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Bruising After Fillers

29 May

I wrote this post MONTHS ago… And I just made a corresponding video. So if you prefer the sound of my voice to actual reading Botox and Bruising vBlog. It does contain different information then the rest of this blog post. So feel free to read on!

A few months ago, Alyssa Sylvestri (a famous photographer/videographer), Sarah Victor (a super famous youtube make-up artist), and I (just plain super) had a business related girls day that was SUPER fun.  This blog will prove it.

Sarah did my make-up.  Then I injected her lips with Restylane and her forehead with Botox Cosmetic.  She is now an addict and will be attending “I’m Young and Beautiful Forever Anonymous.”

Sarah’s Restylane Experience

Sarah asked me what kind of things my clients were interested in learning about when it came to make-up applications.  Easy.  You all HATE under eye circles (which I fix with Belotero and it’s so amazing, check out my Pinterest before and afters!).  The other thing I thought of was how to cover a bruise.

And for some reason I cannot insert the link to this right now….

Moving on….

Bruising can happen.  Period.  End of Story.  It’s the most likely “complication” when it comes to aesthetic medicine.  I put the word complication in quotes because it’s not really technically a complication, but to some women it’s the worst possible thing that could happen to them.  Ever.  (These are called dramatic patients).  Kidding!  Kidding!  But in all seriousness it sucks, but it will go away.  I PROMISE.

A bruise is caused by blood leaking into the interstitial tissue.  It can happen from any trauma.  When you pierce the skin with a needle, you are creating trauma.  But it’s totally worth it in the case of Botox and Fillers.

There are ways to prevent bruising.

AVOID THE FOLLOWING FOR 24-48 HOURS BEFORE AND AFTER INJECTIONS:

  • Blood thinners like Alcohol.  I understand that it is REALLY hard to avoid alcohol for 4 days, especially if you have children/a husband/a job or all of the above.  Do the best you can.
  • Anti-coagulant medications.  Anything with Ibuprofen in it.  This includes Advil.  Other examples are coumidin and aspirin.  **DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU ARE TAKING THESE MEDICATIONS FOR YOUR HEART!  NEVER DISCONTINUE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FOR VANITY.  Take tylenol if you need too.
  • Fish Oil.  Because it is some sort of blood thinner/greaser type thing.
  • You may want to avoid getting your period.  If you can?  If you can do this… I have some questions.  But what I mean to say here is book your appointments in a timely manner with your menstrual cycle.

TAKE THE FOLLOWING FOR 24-48 HOURS BEFORE AND AFTER INJECTIONS:

  • Arnica Montana:  you can buy this at Whole Foods or GNC.
  • Eat Pineapple.  I think this is what they make Arnica from.  But I could be wrong.  But it’s definitely good for helping bruises.
  • Immediately after injections ice the site.  This causes constriction of the vessels that carry the blood, which means blood flow slows down.  Which means less blood is available to leak into the tissue.  It also helps with swelling.

DO NOT:

  • Push on a bruise.  You will make it worse.
  • Fall asleep with ice on your face.
  • Put ice directly on your face. You can burn it.
  • Over dose on Arnica Montana or Pineapple.  More is not better.  Arnica in high doses is not good for your liver.  Pineapple in high does is not good for your stomach.  Trust me.  I know!

If you have more questions, make sure you consult your injector.

Evaluating Your Skin

23 Jan

Like your personality, everyone has different skin, and there are many extraneous factors that affect the physical condition of your skin.  Even though I know a lot about skin, I don’t pretend I know it all, and I often ask my aesthetician friends what they think about my skin’s appearance. Usually, when my skin deviates from the norm, it’s from something I did.  By looking at your skin, an aesthetician determines the classification (Skin Care Classification Systems.) but they should also ask you the following questions to evaluate the overall health of your skin. 

Skin Evaluation Questions 

(Marmur, Ellen, M.D., 2009, Simple Skin Beauty:
Every Woman’s Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin, 20-21)

  • How does my skin usually behave?  Does it tend to be dry or oily?  Does it get irritated or red or hyperpigment easily (a sign of sensitivity).

