BEAUTY BOOT CAMP
Happy Thanksgiving weekend!! I hope everyone had an awesome day with friends and family! We had a GREAT day hanging out with Mini and Ryan’s family. First, the hubs and I had an impromptu lunch date sans Asher, and it was DELISH. After some chillin on the couch and football watching, we headed to his parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner. It was a great evening! Speaking of giving thanks, I want to THANK YOU ALL for reading Life Lutzurious! It makes me very happy to hear “I really loved your latest post,” or “thanks for the inspiration” It means so much! xoxo
Ok on to the post! During pregnancy, I definitely had that “glow” that everyone talks about. My face was fuller, smoother, and softer, as well as my hair thicker and shinier. But let’s be honest, that glow was the result of the extra 25, ok maybe 30 lbs, I had on me. Then you have the baby and all hell breaks loose. Yes, I was happy to lose my weight so quickly, but the rapid weight loss wrecked havoc on my face. The weight loss, late nights, and breastfeeding brought on more dullness and a lot of wrinkles. Around 14 weeks post-partum, I met Dr. Melanie Petro at Petro Facial Plastic Surgery & MedSpa to discuss her Holiday Open House Celebration (more on this later) that I will be on location for with B-Metro. When I walked into her gorgeous new space, I was blown away. The space is extremely inviting, creating a serene, spa-like atmosphere. The crisp, all-white furniture added a nice modern touch, and both the natural lighting and beautiful fixtures contributed to the airy space. As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by her GORG and VERY friendly staff. They made sure I felt comfortable and taken care of, making me feel like I was the only patient there that day. Before I arrived, I have to admit, I was a tad bit nervous. When Dr. Petro walked into our meeting, the first thing I noticed was how striking she was. Absolutely stunning. I am sure when she walked into our meeting, she thought the opposite: whoa this poor girl needs some help. Even if she DID feel that way, she made me feel extremely comfortable. When she asked what I which treatment I was interested in, I had NO CLUE. I have never had any sort of treatment, such as microdermabrasion, or even a facial for that matter. In fact, I learned microdermabrasion is pretty old school. Clueless. She recommended several treatments to And it was super easy and pain free! So, what treatments did I receive?
This was perhaps the most invasive of my bootcamp, but invasive is not the word I would use AT ALL to describe this type of laser. So, what is this HALO exactly? According to the Scion website,
it is “the world’s first and only hybrid fractional laser, applying tunable non-ablative and ablative wavelengths in a single pass to maximize results and reduce downtime.”
Ok, that sounds like Greek to me too. But the most important part here is the reduction of downtime. Again, I have never received any sort of laser treatment before, but from what I have heard, traditional lasers cause A LOT of redness and swelling for an extended period time. I was 100% back to normal in a matter of days. And ventured out in public later that day. What are the benefits? “Halo is a complete skin rejuvenation treatment. You will see improvements in overall tone and texture in addition to significant removal of discoloration, reduction in fine lines*, reduced pore size, skin reflectivity and glow.” As I mentioned, the treatment was pain free. Both Dr. Petro and Tisha were very gentle and made me feel very comfortable. I am now 1 week post-treatment and have already started seeing results. In fact, this morning, my husband said “are you wearing makeup? Your face looks amazing.” I will post “before and after”shots when I am 1 month post-treatment, but go to the end of the post to see a picture of me this morning before we headed out to lunch. Literally ZERO makeup.
- Does it hurt? No, it does not hurt at all. Prior to the treatment, they numb your face with lidocaine gel. After the treatment, your face feels “hot,” kind of like a mild sunburn. But it is not uncomfortable by any means.
- What post-treatment symptoms should I expect? Immediately after, I was red. The next day I was pretty swollen, but that subsided on day 3 and was completely gone by day 4. Your face starts to look like it is peeling, but this is pretty easy to cover up with makeup.
- How long does it take? I believe the entire procedure lasted about an hour. You numb for 20 minutes or so, then the treatment takes about 20 minutes.
- When will I see results? You will start seeing results within a few days, but the rejuvenation lasts for months. I believe the major results can be seen around 1 month after.
I realize I am a rookie when it comes to facial treatments, but I had no clue what “dermaplaning” involved. I had heard the term but assumed it was something the celebs did in LA. 😉 Anyways, dermaplaning is simply the removal of superficial skin cells and hair on the surface of the skin. They use a small tool to remove the top layers of skin as well as the peach fuzz. Does it hurt? (That’s always my first question.) NOT AT ALL. You honestly can’t even feel it. But the results are AMAZING. My face is VERY VERY soft…like as soft as Asher’s face and feels so much lighter. It was a great feeling to get all the dead skin off. This is an excellent treatment to get on the backend of HALO or even by itself before an event.
These are change your life AWESOME! According to their website, Xtreme lashes are “the ultimate answer for longer, thicker, more beautiful-looking eyelashes. Developed to mimic your natural eyelashes, each Xtreme Lashes Eyelash Extension is individually applied to a single eyelash, resulting in a gorgeous, natural appearance. Using a proprietary adhesive, Xtreme Lashes Eyelash Extensions are only applied by a trained and certified Xtreme Lashes® Lash Stylist. Xtreme Lashes Eyelash Extensions are not traditional false eyelashes, eyelash flares or implants. Safe and comfortable to wear, Xtreme Lashes® Eyelash Extensions are never applied directly to your skin or eyelid. With routine touchups every two to four weeks, you can have amazing eyelashes indefinitely.” The entire procedure took about 2 hours but was very relaxing and painless. And the results are truly AMAZING. My lashes look much longer and fuller but still natural looking, JUST in time for the holiday season. Amy did an awesome job! She truly is the best. In addition, she tinted my eyebrows. Score! No more brow pencil. Here is a great before and after shot of my lashes:
Again, I am beyond thankful for Dr. Petro and her staff (Tisha, Amy, and Katie were amazing) guiding me towards which treatments would be best. I feel a MILLION times better, and the reaction from the hubs made it all worth it! Now to decide what’s next!
So, as I mentioned earlier…Dr. Petro is having her Holiday Open House Celebration this Thursday, December 3rd to celebrate her FAB NEW location. B-Metro will be on location with their red carpet, and Dr. Petro will be giving away some AMAZING door prizes (including a HALO treatment, valued at $1500, Botox, Coolsculpting, and Hydrafacial). In addition, she is offering a $100 credit for EVERY SINGLE PERSON in attendance. That’s a $100 to use towards any treatment booked during the event. Here is a link to the Facebook invitation for their Holiday Open House Celebration. The party is sure to be a BLAST, so I better see you there! Yours truly will be on location, and rumor has it that THE Christopher Confero is the party planner extraordinaire for this event. If you haven’t been to one of his events, you are in for a treat. NOTE: Her new address is 905 Montgomery Highway Suite 101 in Vestavia.
Isn’t her space beautiful? Feel free to email me with any questions about the treatments I received. I will be posting more before and after photos and a review of my entire HALO experience in a few weeks. Until then, we will see you at the party on Thursday! Oh, and here I am 100% makeup free (with maybe the exception of some eyeliner I didn’t completely wash off from the day before. #newmomprobs), 1 week after the HALO treatment, 1 day after Dermaplane, and with the Xtreme lashes…#thoselashesthough. And just wait until you see the results after a month. Each day, my skin keeps improving!