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Friday, January 10, 2020

7 in 7 Interview with Dr. Nathan Rosen - Your Questions Answered

Today's post is sponsored by Allergan Canada. All views and opinions are strictly my own.

Following my visits to Dermetics throughout last year for all of my JUVÉDERM® filler consultations and subsequent treatments; I received a ton of questions.
Some of you DM'd through instagram.
Others emailed me.
Friends and family cornered me in person.
But resoundingly, the SAME questions were being asked by all women.

And so, this post was born.
I reached out to the incomparable Dr. Nathan Rosen from Dermetics, who personally completed all of my injections. I truly feel blessed. He is one of the best in the industry (though he would modestly deny that) and not only a true professional, but also generally awesome human.

Dr. Rosen took time out of his insane schedule to answer these questions for me and play my "7 in 7" lightening round. More on that later!
So, what were the top 3 questions I received from my readership base following that initial post?
Read on.

What questions should I ask my doctor?

What are your credentials? What is your experience? 

What are the potential complications and how would they be dealt with if they occur? Show me your before and after photos.   

Does it hurt? (!) Any side effects like swelling/bruising?

Some areas are definitely more sensitive then others,
(read: lips) however it is a lot more pleasant than a visit to the dentist AND the reward is looking and feeling better!  

Bruising and swelling are the most common side effects, however, both are usually mild and short-lived.

How does pricing work? + How long does it last? (tied)

All pricing is related and based on what you need or hope to get done and will therefore vary greatly from person to person and potentially treatment to treatment.  

Most people will look to top up an area at about the one year mark after initial treatment.  

Now that I had our famous doctor cornered, I thought it might be fun to do a lightening round of questions (including some I personally had) and he was game.
I told you he was a generally awesome human.
7 questions
7 minutes
And, GO!

 Will I look "done"? Fake?
Not if you do your research ahead of time and go to a reputable clinic, like Dermetics.

Can you do anything to lessen the pain of injections?
We use several distraction techniques and there is lidocaine, an anaesthetic agent, in the filler itself. 

If I only had the budget for one area, where would you recommend I start?
This is specific to the individuals needs. During your consultation, you will build a treatment plan with your trusted injector based on your goals and your budget.

Is any treatment area more painful than another?
  Most people find lips are the most sensitive area to treat. 

What is the biggest misconception about fillers?
You are paying for results, not for syringes of filler - so don’t shop based on price per syringe

At what age should I consider starting fillers?
When you are concerned about volume-related changes or decide that you want to prevent early signs of aging. 

I keep hearing about MD Codes™. What does it mean?
It is a unique approach to facial fillers that helps patients and doctors align in treatment goals, by first assessing emotional goals in order to help plan and execute that treatment.  

How long will the treatment last?
Depends on the area, amount and the individual, however. studies show that results with JUVÉDERM® can last up to 9-24 months, depending on the treatment chosen. 
Read more about that here.

I see advertising for fillers everywhere. Why is it important to use a medically trained physician?
This is a medical procedure, and although rare, serious complications can happen.  An expert physician injector will be able to minimize the risk and deal with complications should they occur.

 Any last piece of advice?
Do your research. Find an experienced, credentialed doctor and have a consultation.  Only go ahead if you are comfortable in their approach, and they are in line with your aesthetic.  

I sincerely thank Dr. Rosen and the team at Dermetics for treating me like I was famous from start to finish.
I couldn't imagine a better experience. Read more about JUVÉDERM® here.


Friday, December 20, 2019

Holiday Ready with Juvederm

Today's post is sponsored by Allergan Canada. All views and opinions are my own.

If you follow me on instagram, you would have seen a sneak peek of my recent return visit to Dermetics in Burlington for my follow-up treatment after being treated with JUVÉDERM® 
fillers almost a year ago.
As the holiday season quickly approaches, it seemed like the absolute perfect time to make sure that not only was my wardrobe ready for the numerous events and family gatherings booked, but that my face was too.

