12.10.2010

All In The Name Of Vanity

I went for my second Rosacea laser treatment today... six weeks to the day since my last visit. Remember that?

However, this time I was prepared. This time I knew what to expect. This time I knew exactly how it would feel, what my nose would look like, and even planned an entire weekend of activities ... knowing full well that nobody would even notice that I had anything done to my face.

Except ... I left the office with my nose looking nothing like it did the last time.

See, I mentioned to the dermatologist that I didn't notice any difference since the last treatment. Not only that, I didn't have any redness or even showed any signs that I had laser treatment done.

She fixed that today.

Apparently when your dermatologist asks you if you have any plans for the week because when she turns up the intensity on the laser your nose is going to bruise immediately, turn purple, and stay that way for about 7 days ...

... and you respond, "no worries because I can always cover it up with make-up"

... and she responds back with, "um... no, makeup isn't going to cover this"

... and you roll your eyes because you don't believe her... and then say, "bruise me ... bruise me doctor"

Well ... then you're an idiot. And you should have. Because your dermatologist specializes in laser treatments. And she wasn't kidding. And now you're bruised and you look like Rudolph's third cousin, once removed.

There really wasn't any more pain for this laser treatment than the last time. Okay, maybe it was a little more intense. But nothing awful. It just looks far worse than it feels.




5 minutes after I left the doctor's office ...




1 hour later ...




3 hours later ...




10 hours later ...


Lucky for me, I live in the land of the laser treatment, so nobody even blinked when I went shopping this afternoon. Of course, I'm sure there may be a few glances once this bruise starts to heal ... because the doctor warned me that it scabs before it falls off.

I think I just may believe her.


p.s. I am very aware that I'm not wearing any makeup, that the photos are taken way-too up close and personal, and that I probably should have at least plucked my eyebrows or put on some of my trademark dark lipstick for the photos. Would it really have helped detract your eyes from my nose?

15 comments:

Christy said...

You are hysterical Jill! Love the play by play. Just keep it up, okay?! I want to see progress! Have a fun weekend!!

A Daring Adventure said...

That last picture of you is the absolute funniest thing I have ever seen. You CRACK ME UP!!

A Daring Adventure said...

p.s. DAMMIT. Even with a bruised nose you are STILL mega gorgeous. Refer back to my saying before that I will NEVER be caught dead in a picture with you.

Shannon said...

OH WOW! You are one brave woman! I have to say that I agree with Kolbi you are still gorgeous even with a purple nose.

DelhiBound said...

you just crack me UP ... lovely nose ya got there, lady!

Daniela said...

You are brave to post these but it's useful stuff for those considering laser treatment. Thanks for posting those pictures. Can't wait to see the "after" shots.

Mom24 said...

So funny.

After your PS I had to go back and check out the eyebrows. ;)

OHmommy said...

Before you mentioned that you were wearing no make-up I was going to comment how completely adorable you were and how well sculpted your eyebrows were.

I want to reach out and HUG you Jill. XO

mosey said...

I feel just the slightest bit put out since even with a bruised nose and no makeup you look friggin' awesome. It's just not fair. xx

Issas Crazy World said...

I love that you posted Rudolph nose photos. :)

Connie said...

You are still gorgeous, even partially purple! Glad you are able to get the treatments you want :) and the take-away lesson is: NEVER challenge a woman with a laser aimed at your nose!

Heather said...

I've always been tempted to try some laser treatments! I'm sure after the bruising goes away you'll be really happy with the results. Seriously, no makeup?! You look great!!

Kat said...

I wish I looked like that without any makeup! You look great!
As for the nose. Well, it will be all better before you know it. :)

Twenty Four At Heart said...

OK, I live here too and I have a giant broken capillary on my nose. Email me your doc's name - I'm desperate. (Although, maybe getting it zapped would make it worse?) Halp! : )

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Okay - so that looks really painful... But scabbing/bruising aside, you look just as pretty without any makeup. I only wish I looked that good (even with make up...and a non-scabbed/bruised nose).

Also? I have had laser done for hair removal so I think I know what you mean by intense. Doesn't hurt with the numbing cream but it does feel like an assault.

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