Beauty fanatic undergoes £ 1,800 ‘traumatic’ acid treatment – but loves her new face

Beauty fanatic looked like ‘Beetlejuice’ for a week after £ 1,800 ‘traumatic’ beauty treatment covered her face in horrific scabs – but now claims she’s ‘over the moon’ with its young and radiant look.

Amanda Watkins decided to have a dramatic and intense chemical peel on her face because she felt unsure of the wrinkles, especially around her eyes.

The 51-year-old opted for a full facial treatment, including a phenol peel around the eyes – the most intense chemical peel available.

The pain was so intense that she considered giving up the treatment after her eyes were finished, but with a “beauty is pain” attitude, she persevered.

Instead, she had to face a painful week-long recovery as her face was so swollen she was temporarily blinded and her crusty, scaly skin made her look “like Beetlejuice”, leaving her in need. to be covered with factor 50 sunscreen and a yellow antiseptic powder. .

The mother-of-one documented her recovery on TikTik to give an honest account to others considering a chemical peel, with many shocked viewers saying they thought her ‘graphic’ appearance was a filter.



The pain was so intense that Amanda, 51, considered giving up the grueling treatment

But now, a month later, after receiving the treatment on May 26th and ever since she lost her wrinkles and came out with fresh and glowing skin, she says she has “no regrets.” , despite the grueling recovery.

Amanda, from Pokesdown, Bournemouth, said: “The wrinkles around my eyes were bad – my makeup was stuck in the lines and I was zooming in pictures of myself and scowling.

“I asked my cosmetic doctor if I should go under the knife to get rid of it, but he suggested a peel instead, so I went for it.

“It didn’t swell instantly, but I felt like I got a big sunburn and my skin was really tight, then on the second day it got worse and on the third day I was incredibly swollen. – my eyes were almost swollen and I could barely see.

“I also started to peel really badly. I posted about this on TikTok just to be informative and got a lot of comments saying it was filter or makeup and a few – some of my videos were even deleted because they were too graphic.

“A lot of people said I looked like Beetlejuice and I thought it was hilarious – instead of offending myself, I went with it.

“It was all part of the healing process and over the days the swelling slowly subsided and the dead skin peeled off.

“I never realized how haggard I looked until I saw the before and after photos – I have no more wrinkles now and I am absolutely delighted with the results.”

During the treatment, the retired charity event hostess suffered severe burns as a chemical solution was applied to her face to burn the top layers of the skin.

Amanda had to be monitored by her cosmetic doctor through close-up photos of her face every day after the severe treatment due to the strength of the acid used.



Amanda felt like her skin was
Amanda felt like her skin was “on fire” as she had acid applied to her face.

She also had an in-person check-up the day after the appointment to reapply the bright yellow antiseptic powder sprinkled around her crusted eyes to prevent any infection.

Amanda said, “When you first applied the acid it’s awful, you feel like your skin is on fire and then it is sore for about 12 hours.

“After I had my eyes done I said ‘this is it, I don’t want the rest of my face to do it after this’, but the doctor reassured me to just breathe and I was fine. .

“They applied a neutralizer along with the acid and had an assistant come over and hold a ventilator to my face to soothe the burning sensation a bit, but it was still very painful.

“When I first looked at myself in the mirror and saw my swollen face the next day, I called the doctor directly and asked if this was normal.

“He reassured me it was and said it would get worse before it got better, which it was.”

The mother-of-one stayed with her 25-year-old daughter, Ruby Watkins, who looked after her as she was temporarily blinded by her swollen eyes for two days after the peel.

Despite her shocking appearance, Amanda says Ruby wasn’t too confused as she was used to seeing her mother recover from other plastic surgeries, including breast work and a face lift after losing 140 pounds.

During the week-long recovery, Amanda could barely leave the house due to the risk of sunburn on her burnt skin and was not allowed to tackle the peeling skin which could create scarring .

Amanda said: “Ruby saw me with metal clamps on the back of my head because of a facelift, so she used to see me uncomfortable and was not too shocked by my face.



Despite the searing pain and the hefty £ 1,800 price tag, Amanda believes the results were worth it
Despite the searing pain and the hefty £ 1,800 price tag, Amanda believes the results were worth it

“She picked me up from the appointment and looked after me because I could barely see for the first 48 hours and needed treatment.

“I was confined to the house for most of the first week and if I went outside I would have to cover myself with factor 50 medical grade sunscreen and put on a large hat and sunglasses.

“The doctor said he usually does this treatment in the winter, so I had to promise him that I would stay out of the sun for six months – I had sunscreen stuck on like Tipex just to go from the sun. door to car the first week.

“I was not allowed to scratch the skin as it would cause scarring or remove the yellow antiseptic power around my eyes for a risk of infection.”

Despite the ‘traumatic’ healing process and the steep £ 1,800 price tag, the beauty fanatic says the results of her chemical peel were worth it.

She now hopes to educate other women considering the procedure about the realities of treatment and recovery before opting for a chemical peel.

Amanda said, “Women considering a peel must see how traumatic the healing process is, so I posted about it on TikTok just to be informative.

“For me it was one hundred percent worth it – compared to going under the knife it was a cinch and it would have cost around £ 10,000 so I have no regrets.

“If you’re happy in your own skin it’s wonderful but it’s good to have a choice – I believe in self-love, but if anything is affecting your confidence, go ahead and do it. pleasure.”

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