I absolutely loved my last experience with the juvederm product and was so excited to see what the doctor thought about what we might need to do to maintain my {ahem} youthful glow.
I cannot tell you how many times friends and family would say - "you look different, better - but I can't really put my finger on what is different".
THAT. That is exactly what I was after.
My goal was, and is, always about feeling better about myself. Looking more feminine and youthful. And never looking like anything but myself, only better.
{unedited photo of my make up free face prepping for consultation and treatment}
 I was so blessed to have Dr. Rosen treat me again this go-around.
I believe, the doctor/patient relationship is so vital - he had a clear understanding of the look I am comfortable with and had a full history of what I had treated in the past.
What I loved (read: a little lip!) and what made the biggest impact on my overall appearance.

This visit was no different from my previous visit in that we reviewed and assessed what I had done since the last time I was in the clinic - followed by a thorough assessment of my skin.
We decided on what the treatment plan would be and where he would place the facial filler.
In some cases, to my surprise, areas that I had treated almost a year ago, didn't need a touch-up yet! And so, we moved forward with the nasal labial folds, each side of my chin - (left and right bottom of my face which were starting to appear saggy), a touch in each cheek and in my upper lip.

If I had to say what my very favourite part of the overall treatment process is with fillers? I would have to say be being able to see results almost instantly.
The photograph below was taken at home immediately following the visit.
If you look closely, you can see a few tiny pin prick marks where the injection sites were and a very slight bruise on my lower left side of my face.
Both of these had all but disappeared within a couple of days and were not anything I couldn't cover with a tiny bit of concealer 12 hours after the injections resulting in little to no down-time for me.
{this photo was taken the same day as treatment,}
I wanted to also share "real life" photos from before and after treatment as this is where I feel the true impact comes for me. Images on the left show me as less firm and almost hollow in areas whereas images on the right show skin as much more taut and I see a significant difference around the bottom of my face where the overall jaw line appears smoother.
Can you spot the very slight bit of filler in the lip area?
Not meant to appear overdone,but rather, just used to even out the entire appearance.
I am super pleased with the results and SO ready to get the holiday festivities started.

Have you ever tried facial fillers?
Would love to hear about your experience!
To learn more and find a clinic near you, click here.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Friday Favourites : Cutetitos

With all the goings on this time of year, I haven't found any time (yet!) to put together my annual Christmas Gift Guides.
But that doesn't mean I'm not thinking about Christmas! Oh no, no, no.
In fact, we've been choosing favourite gifts all year long - and these little bundles of sweetness are no exception.
A stuffy wrapped in a burrito-like blanket?
Sign us up.
Cutetitos (even the name is cute n'est pas?) are adorably soft and include 12 new characters for your littles to collect.

Ava was so excited about these - she agreed to do her first video review.
Bear with us as we learn through the process but I couldn't help but share this cuteness!

Cutetitos and their younger counterparts, Babitos, are available in major retailers across the country including Toys R Us, Walmart and Chapters.
Priced between $6.97 - $14.97 they make THE perfect stocking stuffer!

Happy Shopping.

Monday, November 25, 2019

A Little Leopard

Excited to share the third and final outfit in the series of featured looks by Canadian brand and retail store Cleo with you today.
{Click to see looks one + two here}
This camel cardigan has been on heavy rotation already - equally cute with jeans and a turtleneck as it is with this pull on (!) leopard print skirt.
I'm loving the slightly longer length with boots which easily transitions for the office with a black opaque tight and simple pumps.

cardigan - c/o Cleo | leopard print skirt - c/o Cleo 
If you've never shopped Cleo, I suggest having a peek in time for Black Friday.
The deals are crazy good {read: this skirt is on for under $25} and include a different item at 50% off daily.
Happy Shopping indeed.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Twenty One : Dear Izzy

