4 In Midlife Crisis Fodder/ Mommy Confessions

OMG – I Did It (The Micro Laser Peel Story)

So, remember when I finally fessed-up about my anti-aging attempts? For at least a year I kept my use of Botox and Juvederm pretty close to the vest because…well, people tend to be either for or against it, but very little in-the-middle.

Well, in that post, I mentioned I was considering a photo facial. I’ve waffled back and forth since then, eager to combat my wrinkles, but terrified of how things might turn out. I probably would have put the whole thing off even longer if my doc hadn’t mentioned a special year-of-beauty thing he’s started up. It’s kind of like what you run into at Massage Envy and tanning salons–pay a monthly fee and get a monthly treatment for a set fee. A great idea to spread the cost and stay consistent with your treatments for the best results.

The package at my place lets you chose from four monthly treatments; chemical peel, mini photo facial, mini micro laser peel, or a one-hour spa facial. Well, I took a mental health day from the office today and finally decided, “What the hell.”

At nine o’clock this morning I signed up and got my first mini micro laser peel.

Lots of folks chimed in on the anti-aging post (some online and some privately), so I figured I’d report back on how things are going.

First, it didn’t hurt nearly as bad as I’d thought. Kind of like if you laid a warm-to-hot metal object on your face for just a second. The worst part was what I’m calling the after burn effect that hit between five and ten minutes after they were done, but they wrapped me up in a cold towel and that went away pretty fast.

For the first hour I felt like I had a bad sunburn. Now I’m down to feeling like a good afternoon on the lake.

Now for the visual impact. Obviously, I can’t share the full results because it’s only been two hours. If I remember right, I’m probably looking at two to three days before the redness from the procedure is gone. (I can share more later if y’all are interested.)

It’s the “right now” part that scared me the most going in. Would I be home-bound the whole weekend? Scare my kids? End up like Samantha in Sex and The City when she got the chemical peel?


Maybe not quite that bad, but yeah, definitely red. And I’m not going out until at least tonight. Or tomorrow. We’ll see.

So what do you think? Think I’ve lost my marbles? Uncovered a new must have deal to add to my Cool Stuff list?

And hell no, I’m not posting a picture. I’m brave, but not that ballsy.


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  • Reply
    CJ Burright
    March 21, 2014 at 11:56 am

    You’ll have to post “before” and “after” photos!

    • Reply
      March 21, 2014 at 11:59 am

      I thought about that, but of course, not until I was laying in the comfy chair so I missed my before opportunity. Oh, well. Maybe I’ll do one and track it through the rest of my “year of beauty.”

  • Reply
    March 24, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    OMG. More pictures! I’m weird in that I wanna see before and after. πŸ™‚

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    Gretchen Wing
    March 26, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Really looking forward to the results and how you feel about the worthwhileness (not a word but it should be) of the procedure. Oh, and speaking of should-be words, my family & I decided once that the female version of ballsy should be “boobsy.” Feel free to steal that. πŸ™‚

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