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5 Big Botox Myths — Busted! Botox is one of the most popular treatments for a variety of reasons, but there are still a few misconceptions about what it does and doesn’t do, and who are the best candidates for Read more

6 Compelling Reasons to Add Vitamin C Serum to Your Regimen

        We’re crazy about Vitamin C and love that it helps to defend against the visible signs of skin aging.  Not only does Obagi Professional-C™ serum smell amazing and feel wonderful on the skin, it also contains Vitamin C, which Read more

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5 Big Botox Myths — Busted!

Botox Myths Revealed

Botox is one of the most popular treatments for a variety of reasons, but there are still a few misconceptions about what it does and doesn’t do, and who are the best candidates for use. Only you and your doctor-of-choice know if Botox is a good idea for you — but before you get to that step, we can help dispel some of the myths out there! Here are five of them:

Botox Myth: Wait Until Lines Appear
MYTH: The best time for Botox is when the lines appear
If you can get ahead of the game, it may help you in the long run.As Los Angeles Plastic SurgeonGrant Stevens explains, “Botox is being used more and more frequently by people trying to do preventative treatments. Waiting until lines become etched into the skin means it’s much more difficult to smooth their appearance again.” He adds that Botox is often used for lines and wrinkles formed by muscle movements like scowling, squinting, and raising eyebrows. “Often by starting Botox preventatively, people and their muscles can actually learn to not make certain faces and expressions and contribute to worsening their lines. By not making certain expressions in the future, or making them less often, you may actually need less Botox or need it less often.”

Botox Myth: Stopping Botox Makes Wrinkles Worse
MYTH: If you stop getting Botox, it will make your wrinkles worse
Nope. They’ll just go back to the way they were before. Toronto Dermatologist Martie Gidon explains, “Botox will prevent your wrinkles from worsening while you keep up with your treatments. If you decide to stop having Botox treatments, you will slowly lose the relaxing effect of Botox and will resume the normal development of wrinkles with movement. Botox will not make wrinkles worse.” And remember, Botox results are not permanent. Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon Steven Svehlak says Botox results last typically last three to four months. “For those who get injected at regular intervals over time, however, the results can sometimes last a little bit longer, since the muscles have been immobilized for a long period and can atrophy. That said, once Botox use is discontinued, they will slowly return to how they were initially, prior to treatment.”

Botox Myth: You're Never Too Young
MYTH: You are never too young for Botox
Age may be just a number as you get older — with docs reporting success with Botox patients even over 65 — but if you are a teenager, your doctor will probably tell you that you are not ready for cosmetic use. An 18-year-old asked RealSelf docs if she was too young to get Botox for lines under her eyes, and the consensus was that, yes, she should wait. Beverly Hills Dermatologist Don Mehrabi, replied to her, saying, “While I am an advocate of preventative Botox and its use in the 20s age range, 18 is too young to begin Botox. First, Botox is not ideal for the lines underneath the eyes. Second, Botox is ideally used for lines that remain after constant muscle movement — at 18, you are very unlikely to have residual lines after movement. I would recommend waiting about 4 years before beginning Botox. You will have not lost anything by waiting.”

Botox Myth: It's Just For Wrinkles
MYTH: Botox is just for wrinkles
Botox is not just cosmetic — far from it! Botox injections have been used to treat migraines by reducing muscle tension and creating less strain on the nervous system. Botox can also be used to temporarily block sweat glands to stop excessive sweating, and even might help patients who suffer from depression.

Curious what else the treatment can be used for? Click here to read our roundup of 8 Surprising Uses For Botox!

Botox Myth: It's Only For Women
MYTH: Botox is something only women get
Hey, they don’t call it “Bro-tox” for nothing! Dr. Anthony Youn tells ABC News that “every year it seems like more and more men are getting Botox as gifts, and it’s not necessarily the older men. We’re seeing a lot of men who are having these [Botox treatments] as early as in their 30s.” He added that the average client usually isn’t “the stereotypical guy who really, really cares about grooming and exactly how he looks.” And they’re not just seeing guys who were nudged by their lady friends, either. Some of those guys get Botox to find a lady friend! Dr. Constantino Mendieta says wrinkles can sometimes make men appear angry, not to mention older. Getting Botox can help “soften up this look to just give a more approachable appearance,” which can help men a great deal in business matters. “It also helps them in the bars when they’re trying to meet the girls,” he adds. Who knew Botox was such a great wingman?!