 Dear Izzy,
It surely can't be that my sweet baby girl, the one who blessed me all those years ago, is twenty one today?
I stare at you sometimes.
When you're staring intently at the tv - or at your phone - 
I still sometimes can't believe you are mine.
You see, even though I am your mama, I'm still just a girl. Still someone who is trying to figure it out.
And trying not to mess up you, your brother and sister in the process. #truth

As women, we are just expected to know how to do it all Izzy.
To be strong - to be able to handle EVERYTHING.
But the truth is, we don't have to.
It's ok to ask for help. It's ok to not know what to do next. It's ok to mess up.
You are far too hard on yourself some days sweet girl.
I see how much you want to do well.
Do what's right. "Figure it all out".
But here I am, at forty nine, still trying to do just that.
And its OK.
It's more than OK.

You have far more discipline than I ever had at your age.
Likely more than I have today.
And for that, you will see, you will be whoever you want to be - do whatever you want to do.
If I've learned something in all of my years - it's that no amount of anything equals pure passion and hard work.
And this, you have.
Everything else will come in time.
This I promise you.

My Izzy, if I could have but one wish for you on your twenty-first birthday?
It would be that you enjoy every moment.
Big or small.
And to realize that things that seem so devastatingly important today.
Will mean nothing in the years to come.
Life is a gift because you are in it.
I love you my beautiful girl.
And I'm lucky to be your mama.

Happy Birthday.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Fall Ready with Cleo + A Giveaway!

Loved selecting this second look featuring new fall favourites by Canadian retailer Cleo.
{In case you missed it - you can see my first look here}.
I'm ALL about these sleeves. And yes, you CAN wear stripes - especially flattering vertical ones.
The pants? Pull-on and super comfortable. Think like a legging, only better.
And if you're like me, one can never have enough black trousers.

sunglasses - Prada | sweater - c/o Cleo | pants - c/o Cleo | handbag - Zara | shoes - Vince Camuto
 The fabulous team at Cleo has graciously offered up a chance at a $100 gift card to shop on-line or in one of their many stores across this fair land of ours.

To Enter: 
Leave me a comment telling me what you might choose if you won.
Lots of additional chances for entry below -
Cleo is celebrating their 40th (!) Birthday with 40% off almost everything in the store!
Shop here now.

Best of Luck.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Friday Favourites : Crayola Take Note! + A Giveaway

For just about as long as I can remember, Crayola has been a mainstay in our home in preparation for Back to School and really all the time.
All of my kiddos loved and still love to colour - to create, to take boring to bold.
Ava just finished a week-long art camp where she learned all about colour.
And Isabella? Entering fourth year at Ryerson and STILL colouring.
I often find her sitting in front of the tv - Crayola Take Note! markers out. Adult colouring book in hand.
She finds it relaxing and swears it helps her focus.
I might have started my 86 year old mother colouring recently as well.

When the team at Crayola Canada reached out and asked if the girls might like to create a pencil case and turn a boring old box into something boldly colourful; they jumped at the chance.
And this mama? I was just happy to see them doing something that doesn't involve screens creative together.
The TakeNote! Products are great for school age and university age alike. Isabella quickly snapped up all her favourites including washable gel pens, erasable highlighters and white board markers that take her from business classes to her after-school tutoring gigs with ease.

And all this fabulous colour helps keep her organized with colour coded notes that are helpful AND way more fun to look at.

Pretty fabulous n'est pas?

Equally as fabulous, the folks at Crayola Canada have graciously offered our readers a chance to win an entire set of Crayola's new Take Note! collection that features specially formulated and functional markers, washable (!) gel pens, ERASABLE highlighters (we're obsessed!) and lots more.
Take Note! is ideal for students who like to colour code notes, daily tasks and goals for maximum productivity - and just as awesome to transform practically any "boring" surface from paper, cloth, metal, plastic or glass.
What school age or university student couldn’t use a  little more colour in their lives?
ARV $85

Enter below and don't forget to leave us a comment telling us why you would love to have Crayola Take Note! products for Back to School.
Open to residents of Canada only.

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This post was sponsored by Crayola. All opinions are strictly my own.
Good Luck!