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    Greenville, South Carolina Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sutton Graham at the Aesthetic Center of Greenville

    *This is a sponsored post. I have partnered with Dr. Graham + the Aesthetic Center of Greenville because I believe in their expertise + knowledge. All opinions below are my own.

    I am SUPER excited to finally share with you all my partnership with Dr. Sutton Graham at the Aesthetic Center of Greenville! I am not exaggerating when I say they are the best, most knowledgeable + personable aesthetic professionals around!

    So let me tell you how I found Dr. Graham + the experience I have had at the Aesthetic Center.

    It’s no secret (because I’ve told y’all multiple times!) that I want to lose weight + get healthier. After baby number 1, I bounced back pretty quick + then lost a ton more weight. With baby number 2, I bounced back quick again + lost more than I had put on. With baby number 3, I lost the weight I had put on, but no more. I also gained a lot during quarantine. I am the biggest I have ever been, which is hard for me to admit.

    I am determined to make a change though! I have been doing several things to get on the track to being healthier + losing weight! (You can read more about that in this Instagram post). Even if I reach my goals + do lose this weight, I still have a problem in my tummy area. My midsection has always been my biggest problem area. After baby number 3, it is now a BIG problem! I knew I wanted to have some sort of surgical procedure done for my midsection + I also wanted to lift my breasts (because hello, again, 3 kids!).

    I did a simple Google search for plastic surgeons in the Greenville, South Carolina area + lots of different options popped up. One at the top of the list was the Aesthetic Center of Greenville. The first thing I did was go to the reviews to see what they said. They were all very positive, so I went to their website to check out more. I was very impressed with the fact that Dr. Sutton Graham founded the Aesthetic Center in 1990–which is literally the year I was born! So he has had plenty of experience! He is also certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is important for any plastic surgeon you seek for surgery.

    One of the main things that sets the Aesthetic Center apart from the rest is that they have their very own Nationally Accredited Operating Room. This means that they do almost all of the surgeries right on-site. Why does this matter? Your cost is significantly lower because you don’t have the ridiculous hospital fees! It also cuts down on contamination risks + allows you to be right there with the staff post-op to receive the best care.

    I set up a consultation with Dr. Graham. Not only was the person who scheduled my appointment over the phone extremely friendly, she also spent time asking me what my goals were + letting me ask any questions I had. She emailed me over all the paperwork to do at my leisure so I didn’t have to do it all once I got there for my appointment. In the email was also a personal note from Dr. Graham thanking me for setting up a consultation + letting me know what to expect. There was also information sheets on the types of surgery I was inquiring about. To top it off, they had a map with directions of how to get to their location. Literally every question you could have was answered in that one confirmation email!

    Visiting the Aesthetic Center

    When I went in for my consultation, of course they were following new guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19. So they sanitized my hands as soon as I came in, required that I wear a mask, took my temperature, + asked me several questions to determine if I had been exposed to anyone who had been ill. Once I was cleared, I sat down in the waiting room, but only had to wait for a minute or two before I was taken back by the nurse, Babs.

    Babs is the Operating Room Director at the Aesthetic Center. She knows everything about surgical procedures from A to Z. She asked me several medical history questions as well as questions on what my goals were for surgery. She was extremely friendly, but also completely professional. She made you feel comfortable when talking about very sensitive, + sometimes, embarrassing topics. Next up she gave me a robe so I would be more comfortable with taking my shirt off + we headed to get my “before” pictures taken. But these were no ordinary photos. They were high-resolution digital images called VECTRA 3-D imaging. This virtual plastic surgery technology is the first of its kind in the Upstate region. This technology can provide you with a preview of what your results from surgery can be. How cool is that?!?

    After the photoshoot, I got to meet Dr. Graham. What a delight he is. He has such a soothing, calming demeanor that is professional but makes you feel totally comfortable + relaxed. His experience + knowledge is evident with everything he says. Dr. Graham really took the time to listen to my concerns + my goals. He didn’t tell me what I wanted to hear; he told me his honest feedback + professional opinion about the best course of action. He recommended a tummy tuck + breast lift for me. After doing an exam, he told me I had diastasis recti, which is a gap in between your right and left abdominal wall muscles due to multiple pregnancies. If he did a tummy tuck, he could correct that by essentially “sewing” them back together. (By the way, Babs stays in the room the whole time during your consultation with Dr. Graham. This is good for two reasons: you’re not alone in a room with a man when you’re partially undressed + she can hear all the options discussed so she is completely versed in what the plan is.)

