I would have never thought in a million years I would be getting an eyebrow transplant. But as the saying goes, expect the unexpected! It was five or six years ago, I went in regularly to my Med Spa to get monthly facials. I loved my facials, chemicals peels, and microderms, but my aging skin was hormonal and out of control in my late 30’s. It didn’t matter what I did, I has cystic acne, my pores were getting larger, and my skin was super oily. I went to the dermatologist and they said it was hormones and there isn’t much you can do. They can treat it with meds (which I said no) or ride the wave of hormones out till they calm down. I decide to ride it out. I was vegan so I ate plant-based, took care of my skin, got 8 hours of sleep, changed my pillow case every night, changed my makeup to chemical-free, and the list goes on. Finally after some time, the hormonal skin battle was over. What I was left with was face craters, large pores, and uneven skin. There comes a point in a women’s life that you need more than a monthly facial to have great skin.
The lady who owned the Med Spa I went to told me about an aggressive skin laser that would solve all my skin problems. She said it was new to the Med Spa and she would give me half off in exchange to be her testimonial for her website. When I look back, I was desperate, so I said yes. Anything that would fix my current problem, I was all in. Being a fitness model, I was in front of people all the time, so my skin on my face was my insecurity.
I scheduled an appointment right away and brought my friend to film me. Since it was an aggressive laser, they gave me some drugs to make me sleepy. I was in and out of consciousness while they did the laser. My friend drove me home and put me to bed. When I woke up my face was on fire. My friend Shannon was there to watch me since my husband was out of town and she had a concerned look on her face as soon as I came out of my drug induced sleep.
“What’s wrong?” I said.
“I am scared to tell you. Look at yourself in the mirror.” She said with eyes so wide I could see all her white around her iris.
Oh man, this can’t be good I thought. What did I do? I looked in the mirror and the first thing I saw was that my face was red and swollen. “Oh, that is normal she said. She said I would be red and puffy.”
“No, not that…look up…look above your eyes.” She said with a squeaky voice.
In that moment, my heart dropped when I looked at my forehead. My eyebrows were plum gone. Between my face being beet red, swollen like a tomato, and no eyebrows, I was sick to my stomach and in shock. I told myself and her that they were going to grow back, to ease my peace of mind in that moment.
The next day when I slept the drugs off, I looked at myself in the mirror and cried and cried. Or maybe I was detoxing from the drugs they gave me, who knows, but the reality was that I had did this to myself all because I wanted smooth skin. My insecurity grew worse than just bad skin, now I had no eyebrows.
I called the lady who owned the med spa who did my laser and cried about my eyebrows. I asked her why did she do that? She said she goes over everyone’s eyebrows with a laser and they will grow back. She said after my skin heals, she will give me Latisse. It seemed like eternity for my skin to heal. It was a long three weeks. She gave me a few bottles of Latisse. Bottle after bottle my hair never grew back. On top of that, the laser didn’t work for my skin either. So there I was crater face and no eyebrows. I looked worse than when I started. I had paid for this out of desperation. For a while I placed blame on her because I was so mad about the situation. But, in the end I had no one to really blame but me. I was even depressed about it for a long time after. It was very traumatic for me because they never grew back. I woke up every day with no eyebrows and cried every time I saw myself in the mirror. Eyebrows frame your face. I had never seen myself without eyebrows before.
I had to learn to draw them in. It was an awful learning curve how to draw them in. I had to try to get the right shape and color. It took me years to get them down. And being a working fitness model, every time I went to get my make up done, the make up artist were a constant reminder of my eyebrows being gone. They would draw them the wrong shape and color every time. It was so different to see me with a million different eyebrow shapes over the years in magazines and TV. I finally had to tell them to let me draw my own in for the shoots. Then on shoots that we had to workout, I had no eyebrows at the end. I had sweated them off.
