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My Experience with Zerona

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I’m so excited to share my experience and results I have had with Zerona. I’ve been having treatments done for around three months and feel like I can give you an honest review!

Being that I am in my late 40’s, keeping in shape is not as easy as it once was for sure! I work out five times a week and eat a clean, gluten and dairy free diet. However, there were still some areas on my body that would not tone up to my liking. So when I saw Austin Body Contouring on Instagram, I was interested in learning more about what they were offering.

In the past, I have tried cool sculpting once, with no results and endermologie. Both of which are for toning and cellulite/fat removal.  I love endermologie for many reasons. However, it did not have a lasting effect on me. I had heard of Zerona but didn’t know anything about it until Ed at Austin Body Contouring educated me on the whole process. I’m up for trying pretty much any anti-aging procedure once, so I signed up to start my sessions.

I named this post My Experience With Zerona because this is one treatment where results will vary. There are a lot of lifestyle requirements that go along with the procedure. (Read more about those in the Q & A at the end of this post) Luckily I already lead a healthy lifestyle so no big changes here for me. You’ll need to stick to those lifestyle changes. Then if your body is functioning as needed, you should see changes happening in your body!

Results

For me, Zerona has pretty much changed the shape of my thighs, helped with that back fat (Ewww) and thinned out my lower face and under my chin a bit. It basically took the fluff off my entire body. I am thrilled with the results! I continue to go weekly because, honestly, I don’t have to work out so hard and have more time for other things. Working out 4-5 times a week is still my lifestyle, however, now I can substitute a high cardio day now with some yoga or stretching.

Pre Treatment Prep

The first step is to schedule a consultation. There you can have all of the lifestyle needs explained to you and your questions answered. At Austin Body Contouring you can expect this to be 30 min of fat cell and Zerona education. During your consultation, Ed will go over your options, and you can decide together if Zerona is a good fit for you. Knowing this is important because it is a commitment and you don’t want to waste your time or money on a process that isn’t for you.

You will also have the option to start taking Milk Thistle and Nician before during and after your treatments. More about that below.

For Zerona to be effective your lymphatic system needs to be in top shape! You can read more about that here.

Zerona MachineTreatments

The Treatments are given in private rooms.  Leaving your underwear and bra on, you then lay on a massage table that is covered with fresh linen. There are blankets to cover parts that are being treated. The machine is then placed over the body part that you want to treat, 3″ away from your skin. The technician then pushes a button that turns the machine on for 20 min and leaves the room. You are free to have your phone during the entire treatment. I do not experience ANY pain.. at all. I sometimes even fall asleep!

Austin Body Contouring does do it a little differently than other places I’ve researched. Their sessions are 2 hours, once a week.  So you get 6- 20 minutes sessions in 2 hours. Surprisingly the machine does not have to be placed on every body part to work. I’ve only had it focused on my belly, back, front thigh, and back thighs. However, I see results on my arms and face. So cool right?!

Is it worth it? Honestly, it works for me. Especially at the price point that Austin Body Contouring offers!

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Q & A

 

How is Zerona different from other fat reducing treatments?

Zerona drains a fat cell where most other procedures kill fat cells.  While killing fat cells may sound better, the problem occurs when an individual gains weight after killing the fat cells. Since the fat cells are now gone permanently, should you gain weight later in life, the fat will now have to go to a “new” place in the body since the “dead fat” cells have not been replaced. This can result in a person looking unproportioned or as some would say “lumpy.”

Describe your ideal patient for receiving Zerona treatments?

Individuals looking to gain a healthier lifestyle are ideal candidates for Austin Body Contouring.  The ideal patient for Zerona will have a healthy liver, lymphatic system, and Kidneys.  These 2 organs and 1 system process the released fat out of the body (after it has been released during the treatments) via bodily functions.

Talk about the supplements to be taken and lifestyle to maintain during treatments.

We ask that our clients consider taking Niacin (B3) for its vasodilating effects.  This will help “flush” the fat out via bodily functions.

Milk thistle is recommended to aid the liver in cleansing and detoxing.

We coach our clients in “Eating Well to Live Well” and recommend they follow a “Lean, Clean & Green Plan.” Meaning; Lean proteins and good fats, Clean unprocessed whole foods and plenty of green vegetables. The green veggies are high in fiber, great for the liver and lymphatic system and lower sugar levels than some other vegetables.

