When Maria Stekanos looked in the mirror on the morning she turned 43, she didn’t like what was staring back at her. The once taut skin that she enjoyed throughout her 20s was starting to loosen. And something else materialized: fine lines.
“I could not believe it. What happened to my youth? I look in the mirror every day, sometimes several times a day, but I guess I never saw that my skin had changed,” says Stekanos. “Right then and there I decided I needed to do something about that.”
But for many women with pre-teen kids, any disposable income that she and her husband has goes toward her children and their activities—in this case softball and dance.
“I would have considered plastic surgery because I believe in doing it before it gets really bad and would be so noticeable,” says Stekanos. “But that wasn’t an option.”
She did her research, and settled on injectables: BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM® at Health and MedSpa in Clearwater to help fill in the gaps that time has taken away.
“BOTOX® is one of the most recent and most exciting advances for treatment of wrinkles, lines, and the aging face,” says Irina Peters, spa director at Health and Medspa. “BOTOX® is a highly purified, naturally occurring protein which has the ability to very precisely relax the muscles to which it is applied. This relaxation lasts for a number of months, and then the treated muscles gradually return to their original condition.”
She says BOTOX® does not affect the nerves responsible for sensation, so there is no numbness in the treated areas. She says it is does not alter your natural expression and features.
BOTOX® takes just a few minutes and normally lasts about 3-4 months.
In some areas, Stekanos needed a bit more, so she opted for JUVÉDERM®.
JUVÉDERM® injectable gel is for injection into areas of facial tissue where moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds occur to temporarily add volume to the skin, especially around the nose and mouth. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC injectable gel is for deep injection in the cheek area to correct age-related volume loss in adults over the age of 21.
“It’s been six months since getting the injectables from Health and Medspa in Clearwater and I feel like I look 10 years younger!” says Stekanos. “I could not be happier!”
SOURCE: Health and Medspa
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