Did you learn a thing or two about Botox just now? Hopefully your brow isn’t furrowed with more questions!

6 Compelling Reasons to Add Vitamin C Serum to Your Regimen

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Woman smiling serenely with orange slice

We’re crazy about Vitamin C and love that it helps to defend against the visible signs of skin aging.  Not only does Obagi Professional-C serum smell amazing and feel wonderful on the skin, it also contains Vitamin C, which may help benefit the appearance of your skin for results that just can’t be ignored.
We want you to fall in love with Vitamin C, too, so we put together…
6 Reasons to Add Vitamin C Serum to Your Regimen

#6 – Vitamin C Complements Collagen Synthesis 
One of the ways that our skin keeps itself renewed and youthful-looking is through the production of a protein called collagen. As we age, our skin naturally produces less collagen than it did in our younger years, and less collagen can result in more signs of skin aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C can help support the synthesis of collagen, which may result in the look of plumper, firmer-looking skin.1

#5 – Vitamin C Calms Skin
If your skin is prone to redness, Vitamin C may be a good choice.2 Check with your skin care physicianto learn whether Vitamin C can help calm your redness.

#4 – Vitamin C Retains Moisture
You probably already know that adding and sealing in moisture is an important part of your daily skin care routine, and the obvious way to retain moisture is by using a moisturizer. But, did you know that Vitamin C can also help skin retain moisture? Add Vitamin C serum every day and watch it work hand-in-hand with a daily moisturizer to help skin stay fresh-looking and moisturized.

#3 – Vitamin C Stabilizes Vitamin E
As an antioxidant, topical Vitamin E may help defend against the visible signs of skin aging. As an oil, Vitamin E can also help improve skin hydration and some studies suggest that it may help support cellular turnover on the skin.3 If you’re using Vitamin E as part of your daily skin care routine, Vitamin C can help stabilize it, making it even more beneficial.

#2 Vitamin C Brightens Skin
There’s nothing more appealing than beautiful, glowing skin; it’s one of the markers of vibrant health. Topical Vitamin C can help brighten your complexion and achieve youthful, fresh looking skin.

#1 – Vitamin C Supports UV Protective Defenses of Skin
The Number 1 Reason we love Vitamin C is because it supports the UV protective defenses of the skin. Exposure to UV rays can have immediate effects such as sunburn and long-term problems such as skin cancer and visible signs of skin aging.4 With daily use of a broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30, the addition of Vitamin C serum to your daily routine can help your skin defend itself against some of the harmful effects of UV radiation.*
Where To Find Vitamin C Serums

Obagi has captured the benefits of Vitamin C in our Professional-C serums, which offer Vitamin C in a rich, concentrated formula. Obagi Professional-C serums come in varying concentrations and:

  • Help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Are proven to be stable at a low pH for longer-lasting shelf life5
  • Immediately penetrate the skin1**
  • And absorb and remain in the skin6**

Talk to your skin care physician about how adding Vitamin C can benefit your skin, and take a look atObagi’s full line of products featuring Vitamin C.

3 Tips to Keeping it Fresh with an Obagi® Spring Cleaning

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Spring Cleaning

It’s the time of year to throw open the windows, sweep away the cobwebs, and get ready to enjoy the longer days and warmer weather. Spring Cleaning is a centuries-old tradition meant to symbolically welcome in new life and pragmatically make way for the “new and fresh” in our living spaces.

While you’re Spring Cleaning your living space, why not take inventory of your skin care products, as well? Here are 3 Tips to Keeping it Fresh with an Obagi® Spring Cleaning:

  1. Schedule a Spring Cleaning visit with your local skin care professional for a check up. She can evaluate your skin and your Obagi skin care regimen and let you know if there’s anything you should add (or remove!) from your regular skin care.
  2. Take a look at the expiration dates on your prescription products and sunscreen. It may be time to refresh them, and the expiration dates on the bottles of those products will let you know when that time has come. Out with the old!
  3. Take inventory of the other products you apply to your face, including makeup, makeup brushes, or any other non-Obagi products. Are they clean and current? Have your brushes been washed lately, and are you certain that the products you are using on your face are complimenting (instead of working against) your Obagi skin care routine? (If you aren’t sure, check with your skin care professional when you schedule your Spring Cleaning visit.)