My skin is normally a little oily, with rare break outs (because I regularly see an aesthetician and use products that are appropriate for me–but trust me–I’ve had my fair share of acne, hyperpigmentation, and dryness).  Because I take care of my skin, I no longer easily get irritated, red, pigmented, or break out.  But that’s MY skin). 

  • What is my lifestyle like?

I think there is not a woman alive that doesn’t have a high stress lifestyle.  But, when our stress levels get higher than normal, that’s when we can run into problems!  When I opened my first office, I’ve never had such HORRIBLE skin.  I was under so much stress!  I wasn’t eating, drinking, or sleeping (healthy right?).  I was broken out and my skin literally had a blue hue to it from not having enough oxygen and water.  It was NOT attractive.  Now I’m back to a regular level of high stress.

If you look at woman from other countries, you usually see they have nice skin.  Even though they smoke.  Well, the American life-style is high stress.  Women juggle families and careers and high levels of stress due to the pressure to achieve, and I think this is especially true of the Boston Woman.  Read more about  Skin Under Stress.

  •  Have I been doing anything differently in the last few weeks?

First Rule in Nursing:  have you done anything different?

Second Rule in Nursing:  stop whatever it is you did.

Did the symptoms stop too?  Cause and effect!  When it comes to skin reactions I like to ask if you have started using any different skin products, or have you changed your detergents?  (I personally am allergic to dryer sheets and I sleep with my face on a pillowcase… that would have touched a dryer sheet!)

  • What climate do I live in, or have I traveled somewhere recently?

Ugh, it is officially winter.  I know I have my heat on 80 right now and I am so thankful it is not forced hot air!  The type of heat you are using to heat your home will affect the air and your skin. (Check out Hydrating Ingredients in Skin Care Products.)  When the temps start warming up, of course we have the humidity… “it’s not the heat it’s the humidity!”  which can cause our skin to feel more greasy.

Changing climates from the dirty city are to the clean country air can affect your skin.  My skin likes the city 😉

  • What foods have I been eating recently?

Your diet DOES effect the appearance of your skin.  I’m not saying chocolate causes acne (don’t worry, there is zero truth to this one), but certain vitamins and minerals feed the skin.  Certain foods are healthier for your skin, just like certain foods promote a healthy liver (off the top of my head I can think of one food that is bad for your liver- alcohol)!  Avoid things high in sugar, they promote bacterial growth.  Look for foods high in vitamin A, C, and E.

  • What kinds of products do I use on my skin and how often?

I really hope by now you’ve gotten my point about over the counter products, and how they don’t do much but put a hole in your wallet.  But, pharmaceutical products aren’t always good to use everyday.  Case in point – Retin-A.  LOVE IT.  I really think Every Woman Should Own A Retinol Product.  But I don’t  think it’s for everyone EVERYDAY.  I recently upped my topical Retin-A usage to every other day.  My skin looks AMAZING, but if I use it everyday it gets red, dry, and flakey.  Ew.

**I would like to add that I also just read in a medical book that Retin-A and sunblock are the only PREVENTATIVE topicals when it comes to fine lines.

  • What kind of makeup do I wear?

I ask my clients this all the time.  Usually I ask it like this:  “Do you wear MAC make-up”  and they say “yes.”  NOOOO.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love MAC’s eye-shadows.  I love their fake eyelashes.  But their face make-up is “stage make-up” which is NOT for everyday use!  It clogs your pores and can make acne much worse.  PLEASE stop using this product everyday!  Start using good skin products, and throw out your make-up!  Be natural!  (Yes, the Botox Queen supports natural!).  When I do feel the need to wear a face make-up, I stick to mineral make-up.

***Also, did you know that if your skin tends to be greasy you should use powder based foundation, and if it tends to be dry you should use liquid based foundations?

  • How many showers a day do I take?

I know we love long, hot showers in the winter, but try to keep it quick.  Not only does it make you “green,” but long, hot showers dry out your skin.  Moisturize!

  • Do I have a stressful job?

Obviously!  I’m not even going to start on this one!

  • Do I smoke?

