OK so this is a bit of a chatty, personal blog post, but I get asked the following question a lot, so it made sense to put it into a blog post. The question is: what beauty procedures have I had done? And, would I ever consider cosmetic surgery?
It’s a funny one, because I’m now 33 years old, and a few beauty procedures I thought I’ wouldn’t consider are actually not as scary to me as they once sounded. I mean, take botox. I used to flinch at the idea of ever having it, but now that I’ve started getting those pesky lines around my eyes and forehead, I actually get why people opt for having it done.
It won’t be anything I’d be doing soon, but, I have seen a lot of impressive results from friends who have suffered deep set lines in their foreheads and around the eyes, and they feel so much more confident.
I know a lot of people who have had cosmetics surgeries done, and have felt majorly more confident in themselves afterwards. These have included procedures such as Breast Enlargements, Breast Uplifts, Breast Reductions, Laser, Liposuction, Tummy Tucks, Hair Transplants, etc.
I won’t lie, I’ve thought about the areas I get concerned about and wondered how much more confident I would feel if I opted for something. Take tear trough for example, which is pretty much eye bag removal (I would actually consider this as mine are terrible and not created from lack of sleep – just a permanent line I have under my eyes). Other procedures that have crossed my mind include mole removal and derma fillers, etc etc, which I feel these sit with what a lot of my followers have asked me about over the years.
In all honesty, any form of eye bag removal, derma fillers, wrinkle reduction, skin tag removal, those type of treatments, are so important to get done professionally and by the best of the best staff. I’m not quite there yet when it comes to properly considering booking in, but I don’t think anything negative of anyone who does opt for these, and I certainly won’t rule out fillers, botox or tear trough in the near future.
For me right now, it’s all about aesthetics, IPL and skin treatment. I’m currently looking at clinics like Pulse Light Clinic in London, which offers a range of professional enhancements and solutions which are safe and not too ‘scary’, if you know what I’m saying. They offer laser hair removal which is what I’m most keen on, although I’ve also noticed they offer laser services for ridding of pigmentation and acne marks.
This is something I neeeeed to look into, especially as I’m due to get married soon.
So in the meantime, whilst I’m talking cosmetic surgery, treatments and enhancements…
Here’s What I’ve Had Done
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure I’ve been having over the years – probably coming up to 10 years. It’s literally a treatment carried out in beauty salons that uses fine crystals and a vacuum to remove dead skin cells on the face. It’s great for those worried about ageing, pigmentation, and poor skin texture.
By using a fine crystal to shed away the skin, aim is to reduce the effect of fine lines and minor skin blemishes. It works on all skin types and shouldn’t cause any skin colour changes or scarring. I’ve never had a problem with it, but they say to avoid it if you have acne, as it can worsen it. I find my skincare products work better for the week or so after having microdermabrasion, as my skin is so deeply exfoliated and smooth.
2. Laser Hair Removal
I had toyed with the idea of laser hair removal for a long while, and finally gave in to it a couple of years ago. Saying that, I had a course in which I had around 5-7 sessions on my upper lip. It worked a treat, and I now don’t have to worry about constantly removing or bleaching the fine hairs that once sat there! .
However, I am prone to pigmentation in that area since having the laser hair removal, so if I was to have it done again, I’d think more carefully about the area I’d have laser carried out on. Perhaps under arms? Or I’d even consider IPL As mentioned above, Pulse Light Clinic in London has some really great reviews, so I’m eager to get booked in and discuss their laser hair removal options, or even their laser treatments on the face too to tackle scarring and marks,
Come to think of it, imagine having laser hair removal on your legs, and come summer, never having to worry about shaving? Perhaps that could be my next treatment…
This is one of my favourite procedures to have done, in a bid to fade out my acne scarring. It’s a form of micro-needling, involving using a mini wheel covered with hundreds of tiny needles to gently prick the face. They look like mini torture devices but, trust me, work miracles for clearing acne scars, fading fine lines, and evening out skin tone—when they are used properly, that is.
The results depend on the needle length, the longer the needle, the better the results. I wrote a full, honest review of my last sessions at Spa Satori in Manchester a year back, which can be found here.
4. Lip Fillers
OK this is the most scary one! I decided to have this done around 2 years ago before my 30th birthday, when I was working with a very skilled Doctor in Liverpool as part of What Emma Did. It was on a bit of a whim but I have the say, the results were amazing. I was really really pleased with the results.
That said, it hurt like hell, and I haven’t rushed back to have it done again. You’ve got to find a really good specialist to do it, and to ensure you’re not left with lumps or a botchy job. Again, my full experience was blogged about over here. Would I have these done again? Never say never…
What I’d Like To Have Done
I’ve been saying I want to have my brows microbladed for so so long, and although I recently had powder ombre brows done, it wasn’t quite the same as the actual microblading which mimics the fine hairs.
It’s definitely on my list for 2020, as filling out my brows is one of the most time consuming tasks when I’m getting ready. It’s said to hurt a little and can take up to 2-3 hours to do, and you then have to go back for a top-up.
But, from the results I’ve seen, it looks worth it to have gorgeous, groomed brows. It’s more just a matter of booking in and finding time (and money!) for this.
2. Laser Surgery (Scar Treatment)
A little different from the laser story above, I’ve been thinking about laser therapy on my face to remove any pesky acne scars. OK I’d definitely be lying if I said I wasn’t afraid of this. I’m way too scared to get it done, so I can’t see me ticking this one off my list anytime soon. However, it’s potentially the only procedure that will remove some of my older, deeper acne scars.
Have any of you guys had this done? If so, do let me know how you found it…
After years of having clear(ish) skin from being on the pill, I’ve switched to a pill which doesn’t help with ace and now it’s decided to come back, good and proper. EURGH.
Roacutanne has always been my very last option, but luckily I’ve managed to avoid it. But with being 33 and having a career in social media and influencing, having severe acne again is not an option. If it means I have to take this, then so be it.
4. Tear Through Procedure
I’ve seen one of my favourite Instagram stars have this done, and magically, she no longer has those tired looking bags sat under the eyes. I have these quite heavily, and I’ll be honest, it’s the only think I sometimes blur out in my photos. I have no excuse for them – I don’t have kids therefore I’m not sleep deprived – but man I look so tired and haggered!
For those who aren’t familiar with it, the tear trough treatment (or lower eyelid rejuvenation with filler) is the procedure which targets the tear trough, which is the lower, sometimes blue-ish area under the eye, just before the cheek. According to plastic surgeons, the treatment has been gaining popularity over the last few years — especially among the younger crowd.
We’ll see…. I’ll keep you posted!