How long can the results be maintained?

Once you have completed your treatments, we recommend that you get on the scale daily.  If you maintain the same weight and healthy lifestyle, your results will remain indefinitely.

How do you keep your prices so low?

We have multiple machines which affords us the ability to treat more people on a daily basis, thus allowing us to maintain a competitive price.

How many treatments would be most beneficial?

Understanding that everyone is truly unique, 3 treatments is a great place to start.  One of 2 things will occur:

  1. You will achieve enough of a change to “jump-start” your journey,
  2. Or, you will be able to look at the results you have experienced and determine if the time and investment make sense for your specific situation.

Thank you for reading! Let me know if you’ve tried Zerona in the past or you are wanting to try it now!

xx-Tammy

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How and When To Start Getting Botox

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How and when to get Botox

When you read a blog post on Her Fashioned Life, I want you to feel comfortable that I’m being transparent and honest with you in all things. That said, let me start by saying, I am not in any way an expert or doctor and all information and opinions below are from my past experiences. I’m also very excited to have the owner of Saving Face, Brooke Nichol RN, agree to answer a couple of questions at the end of this post and get her expert opinions.

I started my journey with Botox at age 35. The middle of the brows, the 11’s, as they are called, were my first target. At this time, I only needed to go every 6 months or so to keep the wrinkles at bay. As I aged more I added my forehead and then finally around the eyes, (crows feet) a touch. Now in my late 40’s, I have a regularly scheduled appointment,  just like I do with my hair or nails,  every 3-4 months. At each appointment, my chosen expert, Brooke from Saving Face, skillfully assess my face with her trained eye and treats me accordingly to what I would benefit from.


When Should You Start Injections

“Aging is out of your control how you handle it though is in your hands. “-Diane Von Furstenberg

I’m happy to say injectables are becoming more acceptable in our society! Woman have access to cutting-edge products and techniques that are helping them age gracefully. When and if you decide to take advantage of Botox is ultimately up to you, and your comfort level of what you think of your reflection in the mirror. One thing to remember about Botox is that it’s not permanent. Usually 4-5 months and then it’s gone. So it’s not a major commitment.

It’s a bit of a trend now for 20 somethings to start injections before they see the wrinkles. I do not have experience with this so I cannot attest to being an early bird. I waited until I had the wrinkles and knew I would feel better about my appearance without them.


What You Need To Know and Do Before You Go

Research

Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find a qualified and good doctor, however, unless you know the women very well, you’re not going to want to ask people where they are getting their botox. The next best way to find a reputable doctor is to start with an internet search of “Best Botox Doctors in Austin” – or your city. Make a list of 10 or so, Google each doctor to look for red flags in reviews. When you have your list down to 3 or 4, call the offices and ask about the training and experience of the doctor administering the botulinum toxin injections.

Also, ask about pricing per unit in your phone call. Most reputable doctors will run around the same, but they can give you a rough estimate of how much the treatment will be for each area.

Please stay away from all pop-up shops, botox parties and Groupon discounts, these can lead to very bad experiences you do not want to have.

Once you feel confident in your choice, you can either schedule a consult to get to know the doctor better, answer any questions and get a firmer cost for the procedure or go ahead and schedule to receive treatment.

The treatment is very quick, 15 to 30 min.  A numbing cream will not be used. Saving Face gives you an ice pack right before they inject which is very appreciated!

Pre Injections

  • Skip the fish oil, vitamin E, aspirin or anything that thins your blood for 2-3 days prior. This will lessen any bruising.
  • Take arnica or bromelain (pineapple) supplements the day of.
  • Plan the timing of your appt. There is a chance of bruising, usually, you can cover with makeup, but if you have an event planned just know that it is possible.

Post Appointment

  • I love to rub in arnica oil at the injection spots for 24 hours or so, it helps with swelling and bruising. You can also continue the bromelain supplements after until your bruise, if any, goes away.
  • Stay upright for 3-4 hours.

Side Effects

  • You may have bumps at the injection sites for up to 15 min or so. Most likely, they will be gone by the time you get to your car.
  • Slight Bruising

It will take 3-5 days to see the full results. When it takes effect your skin should be visibly smooth. Not artificial looking, just youthful. Most doctors want to see you two weeks after to see if any touch up is needed.

