You all know that I am an open book and I love beauty and skincare, especially excessive skincare treatments like Botox, Fillers, Peels, Lasers … you name it! I have literally tried it all and I am a firm believer in fixing something on your face if you don’t like the way it looks. I’ve been getting Botox since I was 28 years old and started getting a little bit of fillers in my lips and smile lines a couple of years after that. One area that I had never treated was the under eye area, despite it always being an area that bothered me because of my hereditary dark circles and hollows. As we age, our fat pads on our face break apart and start sagging, which causes the under eye area to separate and look “hollow” and the lack of blood circulation to that area can cause dark circles. I had been looking into under-eye filler for at least a year and despite being a champion “nerves of steel” patient when it comes to face stuff, I was always a little nervous to get this area treated. The under eye skin is very thin and this area is extremely delicate, not to mention being right next to various arteries and blood vessels that connect to your eyes. All-in-all, the under eye area is one of the trickiest areas to treat to even the most skilled injector. I knew that I wanted to find someone who 1) knew what they were doing and 2) was well-respected in their field and that had experience with under-eye filler. Randomly enough, as fate would have it, Germantown Aesthetics started following me on Instagram around the time I was getting desperate to get these tired eyes rejuvenated. I reached out to them to see if they wanted to partner with me to showcase this treatment to you all, and they obliged my request. I was extremely impressed with Dr. Laurence right off the bat because of his extensive work in the aesthetic industry, as well as looking as his reviews on various websites such as this one. I met with Dr. Laurence and his team, Nurse Injectors Courtney and Jessica for a consultation and we put together a treatment plan. After the initial meeting, I knew that I was in good hands and completely trusted Dr. Laurence’s judgment, so I literally just let him do his thing. We ultimately decided to do PRP (plasma rich platlets) + Hyaluronic Acid Fillers under the eyes, a non-surgical nose job with HA fillers on the bridge of my nose, and some lip filler to define my cupid’s bow and vermillion border on my lips, as well as add some filler in my lips for volume – all using the micro-cannula method versus traditional needle. I am now going to explain all of this for you non-medical people.
Why Get Under Eye Filler?
Fillers work as a way to replace lost volume to make areas of the face, including the under eyes, look more youthful and help get rid of dark circles. They are helpful for anyone with dark circles or loss of fat in the tear troughs and under-eye area to help produce a more naturally rested appearance.
What is PRP?
Ever heard of the popular vampire facial? That facial uses your own body’s PRP (derived from your blood) with a microneedling device to stimulate collagen and regenerate new tissue. The same idea applies when injected your own PRP into your under-eye area. To get PRP, you have to get your blood drawn from your arm (like any time you get a complete blood panel ran at the DR) into a vial, which is then put in a centrifuge to separate your plasma rich platelets out. PRP treatments for the under eye is a regenerative treatments which means the PRP injection and application leads to stimulation of your own collagen and elastin and regeneration of new healthy skin tissue for gradual, natural and real results that improve in the 2-3 months following a single treatment.
What is Micro-Cannula Method?
The Micro-cannula technique has revolutionized the cosmetic industry and provided physicians with a new, innovative method of performing facial fillers injections. The micro-cannula device allows the practitioner to slide the blunt tip cannula under the patient’s skin gently and without tearing the epidermis. Therefore, patients looking to improve their appearance can now do so without having to undergo a painful procedure or having to experience the nasty side effects associated with sharp tipped needles such as increased incidence of bruising.
What is an HA Filler?
Fillers are made of hyaluronic acid which is normally found in the skin’s dermis. A benefit of hyaluronic acid in filler is it helps pull water for additional plumping power, so it is helpful for creating a natural look and improving the longevity of your filler.
How do you do a non-surgical nose job?
This “liquid rhinoplasty” is the new hot thing all over my IG feed (I follow about 200 derm, med spa, surgeon IG accounts). Long gone are the days of needing to get a full rhinoplasty with a plastic surgeon. Now you can get a non-surgical nose job, and have hyaluronic acid fillers injected into the bridge of the nose to temporarily change its shape.
Did it hurt?
I am not the right person to ask this question, as I have an extremely high pain tolerance and used to get cavities filled when I was little without a dental block. Dr. Laurence is ALL about patient comfort and wants you to have the best, most pleasant experience possible, so don’t worry about pain. Almost all places will want to give you a dental block if you are doing any kind of lip injections, however, I always chose not to get one because I can handle the pain.
How do you like it?
I absolutely LOVE the results from the treatment I got at Germantown Aesthetics. While I love the appearance of my under-eyes now, my lips are actually my favorite and I can’t stop looking at them when I’m wearing lipstick! Dr. Laurence was able to totally change the appearance of my upper lip and I love how full and defined it is now.
How much does it cost?
The cost of fillers varies but most will run you anywhere from $500-$700 a syringe. For the treatment that we did on me, we used a total of 2 syringes of HA filler.
What if I end up not liking my fillers?
Well, you’re in luck! As long as a hyaluronic acid filler is used, it’s completely reversible and can be dissolved with an agent called Hyaluronidase. Remember hearing in the news recently that Kylie Jenner got her lip injections dissolved? That is how that was done.
Alright … so how is everyone feeling after reading all of that? Can you tell that this is a passion of mine? I could seriously write about this kind of stuff for HOURS. I’ve got even more for you all — we took some awesome video footage and I will have a full video up next week of the entire treatment process so you can see up close and personal how everything went down!
In the mean time …
If you live in the greater Memphis area, the lovely folks at Germantown Aesthetics have extended an offer just for PIPM readers so you can develop your own treatment plan to help you love the skin that you’re in. For a limited time only, mention that you read about Germantown Aesthetics on PIPM and you will receive:
10% off any Non-Surgical Service (maximum discount is $100)
Call today to book a consultation where you can discuss what areas you’d like to treat and see what all they would suggest doing. 901-624-5605