Love at First Shot!

Love at First Shot!

50 Shades of Vanity 

Most people have one birthday, but I have a couple of other ocassions where I had  experienced re-birth.  

I don't remember much about my natrual birth nor the first time I ever came to New York (both were fairly uneventful). But the experience I wish to talk to you about today is when I first experienced Botox.  

It was back in 2010, I was 37 or 38 years of age, in the midst of an acrimonious divorce. I looked at my face and saw cracks setting into my forehead. I could feel the march of time along side the creases on my forehead! 13 years earlier I had immigrated from Pakistan to America to start a new life in an arranged marriage with a man I barely knew. I quickly had a daughter, and then began the stressful process of recertifying and retraining as a doctor so I could gain rite of passage into the medical system in the country of my dreams U.S. of America.  

During early 20’s while stressing over Med school and relationship issues in my country of birth, I had developed an autoimmune skin condition called psoriasis, which contributed heavily to my pre-existing insecurities and turned them into body dysmorphia. Thankfully getting pregnant helped clear out my skin but the years of stress of a demanding medical career and loveless marriages, aged me and cracks appeared in my skin in the form of creases that began to etch themselves in my facial skin, especially around my eyes and in the middle of my forehead!

A friend mentioned Botox! At the time I was already a practicing doctor in NY and was also interning as a surgical assistant to a plastic surgeon and so I asked her for my first ever Botox treatment. 

I must say it felt like "Love at first shot"!

Modern medical magic had succeeded in reversing my skin age by a decade! I looked better than what I felt in my 20s. As Botox erased the frown lines and crow’s feet from my forehead, I no longer felt frustrated over wasting over a decade of the peak of my youth on someone I didn’t love.  

Botox and some HA (Hyaluronic acid) fillers had bestowed agency to me over aging and time no longer seemed to have marched all over my face in the form of a stressful decade.

However, getting these treatments were super expensive and I decided to start learning these skills myself!  

This was the start of my journey with baby steps into the magical wonderland of aesthetic anti-aging medicine! 

Today I am here to help you to open yourself up to understanding the value of vanity and its various features and to inform you that it’s a mistake to be vain about not being vain.


Sofia D

P.S. I hope you enjoyed the excerpt from one of my upcoming talks called "Love at First Shot". It is my story of how I landed in the wonderlands of anti-aging medicine. 

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