“I went to visit a dermo ”

Glamour (South Africa) - - Beauty/Skin - – Florence Kane

My six-year-old son has been wak­ing up at 5.30am for weeks. This is of­ten af­ter his 20-month-old brother has gone back to sleep af­ter chat­ting at 3.30am. And it might be on the heels of my binge-watch­ing TV un­til 1am.

This is not to com­plain about my life. It’s just to say that I’m of­ten tired! And I look it. I’m low-main­te­nance when it comes to beauty. I don’t have a dermo on speed dial. I don’t ex­fo­li­ate much. The eye creams in my cab­i­net are quite full. Some days I for­get to mois­turise. Mostly I just don’t have the time.

Lately I’ve con­sid­ered some­thing cos­metic, like fillers or Botox. I’ve never been for or against them. Then my hus­band said he’d tried ‘Bro­tox’ (a ver­sion of the wrin­kle re­laxer mar­keted to men). I looked closer: his brow fur­row crease was gone. I was jeal­ous.

Which is why I find my­self at the der­ma­tol­o­gist. “To help you look more awake, there are a cou­ple of things we can do,” he says. “Soften these lines that form on the sides and be­tween your eyes when you smile with a bit of Botox” – which re­laxes mus­cles and smooths out wrin­kles – “here, here and here, and be­tween the brows.” ( Yes, please!) “And blend the lines un­der them, the tear troughs, with filler to plump it up.”

I’m ner­vous and ex­cited. I’m not scared of nee­dles, but I’m wor­ried about look­ing weird. The in­jec­tions take 10 min­utes, and it’ll be 14 days be­fore the filler set­tles in.

At first my face feels odd. But in just 14 days, the sen­sa­tions end. The crease be­tween my brows barely re­mains – same with the wrin­kles around my eyes when I smile. Peo­ple no­tice, but more im­por­tantly, I feel bet­ter. I get why peo­ple spend all this money (ses­sions start at R6 000) and make it a reg­u­lar thing. And I have no guilt. My joy is un­apolo­getic. Who knows? Maybe by the time my first visit wears off, I might be get­ting real sleep.

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