Now is the perfect time to make sure that you’re presenting your freshest face to the world, and it all starts with making sure that your skin care products are at their best so that you can be, too.

Happy Summer from Gurj and the Team at Midlands Cosmetics!

My Skin Transformation: Before & After Obagi Nuderm

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My Skin Transformation: Before & After


Obagi Skin Transformation Dramatic

It’s about to get real up in here.

I’ve debated showing these pictures…because honestly…they are so very veryembarrassing.

But, then I remembered that y’all are women just like me. Women who appreciate honesty and transparency, right?

I’m praying that this will help one of you out there who has been dealing with some of the same skin issues I faced.

Obagi Skin Care System - My Obagi Story

After I became pregnant with my first child I started developing spots on my face. Brown spots to be exact.

They almost looked like sun spots…except it was not summer.


After seeking advice from a dermatologist I learned that I had melasma. I also learned that it was very common in pregnant women. <sigh>

The doctor told me there was pretty much nothing I could use on my skin to make it disappear UNTIL I was no longer pregnant or breastfeeding. I was completely bummed, but hopeful after he told me that as soon as I was done breastfeeding I could start on a skin care system called Obagi.

<que angels singing>

Let me just show you what we were working with here and you will see why I was desperate for products that would work. No judging…as I point my school teacher finger at you.

Obagi Skin Care System - Before Pics

Those pictures make me want to cry. EEEEK!

When I first started Obagi my primary concern was the melasma. I wanted the brown spots to disappear, but I also had sun spots and scars from when I picked as a teenager. I was hopeful that using the Obagi products would clear it ALL up.

I can remember how self-conscious I was to go ANYWHERE without full coverage makeup. I didn’t even want to wash my face at night in fear that my husband might think I just spilled coffee all over my face. It was bad.

Obagi Skin Care System

Obagi is a complete skin transformation so I knew it was something where I wasn’t going to see results overnight.

At times that got discouraging because I wanted it gone and I wanted it gone NOW. But I kept at it. I kept using it day-in-and-day-out. Every morning and every evening.

I documented the first few weeks because I wanted to see the progress. I NEEDED to see the progress.

Obagi Skin Care System - The First Few Weeks

I promise you that last shot is not photoshopped. It’s real. And it’s what my skin looks like AFTER Obagi. I also realize I look like a white girl, but I’m telling ya…the sun is not my friend. LOL! I try my best to wear 50 SPF on my face at all times. If I want a tan…I use a lotion tanner.

The system takes months to completely work, but I love how you can see such a huge difference even just in the first few weeks.

That “NOW” image is from a few months ago. My skin looks even better today.

I continued to use Obagi on-and-off for the next few years after Parker was born. I had to stop each time I was pregnant or breastfeeding, but I was pretty religious about getting back on it once I was not.

I had the amazing opportunity to meet the Obagi team when I attended Blissdom last year. If you’ve ever been to a blogging conference then you know it’s common for brands to email you prior to the event. I mean this when I say it…I don’t normally respond to brands unless I LOVE them. And I jumped on the opportunity to respond to Obagi.

They ended up inviting me to a breakfast they were having and I loved meeting and talking with other women who were passionate about pretty skin!

Obagi Skin Care System - Breakfast

Somehow I overcame the fear of what people would think of me and I shared my before photo at the table at breakfast. <gasp>

I wanted people to see how much Obagi has helped me.

Luckily, everyone was too amazed by my results to comment on how terrible my before pics were. Phew.

I’ve stayed in touch with Bre, the Obagi rep that I met in Dallas at Blissdom and she has been asking me for months if she could do a “patient feature” on me on their website. I kept putting it off.

