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 if not many, which ones would I consider getting done, or am I planning to have?
It’s a funny one, because I’m now 32 years old, and a few beauty procedures I thought I’d never 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.
But it won’t be anything I’ll be doing too soon…
So, with that in mind, the question is, what have I had done, and what would I like to have done? Here goes…
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 aging, 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! My review went live a few years ago, which can be found here.
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. You can find out more about laser and IPL, and even how to do laser hair removal at home, over at at British Lasers here.
This is one of my favourite procedures to have done, in a bid to fade out my acne scarring. It’s a form of microneedling, 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 still haven’t had them done! It’s definitely on my list for 2018, 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 32 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!