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Saving Face Q & A

Saving Face is a boutique injectable lounge, in Austin, Texas. They specialize in anti-aging injectables, including dermal fillers, neuromuscular modulators, and skin care. The owner, Brooke Nichol and her nurse practitioner, Victoria Hunter pride themselves in knowing the latest techniques and procedures with the safest, FDA regulated products. They only do injections all day long and are experts in their field. Brooke and Victoria are dedicated to excellent services and client relationships. First, they will assist you in a custom treatment plan to collaborate on what the next few steps may be in your process. After clearing an aesthetic assessment, you will be on your way to feeling great with a rejuvenated, fresh face.

I have been going to Saving Face now for a year, and couldn’t be happier! Their knowledge of the facial muscles and how to give, in Brooke’s words,  “a new natural appearance” is truly like no other I’ve experienced through the years! I’m so happy I have found this little gem in Austin and couldn’t recommend them more if you live in Austin TX!

Brooke has kindly agreed to answer some questions I had for her below!

I would love to hear your thoughts on what botox can add to the modern woman’s life.

Thank you so much for including me in this blog and for entrusting me with your beautiful face. At Saving Face, our motto is, Look Good, to feel Good, to Do Good and for today’s modern woman, Botox is one of the most efficient ways to do just that. It is a quick and painless approach to anti-aging where results can take you further than lotions and potions.

There is alot of confusion between the products, Botox and Dysport. Can you tell us the difference?

There are three FDA approved Neuro-modulators in the US currently. We often time misuse the brand Botox for the treatment similar to the Kleenex brand for tissue. Without getting too detailed, Botox takes a little longer to take effect (5-7 days) where Dysport can take effect immediately (1-3 days). Xeomin is the other brand on the market where in some cases can be the saving grace when Botox or Dysport doesn’t work and it is what I use when I travel because it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. The results are completely personalized to each individual. I would suggest trying them all and seeing which one works best for you.

Besides the facial muscles, what other areas of the body can benefit from using Botox?

Botox is used for many medical issues but the most common that we see, hyperhidrosis (excess sweating either in underarms, palms, or feet), migraines, and TMJ.

How common and what is the dreaded droopy eye?

There is a common misinterpretation of “droopy eye” versus “droopy brow”. A true lid ptosis (“lazy eye”) is not common at all and in the recent Botox study for treating the forehead lines was less than 1%. A more common side effect is a heavy brow or asymmetry in the brows. This can usually be corrected easily and should be addressed in the follow-up appointment. If you hold your brows up subconsciously you are likely not a candidate to treat the forehead lines because we would all rather see than have a smooth forehead.

How long does this procedure usually last in a patient?

This procedure takes 15 minutes to perform with individualized results lasting between 3 and 4 months. We tend to treat very conservatively and therefore we see our patient back closer to every 3 months. It gives a more natural result and clients seem to not mind one extra treatment a year versus looking a bit odd or “frozen”.

Thank you for reading! I hope this answers your questions and if not please feel free to leave a comment below or email me at Tammy@HerFashionedLife.com.

xx Tammy

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What Products to ditch for 2018

What Beauty Products To Ditch for 2018

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Beauty Products

A fresh new year is here if you can believe it! Along with it comes new resolutions to hopefully create better lives for ourselves. I’m actually not particularly big on resolutions, I believe in living the best life I can everyday. However, I do love the clean slate feeling a new year brings!

This is the perfect time of year to give your beauty products a makeover! Cosmetics expire like other perishable items. Taking the time to sort your items and ditch the old will make space for the new and keep your skin in beautiful shape!

Unused Products

Products you haven’t used in the past year is an easy place to start. We all have a statement lipstick we’ve bought for that one occasion but then didn’t wear it and will probably never will. Makeup pallets we didn’t quite get around to using. If you haven’t worn it by now your not going to.

You know what you like, so simplify your life and your vanity, and dump the rest you thought you might like.

 

Expired Dates

Makeup and creams can last far longer than the expire dates so take a close look at your sunscreens, beauty creams, and serums. Nothing is worse than a cream that makes your face break out because you kept it past the expiry date. The potency of sunscreens will drop considerably after 1 year. If you do not see an expiration date on an item when you buy it, write the day you bought it on the package with a sharpie then at the end of a year you can toss it.