If you have no eyebrows or very thin ones, you know my pain. It takes 30-40 minutes to draw them in and shade them in every day. I have I have oily skin and drawn on eyebrows always melt off my face in the spring or summer time. If I have to get in water, forget about it, they are gone. Especially salt water in the ocean! Most adults look when my eyebrows are gone and stare, some don’t say anything, but kids (gotta love them!) always ask “How come you don’t have eyebrows?” Or “Why do you draw your eyebrows in with marker?”
Fast forward to today, here I am at 42 and still reminded of it daily. I was on my hunt on how to get my eyebrows back. I was an obsessed eyebrow hunting fool! In the end of my research, I had two choices-microblading or eyebrow transplant.
I almost did the whole microblading trend. I shopped around talking to many different microblading technicians, but one honest tech told me, they would look like 2 shiny tattoo’s on my forehead if I have oily skin. She said it looked best on people who have a little bit of hair. She told me not to get it. “Go for the eyebrow transplant you were talking about. You will be much happier with real hair than two tattoos on your forehead.” She said.
So microblading was out! Then began my search for the best eyebrow transplant doctor in Dallas. I went to six different doctors and interviewed them and they showed me there before and afters. Being such a perfectionist, I was still not 100% sold on anyone is Dallas because it was still so new and many of the Dallas doctors admitted they had only done 3 or 4 of them. I wasn’t just desperate for hair, but I wanted them to be an artist as well. If I was going to drop this kind of money on my eyebrows, they better be DAMN GOOD!
So I expanded my search outside of Dallas and Googled my butt off. Then one day I came across Marc Dauer MD in LA. All he does is hair restoration. He had so many AH-MAZING before and after eyebrow transplants floating on the internet. I immediately made a Skype interview to ask a million questions. After that Skype interview, I knew he was the doctor for me.
Not going to lie, it took me awhile to pull the trigger after our Skype call because I let fear hold me back. In all fairness, I had every right to be scared after them being burned off. Then one day, I decided to go for it. I put my deposit down and was counting down the days. I don’t know why I waited to so long, it was THE BEST THING I have ever done. It immediately restored my confidence the moment I left his office. I left my insecurity in his office that day and have not looked back.
Thank you to everyone who supported me on my journey and watched it live on Snapchat. Here are all the questions you asked about it.
What is an eyebrow transplant? (Main questions you guys asked!)
It is the same procedure like hair restoration on your head but they do it to your eyebrows. They take hair from the back of your head they call this the “donor hair” and this permanent hair is harvested in the form of a narrow strip of hair, which is then meticulously cut up under microscopic magnification to produce hundreds of tiny follicular unit grafts of 1-3 hairs each. They personally put around 325-350 hairs in each of my eyebrows.
How long did your eyebrow transplant take?
They told me it would take about 5-7 hours. Mine personally was around six hours. It was not bad at all. The time passed by really fast because I slept off and on throughout procedure. You can listen to your favorite TV show or listen to music. I listened to music and dozed off. When I woke up to check the progress, I was on snap chat showing everyone the play by play of it.
Did it hurt?
No. They numbed the back of my head where they took my donor hair and they numbed my forehead where they put the grafts. They gave me valium to relax me during the procedure. It did sting when they pricked the back of my head to numb me, but not anything I could not handle, I still think a paper cut is worse pain than that anyday!
Who did your eyebrow transplant?
After years of research, I found Dr. Marc Dauer on Google, he is a leading hair and eyebrow restoration doctor in the world for men and women. A third of his practice is eyebrows. They do 1 to 2 eyebrow transplants a day. Not only does he have an impressive resume, his before and after pictures speak volumes. They are AH-MAZING! I talked to two of his technicians; one of them had been with him for 17 years and the other 10 years. They love what they do! The office staff was super friendly from the phone calls, emails, and the day I got the procedure done.
What is the downtime?
