How far will you go for beauty?

The title of this post is something that I’ve asked myself a few times – how far will you go for beauty? I used to think I’d be willing to do certain cosmetic procedures, but when I really think about it I have to say I just can’t bring myself to. The idea of doing something permanent that means I’ll look in the mirror and see a different me kinda freaks me out. That thought alone makes me realise that anything that bothers me, clearly doesn’t so much that I’d like to take the risk of changing it.
But having said all that, there’s also the question of the ‘inbetween’ level of beauty…. the botox/fillers etc side of things. This is something I’m a bit more on the fence about. Whilst I feel too young to take the botox plunge yet, I don’t rule it out and I’ll definitely consider other types of treatment.
One thing I recently did was have a treatment called ‘skin needling’ from Dermaeraze. The treatment is designed to heal scars and fine lines. Essentially it involved small needle incisions into the skin along the ‘flaw’ (scar or fine line) to essentially cause it to turn into healing mode and repair the skin.
I had the treatment on my eye area to help soften some fine lines. I’m not a fan of needles at all – and the idea of going ‘to the next level’ essentially with beauty treatments did make me very nervous. The treatment itself reminded me of when I went with a friend to a tattoo parlour – that sort of vibrating needle thing. 
Numbing gel was applied first so it didn’t hurt at all, but there is something uncomfortable about needles near the eye. The aspect I found the worst was the healing time after – naturally the skin is red and can develop scabs. So I felt very self conscious for almost a week after the treatment and wore much heavier make-up to cover up than I normally would.
Results wise, I’m happy with it. I definitely feel like my eyes look better than before. Although I feel the results are better on one eye than the other, but the overall results can take a while to show (I had this treatment around a month ago – I wanted to wait to write the post to give it the best chance for healing fully). One thing I have been loving is applying the ‘miracle oil’ that was provided to help with aftercare – a combination of Almond, Avocado and Olive oil – to really hydrate the area (have been also using on my hands) and help it heal. This has been an amazing night treatment for my skin overall.
Overall, I’m happy with the results and happy I took the plunge to try this treatment. But I don’t think I’ll be rushing to do another needle based treatment yet. I’m just not sure that overall I’m ready for the ‘next level’ of beauty yet – so will be putting my faith in lotions and potions for now. But this is a very personal decision, if you are perhaps ready to take this next step but not quite sure about botox etc then this is a potential alternative for you.
For more info on Dermaeraze please see the website.

Treatment provided for review.
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7 Comments

  1. April 11, 2012 / 8:21 am

    Gosh I’d be so nervous about having needles in my skin.. especially near my eye eurgdfshka

    So brave of you to try!
    I’ve never considered cosmetic surgery.. I couldn’t agree more about what you said about looking in the mirror and it being permanent… being unable to ever change anything back would be pretty daunting.

    Alice x

  2. Emily
    April 11, 2012 / 9:58 am

    I agree and definitely think that treatments like that are a better alternative to cosmetic surgery. Definitely something I would consider in the future xx

    http://em-laura.blogspot.co.uk

  3. April 11, 2012 / 10:37 am

    All that talk about scabs makes me nervous! I shudder at the thought of needles close to the eye area. The fact that it’s made a difference may be a big persuasion point in the future though.

    Can you provide before and after pictures to show the difference?

  4. April 11, 2012 / 10:37 am

    All that talk about scabs makes me nervous! I shudder at the thought of needles close to the eye area. The fact that it’s made a difference may be a big persuasion point in the future though.

    Can you provide before and after pictures to show the difference?

  5. AngelicBetrayal
    April 11, 2012 / 3:46 pm

    I wonder about things like this too. I never wanted to have plastic surgery for myself and over the years I’ve begun to believe that nobody should get it (although it’s none of my business if they choose to). I’m not really afraid of needles per say but I’d be wary of getting any kind of injections or whatnot because it’s just not “natural”. The furthest thing I think I’d do would possibly to get some sort of laser (or whatever the new thing is) treatment to prevent my capillaries from showing my face since there are just so many of them. But I’m content with good ol’ tinted moisturizer for now 🙂 I appreciate your honesty in this post as not everyone is as open about how far they will go for beauty.

  6. April 12, 2012 / 4:14 pm

    Surgery really scares me and I don’t think I’d ever go there… the type of procedure you had I may consider but I would be so nervous about it going wrong and ending up with a gammy eye! Great post!

    http://www.whatabeauty.co.uk

  7. April 22, 2012 / 6:58 pm

    I wouldn’t go as far as surgery, too much could go wrong.
    But needles scare me, hopefully creams and lotions can work their magic.

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