Makeup Brushes & Sponges

Professional makeup artists clean their brushes after each use to prevent germs and keep their products pristine. I’m so guilty of using my makeup brushes and not cleaning them way past their prime! Either clean them with gentle brush cleaner now or use a gift card to buy new ones! Sponges should be thrown out after a couple of uses.

Mascara

You should be even more diligent with Products that are applied right next to your eyeball. Bacteria that builds up on the brush from being taken in and out can cause redness, itching and even conjunctivitis. Replace your mascara every 3-4 months.

Foundation & Concealer

Bacteria and germs love the water-based products! As result, foundation has a shelf life of 6-12 months after it’s been opened. Concealer and powder will be should, however, be good for around 2 years. These expired products can cause skin irritations and breakouts.

I’ve listed some of my favorite basics below to help you with your beauty refresh. You can also visit my Beauty Shop Page for more!

Thanks so much for reading!

xx- Tammy

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Winter Skincare Routine

Winter Skin Care Routine For Glowing Skin

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Transition Your Skin Care for Winter

Winter is here and just as your wardrobe has changed, your skin care routine will need to also change. Transitioning your skin care from a fairly simple and relaxed warm climate routine to a hydrating regimen for cool, dry weather will keep your skin glowing all year long.  I have gathered some of my favorite skin care products to make the transition easy.

Cleanse

These drug-store cleansers are dermatologist recommended. I’ve been using them for years and I love saving money on cleansers and spending on pricey serums and moisturizers that stay on your skin.  I use CeraVe Foaming Wash as a daily cleanser.  It helps repair the skin barrier function with hydraulic acid and ceramides.  For acne prone skin, the cult favorite is Neutrogena for Acne Prone Skin.  It cleanses with salicylic acid while also reducing redness.

Exfoliate

To maintain a clear, soft complexion, it’s important to exfoliate once or twice a week. More is not better here, you might irritate your skin. Choose a product with round granules, so you do not cause micro-tears in your skin.  An option I love is Lancer The Method Polish.  I was skeptical at first, because of the cost, but this product leaves your skin smoother than any other granular exfoliator I’ve tried. Exfoliators are a great option to use in the shower.  Another option I like is exfoliating pads, which are a perfect choice for when you wash your face in the sink.  Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Peel, are single-use power packets.  The pads will help cellular turnover, reduce the appearance of pores and brighten your skin. Both of these exfoliators will make your skin glow.

Toner

Toners often get overlooked in skin care because of time constraints. The fact is though that your skin needs water to be at it’s best. Wipe an alcohol-free toner over your skin after cleaning then immediately apply serum and moisturizer while your skin is damp, to seal in the hydration. Erno Laszlo Hydraphel Skin Supplement is an ideal choice.

Serum

Serums are my favorite skincare product! I have been using clinical grade SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF for years. This is my hero product for targeting hyperpigmentation and preventing damage from the sun, as it acts as a sunscreen also! There is science behind SkinCeuticals products! Another favorite is PCA Skin Rejuvenating Serum. This serum dissolves into your skin and will minimize signs of aging by restoring your skin’s strength with a potent epidermal growth factor.

Moisturizer

During the winter you have dry, heated indoor air or dry, cold outdoor air. You will need alot of moisture for your skin to combat that. I started adding a few drops of an oil such as La Mar Renewal Oil to my moisturizer and daily foundation it’s made a big difference. Fresh Rose Deep Hydration is an excellent cream moisturizer choice. It is a time release formula and will give you a flawless glow!

Eye-Cream

The delicate eye area will show signs of aging first. Always treat this area with specialized products. I’ve recently discovered Cosmedix Elite Eye Doctor.   This is my go-to night treatment now that depuffs helps with dark circle and moisturized like crazy! If you try one new thing try this! During the day PCA Skin EyeXcelence is what I reach for.  

 

Face Mist

OK, I’m obsessed with face mists lately! I use a couple of different kinds, several times a day. They instantly add moisture, set makeup and help shrink pores. Caudalie Beauty Elixir and Avene Thermal Spring Water are two of my favorites!

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I would love you to leave a comment below and share what products you love for winter!

xx Tammy

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