They told me 3-5 days of swelling and it was exactly that. The day I got them done was it was swollen, but the day after was probably the worse of it. I was bruised and swollen that it looked like I got an eyelid surgery. I actually did not care because I had eyebrows! I snapped the whole day by day healing process. Day two it looked better. By day five, I was back to normal, just needed a little make up to cover the diminishing yellow bruising. So glad I am my own boss and make up my own schedule, I was still doing writing projects and doing client calls. By day five, I had a big event, I just wore a hat. No one knew except those who followed me on social media.
What is the healing process?
I am 7 days out now from my procedure and it has started to scab over. When the scabs fall off, then it will look like my “old eyebrows” (with no hair) till the transplant hair starts to grow. It will take 3-4 months for the transplant hair to grow out. By 8-12 months, I will have full eyebrow hair again. You can go for “touch up” a year later to get more hair to shape them or add more to make it thicker. He said that only 20% of them come back for more hair. That means 80% are happy with what he did the first time.
How much did it cost?
It cost $7000. Yep, not cheap. But when it comes to gaining your confidence back, it is PRICELESS!
Again, thank you for all your love and support, I will be posting and giving daily updates on Snapchat. Snap name: marzia_prince.
Can you believe this is the only place I WANT my hair to grow? LOL! (Besides my head.)
Social occasions can be boring without booze not to mention when someone asks you “What are you drinking”? If you are a social butterfly like myself and have event after event to go to, the calories from cocktails week after week can sure add up fast. So what is a Healthinista to do to keep her fit figure? Drink a fauxjito of course! A faux mojito that is. It is the perfect “mocktail” by appearance, but none of the weight gaining damage that happens when you drink it. Lately, it has been my go to drink. It is light, refreshing, and healthy for you!
Health benefits of lime: Limes deserve the limelight because they have a number of health benefits to your body include weight loss, skin care, improved digestion, relief from constipation, eye care, and treatment of scurvy, piles, peptic ulcer, respiratory disorders, gout, gums, urinary disorders. Plus it has that special flavor that makes you wink! 😉
Health benefits of mint: Mint in more than a garnish, it is also known as menthe, is an easy to grow herb. It is a calming and soothing herb that has been around for thousands of years. It is a great appetizer or palate cleanser and it promotes digestion. It has antioxidants too!
Sparkling water or club soda
Short or tall glass
In a short or tall glass, muddle as much mint leaves as you like. I use about 7-8 leaves. Squeeze 2 lime wedges and fill with ice. Add the sparkling water or club soda, stir. Garnish with a lime and mint sprig on top. Throw a straw in it and sip up!
No one will ever know it does not have alcohol in it. I won’t tell if you won’t. Wink! 😉
The big game day is here and what do you feed an army of hungry people at your house? Loaded sweet potato skins! Most Superbowl snack foods are empty calories that leave you grazing all night only to still leave you hungry, but not this snack. They are filling not to mention full of fiber and just plain delicious. Make sure you bake up plenty of these because they go fast.
Why sweet potatoes?
Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene. They are also a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and phosphorus. Your guest will never know how healthy they are by its deliciousness!
Ingredients For the homemade cashew cheese to make:
1 ½ cup raw cashews
½ cup filtered water
½ cup nutritional yeast
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp dijon mustard
¼ cup white miso paste
1 tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp white pepper
½ tsp salt
*Or you can buy it premade and blend it up in food processor. Kitehill has a great brand made with almonds and chives. For the sweet potato:
10 small sweet potatoes
1 ½ cup cashew cheese
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
2 tomato chopped
5 green onions. sliced
1 cup black beans, rinsed
Beyond Beef crumbles
Vegan sour cream
For the cashew cheese:
Combine all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until combined and smooth texture. Add more water as necessary to achieve desired consistency.
For the sweet potatoes:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork in several places. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until fork tender.
Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
Using a knife, cut sweet potatoes lengthwise into two equal halves. Scoop out flesh, leaving a thin layer of sweet potato intact.
Transfer sweet potato flesh to a medium mixing bowl and mash with cashew cheese until combined and smooth consistency.
Scoop sweet potato/cashew cheese mixture back into the sweet potato skins. Bake again at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until skins are crispy and mixture is hot.