    I was definitely impressed with Dr. Graham’s knowledge + ideas. I was ready to get it done! But I told him how I had been trying to eat better + exercise in order to lose weight, + he told me it would be best to wait until I was closer to my desired weight to do the procedures. The reason is because if I lost weight after the surgery, then my skin might get lose, thus negating the desired results from the tummy tuck. So instead of wanting to hurry up + take my money, he actually suggested I wait several months so I would get the most desirable results! Ok, now I’m even more impressed!

    So, I am going to take the professional’s advice + try to get as healthy as I can before I undergo any procedure. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to the Aesthetic Center anymore! Surgical procedures are just the beginning of what they do there!

    Non-Surgical Procedures + Skincare

    This morning, I had a facial by Lauren, the esthetician there, + oh my gosh, can I do that every morning?!? My face feels like a baby’s bottom + I was the most relaxed I’ve been in a LONG time! One of the things she did was put a mask on + then applied steam to my face while the mask set. While the steam was going, she massaged my arms, which made it even more relaxing! There was also a sheet mask that she put a warm towel on top of. I cannot begin to describe how amazing it was!

    Lauren was so sweet + friendly + explained everything thoroughly. She made honest recommendations on how I can improve my skin. She hooked me up with several amazing products that I can’t wait to try! Check out what she recommended below:

    SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic – Combination Antioxidant

    I’m supposed to use this after cleansing + toning in the morning. It’s supposed to brighten my skin + improve + prevent any signs of aging.

    SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3 – Comprehensive Daily Emulsion

    This goes on after the antioxidant. It helps with cell turnover to refine skin texture + increase firmness.

    SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense Sunscreen – Broad Spectrum SPF 50

    This sunscreen goes on right before makeup application. The great thing about this is it’s slightly tinted so it’s great for those “no makeup” days!

    Theraderm NuPeel – Natural Enzyme Peel

    This exfoliant is only to be used 1-3 times per week at night to gently exfoliate dead skin cells.

    In addition to facials, the Aesthetic Center also offers botox/fillers, chemical peels, laser treatments, CoolSculpting, + more!

    HERE’S HOW YOU CAN SAVE MONEY!

    Ok, if you made it this far, YAY FOR YOU! Because now you get to hear about the best part! Dr. Graham + his amazing team have offered anyone that mentions my name some AMAZING discounts!

    Surgical Procedures:

    FREE Consultation with Dr. Graham for any surgical procedure ($75 value)

    -If you decide to book surgery with Dr. Graham, you can get $150 off your surgeon’s fee.

    Non-Surgical + Skincare Procedures:

    10% off your first appointment

    Products:

    10% off any of the products that I mentioned above

    MAKE SURE you let them know when you make your appointment that LINDSEY sent you! This is the only way to get the amazing discounts!

    ALSO, please let me know if you go + get anything done! You can send me an email or message me on Instagram or however you want to get in touch with me! I am SUPER excited to see what all you guys take advantage of! I know you will love Dr. Graham + his staff as much as I do!

    I obviously didn’t list out every single service they offer, so please check out their website to get all the information on everything they have to offer. You can also check out some amazing before + after photos from previous surgeries Dr. Graham has performed.

    If you have any questions, please reach out + I’ll try my best to answer or I will find out the answer for you! Y’all know I am all about self care + loving yourself. It is so important + this is one way I am practicing self care. I encourage you to do the same!

    xoxo,

    LINDSEY

    My New At Home Teeth Whitening Routine (That’s Easy, Effective + Affordable)

    This post is sponsored by SmileBrilliant. All opinions are my own.

    “Your teeth are so white” is probably one of the best compliments you can get. It’s something that even at a young age (like middle school), I got a lot. But of course the older you get, your teeth obviously get stained + aren’t as white as they once were. I started wanting my teeth whiter when I was an older teenager + tried the drug store whitening strips. They worked in making my teeth appear whiter, but they also caused a lot of sensitivity issues that I had never experienced before. They also were hard to stay on your teeth + were slimy, uncomfortable + just plain gross.

    Fast forward to this year. I turned 30 + have been very aware of wanting to keep up a youthful appearance, which includes keeping my teeth white. SmileBrilliant reached out to see if I’d like to try their at home teeth whitening kit. I was super excited to try a professional whitening treatment + see how it compared to what I had used in the past. Plus I hadn’t whitened in a long time + my teeth were overdue for some TLC.

    Making Your Impressions

    SmileBrilliant sent me a kit to make my impressions for my whitening trays. It was super simple to make the impressions. There were two types of clay, blue + white. You mix the blue + white clays together until you can’t see the white anymore. Then you put it in the tray they provide + bite down into the clay with your upper teeth. After the specified time, you take it out + then repeat the process for your bottom teeth. You mail these back to them in an addressed envelope they provide.

    Soon you will receive your custom fit trays in the mail! I was blown away with how well they fit. I mean absolutely perfectly matched my teeth. It’s like some kind of magic! The trays are extremely comfortable + don’t slip at all.

