At age 37, six months after giving birth to her daughter, 8 West Cosmetic Surgery director Angie Kozina started to notice changes in her face – not all of them positive.
“I’d lost the baby weight and thought that would be a good thing but, for the first time ever, my face looked, well, different,” she says. “It was flat, the shape had changed and I felt like I’d just lost that look of youthfulness.”
Determined to “get her pretty back,” Angie researched various treatments and invested in four face-changing procedures: Latisse, Halo, BBL and fillers. Read about her experience (and see her incredible results!) below.
“When I was younger I had those long, thick, dark eyelashes that just make this beautiful frame and attract attention to your eyes,” she says. “Just after giving birth, when my hormones post-pregnancy were changing again, my eyelashes stopped growing as long and thick as they had been before.”
Indeed, post-partum hair loss, which is common, can affect eyelashes as well. Angie tried extensions but, despite visiting a “very reputable salon” and loving the way the temporary lashes looked, found that her own eyelashes suffered after the extensions fell off.
“My own, natural eyelashes were even sparser,” she remembers.
Enter Latisse, a simple and proven growth treatment for eyelashes that’s applied once daily at home. Its active ingredient, bimatoprost, is believed to increase the length of the growth phase of the eyelash hair cycle and simultaneously increase the number of hairs in this growth phase. The result: thicker, longer, darker lashes in weeks and, as Angie says, “a really simple way to feel prettier.”
Pregnancy and all the hormones that go along with it also had a damaging effect on Angie’s skin.
“I started getting pigmentation all over my cheeks and forehead,” she says, adding that this common issue is often referred to as pregnancy mask. “This, combined with all the outdoor sports I do in the sun gave me a classic case of hyper-pigmented skin. But it didn’t mean I couldn’t do anything about it.”
Angie accessed Halo – an amazing hybrid fractional laser treatment that takes skin rejuvenation to the next level. Using not one but two laser beams, this revolutionary procedure works to improve skin’s overall tone and texture, significantly remove discolouration and reduce pore size to increase skin’s luminous glow. You can even customize your Halo treatment to suit your individual recovery needs.
“I’d lost weight and also volume in my face – totally normal as you get older – and it even plumped up my skin,” she says. “Before Halo the skin on my face was thin and “blah” – it wasn’t tight or bright like it used to be. Now my skin actually looks better than it ever has before in my life.”
To address the issue of collagen loss – also a normal part of the aging process – Angie turned to Forever Young broadband light (BBL) photofacial, which uses intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy to produce clearer-looking skin that’s firmer and more even in tone and texture.
“The light energy gently heats the upper layers of the skin, and the heat that is absorbed by targeted areas actually stimulates new collagen production there, making the skin firmer and more supple,” she explains. “It also clears up the skin of those reds and browns, giving a nice even complexion.”
With no downtime and instant results, Angie, who admits her “battle with hyperpigmentation will likely be an ongoing one,” has committed to three 15-minute BBL treatments a year to “keep those issues, and the issue of collagen loss due to aging,” at bay.
“That, along with one or two Halos a year, depending on your age, is one of the best ways to slow down the signs of sun and aging and maintain your youthfulness,” she says. “I believe it’s a sound investment in your skin.”
Fillers, Angie says, are “an extremely simple way to get a boost – and it looks so good!” Further, nearly no one in their 30s can’t benefit from a bit of filler in the cheek, to give that round, full look that can take years off your face.
A typical treatment takes about 30 minutes, depending on the area being targeted. For Angie, addressing her nasolabial folds, which run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth, was of particular importance. Some filler in her cheeks effectively lifted that part of her face and took emphasis off these so-called smile or laugh lines.
“A little in the lips is nice, too,” she adds. “It really just rounds it all out.”
To learn more about Latisse, Halo, BBL and fillers, or any of our other treatments, be sure to book your free consultation with one of our skin-care experts today!