Cosmetic Procedure Went Wrong: Letter from Miss F.

December 1st, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Cosmetic proceduresThis lady contacted me and agreed to share her journey over the last few years. May we all learn from her experience…

“First I want to say how happy I am that I found you by coincidence. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! Not only with your books and products but also with the free information on your website. I know you are a very busy woman. But I really hope you can make some time to read my story …

I have been depressed for almost 3 years now about my appearance, now I am 27. It all started at the age of 24 in 2011. In June of 2010 I started using retinoid cream (Vitamin A cream) because it was supposed to help with the few pimples I had and when I heard that it was the only anti aging cream that really works, I was sold. I thought I will have great pimple-free skin now and wrinkle-free skin later in life. I had no instruction with it but after the first couple of months (after experiencing redness and flakes at first) I had glowing and beautiful skin. But then at the end of 2010 I noticed I had very large smile lines and my pores became bigger and I had this orange peel texture on my face.  I immediately stopped with the cream. What bothered me the most were the big smile lines that didn’t go away no matter how much moisturizer I put on them. I then also developed lines next to the smile lines in my cheeks, more like dents.  I looked tired and prematurely aged. Then I noticed the volume (fat) in my face started to disappear, I always thought I was good looking and was very happy with how I looked. But now I was very very depressed at the point of not wanting to live any more.

I then decided I had to do something and I got a dermal filler Juvederm for the smile lines. The lines disappeared but I still looked old because of the fat-loss and the horrible inflamed skin. I think the depression made everything worse. I was so desperate that I would try anything. I’ve searched on the Internet everyday for solutions for my problems, it was the only thing I would do in my free-time. I didn’t go out with friends anymore, I cried everyday and going to work was a struggle. I was in a deep black hole and wanted to come out of it, I didn’t want give up on life. So I’ve had a lot of procedures, first the OBAGI Nu-derm System followed by a TCA peeling and because I thought the TCA peeling made my pores even more visible and I was very impatient and wanted quick results I made the biggest mistake of all: I had two CO2 Fractional Laser treatments which made everything worse, uneven skin texture, orange peel texture, more fat-loss, big pores, dots of the laser all over my face, pores forming small lines on my face. I was devastated for after all this hurt and the pain and money I spent on the procedures still nothing helped. In the meantime, I already was eating healthy because I read on the Internet articles about food and aging. But it wasn’t enough. Until the age of 25 I always ate junk food and very bad things, never fruit or vegetables. But in my depression period, I searched a lot about food and aging and tried to eat healthier (even when I didn’t have any appetite, I forced myself to eat).

I think the Retinoid, the depression, the laser treatments and my bad eating habit made me age before my time.

This year I decided to have the volume in my face restored with fat grafting. I had two treatments and I am happy so far. I am going back for two other treatments because I had very full cheeks before all of this. This year I also discovered you and your website and since June I am trying to follow your example. I am about 85% raw now, I still eat cooked Quinoa and cooked Sweet Potato, Brown Rice crackers and 85% dark chocolate. I really noticed a BIG difference in my skin it looks so much better but I am not there yet! I hope it will get even better. I purchased all of your books and some of your products just this month so I hope to learn more and look better with each day.”

Perfect Skin in 5 Steps

Lately I’ve received more than one sad testimonial. The theme is: When the treatment started to lessen in effect, I began using more and more…For some, more of the same treatment. For others, new treatments laid over old. But the effects wear off.  Some give up. Some enter a spiral of ever more drastic methods, and the downward slope steepens. As a natural alternative route, please consider my Five Steps to Perfect Skin

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