Chances are you know someone who dabbles in Botox, Fillers or some other type of beauty enhancement service. Maybe you've been curious about it, but haven't dived in because you've also noticed poorly done Botox, lips that look like inter tubes or have heard horror stories of botox gone bad!
You have to put a lot of faith in the injector to use high quality products, devices and skilled hands so you still look like your gorgeous self on your best day. Plus, when you invest your hard earned money, you have high expectations. There can be a lot of risk involved when trusting someone to give you the best look.. You may be wanting to smooth out a few wrinkles developing or prevent some from even forming, fill out fallen cheek bones or give yourself the body contour you've dreamed about, but with all the choices out there, who can you trust to take care of you, honor your desires and help you love the way you look?
Our friends at Body Concepts Health Spa are the dream team you've been looking for. Family owned and operated by Jerry Rodriguez RN, MSN-FACHE, Vera Rodriguez-Huth and Vanessa Hernandez. After spending two days experiencing several of their services, I can enthusiastically recommend them for all your botox, filler, teeth whitening and body contouring needs.
The family has deep Texas roots and big hearts. Jerry is wonderful at explaining how the services and products work so you feel fully informed and Vera beautifully performs the work. You can tell there is a lot of love, expertise and talent between these siblings and that's why I believe this powerful combination has created a successful business.
Originally from Rockport, Vera and her family lost everything during Hurricane Harvey. You immediately get a sense of positive determination and grit when she tells her story. Having experienced multiple sports injuries that left her bedridden, she knows what it's like to not feel like her beautiful self. However, she stayed on a path towards healing and has found her passion in helping others look and feel their best just like she does now!
I was fortunate to receive the following services:
I'm thrilled to share my journey, before & afters and honest experience with you so you can feel comfortable choosing the service that's right for you. I believe it's crucial to research the company, people and products before you invest so you can be positive you will get the best results. You're going to love this team!
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(see Vera's own Before & After's below!)
Juvaderm Lip Filler
Even though I've noticed more and more overly filled lips lately, I secretly have always wanted fuller lips. I'm a lip plumper addict but those are temporary and at one point, I became allergic to all of them. So while I was so excited to try this service, I was so afraid I would end up with giant obviously fake looking lips. I brought in pictures of what I thought looked nice and described what I didn't want. Jerry and Vera are masters and showed me the different types of Juvaderm fillers. You can see in the photos how they use different products to produce different results based on the location of the fillers.
Over time the fat pockets in our face that give us a beautiful lift, begin to droop and sag. It's just a part of aging. The derma fillers are made up of hyluaranic acid which is something our body natural produces. This isn't silicon or some type of dangerous filler that your body might reject the way it does with implants. You can have different areas of your face enhanced to give it a more youthful fresh lift. When done well, it's SO natural and gorgeous looking.
They apply the same numbing cream they use for Botox to your mouth and have you rinse with a sanitary mouthwash. Once the numbing cream sets in, they will begin the injections. Vera explains what areas she will enhance and asks what areas you want improved. So I felt very clear going in what she was going to do. This was the most uncomfortable of all the services. Every couple injections, she would examine and then massage the hyluaranic acid in. She repeated these steps and would have me look in the mirror so she could show me the changes in action. I appreciated this so much!
Fillers will have the most downtime. You can see in the funny graphic above the process of healing. My lips were swollen the most on days 1-3. Bruises appeared on Day 1 and disappeared by Day 5. My lips went through a chapped stage as well and peeled. It was similar to going to some place like Colorado and getting dry lips. Nothing that was too bothersome and your experience might be different. I have small lips and never had fillers done before. Vera explained that over time you will adjust a little more quickly. The fillers should last anywhere from 12-18 months depending on each individual. I could tell by Day 1 that I was going to love the results. I used several doTerra oils like Helichrysum, Blue Tansy and Frankincense to help with inflammation, swelling, and bruising. I feel like using my doTerra products made a big difference in the downtime and healing.
Truth be told, I LOVE MY LIPS! My husband who was very apprehensive and thinks I'm just beautiful naturally (he's a keeper) commented on how much he liked them. They look SO natural as if they were always meant to just be a bit more plump. And just like they said, I do miss the swelling and wish they were a tad bit bigger lol. They gave me exactly what I asked for but they did warn me that I will probably want them a bit bigger. However, I'm grateful they respected my wishes because it allowed me to feel comfortable and warm up to the idea of lips fillers. I highly recommend this service because the results are beautiful and I promise you won't end up with duck lips (unless that's your goal which is totally fine!).
Service Cost: Juvederm Vobella XC 1ml Syringe $625
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Remember the frozen face skit on SNL with all the drooling? That was hilarious but so inaccurate as to what botox actually does nowadays. Admittedly though, I was super nervous about this one. What happens if my face does something weird after? What if I don't recognize myself or my husband is not a fan of my new look? Is it safe? All these thoughts ran through my mind and I expressed my concerns and worries to them. They answered my questions and did such a good job at describing the process, I felt completely at ease. At Body Concepts they use Botox brand injections. They do not source their products from places where you can get a generic or off brand cheaper. If it's your first time, they will start you off conservatively and see you for a follow up to adjust anything or add more. You can always add more but you can't take away what you've already done. However there is a reversal option now just in case. You will do a quick video consult with their off site physician who will give the approval and recommendations based off the consult.
First, you will wash your face first so you start with clean skin. They apply a special numbing cream formulated just for them to the areas of injection and give it time to activate. Everything done at the spa is very sanitary and by the book. I don't have a lot of wrinkles or deep lines yet, but I have been concerned with developing them. Many of my peers get preventative Botox and that has piqued my curiosity. I also have wished my brows were a bit more lifted. My eyelids sag a little and it can make me feel tired even when I'm not. Even though they can look at your face and give you educated recommendations, it's still important to express the areas that you're bothered or worried about.