    Teeth Whitening Time!

    Now it’s time to actually whiten your teeth! You squirt just a bit of the whitening gel inside the trays + place on your teeth. You can choose how long you’d like to keep them on. I normally keep them on for about 45 minutes.

    Once I take them off, I rinse out the trays + store them in the case they come with + I brush my teeth. SmileBrilliant also offers desensitizing gel that you can use after whitening to fight sensitivity that you may experience. I purposely did not use it to see if my teeth would become sensitive. I did not experience any noticeable sensitivity so I have continued to only use the whitening gel without the desensitizing gel + have had no discomfort. It is good to know that they offer it just in case you do experience sensitivity, but I’m very happy with the results seeing as I did see sensitivity with other whitening products I have previously used.

    Before on the top; After on the bottom

    I have been doing the whitening routine about once a week at most. The great thing is that you don’t have to do it every single day to see results. I saw results after just one use + it just kept getting better + better each time.
    I still have many more uses left in my kit so I will continue to use this for months to come. I am very pleased with how my teeth look + once again, just how easy this whole process was. If you are looking for a product to whiten your teeth, look no further!! SmileBrilliant’s products are not only highly effective + easy to use, but they won’t break the bank either! Other professional whitening products can cost upwards of $500-$1,000! At SmileBrilliant, you can get a set of custom-fit trays + 3 syringes with whitening gel for as low as $126.65 using my discount code lindseyoutloud15 (1 syringe can give you 3-5 applications). So SmileBrilliant’s products are super affordable + reasonable!

    Easy? Check. Effective? Check. Affordable? Check.

    It’s safe to say that SmileBrilliant checks all the boxes! So what are you waiting for? At home teeth whitening has never been so attainable. Visit their site today to purchase your kit!

    Please let me know if you have any questions regarding these products. I will always be honest + share with you my real experience. I truly love these products + I know you will too!

    xoxo,

    LINDSEY

    GIVEAWAY!!

    My friends at SmileBrilliant are generously giving one of you a FREE whitening kit!! All you have to do is enter your name + email at this link!

    *EVERYONE who enters will receive a special discount beyond my 15% off code! So you have nothing to lose! You must be in the US, UK, Australia or Canada to win. Giveaway will end on June 22nd at 11:59 EST. Winner will be contacted by SmileBrilliant to claim their prize. Enter now!


    How Much Is Teeth Whitening

    Are you craving softer, smoother skin?

    there are so many skincare products out there. like SO many. & it’s easy to get bogged down with things that promise this and promise that. how do you know that it’s real? how do you know that something will actually work? well let me try it for you! that’s how! i have tried out these three products from kristals cosmetics & i’m here to tell you–they work! my skin has never felt softer & appeared more smooth & glowy! could not be happier with these products! your skin will love you for using these!

    kristals cosmetics uses gemstones found in nature to provide you with natural products that will ultimately give you more radiant, vibrant looking skin.

    so what am i using?

    i selected the rock crystal collection. rock crystal is a symbol of chastity, purity of thoughts, innocence, modesty and fidelity. its hypnotic quality is conducive to sleep, and hey, who couldn’t use better sleep?!? i am using the micro polish cleanser, multi action toner, and the refining moisturizer for dry skin.

    so what is the process?
    step 1: rock crystal micro polish cleanser

    this is an exfoliating cleanser for your face. it smells amazing and has the little exfoliating beads, but is not too rough on your skin. i like to use this in the shower. you can get your face moist, then scrub in the cleanser really good without it spilling onto your clothes. you can also wash off all the little beads really well in the shower. once you get out, you are ready for toner.

    step 2: rock crystal multi action toner

    i use little cotton pads to apply the toner. i just squirt a couple drops onto the pad, & then wipe my entire face with it. this toner smells amazing and leaves you with that tingly feeling on your skin. once this dries, you are ready for moisturizer.

    step 3: rock crystal refining moisturizer for dry skin (one of the brand’s top-selling products!)

    i squirt this directly on my fingers & rub it into my face & neck. same as the cleanser & toner, it smells incredible! it goes on so smooth & silky & leaves your face feeling refreshed & new. once this is dry, you are ready for makeup or bed, depending on if you put it on in the morning or evening!

    when it is all said & done, you will have smooth, vibrant, healthy, silky, glowing, radiant skin! & who doesn’t want that?!? if you want skin like this, you HAVE to try these products! & there’s good news! i have a coupon code for you to get 40% off your entire purchase!

    use code LINDSEY at checkout to receive 40% off your purchase! & enjoy having the soft, smooth skin that you’ve always dreamed of!
    kristals cosmetics is the real deal, y’all!

    *this is a sponsored post*