We all have something to feel self-conscious about. Sometimes we are the only one who notices that “one thing”. But, when that one thing is on your face and you look at it every day it is hard to be your best self, knowing people you meet notice it too. I not only experienced painful breakouts that spoiled my once beautiful, porcelain skin, but the acne scars and pock marked skin that remained due to the loss of collagen made me less confident and embarrassed to show my face. Another thing that is happening to my face with aging and gravity is that I am losing even more of my youthful collagen. I now feel the scars on my face are even more noticeable than ever!
I have spent so much money up to this point trying to “fix” my face that I really couldn’t afford to spend much more. In addition, I put my trust in so many medical practitioner’s promises to make my pock-marked, scarred skin smooth again only to be disappointed time after time with the lack of results.
I heard about Jill from Innovative Directions In Health and that she was a pro at treating acne scarring so I called for an appointment. I was at my wits end and this was my final attempt to try to smooth the scarring – my fingers were crossed this would work. I met with Jill for a consultation. Her calm and confident demeanor made me believe this treatment just might be the one that will help me. She recommended subcising my scarring to free the anchor of the scars followed by injecting a filler called Bellafill. The Bellafill would be placed into the divits to stimulate my own collagen that will fill in and smooth my skin. I had already tried everything under the sun to make my skin look smooth again so I was a bit skeptical but went forward with the treatment.
With each scar she released by the needle subcision, it felt like a lifetime of embarrassment and shame broke with it. Jill applied a topical numbing cream and the Bellafill had lidocaine mixed in it so there was no pain. She diligently worked on my skin for 2 hours. When it was time for me to look in the mirror, I told her I would rather not. Hesitantly, I finally looked and was surprised at the instant smoothing of my rough skin. It was hard to hold back tears – it’s working!
Jill and I created a treatment plan to begin once the collagen from the Bellafill filler has grown in. The new collagen that has been stimulated to fill my poc marks can continue to grow for up to a year. My initial results that I have been so pleased with will keep on getting even better. For once, I have peace of mind and hope that I will regain my confidence and be able to put my best face forward.
Here are some pictures of my results! Note: We have not injected the lower half of my face yet! I will continue to share my journey with you. More to come!