A friend and I often talk about how I am always looking at photos of myself. She wonders how I choose the photos that I choose to put into blog posts and social media. Honestly, there is good and bad that comes with this process. I will admit that I probably notice things about myself that no one else notices. We are often our own worst critics. Am I right? So when I had the opportunity to work with Jenn Leichty, NP-C I was very intrigued with facial balancing.
Prior to working with Jenn, I had only had Dysport put into my forehead and my neck. I had never done any type of fillers. Honestly, I was always afraid of lip fillers and really hadn’t thought much about fillers for other areas of my face.
My under eye area and just above my lips was something that had started to bother me. When I would look at closeup photos of myself those two areas would jump out at me. I wanted to address it in such a way that I had minimal downtime with maximum results so facial balancing with fillers seemed like a great way for me to age gracefully.
Before I go into the details of facial balancing and my experience, there are some other posts I have written that you might want to check out.
- First Visit To A Medspa? What To Expect And Look For In A Medspa
- How I Rejuvenated My Neck With Dysport, Plus A Surprise Bonus
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Facial Balancing for Aging Gracefully
I am a true believer in aging gracefully. Embracing my grey hairs in my 50s is not me (I really don’t have many of them. I have my colorist check it out from time to time in the back for me.). I don’t want to look too young, but I also want to look my best for my age. Taking care of my body, my appearance, and my mind so that I can be the best version of me is what I am all about. That is the premise of my blog. I am serious about styling my life to be the best version of me. Hope that you make that a priority in your life as well.
Each of us does it in our own way. There is no perfect way. It is truly what works best for you. Facial balancing has helped me feel good about being the best version of my at my age.
What is Face Balancing?
I loved how Jenn describe facial balancing and why she recommends it to clients when they come in to see her for fillers and injectables. She explained to me that we do not age in one spot. We age globally. Yes. That means our entire face and neck and our bodies age. We may only notice one area ourselves, but that doesn’t mean that other parts of our face aren’t aging too.
Facial balancing looks at the whole picture of our faces. Basically, it is cosmetic enhancements that help with symmetry and facial proportions. The concept has been around for a long time but has recently become very popular. You can achieve what you want with fillers and injectables without having invasive procedures like facelifts or nose job.
As I write this and talk about my face balancing experience, remember that each person is unique. The fillers and injectables that Jenn recommended for my face may not be appropriate for what your face needs for symmetry. I just wanted others to see why I am so happy with the process.
How Long Does A Face Balancing Procedure Last?
When we decided to do face balancing I put my trust in her recommendations. She used a combination of fillers and injectables. She explained to me that providers give a range of times that the procedures will last. Factors such as your metabolism and how you maintain facial balancing play a role in longevity. So yes there is maintenance.
Overall, most of the fillers used for my temple, under my cheekbones, and jawline will last 12-18 months. The lip filler that she used on me will last about 6 months. The forehead will need maintenance every 3-4 months with Botox, and my under-eye area will need a touch-up in about 12 months.
My Facial Balancing Procedure
The procedure took a little over an hour. What amazes me is that she addressed my temples, under my cheekbones, my jawline, near my nose for the marionette area, my under-eye area, and my lips all in one visit. For my entire face balancing procedure she used 6 syringes. To give you an idea of how much “stuff” went into my face that day 5 syringes equals 1 teaspoon. That was what blew me away. Such a small amount made such an impact.
During and after the procedure I used ice on all of the areas. I continued to do so for a couple of days. I have a tendency to bruise easily so I did bruise in a few areas. The bruises could easily be disguised with concealer and foundation. I also started using my red light therapy mask a few days a week right away.
Before and After Photos
So here’s what you have been waiting for. The before and after photos. You can see the front view and the side view. Befores are on the left and afters are on the right.
The day of the after photos she did tweak a couple of things. She added just a touch around my jaw and the nose area. It takes a couple of weeks for everything to settle in so this is very normal.
Enhancing My Face Balancing Procedure
One of the things that I made sure to talk with Jenn about is what can I do to make sure that all of the effects of the facial balancing. If you are making an investment in yourself I always feel like you need to know how to take care of that investment to the best of your ability. Here are the things that she suggests any woman do for their skin and face so that you can age gracefully.
