You read that right, I am 27 years old and I have had some “work” done. Let me preface this by saying that I have not any major surgeries or invasive procedures. Now, lets jump into how this decision came about. I have always been pretty self-confident when it comes to my body and my looks. However, approaching my late twenties I have begun to take notice of a few things that hadn’t really stood out so much before. Hello fine lines, and under eye hollows…. like, what?! So NOT nice to see you. I will never forget the first time I took notice of this. I had just woken up from an amazing night’s sleep (I am talking 10 hours), and I go into the bathroom to do my normal morning routine and I literally stand there looking in the mirror thinking “omg it looks like I got zero sleep last night”. There were dark circles casting a shadow under my eyes which looked hollow and sleepy and to top it off, there was a GIANT (okay, maybe I am being a bit dramatic) 11 right there smack dab between my eyes. Maybe its the lighting? I leaned in closer…. nope. I went about my day (putting on tons of concealer), and could not stop thinking about or looking at what had appeared in the mirror that morning. It was also then that I started taking notice of everyone else’s appearance. Especially my friends and other women my age… do they have an 11? Oh my gosh her skin is flawless. Is her skin naturally that smooth? So many thoughts crossing my mind.
I think it’s safe to say as females we are over critical of ourselves. Including me. Like I said, I have always been pretty confident in my appearance but I have also always been an advocate of anything that makes you feel beautiful. Makeup, nails, hair, waxing, facials, the options are endless for us as women and now more than ever there are ways we can prolong our youth and beauty. Cosmetic work being one of them. If something brings you happiness and confidence, go for it. So, I have never really understood why something like botox, fillers, and other cosmetic procedures are so taboo to others. I personally, was intrigued. So, I asked anyone and everyone I knew who has had some of these treatments questions, and their opinions.
Pros? Cons? Does it hurt? Will I look crazy? Wait, I hate needles. Is it a big needle? Is it preventative?
After consulting all of my friends and my Instagram followers (love you guys, by the way, I got some AMAZING feedback and such a positive response to the topic), I decided I am going to go for it! At this point I wasn’t really sure what I wanted or how much I needed, but I knew I wanted something to make me feel a little more beautiful, youthful, and so I could stop thinking about those petty lines and hollowness under my eyes.
So… I started to do my research. It was important to me that I went to the best of the best, I mean this is my face we are talking about. A friend had recommended Dr.Tittle at Plastic Surgery of Texas to me. This was someone I trusted and she looked amazing, so from there I researched even more. Dr.Tittle is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has been practicing since 1989. Which is the year I was born. Twenty seven years of experience sounded pretty legit to me, and then I went on to read reviews of others who had worked with Dr. Tittle and saw nothing but positive feedback. I was sold.
When the morning of my appointment arrived I am not going to lie I was a bit nervous. What if this is super painful? Again, I hate needles. What if I am not happy with my results? As soon as I walked in I was greeted by Lori at the front desk. She immediately put me at ease as we chatted about how it was my first time, and what all I was thinking about having done. From that point on I knew I was in good hands. I was then greeted by Dr. Tittle, the Doctor at Plastic Surgery of Texas. Like I said, I came in not exactly sure what I wanted or needed, so it was important for me to discuss all of my options with Dr. Tittle beforehand and to be educated what was about to be injected into my body. Dr. Tittle couldn’t have been more informative, professional, and honest. I never once felt like he was trying to “sell” me on specific services. In fact, after asking about 57 questions (I legit brought a notebook full of questions I had for him, thank you for being so patient and thoroughly answering all of my questions, even the silly ones Dr. Tittle!) he told me he thought the treatment I would be happiest with would be a filler under my eyes. This would literally “fill” the area under my eyes to restore volume and rejuvenate the under-eye and upper cheek area. I will be honest, I did not even know that this was an option. However, like I said one of the areas of concern for me was under my eyes. I was just unsure of how this would be treated.
I decided that for this visit I was going to stick with one service since I am a newbie to injectables. I wanted to see the changes made, how my body would react, and make sure I was happy with the service and my experience before I received others. We decided to inject Restylane (a popular filler) under my eyes to add some volume. Woo! I’m pumped!
As we go back into another room where he will perform the injection my fear of needles starts creeping back in. Dr. Tittle and I discussed the process of injecting the Restylane, in which he would first inject a numbing solution (I can’t for the life of me remember the name of this) at the tops of my cheeks under my eyes. I was concerned about the injections because you would think that they would be inserting the needle under your eye which seems super scary. However, injections are done at the top of the cheek. After the numbing took effect he would then inject the Restylane (again this is done at the top of the cheek) and proceed to evenly disperse it under my eyes. I let Dr. Tittle know about my fear of needles, and he couldn’t have been more patient or compassionate. Thoroughly explaining the process of everything we would be doing, and when. My thing is, as long as I do not see the needle I am good. So I made sure to keep my eyes closed at all times! Ha! After the first injection (which did not hurt at all), we let that sit for awhile to take effect. Then, he injected the Restylane filler under the first eye. Restyle contains Lidocaine (a local anesthetic), so again this was not painful at all. If anything, it just felt a little weird as you can feel it “filling” under the eye. As the filler was being inserted Dr.Tittle was dispersing it evenly under my eye, kind of like a blanket. Again, this was not the slightest bit painful, just a little odd feeling. After the first eye was complete he let me take a look so I could compare between my lower lid that had been filled and the other which had not. Wow! I looked like I had just slept for days. This was probably my favorite part because I could really compare and see the difference. He then did the other eye, and just like that it was complete!
I am not going to lie, I was super proud of myself for taking that like such a champ! I couldn’t believe how easy and painless that was, and that I would walk out feeling so refreshed. Dr. Tittle explained that there was a possibility for some slight bruising and swelling but he did not suspect that would be an issue for me. He was correct, I had zero swelling or bruising which was nice because I had plans for that night.
I cannot say enough positive things about my treatment with Dr. Tittle and the kindness and professionalism of this entire staff. I am so happy with how everything turned out. As I mentioned, my first visit I wanted to test the waters of the world of injectables. Next, I am interested in botox (for that pesky 11) and filler for my nonexistent lips. Stay tuned! If you guys have any questions at all about my fillers, or Plastic Surgery of Texas and what services they offer feel free to reach out! I would be happy to answer.
ALSO, Plastic Surgery of Texas will offer 10% off botox for anyone who mentions this post. Heck yes. I’ll even go with you. Botox party, anyone?
Now, I am sure you are like “okay, cool Lynlee you got fillers and you aren’t going to show us before and after photos?!” Here they are (and excuse my mugshot face), with the top being the “before” photo and the bottom the “after”
**Thank you so much to Plastic Surgery of Texas for partnering with Gal About Town on this post. As always, all opinions are my own.**