I’m not a fan of needles which is perhaps one of the reasons I never became a heroin addict. My dear old ma tells me that I cried for a week after my childhood vaccinations and when I recently had to undergo some serious dental work, which necessitated my lying in the dentist’s chair for over two hours, there came a point when I quite cheerfully would have welcomed a visit from the Grim Reaper rather than put up with any more torture. It was the worst experience of my life, and I’ve seen Steps live…twice.
But if anything is going to trump the fear of physical pain it is vanity, and while I’ve always thought that getting older is infinitely preferable to the alternative there are a couple of things about my otherwise flawless appearance that have been vexing me of late, especially now that my two hour stint at the dentist’s has given me a smile like Julia Roberts.
For me, it’s all about the glabella, that bit of your forehead that sits just above your nose between your eyebrows, where I’ve developed a vertical crease so thick and deep that you could drive a Ford Focus through it without touching the sides. It’s been bothering me A LOT, even more than Brexit, and so I decided to consult the oracle of beauty, otherwise known as my dear friend, the OutNews Global columnist and all-round good egg Steven Smith.
Without hesitation, Steven recommended that I go and see Dr Ioannis Liakas of Vie Aesthetics and a couple of days later I found myself striding manfully across Cavendish Square to Vie’s London base at 2 Harley Street.
I’m not going to lie, I was nervous, and yet Dr Ioannis put me at my ease immediately. He took a couple of photos on his iPad and recommended a combo of dermal filler and Botox.
The procedure was incredibly quick and almost entirely painless. Yes, I felt a few little pricks (stop sniggering at the back) but nothing that could be described as pain; mild discomfort lasting for a second or two would be more accurate. We were done and dusted in a few minutes.
By the time I’d got back to OutNews Global HQ, there were already two emails waiting for me, one dealing with aftercare for the fillers and the other for the Botox. Impressive service.
Apparently, the full effect of the treatment won’t become apparent for about ten days, and it’s already been six and I have to say I look fabulous. Seriously, a small amount of treatment in a very localised area seems to have enhanced my whole appearance and my glabella is as smooth as a Luther Vandross CD. I won’t go as far as to say that strangers are coming up to me in the street to compliment me on my chiselled good looks – that would be absurd – but several friends and acquaintances have commented that I look good without, of course, knowing that I’ve had a little help.
And that, I think, is what aesthetic procedures should be all about. Most people don’t want the full Joan Rivers but instead just want to look their best and if that’s your goal I strongly recommend my new besties at Vie.
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