All of this may seem overwhelming to you. Just break it down. Maybe add in one new thing at a time. I always joke that I am like an old car. The older I get, the more maintenance.
A good skincare routine is a must. Here are her suggestions for both a morning and evening routine.
- Cleanse (depending upon skin type)
- Use a toner
- An antioxidant – Vitamin C or a combination serum
- A mineral sunscreen
- Eye Cream
Since the conversation I no longer cleanse my skin first thing in the morning. I just get up and splash water on it. I put some sunscreen on to go to the gym or out for a walk. After that, I gently cleanse my skin with this cleanser. I am loving this toner by the same clean beauty company.
Next up I use this Vitamin C on my face. Yes, it is like buying Vitamin C gold, but you only need 2-3 drops for your entire face. I have two sunscreens that I rotate back and forth on depending upon how much I am going to be outdoors. Both are mineral based sunscreens. This one I wear when I’m not out and about a lot. I like it because it is also supposed to be good for blue light. Not being out and about a lot for me usually means lots of screen time. This is my favorite broad spectrum sunscreen hands down. I just feel like it really protects my skin from the sun.
Prior to the eye balancing I had changed up my eye creams a couple of times. I have gone back to this tried and true favorite. For my eyes, it does what it says it does by the brand. It is on the pricey side, but what I love is that it is not too heavy for daytime. I love to wear eye makeup and I find that this one does not make my eye makeup or mascara have any staying issues. The last step in this morning process before makeup is always my moisturizer.
- Retinol (Prescription if possible)
- Eye Cream
- Neck Cream
At night everyone should cleanse no matter their skin type. You want to make sure you get the makeup and whatever else off of your face. At night I love to use a cold cream type of cleanser. I also like to use this cleanser to get the makeup off of my eyes versus an eye makeup remover. I use a prescription Retin-A. My dermatologist prescribes this for me.
Jenn really likes and recommends this peptide . I am currently using this clean beauty peptide. It had great reviews and the price point is good. I like the serum, but it doesn’t come out of the dropper very well.
I do like to use a heavier eye cream at night and this has been my favorite for years. It just takes a very small amount to do the trick. For moisturizer I stick with this in the summer or this heavier formula in the winter.
Sleeping on your back is good for many reasons. The night after she really recommends that you sleep on your back. So get ready to prop yourself up. The other thing that she highly recommends is sleeping on a silk pillowcase.
I have used a silk pillowcase for years and swear by it. Not only for my skin, but also for my hair. I am also trying to train myself to sleep on my back. It is a process. Recently I started using this pillow that encourages back sleeping. So far I make it about halfway thru the night on my back and then end up on my side. It is comfortable in either position which is nice. I put a silk pillow case over it.
I am a supplement kind of gal and wanted to see what she recommends for good skin and overall health. Remember before adding supplements you should always check with your care provider.
The supplements that she likes for skin health are
- A good multi vitamin
- Vitamin C
- Omega 3,6,9
- Collagen Powder
She is the only other person I know who takes the same vitamin C as me. I swear by this Vitamin C for my skin and overall health. The tumeric is for inflammation. I like this tumeric with the ginger as part of my supplement routine. Her collagen recommendations are SkinAde which is only sold at medspas or Vital Proteins. I use the Vital Proteins daily in my morning cup of hot tea.
Jenn did recommend a few other procedures that you can have done to enhance your facial balancing.
- Facials as part of a self-care routine
- Microneedling (can be done as often as quarterly)
- Laser – 1 time a year. You would need to speak with a laser person as to what type of laser is best for your skin.
Book With Jenn aka @injectorjenn
If you are in the Atlanta area and are interested in facial balancing or any type of cosmetic fillers and injectables I hope that you will follow her on Instagram here . Her feed is always current with the latest clients that she has worked with. You can also reach out to book an appointment at Artisan Beaute. They have two locations. One in Buckhead and the other is in west Midtown.
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and read this post. I hope that this was helpful if you are considering any type of fillers/injectibles. Having facial balancing has helped me feel even more confident in front of the camera so that I can do what I love to do.
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