I hope the answer to this is no.  It’s funny.  We know how bad smoking is for your health, but for some reason people still do it.  Well, if the threat of cancer hasn’t stopped you, and the insane cost hasn’t stopped you, perhaps this will:  smoking is bad for your skin.  It prematurely ages you.  It thins your dermal layer, destroys your cell’s DNA, and gives a yellow hue (from toxins).  I pray that if you have stopped by medical reasons, perhaps vanity can play some roll in ditching the cancer stick.  I know it’s hard, but it is really, really bad for your skin (and health and wallet).

  • Do I take any medications regularly?

There are TONS of medications which can interfere with the health of your skin.  Read your bottles.  Do any say stay out of the sun?  I promise you, the bottle is not lying to you.  Hypersensitivity to sunlight is a common side affect with many medications.  Be extra careful to wear sunblock, even in the winter.  Please and thank you.

  • Am I pregnant?  Have I recently had a baby?

I can safely say no to these questions, but, as I’m sure you all know, pregnancy comes with MANY hormonal changes.  And do not sound fun (I recently learned from patrons at a Botox Party the most important word to know during pregnancy- Epidural).

  • Have I had surgery or any health problems in the last year?

When your immune system is down, or your body is in a state of repair, the essential vitamins and nutrients your skin requires may be diverted to other organ systems that need them more.

  • Do I wear sunscreen?

EVERYDAY.  Even in the winter.  Like I said earlier, sun damage is the number one cause of fine lines.  Do you know how men can tell your age?  By looking at your hands, because they are always exposed to sunlight.  Ok, it’s winter, we go from home to car to job to home (at which point the sun is already probably gone).  So many of us think we don’t need sunblock.  WRONG.  You are exposed to UV rays in the car.  When looked at under a skin lamp, the drivers side of a face displays 90% more sun damage.

Check out There’s a fine line between tan and looking like you rolled in a bag of doritos.  (It is one of my most highly viewed posts!)

  • Do I pick at my face nervously?

I do.  It’s so bad.  I was actually put on Celexa at one point for this nervous habit.  I’m so glad I was too, because it worked!

  • How many products do I use on my skin and hair everyday?

You don’t need to be using a crazy amount of products, and you don’t necessarily need to be using everything, everyday.  We have this notion that if a little is good, a lot is better.  Not true.  Follow the directions for usage from your aesthetician, or at least the instructions on the products you are using (that are pharmaceutical grade).  As you can see from the picture, I have a lot of products–but I don’t use every one everyday.

  • Do I touch my face a lot?

As a nurse, I can tell you, nails are DIRTY.  Hospitals have banned acrylic nails for nurses in hospitals because of the germs they carry.  By touching your face, you are introducing those germs and bacteria to your skin.  One of the biological roles of skin is to protect the internal organs from infection.  If you are picking at your skin you are essentially breaking the barrier, and allowing an area of access for bacteria.

The skin is a protective barrier against dirt and bacteria.

Bacteria is under your nails.

Picking at your skin with your nails tears the skin.

THEREFORE:

Picking breaks the protective barrier and at the same time introduces bacteria and dirt from your nails.  BAD.

  • Do I use hair gel or pomades?

I don’t know what a pomade is….. I guess that is for short hair! I do know this… I often break out on my hair line when I am on day 3 of not washing my hair (you shouldn’t wash your hair everyday).  Hair products can contains skin clogging ingredients, or might contain ingredients that your skin is sensitive to.

**I’m not sure if I took this picture crooked, or hung the shelf crooked?            ———————–>

  • Is there a specific area on my face that is constantly a problem?

Like perhaps you break out where your cell phone constantly touches?  Swab down your phone with an alcohol pad, daily!

Histories Mysteries: a beauty perspective

29 Dec

Why hasn’t the History Channel come out with a documentary on the development of the cosmetic industry?  Clearly someone’s interested in this stuff if it’s a 14 billion dollar industry.  Yup. FOURTEEN BILLION.

Cosmetics have been used since Ancient History, and because one of my life goals is to be on Cash Cab (which is kind of like Jeopardy, but in a cab), I thought I’d investigate the industry a little bit.