It’s one thing to show your before pictures to 13 women at a breakfast table…BUT it’s another thing to put it on the internet for all to see.

The reason I ended up saying  yes is because I know a ton of you are mothers and a ton of you have dealt with melasma just like me. I wanted to show you real results and how much it has helped my skin.

Obagi Skin Care System Before and After

I encourage you, if you have discoloration, melasma, sun spots, age spots, scarring…this skincare system CAN help you.

Looking back at my before pictures…it truly is amazing to see how much Obagi has done for me.

If you want more information on Obagi you can visit their website. Some of the steps in the system require you to have a RX so you will need to contact a dermatologist to prescribe the system for you. I swear it will be worth it.

What about you, did you experience any type of skin issues during pregnancy?


  1. Shay Shull says

    Girl! I use Obagi products too! They are AMAZING! I love your photos. They’re raw, they’re real, they’re the perfect example of truth in blogging. You look fantastic!

      • ashley dellinger says

        I have to say….your before picture is not bad at all, I actually really love it! At the end of the day though its how you feel about yourself that matters but I would see you & just think you had some really awesome freckles & as a photographer Id try & talk you into a photoshoot becuase black and white photos with freckles rock! But Im glad you feel better about yourself now…but I do want you and others to know, you looked fine so people shouldnt be embarassed…its just our own thoughts & most people would never notice or think anything of the things we worry about. I found your blog because I want to use Obagi to get rid of some wrinkles & just liven up my skin, I want to look good without makeup. Im 28 so thought I should start making my skin rock while im still younger. But anyways best wishes!

  2. Nicole says

    That’s AMAZING! I didn’t get spots but I went from having the worlds best skin to having the crater face from hell during and after I had my daughter Eisley. If you know anything that can help with that I’d love to hear about that! 😉

    Nic at Haus of Harnois

    • Mandy says

      OH, I totally know what you mean. The under the skin ones too. UGH! Happened to me. I used Retin-A to help keep my skin clear. I also took an antibiotic for awhile. It helped a ton!

  3. Holly Tompkins says

    Obagi has worked so well for you! That is amazing you would never even guess that you had skin issues from your after pictures, I’m sure you must be so relieved. I broke out like crazy when I was pregnant and….wait for it…..a lot of my hair fell out. So I’m right there with you on the embarrassing side of pregnancy.

  4. molly says

    Wow, Mandy! Those are some amazing results! I have major skin problems due to cystic acne but I’m pregnant and then I’ll be breastfeeding. But I’ll keep this in my back pocket for later 🙂
    molly´s last blog post ..I will follow

    • Mandy says

      Definitely try it once you are no longer breastfeeding! It truly is amazing! And I always say, the only reason I would be ok with bad skin is if I’m growing a human in my belly. Ha!

  5. rea says

    i just love products that works like that! look at you now?
    may i ask what is the specific product(s) that you use to make this phenomenal transformation happen?

    i did not break out on my pregnancy or anything like that but i notice that i have some dark spots on my face…not too visible though, i just want to target it as early as possible…

    thanks for sharing this post mandy!
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  6. Lindsey says

    I never had spots during/after a pregnancy until this last pregnancy with Tyler. Now they are starting to show on my nose. I’m still nursing, so I can’t use the products right now, but am definitely bookmarking this for when I wean him if they don’t disappear on their own. Does it also help with acne and wrinkles?
    Lindsey´s last blog post ..Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast and Gravy.

  7. Andrea Worley says

    I’m excited that you posted this, I’ve gotten some melasma since having my second baby. and i’ve been researching all sorts of things to help with it. I’m still breast feeding but I can’t wait to read more about this and check it out for when I’m done. Thanks you for posting about this.
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    • Mandy says

      How lucky that you have a cousin that is a dermatologist! Ha! Free skin advice for life. Jealous! I’m wanting to do the Fraxel treatment in the fall…we shall see! Thanks for the compliments Erin! See you soon!

  8. Niña B. says

    Hi Mandy,

    I could relate to your past experience with melasma. It’s embarrassing indeed. I could hardly go to work or go shopping or go anywhere outside the house. I am glad you shared this products to all the moms out there.
    Wow! I am so amazed by the transformation.

