Dermal Filler Talk
Two weeks ago I went to Harley Academy Clinics to get some dermal filler injections in my chin. Here is my first ever cosmetic procedure story.
It’s not easy to talk about one’s own feelings and insecurities. We learn from an early age not to make ourselves vulnerable. “Hey, how are you?” -“Very well, thank you very much”. Always. Even when we’re very bad, thank you very much.
However, with the rise of the internet and in particular social media, a new wave of authenticity has wiped over us. Suddenly, we find ourselves free to discuss just about anything. Somehow, being further apart in body has brought us closer together in truth.
Which brings me to today’s post. For years I have battled with my own insecurities. Like everyone else, there are things about my body that I wish were different. And although I’m fully aware that beauty is fleeting, I am also very aware of its power. Or rather, I am aware of the power that comes as a result of it –confidence.
All The DL
Now, I strongly believe that confidence should come mainly from within. But I would be foolish to think that the outside world does not or cannot influence our interior world and, ultimately, our confidence.
I can distinctly remember the day I realised that I had a receding jawline. I saw it in a side profile picture of myself and I had one of those “is that really what I look like?” moments. So I started researching for ways to rectify the problem.
Most articles suggested jaw surgery but, given that my jaw was not presenting any real health problems, I opted against such an invasive procedure. I did, however, come across a practice called orthotropics which claims that, through correct tongue posturing, one can improve the shape and symmetry of one’s face. I’ve been practising orthotropics for 3 years now and I’ve seen some surprisingly positive results.
However, despite having achieved some results through practising orthotropics, I was still not one hundred per cent satisfied with my chin and jawline.
During my research, I had read that it was possible to (aesthetically) correct a receding jaw by getting dermal filler injections. So I decided to book a consultation with Harley Academy Clinics.
Two weeks before the procedure I met up with Dr Emily Magregor to discuss the treatment where I explained to her what my expectations were. As you can see from the above, I had a very clear picture of what I wanted.
I was slightly concerned that, in putting my face in the hands of a stranger, albeit a medical professional, I would lose control over how I looked. However, Dr Macgregor reassured me that it was not an unusual procedure and that I was in safe hands.
During the consultation, I also had an opportunity to ask about any concerns regarding, pain, side effects and any other burning questions I had. By the end of the consultation, I was confident that the procedure was safe, and that I had nothing to worry about.
Most people have asked me whether the treatment was painful. Absolutely not.
I suppose I would describe the treatment as mildly uncomfortable. The dermal filler is placed near the bone with a syringe so it feels a little “scratchy”. But the whole area is numb anyway from the local anaesthetic so it really isn’t painful.
The procedure lasted approximately 15 minutes. I had about 3 ml of dermal filler injected in my chin and a tiny bit in my jawline.
I had very clear expectations of what I wanted my chin to look like and I am honestly so pleased with the results.
Although I would love to have a chin and jawline like Angelina, I have to accept the fact that I will probably always have a petite chin. However, my side profile is now a lot more balanced, making my features more defined.
In terms of side effects, other than my irrational fear of accidentally moving the filler to a different part of my face during my sleep, I experienced a little “chin tightness” for about a week and a half after the procedure.
Here are the before and after pictures:
As you can see, my chin and jawline are a lot more defined, giving me a more assertive look.
What I love about this treatment is that most people haven’t even noticed I’ve had anything done. No funny looks, no awkward questions. It’s good because it means I still look like myself -just a new and improved version.