My Injectable Filler Experience at Skin Refine Medspa

Posted: April 22, 2019


Lips still swollen, but I really loved how they looked here (This was taken about a week after)

I’ll be honest and admit that I too, was sucked into the whole Kylie Jenner pouty lip craze but it took me 2 years to finally bite the bullet and schedule an appointment for lip fillers. To be fair, my top lip has always been uneven on one side and I always had to overline the left side so it somewhat matched the ride side. I went into Skin Refine for my first lip filler appointment back in July 2018. Sandy is the master injector at Skin Refine and she recommended that I use Restylane instead of Juvederm. They’re both made out of hyaluronic acid, but just different brands (Think Mercedes vs. BMW). She mentioned that Restylane lasts a little longer than Juvederm and there is a less chance of bumps. The photo on the left is a few days after my initial appointment – as you can see, my lips are pretty huge and still swollen. They warned me that I would like my lips more during the swelling period (they were right!).


6/10 in terms of pain. I have a pretty high pain tolerance but the lips are a sensitive area and they do have to poke you about 10 or more times! They do numb you beforehand and the filler is laced with lidocaine, but you can still feel the pinch of the needle and feel the filler going in. It actually feels really weird but the entire process is quick and the results are worth it! Your lips will feel tender/sore/hard for a few days after, and then the filler will soften up and your lips will be back to normal!


I went in thinking that I was only going to use half a syringe but we ended up using the whole thing! It’s recommended to take arnica tablets before and apply arnica ointment after the treatment to prevent bruising. Also, avoid alcohol, green tea, and any medications that could thin your blood. I wouldn’t say that I bruise easily, but I did end up getting a few bruises on my lips a few hours after the procedure. The bruises darkened over the next few days but then quickly disappeared. You’re able to wear lip products a few hours after/the next day so it was pretty easy to cover up, and there was no pain associated with the bruise, just a little tenderness.


The filler lasted about 5 months until I saw the results decrease a bit so I went back for a little touch-up. About half a syringe of Juvederm Vollure was used this time around and again, my lips were swollen for about a week. Minimal bruising this time. The photo below are my lips a couple days after the procedure. Keep in mind that I still overline them a little bit but when I don’t have any lip product on them, they look super natural (and even!!) and most people can’t tell that I have filler.


Restylane Defyne

Duration: Effective for up to 18 months from baseline with re-treatment at 4.5 or 9 months

Price: $750 per syringe ($650 if you mention my name when booking)

Juvederm Vollure

Duration: Up to 12 months or longer

Price: $750 per syringe ($650 if you mention my name when booking)

After first touch-up, volume and shape was restored


It’s been about four months since my last touch-up and my lips are still looking good – the shape and volume are still present and I don’t feel like I need to go in for another touch-up anytime soon. I was told that when you get filler over filler, the results will last even longer and you can slowly build that up. I’m 110% satisfied with my lip fillers and I can’t say enough good things about the entire experience and the results. Skin Refine is a beautiful facility and the staff are experienced and professional. I don’t think I’ll trust anyone else with my face other than Sandy.

(Fast forward 3 months)

Okay, I’m hooked. Injectables are like magic. They’re made to enhance your natural features and my interest has skyrocketed ever since I got my lips done. People have been getting a non-surgical nose job using filler, defining their jaw line, and removing dark under eye circles among many other uses. I’ve been so intrigued, so I went back for more!


I’ve never really had defined cheekbones and that’s probably just the way my face is structured. I wanted to see what filler could do for me in terms of lifting my cheeks and giving me a more “naturally” contoured face. So I recently went back to Skin Refine and Sandy used two syringes of Restylane Lyft on my cheekbones – one on each side. She mentioned that you have to “build” cheekbones, so I wasn’t going to get intense cheeks after one syringe, but that it was going to be a very subtle change and a slight lift. See photo below for my before (right) and after (left).

It’s hard to see in photos, but you can tell that the light hits my face a little higher in the photo on the right vs. the photo on the left. I can notice an enhanced curve of my cheekbone from the side so the results are most visible at an angle. Most people couldn’t even tell that I got filler in my cheek! I definitely wasn’t expecting too much, but I am pleased with the results because applying contour and highlight is so much fun now! I notice that my highlight is higher and my contour is slightly deeper.


Product: Restylane Lyft (contains 0.3% lidocaine)

Overall duration: Up to 12 months

Price: $750 per syringe ($650 if you mention my name when booking)


4/10. They numb you for this procedure as well but you’ll still feel the pinch and filler going in. The difference was that this time, I could even hear the liquid going in as well as feel it. Super weird experience! Sandy applied a lot of pressure in the area after the procedure to “secure” the filler and my cheeks felt sore after and for the next day or so. I slept on my back for two nights to avoid disturbing the filler and the day after I found it kind of hard to smile. So I had RBF for two days but now, 5 days later, everything has gone back to normal and there’s no more soreness. I would definitely say that the lips are more painful than the cheeks.


No bruising!!