In Ancient Times…

women would add rouge to their faces by grinding minerals into a powdered form and applying them to their face. They used things like slate as a mirror (vanity has a name… and it is: cave-woman?). They also used various minerals to adorn their eyes (think Cleopatra), and add pigment to their hair (ahhhh! greys!).

Word Origins

aesthëtikos – (should be an e with a bar over it… wordpress doesn’t have that character) The origin of aesthetic is Greek, and means perceptible to the senses.

sanitas per aquas – Latin phrase which the word spa may be an acronym for.  The term spa was first adopted

in 1326 in Belgium.

American Evolutions

1910:  Canadian-born Florence Nightingale Graham (related to the pioneer of Nursing?) takes on

the pseudonym Elizabeth Grady and opens her first salon, named The Red Door.

1937: Studies show 50% teenager girls argue with parents over wearing red lipstick (ohhhh the times have changed! I think I argued with my mother about blue hair). 

1946: Estée Lauder starts her first company with a jar of skin cream.  And the revolutionary marketing phrase

“Free Gift With Purchase”

came to be a favorite phrase in every woman’s vocabulary.

1968: Skin care is introduced in the department store.

1970:  Oil of Olay becomes a household name.  (Please stop buying this product.  It’s expensive and doesn’t work! (Refer to Step 2: Spend wisely.)

In Times of Depression…

Red Lipstick sales have always skyrocketed during tough times in American history.  In 1929, during the Great Depression, women were buying lipstick to make the day a little brighter.  This occurred again at the start of World War II.  Recently, sales surged again post- 9/11.  This theory of sales is referred to as the “lipstick index.”  Pretty interesting!

2002:  Botox is FDA approved.  Probably the best thing to ever happen to women besides red lipstick.

Make-Up Tips From a Drag Queen

26 Oct

 

 

Pictures Pending!  I just couldn’t wait to post this! 

My friend Eric is here with me today to help give some make-up tips.  Because Drag Queens always have the best make-up (AND it’s Halloween!).  So… here’s Eric.

 

 

 

Step 1: Base

Unless your covering facial hair, you don’t need MAC base.  I use it in drag, because that’s what it’s meant for.  Costume make-up.  Hide blemishes and even out your skin to start.  (Laura likes a tinted moisturizer and a mineral make-up if needed.  Because she has no facial hair).  Tinted moisturizer is a good base on your eyes.  Everywhere. And make sure you blend it in where you stop, because leaving a line is so not cute.

Step 2: Countour and brow

First make sure your brows are filled it, but you you might go back to them later.  You don’t want them to look drawn on.  So you can use a brown eyeshadow and an angle brush to give it a natural look.  Or use your hand lightly in quick strokes with a pencil.

Contour is any of your bronzers.  You want to use them darker in the areas of your cheekbones to make them pop more.  If you hate your nose and you want it to look thinner, use bronzer down the sides, but it needs to be blended.

You can also use bronzer to make your cleavage look bigger.  😉  You put your bra on and draw a martini glass shape starting from your cleavage over your breasts. And make sure you BLEND.

Step 3: Eyes

Never use one color.  In drag world we call that a garage door, and that’s hideous.  For those of you who have NO idea how to use make-up, a highlight is the lightest color you’re going to use on your eyes.  I always start with my highlight (the area under your eyebrow) and put it alllllll the way down on the lid everywhere because it makes it easier to blend everything in the end (thank you Khloe Glamoure for teaching me that).  The darker shade goes on your will go on your lid up to the crease.  Follow the crease of your eye to the highest point, and then stop following and go straight so it kinda makes a wing.  This is really hard to do with out describing and I think we’ll add pictures.  Executive Decision.

Then clean your brush and BLEND with light circular motions into the lighter color.

Step 4: A nice tinted gloss

Do not use lip liner, unless you blend the life out of it.  BLEND BLEND BLEND.  Actually, no, just don’t use it.  Use a nice tinted gloss.  Remember the goal is not to look like your from Jerseylicious.  Because that’s just vomalicious.

**In conclusion, the most important word I can teach you ladies is BLEND.

Thanks, love and kisses,

Bianca K.

Randolf Country Club every Friday Night, show at 11. 

 

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