Remove skins from oven and top with black beans, Beyond Beef crumbles, tomatoes, jalapeño, and green onions.
Optional-Serve with vegan sour cream for dipping or dolloping.
If you read my last post about wearing plaid, then you may be shocked I bought another plaid shirt. Yep, I actually saw this on the mannequin and HAD TO have it. I asked the sales lady where they were at and she said that was the last plaid shirt. Luckily it was my size. SOLD!
What drew me to this particular plaid shirt on the mannequin was the metallic gold thread weaved through the shirt. It looks yellow in this picture, but it is actually shiny metallic gold. I just love shiny things! I thought, yassss, this will look great with my gold hair and jewelry!
I love how my gold Quay sunglasses with the amber lenses make this plaid shirt pop. It was like they were made for this shirt.
If you have been following me for awhile, you know that I am vegan and gave up my Chanel’s and Louis Vuitton’s handbags a long time ago. I now support cruelty-free companies. I have been veganizing my closet for years now. It has been a process, but worth the journey. This particular bag is Angela Roi. I have 5 of her handbags. Besides Stella McCartney, I am huge fan of her vegan handbag styles. Plus, she gives some of her proceeds to charity. Love shopping and giving back at the same time. This one is fun for casual daytime looks and traveling.
I found these awesome faux suede over the knee boots and fell in love with the color! Love this rich caramel brown color. I will let you in on a little secret. I wear a size 10 and the calves are always big on size 10 boots. So, I use legwarmers to fill out the calf area. Been doing that boot trick for awhile. I wish that boot makers would consider making small, medium, and large calves on boots. For some reason when you wear a 10, the calves are HUGE! Maybe one day in the future. Until then, I guess I will be wearing leg warmers underneath.
Baby it’s cold outside! January is the month that Jack Frost comes to visit Dallas. If you like to workout outside and want to give Jack Frost a run for his money, then you will need to dress in warm cozy layers.
I am all about wearing puffer jackets with workout wear these days. I actually have this jacket in three different colors. It is warm in the right places when you need it and you can throw it around your waist when you get hot.
Another great workout piece, is a sexy mesh sweatshirt. Both fashionable and functional! It may seem like you are going to be cold when you first put it on but after that run or outside workout, you will be thankful it has built in ventilation.
Athleta makes the best leggings for workouts. Not too thin and not too thick. Just the right type of fabric for that cold weather. I am just going to be real, I loved these particular leggings because it matched my Patagonia cruelty-free puffer jacket. Who doesn’t love a winter wine colored workout outfit.
At last but not least, you need a great pair of workout shoes. Depending on the type of workout you do, you need to get a pair of shoes that fits your needs. I like to go on runs to clear my mind. These Nike kicks are for running. They feel like socks. Love the lighter material running shoes these days!
Enjoy yourself a little too much this holiday? Some of you are hung over right now or expect to be for New Year’s Day. If that is the case, here is a little pick me up to get your body back on track.
Who needs GMO processed sports drink with fake sugars and electrolytes that will make you feel worse when you have this amazing tasting organic cocktail that will nourish your cells and bring you back to life. Drink this hangover cure and give yourself a couple of hours and you will feel back to great again!
1 cup Numi green tea made with Essentia water (with caffeine will give you extra wide eyes!)
1 banana frozen chopped up in chunks
1 kale leaf
1 handful of spinach
¼ teaspoon grated ginger to taste (more if you like an extra kick)
1 scoop of vanilla SunWarrior Protein Powder
Ready, set, sparkle…time to start the year with a clean slate and shine into 2017! This winter white cape suit is the perfect New Year’s outfit to do just that. You are not going to believe this outfit was a bargain lovers dream AKA super cheap! Yep! I wore it to a white Christmas holiday party and the compliment came pouring in. Nobody could believe this fabulous outfit was that cheap. The white capelet stole the show when I walked in to the party. When you take your cape off, get ready to catch everyone’s eye with this spaghetti strap sequin tank top. This sparkling sequin top was $16! You will never guess where I got it from…here. Add metallic accessories to shine even more. I got this metallic envelope clutch a few years ago and occasionally break it out for special occasions. Here is a similar updated one that I need to get for myself here. I love these gun metal pumps.With the chilly weather here in Dallas and a busy room full a people at the New Years party, the best type of shoes of ones that cover your toes. Keep them warm and protected from being stepped on. They look sleek with these straight legged pants from White House Black Market.
