How My Mom Suckered Me Into Seeing a Fancy Beverly Hills Dermatologist
It was all she wanted for Christmas. I had to go.
The word is "filler."
"You mean, like an injection?" I ask. "Yes, you have gorgeous eyes, but I think a filler would look very nice on you. It's a Restylane injection under the eyes that fills in the hollowed out area, creating a fat pad." She continues, "You are missing a fat pad underneath your eyes, but that can be remedied with a filler."
I stare into the handheld mirror and examine my fat pad-less face. I try to puzzle out what I've just been told. "You have beautiful eyes...that really could use a Restylane injection or two." Not exactly the world's best pickup line, but she's right. Dr. Shamban has zeroed in on my dark circle insecurity. I would sooner walk out the door in my bra and underwear than not put on under eye concealer. But I always just thought I had dark circles; I didn't realize it was the thin skin under my eyes that was creating that illusion.
Now, I'm sure these injections would help my fat pad predicament, but it doesn't matter, because they're way, way out of my price range. I recently cut Caramel Macchiatos out of my budget, so there's no way I can afford $900 Restylane injections every 8 to 12 months. Dr. Shamban explains that my under eye circles are "background noise" and distract from my eyes, which is true. But paying for $900 injections would create their own form of background noise...as in, I wouldn't be able to afford rent.
So, the good news is that I have amazing pores! Yay! The bad news? I'm all hallowed out and need Restylane injections. I figure you gotta be prepared to win some and lose some when you walk into a dermatologist's office in Beverly Hills.
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