I’ve heard people talk about something called sleep. I believe it’s something I used to do before children and the weight of the world got the better of me. I try my best with make-up and what can only be described as industrial grade concealer to hide the stress and lack of sleep that has taken residence under my eyes. With bags big enough to hold all my luggage and dark circles that would be the envy of most raccoons there is only so much a mere cosmetic can be expected to do. I have tried all the light reflecting magic, miracle potions out there and don’t get me wrong they can make a difference up to a point. But, the 24/7 hustle of being a working mum who’s building a brand, writing as well as 9 to 5’ing takes a toll.
I am obviously very open minded when it comes to aesthetics and plastics. So, when I learned about the use of fillers to treat Tear Troughs, the area around the eyes, I was more than intrigued. Now, don’t get me wrong the idea of having a filler, in this case Teosyal injected into the eye socket sounds a bit frightening. However, I was incredibly lucky to have had a Teoxane Trainer carrying out my treatment.
Dr Linea Strachan is trained dentist, but has been doing aesthetics for nearly 10 years. She is the clinical director of A&L Clinics, which is one of the best and busiest cosmetic clinics in Suffolk. Luckily for me she has recently started running a clinic from Harley Street. She is the teacher for intermediate and advanced filler techniques for Teoxane UK. Dr Strachan is an award winning practitioner having won in two categories in facial aesthetics in the Aesthetic Dentistry Awards 2016.
I met Dr Strachan in Harley Street on the day of the treatment. As a rule of thumb people will often tell you that the best way to judge someone’s aesthetic skill is by looking at them. Well Dr Strachan is certainly an amazing advert for her work. She is as brilliant as she is stunning. Following in intensive consultation and taking a set of before photos she explained that she would be using a new bit of technology for the treatment called a Teosyalpen. It is basically an electronic dispenser that distributes the filler into the area being treated. Dr Strachan first put in a small cannula which was then attached to the Teosyalpen. I have had filler on many occasions and even with a numbing cream there is often a sting. Not overly painful but usually enough to cause the eyes water a bit. But, with the pen there was literally nothing. I did not have any numbing cream and the only thing I felt was the tinniest scratch when the cannula was put in and just a bit of vibration as the teosyal went into the tear trough. This was hands down the least painful treatment I have ever had. It took no more than 15 minutes per side and the results were instant. Because of the technique Dr Strachan uses there was no bruising and I couldn’t even see the entry point from the needle.
Following the procedure you look like you have just come out of a week long nap! I was in awe of the difference. There was minimal swelling which was pretty much gone within the week. No down time whatsoever and a result that lasts up to a year. Seriously, what’s not to love?
Time for a safety lecture and some words of caution about this and all aesthetic treatments. A tear trough should not under any circumstances be administered by a non-medically trained practitioner! Now I realise there are a number of people who are happy to be injected with any number of things by beauticians, I am not one of them. Every single one of these procedures have the ability to cause serious and life altering side effects in the wrong hands. Prior to any procedure an extensive consultation should be carried out to ensure you are suitable and safe to have the treatment. In addition the person injecting you should have the training to deal with complications should they arise. I know a “bit of filler” seems like no bid deal. But, if you were to have an allergic reaction to it does that beautician injecting you in the backroom of a salon have the medical training to deal with an anaphylactic shock? Will basic life support even be something he or she is trained in much less the injection of adrenaline in an emergency. I say this as a nurse not just a blogger. These are things you need to consider when undertaking a “bit of a tweak”. Beauticians are amazing at their jobs and in no way am I putting down their skills for “beauty treatments”. Injecting chemicals into the skin though done for non-medical reasons are still medical procedures and should be respected as that. I believe that aesthetic treatments should be regulated in such a way as to make it illegal for anyone other than medically trained professionals to inject them. With the treatment of your Tear Troughs in particular the experience and education of your practitioner is absolutely your number one priority.