I don’t like to bet or gamble, but come this Jan 9th I am betting on a whole new me. I am super excited to announce that Beachbody is going to have a Health Bet. The pot is going to be around $3 million dollars! Yep, you read that right! That is a HUGE pot. Now what does that mean for you and me? It means if we follow a few simple guidelines and check in, then we get to split the pot! The Health Bet begins Jan 9th through Feb 5th. Only 30 days to help you start the 2017 New Year’s off right. This health bet is all about accountability and consistency!
As your coach, I will help you pick the challenge pack that is right for you. Once you get your challenge pack, download My Challenge Tracker at the app store. I will then add you to my private group so you can start checking in. The guidelines are quite simple…
1. Check in with 3 workout pics a week (Before, during, or after workout.)
2. Check in with 5 Shakeology pics a week (The logged photos can be of your Shakeology on its own, your Shakeology preparation on its own, or of you preparing or consuming it.)
3. After 4 weeks, we get a piece of the pie! What is Shakeology? Packed with 70 globally sourced superfood ingredients! *Proteins and fiber – to help reduce hunger and food cravings.
*Antioxidants, Phytonutrients, Vitamins, and Minerals – to help fight free radical damage and help support a healthy immune system.
*Adaptogen Herbs – traditionally used to help the body adapt and respond to the effects of stress.
*Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Digestive Enzymes – to help nutrient absorption and support regularity and healthy digestion.
*Whole food nutrition to feed your body at a cellular level.
Drink one a day for breakfast, snack, or a post-workout smoothie for this challenge. How do you like to workout? Strength training? Yoga? HIIT? Dance? MMA style? Pick your favorite way to workout during this challenge for 4 weeks.I personally love the 21 Day Fix Extreme and Hammer & Chisel. I love an athletic fit look and these 2 programs are great for those that like to lift and want more muscle mass. Throw away the scale and replace it with a selfie. A reflection speaks way more than gravity! What does your reflection look like? Some people gamble with their health everyday by eating unhealthy foods/drinks, not working out, being negative, not getting enough sleep, not enough water, and many more countless unhealthy lifestyle behaviors which lead to disease over time. Why not bet on a healthy new you this coming year!?
Even though it looks like fall, it is officially winter here in Dallas. The air is arctic cold and all we are missing is the snow. If you are not from Texas, it does not snow in Dallas. Well, maybe an ice storm here and there but no snow. One could dream right? With that being said, time to break out the vegan puffer jacket and beanie over your cozy workout gear. If you like to take your workout outside, you will need extra layers. I like to run the trails in different areas in Dallas. This is the perfect running outfit.
As a former Catholic school girl, I was not a fan of plaid as an adult. It just reminded me of my old school uniform and awkward years as a child. As the years went by I watched other fashion bloggers rock the plaid pattern in different looks. It grew on me. I had to get a plaid shirt and create my own style. If I was going to buy a plaid shirt, I did not want to look or feel like I was wearing a uniform again, I wanted to be plaid to the bone! I paired my plaid shirt up with ripped jeans and a white T shirt. To complete this look, I added my favorite vegan faux leather choker and my Stella McCartney handbag. I wanted it to have a rocker chic vibe to it.
When it comes to a rocker chic look, I love wearing lots of silver jewelry. I added silver hoop earrings, a necklace, and a few stack-able rings.
Jeans are always a fashion staple, but ripped up jeans give this look a rocker chic feel.