my disagreements with some of the things she says and does, but I am eternally grateful to her for saving my skin and my hair from problems that I dealt with for years.

I worked as a PA in the house of one of the 'natural' skincare women in L.A. years ago and was given her full line of products. They did not help at all, and made my skin worse. She was also an advocate of facial exercises. Luckily for me, she had an extensive library and I found Paula's first book there. I stopped using fragranced products, stopped using moisturizer (I have very oily skin), and started using the right toner and treatments for my skin, including SUNSCREEN. For my hair, I started using the right shampoo for my scalp, and the right conditioner for my long, dry, course, curly hair. If I was stuck on an island with one product, it would be something with salicylic acid/BHA, which has made my skin look better than ever (and then I would hide in the shade since I didn't have sunscreen). I don't wear makeup any more, just powder to help with the oiliness, and I don't fight with my hair anymore, just put a good silicone cream or serum in it, let it dry naturally and that's it.

The 2 things I like most about Paula are that she recommends anyone's products, not just her own, and she backs up her statements with published, peer-reviewed research. If that research causes her to change a long held belief, she's not afraid to do it (ie hydrogen peroxide and baking soda). I haven't stopped at a department store counter in years, except to pick up a new bottle of Beautiful perfume.

Okay, I'll stop now.

Jamie said...

I'll probably get heat for this but I'm a 25 y/o female who is considering (85% sure) botox. I get married in Feb and I have quite noticable frown creases between my eyebrows - I should have worn glasses throughout my childhood/teens but instead I squinted and am now paying for it. It would only be a one time thing and I only thought about it because my cousin (who is a nurse and who has opened her own skin care clinic) recently had some botox and she looked lovely - no tox face, just fresh :)

Sifmoc said...

Pegd ! I am also considering the options of velashape and Botox while Velashape is supposed to be a good cellulite treatment option and BOTOX is a stable value!

Please give more detailed report on your experience