MAKE ME HEAL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW!
Four-time World tennis champion and Olympics gold medalist Lindsay Davenport is not afraid to talk about how plastic surgery has benefited her life. While Lindsay’s experience with plastic surgery has been on the non-surgical tip, her experience with dermal fillers restoring lost volume to her face have made her feel as good on the outside as she feels on the inside.
Before heading to the Beijing Olympics where she will play singles and doubles for the US Team, 32-year old Lindsay took a few moments from her busy schedule to answer a few questions from Make Me Heal in this intimate exclusive interview.
Make Me Heal: With last year being such a big year when you became a mom for the first time, what are your resolutions for your 32nd birthday?
Lindsay Davenport: Taking better care of my skin!
Make Me Heal: Now that you’ve got a baby boy turning one, what do you think is harder – being a world tennis champ or a mom?
Lindsay Davenport: Being a tennis player is harder. It involves a lot of travel, dedication and hours. Being a mom is more emotionally fulfilling and fun.
Make Me Heal: Turning to your beauty routine, being that you live in sunny California and spend so much time on tennis courts in the sun, what is your daily beauty regimen and how do you protect your skin and keep it hydrated?
Lindsay Davenport: I’ve always been a big believer in keeping it simple. A gentle face wash, a good moisturizer, lots of sunscreen and – since turning 30 – I have started using eye cream. I’m never without my Neutrogena sunscreen. My La Mer face cream is also a must have of mine. I love my Kiehl’s lip balm and Kerastase shampoo and conditioner. My family also never goes anywhere without Aveeno lotions. l also exercise and eat well, but there have been changes in my face as a result of getting older and sun exposure that my doctor assured me no amount of diet and exercise could fix.
Make Me Heal: After giving birth, what did you do to get your body back into your pre-mommy shape?
Lindsay Davenport: I tried to be as healthy as possible for myself and the baby. I fit in exercise when the doctor said it was okay and I ate as healthy as I could for the baby as well during the pregnancy.
Make Me Heal: It’s really cool of you to be open about your cosmetic procedure experience and your beauty secrets. How did you decide to become a spokesperson for the Juvederm educational campaign?
Lindsay Davenport: No one should have to feel like their skin is aging faster than their body. Thanks to JUVÉDERM I just look my age. And my theory is, when I find something that works, I want to share it. That’s why I’m talking freely about my JUVÉDERM treatments. I want to help educate women and men about safe and effective aesthetic treatment options they have available to them and stress the importance of seeing a trained physician for treatment.
Make Me Heal: When did you first get the idea to have Juvederm injections?
Lindsay Davenport: I became more in tune with the appearance of my skin one day when my husband got pictures developed of me and my newborn son. I was admiring his beautiful, smooth skin but then I looked at myself and I was like, “Oh my gosh, I need to see my dermatologist!” It was obvious that my skin had lost its bounce and that I had wrinkles like those “parentheses” lines along the sides of my nose and mouth. It was like all of a sudden, the years of sun damage from playing tennis had shown up on my face.
Make Me Heal: What were your motivations behind your decision to have Juvederm?
Lindsay Davenport: Although I had just had a baby, I didn’t feel as old as I looked. I was especially concerned because I had plans to get back on the court and wanted to look and feel as confident in my skin as possible. So I decided then and there to do something about it.
Make Me Heal: How did you research skin rejuvenation procedures and come to decide on having dermal injections such as Juverderm in particular
Lindsay Davenport: I went to my dermatologist for my regular skin check and I asked him what I could do about the lines that had been bothering me. He suggested Juvederm!
Make Me Heal: When did you have Juvederm done, how much was injected, and what facial areas were treated (i.e. crows feet around eyes, forehead lines, nasolabial folds/laugh lines, etc.)?
Lindsay Davenport: During my appointment, my doctor recommended treatment of my “parentheses” [nasolabial folds/laugh lines] to restore some of the volume I had lost over the years. I’m not sure how much product was used, but I really like the smooth results afterward
Make Me Heal: How long have the results lasted for you?
Lindsay Davenport: It has been nearly four months and I’m still pleased with the results.
Make Me Heal: How happy are you with the results?
Lindsay Davenport: I love the results. The treatment was quick with minimal downtime. I felt like I instantly looked a lot more refreshed, and my skin looked so much smoother. I want to avoid any kind of surgical procedure, and I was amazed at how simple the JUVÉDERM treatment was. I was able to continue with my day without anyone knowing I had something done.
Make Me Heal: Have you gone back since the first time you had Juvederm for additional sessions? If so, how often do you get Juvederm done to maintain your results?
Lindsay Davenport: At this point, four months later, I’m still pleased with the results. I haven’t been back yet.
Make Me Heal: What has been the reaction of loved ones and friends? Did anyone notice anything different about you? Did anyone guess what you had done? Did you tell them what you had done?
Lindsay Davenport: The best part is that everyone notices I look great, but no one knows why. I think it is because JUVÉDERM creates a smooth and natural look that helps me appear refreshed and rejuvenated without looking like I had something done. For me, it’s a win-win!
Lindsay Davenport: I know Tracy Austin, the former world number one tennis player, uses Juvederm. At 45, she looks remarkable!!
Make Me Heal: Who was your doctor or specialist and how did you come to choose him?
Lindsay Davenport: I met with Derek Jones, MD a Board-Certified Dermatologist and Asst. Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA. As a tennis player I regularly visit my dermatologist for skin cancer check-ups, so it was completely natural to ask about my options for revolumizing my face.
Make Me Heal: Did you have any role in deciding whether Juvederm or another dermal filler should be used?
Lindsay Davenport: My physician and I discussed that Juvederm was made from hyaluronic acid, a natural sugar found in the body, so that was very important to me. Also the fact that it lasts up to a year and takes less than 15 minutes to administer, was a definite plus for me!
Make Me Heal: Did you prepare for the procedure in any special way?
Lindsay Davenport: No, I didn’t prepare in any way. I simply talked to my dermatologist and read up on the product.
Make Me Heal: How were you feeling the night before the procedure and on the moments before the surgery itself?
Lindsay Davenport: I was completely relaxed! The whole appointment took ten minutes, it was extremely easy!
Make Me Heal: How was the recovery process like?
Lindsay Davenport: I hardly had any bruising or swelling after the procedure. I was able to go right back to my day!
Make Me Heal: Please discuss the pain or discomfort you experienced during and after the procedure?
Lindsay Davenport: Dr. Jones used a topical numbing cream during my treatment, so I didn’t feel much pain during the procedure.
Make Me Heal: How do you feel about cosmetic surgery and beauty enhancement treatments? Have you considered doing any other procedures beside Juvederm?
Lindsay Davenport: I love the results of Juvederm. I’ve also used Botox Cosmetic which has provided great results as well!
Make Me Heal: Has your makeover impacted your life in any way from personal, social, career, and other respects? Do you feel any different about yourself?
Lindsay Davenport: I feel like I now look as good on the outside as I feel on the inside. The sun definitely took it’s toll on my skin and I’m paying for it now. I’m glad that there is a natural and safe product out there, like Juvederm, that my mother didn’t have when she was my age.
Make Me Heal: What is your final word of advice to other people considering Juvederm?
Lindsay Davenport: Be sure to choose a trained, licensed aesthetic-specialty physician (dermatologist or plastic surgeon) for treatment. To find one in your area visit, www.juvederm.com.none