Overall, I’m satisfied with my initial experience with cheek filler. Will I get it again? Maybe! I hope this post was helpful in sharing my experience with injectable fillers. I am in no way encouraging anyone to go out and get fillers, but for those who are intrigued and/or interested, I say go for it! As you can see, the results are subtle most of the time, and you can always build it up later on if you decide to. Make sure you do your research beforehand when choosing a medical spa. I recommend going to Skin Refine Medspa in Sunnyvale because their staff are top-notch and they know what they’re doing! If you don’t believe me, check out all their 5-star Yelp reviews! They offer free consultations as well. If you decide to book, be sure to mention that I referred you to receive $100 off your injectables!

A Cool Review – My experience with CoolSculpting

Posted: November 3, 2018

A few weeks ago, I decided to try out CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat-freezing procedure that uses cooling techniques to eliminate fat in problem areas. I’ve been self-conscious about my upper arms for as long as I can remember. For those who say that anything can be achieved with diet and exercise, let me tell you! Even back when I was 105lbs, I still had excess fat there! This was my problem area that I’m self-conscious about, so I wanted to see if CoolSculpting could help reduce the fat and possibly help tone my arms.

I went to Skin Refine Medspa in Sunnyvale to have this procedure done and as always, the staff were extremely kind, knowledgable, and made me feel at ease. I’ve also gotten laser hair removal and lip fillers from Skin Refine (leave a comment if you want a post on either or both procedures!). We took some ‘before’ photos, and Jamieson, the technician/nurse, marked my arms to map out where the applicator was going to go. Then, I made myself comfortable and the procedure began!

The procedure itself took 1 hour and 10 minutes total, the CoolSculpting done one arm at a time, at 35 minutes each. It felt cool at first, then colder, and colder, and then felt like an extremely tingly, stinging sensation. This lasted for the first few minutes. After about 10 minutes, I got used to the feeling and that area became somewhat numb. Here and there I would feel the coldness and slight stinging, but the pain was very bearable and I had no problem sitting there for 35 minutes.

BUT, it wasn’t all painless. After the applicator is removed, a 2-minute massage is vigorously given to that area. It was explained as “breaking up the fat cells” and it helps improve the end results by 65%. I would say I have a pretty high pain tolerance but this part was quite painful. After the massage was the most painful though. As the heat returned to my frozen skin, it became an intense, burning pain. The technician brought me hot towel to soothe my arm, which worked pretty well. The pain subsided after 10 minutes – so it really wasn’t bad at all. I felt completely normal afterward and was able to resume normal activity (just not the gym during that night). It’s been about one and a half weeks since the procedure, and the area where the applicator was put is still numb. It’s a weird feeling, but it doesn’t really bother me and there is no pain. I was told that the area would be numb for a couple weeks, maybe even a month.

I would say the only downfall of CoolSculpting is that you don’t know if it will work. The results are not immediate – it takes anywhere from 2-3 months to see the full results. The reason being your body takes that time eliminate the fat cells that were frozen and ‘killed’ during the procedure. Of course, everybody’s different, what doesn’t work for some may be amazing for others, and vice versa. I decided to take the gamble because it’s something that I’ve always wanted to try on my arms, so I’m eager to see if it worked! I will be going back to Skin Refine in 3 months to take ‘after’ photos so once I get my hands on those, I’ll update you guys on my results! For now, watch the short video below to see CoolSculpting in action! (Disclaimer: Still working on my video taking and editing skills…so it’s not the best. Also this video was made to post on my Instagram story so please disregard the blurb at the end)

Note: It is required to schedule a consultation before CoolSculpting because not everyone is a candidate. Call Skin Refine at (408) 245-7877 or visit


Lash me up, girl!

Posted: March 23, 2018

When I find the perfect false lashes that compliment my eyes and work with every makeup look, I get a feeling of glee like, “These are the ones!” It’s tough to find lashes that are just right in terms of length, style, and comfort. Quick side note: I did receive lashes from the company for free in exchange for posts on Instagram, but all opinions are my own, and this post is written in appreciation for the brand! Lash Me Up Girl is a unique, up and coming company. I love that they have a country-style theme to their lashes. I have two pairs of lashes from them, in styles “Ready to Run” (pictured above) and “Buttercups”. Both styles are so lovely, I like to wear Ready to Run on a night out, and Buttercups during the day for a wispier look.

Photo courtesy of @lashmeupgirl

What’s most important to me when it comes to false lashes is not just the style, but the band. If something’s going to be stuck on my eyelid for hours at a time, it better be comfortable! Both lashes have a soft band that’s easily bendable to mold to the shape of your eye. You know that annoying feeling when your lash is coming off at the inner corner of the eye due to the band being too stiff? Not a problem with these! Lash Me Up Girl is still a young company, given that they don’t have a website yet, but you can still order lashes through their Instagram here. If you want stunning, great quality lashes, I highly recommend Lash Me Up Girl! And of course, you can use my code “Cecilleeelash15” to get any pair for only $15!

Lash style “Ready to Run”