    Thank you again.

    Niña B.´s last blog post ..DirtyLicious thing

  9. Ali says

    Do you put it all over your face or just spots? I have melasma, but I’m scared it will turn the rest of my skin lighter? You look amazing!

  10. Laura says

    I have several dark spots after two pregnancies and I have been dying for them to disappear. I’ve put off going to a dermatologist and tried some over the counter remedies, but no luck. I think it’s time to go! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Ralinn says

    Your timing is perfect. I have an appointment next month to,see my dermatologist for melasma. I’ve been wondering if there was anything out there. There are products that claim to work but how does a girl know who to trust.
    Which of the products did you use and do I have to purchase them from the dermatologist?
    Your photos look amazing. I can’t wait to have even skin again.

  12. Andrea says

    I have been told that my melasma is due to extra estrogen from birth control pills (my son was born 6 years ago and I still deal with the dark spots on my face). I am debating if I should stop the pills and switch to Mirena–pills work well with the exception of melasma. If I may ask, are you seeing these results from Obagi while still on the pill?

  13. Christyna says

    I am going to look into that. Just let me tell you my face looks identical to yours, I use bare minerals to cover it up. Lets see, I was pg, and the doctor told me the same thing. it was from the pregnancy and after I get back to normal it will go away. So here I am with melasma and my daughter turns 11 Sept. 30. I’ve not been pg for 11 years and I still have it. Go figure….I had given up hope. Its worth a try.

  14. Michelinne says

    Hi Mandy! Your skin looks great! Have you ever used the Clenziderm? I have chronic adult acne and need help. Not sure if I should give it a try or go the retin-a route…

  15. Rachel says

    I am so happy to find your blog post about this. I’ve been dealing with melasma since I was pregnant. Am hoping to wean my little girl soon since ahes already a year and a half, so I will look into Obagi products a little more. Did you use all of them?

  16. Marie says

    I just discovered your blog and specifically this post about melasma. I’ve had melasma for years before kids and even more so after. I actually have the Obagi system at home but am scared to use it because of how potentially irritating it will be to my face. I’ve been using tretinoin for the last couple of years so maybe it won’t be as bad since my skin is used to it. Anyway did you go through a peeling stage? Now that this was a couple of years ago what do you do now to maintain your beautiful skin?

    Thanks for any tips!

  17. Natalie says

    Hi there! I was wondering your experience during the treatment- could you leave the house? I’ve heard it makes skin peel a bit.

  18. Janet oropeza says

    I remember it was prescribed by my dermatologist long time ago. Didn’t know it was so good. I was not consistent though. I do not have melasma, but some age spots close to my eyes. I’m using a sunblock face age shield 110% Neutrogena and hydroquinone ups 4%, but would like to start Obagi,because your testimony. Thank you!

  19. SW says

    I started the treatment nearly three weeks ago. So glad I did. I’m 37, never been pregnant but went through hormone therapy when trying to conceive years ago. I lost my self confidence. I felt so vain but I had to do something. So far I am pleased with the early results but am experiencing the “transforming” tretinoin combo therapy causes (snake!). Anyway, thank you for sharing. I’m comforted by your post.

  20. Laura says

    I have melasma even though my youngest is 9! I am going to my Dr. as soon as I can get an appointment to try this. thank you! I have severe spots like you did, so glad there’s something that can help! I also tried the hydroquione (sp?) cream, it didn’t seem to work.

Face the Facts About Rosacea

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Would you know if you had rosacea? Over 16 million Americans suffer from a chronic and progressive skin disorder—and most don’t even know it. That’s why April has been designated as Rosacea Awareness Month by the National Rosacea Society.

Know the Warning Signs
Rosacea is often called “The Great Impostor” because it can easily be confused with other skin conditions like teenage acne—even though rosacea occurs most frequently among baby boomers.1Most concerning is that, if left untreated, rosacea will undoubtedly worsen.

So how do you tell if you or someone you know has rosacea?

