I want to take today’s blog and thank everyone who stops by my site, those who like it, those who don’t and those who share comments with me. 

When I started Postcards I wanted it to be as interactive as possible.  I am learning, with your help, how to achieve that. 

I have dabbled with long and short posts. I have settled, for now, on shorter to the point posts that call for comment. 

I have also been testing what days seem best for you as a reader. I have decided I will be a weekend blog. That way I can spend Mon-Thurs writing and editing for a three day run.  Of course that could change too,  I am prone to indecisive action

I am blessed and excited to be going to Phoenix this Friday for the WP Conference.  If anyone reading this is going please let me know, I would so enjoy meeting!

Without WordPress I would not have discovered what a wonderful outlet blogging can be. There is so much I want to learn to make my site one you will want to continue visiting.

As it is Sunday, that means Funday.  Let’s try to make at least one happy memory today! 



Procedure Day or why they say changing our mind is a woman’s prerogative

Its procedure day. I arrived at Strimling Dermatology, Laser & Vein Institute here in Las Vegas at 10:00 am with a few more questions for Dawnelle my Licensed Aesthetician & Laser Specialist.  My pre-procedure research had produced a slight hiccup in my initial plan of the Ultherapy procedure.

I am in the process of a 30lb weight loss program and Ultherapy works best when you are within 10lbs of your goal. Uh oh.  After discussing this with Dawnelle we decided to reverse my initial plan of attack in my fight against the ravages of time on my much loved (by me) face.

Instead of Ultherapy then Fractional Resurfacing we reversed the course of action.  Fractional resurfacing it was.

Fractional Resurfacing (Fraxel) is a quick, not so comfortable, laser procedure with about a week of down time.  This procedure is used for improving the overall appearance of your skin.  Fraxel uses a tiny laser beam to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin.  The skin’s wound healing response creates new collagen which adds firmness and resilience to the skin.  Done in conjunction with Phototherapy, which addresses brown spots and spider veins, your skin looks like new.image

After taking the Valium that Dawnelle provided we got down to business.  Step one, a numbing cream to lessen the burning sensation. Next I was provided with safety shields for my eyes.  Dawnelle then took the laser hand piece and positioned it on my skin.  When the laser energy was applied, I heard a rapid succession of snapping sounds as she moved the laser around the treatment area.

Dawnelle is proficient at what she does and a perfectionist at heart.  She wants to get the full effect while making sure  you are comfortable.  We found I tolerated faster movement with the Laser set between 75 and 100, 150 is the maximum setting.  As I stated previously, this is not the most comfortable of procedures especially since you are awake.  It felt, to me, like a sewing machine was sewing my face with a hot needle.  Tolerable but not pleasant.  Immediately after the 45 minutes it took to finish I felt a burning sensation.  A fan was offered but I did not find it necessary.

Over the next few days my skin will look like I have been burned in the sun. I was given  Aquaphor healing ointment for this stage.  Some swelling is also to be expected.  My skin will start to peel in approximately 3-4 days at which time I switch to a healing restorative cream.

I will notice a general tightening effect during the healing process and will have full results in 4 to 6 months following treatment.

Fraxel is used once a year to ward off the signs of aging.  This treatment will most like likely diminish or completely negate the need for Retin-A. In conjunction with my upcoming Botox, and Filler treatment in 2 weeks, followed by my  Ultherapy procedure in a few months I think I have found the secret that those in the know, who look decades younger, use.

The discomfort was bearable.  As I had a chemical peel years ago, which was much more painful, I know the results I can expect.  For someone like me who does not want to look her age and does not want to go under the knife, I think I have found my own personal “Fountain of Youth”.

I will publish  photos of my transformation over the next few days so we can go thru this together. I will be your personal guinea pig as you decide if laser therapy is for you.

Postscript: this is in no way, shape or form a paid advertisement for any of these procedures. This is one woman, who is more than semi-madly obsessed with the aging process’ personal journey.

What to do before your high school reunion, Ultherapy of course!

Today I am announcing to my world that tomorrow I will be having Ulthera laser therapy (Ultherapy) on my neck and face. This is one of those Marlene are you mad? moments.  With a major high school reunion coming up I decided it was time for a little “lift”. I already do maintenance on a regular basis; Botox and fillers. I am a believer that if God wanted me to look my age I would have been born in prehistoric times, before mirrors.

I have been researching this FDA approved, non surgical facelift every since I saw that Courtney Cox and Ellen Barkin admit to using this treatment. Both women look amazing.  We have all seen actors and actresses who say they have had no work done.  They are in their 60’s looking 30. We know something had to have been done. Now I know what, Ulthera Laser therapy.

Ultherapy is a type of non-invasive treatment used to lift and tighten loose skin on areas such as the eyebrows, jawline and jowls, as well as improve wrinkles on the chest.  Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to heat targeted tissue under the surface of the skin triggering the production of collagen. Ultherapy is not a quick fix, the results take three to six months, but you do notice the improvement as it happens.  They say there is minimal pain.  I will be the judge of that. I have no tolerance for pain so I am going in expecting to have some discomfort. They do numb the face and give you pain medication before treatment. We will see.

This treatment is appealing in more ways than the skin rejuvenating and tightening that I am looking for. The price! Under $2000 for the neck and face areas, as opposed to $15,000 to $35,000 for a surgical facelift that requires 3-6 weeks of down time. With Ultherapy there is no down time; a few days of swelling and minimal bruising. The results can last up to five years.

I am hoping that this treatment will give me the results I am looking for before my reunion.  A refreshed, rested, younger looking version of me, keep your fingers crossed.

I will post before and after treatment photos tomorrow; as well as monthly progress photos. We can judge this treatment together.

If you have experienced Ultherapy please leave a comment. I am interested in results others may have achieved with this treatment.

Wish me luck.