After a few wipes with sanitizing alcohol pads, Vera carefully chose the injection sites. The injections feel like any other little prick. If you're afraid of needles, they have a fun little vibration tool to help distract your mind from the injections. I would described it as minor discomfort. Your appointment time might last anywhere from 1-1.5 hours depending on the consultation time and the numbing time. But the actually procedure is quick. There is a protocol to follow after you receive Botox because of the process going on under the skin. You don't want to do anything to your face that would cause the botox to move around. So no laying down, washing or facial massages or working out for at least 6 hours after. I felt very light bruising sensations in the few days following and the Botox kicked in about 3 days after for me. For others, I've been told it can take 7-10 days.
At my follow up appointment, we touched up a few areas now that I was much more confident in the process. I can definitely see a difference, but I still look like me! My brows are a bit lifted, the fin lines on my forehead don't show as much and the elevens (wrinkles between the eyes) have nearly disappeared!
We used 24 units total which is very minimal. 60 units is the recommended therapeutic dose, but as I said before, these guys want you just be your most beautiful version of you. They aim for natural beauty which I can totally appreciate.
In the videos below you can see my forehead wrinkles before and after!
Service Cost: $12 a Unit
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Cosmetic Teeth Whitening
You can read all about this service above on their website, so I'm going to share what my experience was. For every service, Gerry or Vera will explain in depth what to expect so you will never feel blindsided by any aspect. The teeth whitening is a very simple service, with no downtime and will only take 30 minutes of your time! First, we took pictures of my teeth next to the color swatch so we could see the difference for the before and after.. You will start by having a mouth expander placed in your mouth so your teeth are exposed. Vera squeezed a thick waxy substance along the gums to protect them. Then she squeezed a concentrated form of hydrogen peroxide gel along the front of my teeth. She also massaged Vitamin E oil on my lips to keep them hydrated since the stretching and light might dry them out a little. Before she aligned the special light in front of my mouth to activate the peroxide, she placed protective shades over my eyes. The light will sit in front of your mouth for 30 minutes. They have TV or music to keep your occupied during that time and Vera will check on you often to make sure you're comfortable or make adjustments as needed. She will even wipe off the drool running down your chin!
I'll be honest, my teeth are already pretty white. I use doTerra toothpaste and it works wonderfully on my teeth, but they definitely brightened up from this service. There was no discomfort and the time went by quickly. I suggest bringing headphones and have a good podcast saved to pass the time! This is a service my husband is looking forward to trying!
Service Cost: $110
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Ionic Foot Detox
Ionic foot detoxes are wonderful to assist the body in getting rid of toxins that are causing our normal detox process to malfunction or slow down. You can also learn a lot about your organ systems needing support by the color of the water and what is produced during the detox. This is a simple service where you just place your clean feet in a tub for 20 minutes while the ion machine does the work. I feel a pleasant tingling in my feet occasionally during the detox but everyone might have a different experience. My water color was definitely indicative of summer of my summer stress eating and drinking. Time to get back to my healthier habits!
Service Cost: $30
Venus Body Contouring
As a mom of three, my stomach does not have the tightness it used to. And burning fat does not happen easily even with my healthy habits and yoga lifestyle. Besides, even when I get all toned up, there are going to be areas I can't address selectively. We are all born with different shapes and after talking with many many women about their body struggles, it's not just about vanity or not loving our bodies enough. A front pooch can make it difficult to find shorts or pants that fit comfortably, or you are subjected to only high waisted swimsuits because "the pooch" likes to become "untucked" if you bend over. I dream of a thigh gap not for looks, but so my shorts don't ride up and have to be pulled down every ten steps. Wouldn't it be nice to shave off fat in those areas that give you trouble?
Enter the Venus Body Contouring service! The highly advanced non invasive FDA approved medical device will effectively resolve challenging body and face aesthetic need, such as body contouring, cellulite reduction, skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. Venus Legacy is powered by propietary (MP)2 technology (a combination of Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Pulsed Electro Magnetic Fields) and cutting-edge VariPulse technology. The Venus device can also be used on your face to tighten and contour the neck area, especially if Botox is not your thing. We started by stripping down to bottoms and my bra and taking some before pics. I forgot to wear cute undies because it was also laundry day so enjoy my bottom of the barrel ripped undies. Hahaha!
Vera provides absolute privacy by locking the door and closing the blinds so you feel secure and comfortable. You lay on a table and she will apply a cool gel that helps the device glide over your skin. The actual procedure feels similar to a hot stone massage. The device gives her information about the surface fat underneath and it's reaction to the heat. She will spend approximately 30 minutes melting fat and contouring your areas of concern. There was one spot on my stomach that would get nice and hot and I just simply let her know so she could move onto other areas to give it a chance to cool down. They offer a FREE demo in case you have any concerns with the heat so you can try it out before you invest. I personally think it felt great and this is definitely a service that I will be coming back for! The pricing is fantastic and they have wonderful packages with discounts and a payment plan option.
I could tell an immediate difference after the service. I believe that combining this with a goal, healthy nutrition plan and a good exercise routine and I will see mind blowing results! I'm looking forward to investing in this once school starts and I can get back to my regular exercise routine!
Service Cost: $125-$200, Package of 8 for $972
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Thank you so much to the lovely Jerry & Vera of Body Concepts Health Spa for giving me the opportunity to test out the incredible services they offer. BCHS truly is a one stop shop for all of your beauty needs and you can trust that you're in good hands.
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