Potential signs include2:

  • Flushing. Recurrence of a fire-red facial complexion that looks as though you’ve just completed an intense workout. This is usually the earliest sign.
  • Intense redness. May resemble a blush or sunburn on nose, chin, cheeks, and forehead that does not subside.
  • Bumps and pimples. Small red or pus-filled bumps develop that may resemble acne without the presence of blackheads. May burn or sting.
  • Visible blood vessels. Small blood vessels become visible on the skin.

So where does rosacea come from?

Although many theories abound, not even the foremost experts know what causes rosacea. However, we do know that it appears most frequently in women, people with fair skin, and those who tend to blush easily.2

Tips to Calm Rosacea
There is no cure for rosacea, but sufferers can take comfort in knowing it can be treated. If you have potential visible signs of rosacea, don’t delay seeking help. Here are a few tips for healthy skin and calming the signs of rosacea.

First, visit your skin care physician for an individualized plan of treatment. In addition, during the winter months or in dry, windy climates, protect your face with scarves, avoiding wool and other materials that may further irritate your skin. Try not to spend too much time near the dry heat of a fireplace, and purchase a humidifier to help moisturize the air and keep your skin hydrated.3

Your skin care physician may suggest you treat the signs and symptoms of rosacea with a complete therapeutic skin care system such as the Obagi Rosaclear® System* to help achieve a clearer, calmer, more balanced-looking complexion. The Rosaclear System is a gentle yet effective skin care system that soothes the skin while reducing visible redness and blotchiness. In fact, clinical studies with the Rosaclear System demonstrated a reduction in facial redness at 1 week and continued improvement after 4 weeks.4

A Rosy Outlook
In honor of Rosacea Awareness Month, talk to your skin care physician and seek treatment today to take back control of your skin and health. In addition, you can help spread the word and the relief by sharing this blog with someone you know who could benefit from learning more about rosacea.

7 Amazing Skin Facts to Help You Give Thanks To Your Skin

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It may seem like an odd concept: giving thanks to your skin. But at this time of year, why not? After all, your skin is your body’s largest organ. In celebration of skin, here are 7 Amazing Skin Facts to Help You Give Thanks to Your Skin:

  1. As we mentioned above, skin is the body’s largest organ. If you were to stretch it out, it would cover approximately 2 square meters1 and comprise approximately 15% of your overall body weight.1 That’s a lot of skin to be thankful for!
  2. Want to find the thinnest skin on your body? Look no further than your eyelids. The skin on your eyelids is not too different from other skin on your body, but typically is .002mm thick2 and has more pigment cells.3 You can thank your eyes by treating them to some ELASTIderm® Eye Cream.
  3. Where do you think the thickest skin on your body can be found? Look no further than your feet for the answer. It’s about 1.4mm thick down there1 and thank goodness it is, because our feet can sure have it rough sometimes!
  4. Speaking of “thick skin”, did you know the idiom (which means to not be easily offended) is about 400 years old? The earliest quotation for “thick-skinned” in this sense is found in the Oxford English Dictionary from 1602. There’s also an entry from 1582 for “thickskin,” noun, “one who has a thick skin; a person dull or slow of feeling.”
  5. Want to know how healthy you are? Clues to the answer may be contained in your skin’s pigmentation. If someone experiences an illness or injury, their skin’s pigmentation may be affected and become lighter (hypopigmentation) or darker (hyperpigmentation).4  Therefore, it’s important to keep an eye on any changes in pigmentation and see your doctor if you notice any, as this might hint at health issues.
  6. Quality skin care physicians consider your skin type before making any recommendations. A skin care professional will generally look at 5 factors to determine your skin type: Color, thickness, oiliness, laxity, and fragility. Read all about Skin Typing here.
  7. Ready to be awed (and possibly even grossed out a little)? Scientists say that you lose about 30,000 – 40,000 skin cells every minute.5  Cool or gross? You decide.

Lip Filler by Gurj Bhella

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Please see this new Video.

This video shows a lip filler correction & augmentation carried out by Gurj Bhella (Midlands Cosmetics), one of our directors and himself an experienced aesthetic practitioner with over 7 years hands on experience in this field. Gurj has successfully carried out hundreds of Lip augmentations for first timers and those who are more experienced. He specializes in optimizing unsatisfactory outcomes patients have experienced with other practitioners.

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