A woman who spent $30,000 on anti-aging cosmetic treatments over the past nine years has revealed exactly which procedures were worth her money — and which were most definitely was not.
Rachel Rose, 34, who is based in Florida, is a content creator who has documented her various health, wellness and lifestyle journeys on her YouTube channel, sharing what has been helping her ‘build a happier, healthier, more confident lifestyle.’
In the video, which was posted to her YouTube channel this month, Rose divulged everything about all of her procedures and treatments to her viewers, admitting that she had ‘made some big mistakes along the way.’
She delved into these mistakes, as well as what was worth it, what to avoid and how she’s doing some things ‘entirely differently moving forward’ in the 21-minute clip.
Rachel Rose, 34, revealed that she had spent $30,000 on anti-aging treatments over the last nine years
Rachel admitted that she ‘wanted’ to look younger, and said that she realized that it was ‘insane’ that she has spent this much on plastic surgery
Rose admitted that looking younger was something that she wanted, citing a concept in Dan Sullivan’s book, 10x Is Easier Than 2x, which is ‘want what you want.’
‘I wanna look younger,’ she admitted in the beginning of the clip. ‘I realize that there’s gonna be a point where it’s like, there’s only so far you can go, there’s only so much anti-aging, there’s also a point where you can start to look crazy, and I certainly don’t want to go that route, but I want what I want.
‘I realized it’s insane that I can sit here saying, yeah, I spent $30,000, but I want what I want.’
FEMAIL has laid out her rundown of all the anti-aging treatments she’s tried, from most expensive to least expensive.
Botox and Dysport, $8,000: Worth it
According to Rose, getting Botox and Dysport injections are worth it — in fact, she said that she’s had it done since she was 25 years old.
‘I don’t think Botox is necessary for everyone, but for those of us who communicate with our face, like me, I will forever do Dysport,’ Rose explained.
Dysport, which is a type of botulinum toxin, is an injection used to treat wrinkles in the face, which works by relaxing the muscles under the skin, according to Healthline.
As a result, your skin will look smoother and wrinkles will become less noticeable.
Rose explained why she was a fan of getting Dysport and Botox done in her video
‘For me, somebody that scowls like crazy, I can still move my forehead, I think people think that if you get Botox, you’re just going to be frozen,’ she said.
‘I can still move, I just don’t have the deep set line that I did when I didn’t have Botox.’
However, even though Rose is fan of Dysport, she advises viewers to make sure that they have a great ‘face consultant’ — a licensed professional that you trust to perform your injections.
For example, Rose said that her provider was ‘never overly’ pushy, knew her goals and was someone that she trusted.
‘Find someone and stick with them,’ the YouTube creator instructed.
Upper blepharoplasty, $3,500: Worth it — but avoid this mistake
The next procedure that Rose has gotten is an upper blepharoplasty, which removes skin from the upper eyelids, the Cleveland Clinic says.
The content creator revealed that she had hers done in Atlanta two years ago with Dr. Michael Neimkin, who she highly recommended.
‘What’s been interesting about that surgery is people will be like, I don’t really notice anything, but then if I show a before picture, it’s dramatic,’ she said.
However, there was one ‘really big mistake’ that Rose made with this surgery. It’s one so bad that she claims it ‘haunts’ her.
Rose flew all the way to Atlanta to get her upper blepharoplasty surgery
She revealed that although some people may not notice the difference, she does. Pictured left is before the procedure and right is after
However, there was one crucial mistake that Rose made when she got this surgery done. Pictured left are Rose’s eyes before and right is after
FACE OFF! Rose’s final verdict on these cosmetic procedures
- Upper Blepharoplasty
- Laser hair removal (with some exceptions)
- Filler (with some exceptions)
Not worth it
‘A few months after the surgery, I consulted with a scar massage expert,’ she continued.
‘Wouldn’t you know, when it comes to the eyelid, it heals so quickly, and heals so well on its own, that less is more.’
‘By me doing scar massage, by me putting collagen strips and different things on my eyelids, I made my scars bad. Like, bad. I basically created scar tissue.’
Rose explained that she had discovered this expert on a podcast, and thought it might be interesting to include the procedure into a video she was making about the surgery, which she has since been deleted due to what happened.
Since getting the scar massage, she has been back to Dr. Neimkin in Atlanta twice to get laser treatments on her eyelids, which have helped the scars significantly, but hasn’t entirely solved the problem.
‘I’m upset that we can have these experts out here seem very convincing, maybe they do know what they’re talking about, but there’s these exceptions, eyelids would be one of them.’
For people getting surgery, Rose recommended checking out the website Real Self, which shows real reviews and pictures of plastic surgeries.
She also recommended working with a beauty brokers, who are experts on the top surgeons.
Morpheus8, $3,000: Not worth it
Although Rose said that her six treatments of Morpheus8 ‘lifted her face’ and helped to get rid of her double chin, she said that the risk of the procedure was ‘not worth the reward.’
‘Because with Morpheus8, which is radiofrequency, so it’s microneedling, it can be used to eliminate fat and address fat,’ Rose explained.
‘So that’s great for areas like the double chin, but with a provider that doesn’t really know what they’re doing, they can actually end up burning fat into areas we wouldn’t want to do that, in the areas that make us look youthful.’
Morpheus8 is a relatively new treatment that was introduced in 2020 to North American markets.
Morpheus8 is a radiofrequency treatment that was recently introduced in medical offices
Rose said that she did not recommend the Morpheus8 treatment
It is a microneedling device that uses ‘radiofrequency energy’ to sculpt and alter both the face and body ‘via subdermal adipose remodeling,’ according to New York City-based plastic surgeon Dr. A. Joshua Zimm.
‘There are people who have been to providers and they end up regretting it fully,’ Rose claimed.
Rose became especially sensitive about the procedure after she received a comment from someone who said that getting the treatment can be like a ‘Russian roulette.’
She admitted that the treatment did help with her double chin, but there were just too many risks associated with it
‘That really was an eye-opening comment to me, because I was like, you know what, even if somebody does all their due diligence, we’ve all been to providers that seem like they know what they’re talking about and we’re not happy with their service,’ she divulged.
‘The fact that with Morpheus8, you still have to get ongoing treatments, to me it’s not worth it.’
She even added that she believed it created a sense of ‘paranoia’ for the patient, as you may be wondering if you went to the right provider or if the treatment was done correctly.
‘I just no longer promote it, is where I’m at today,’ Rose concluded.
Laser hair removal, $3,000: Only worth it in some areas
Rose shared a similar sentiment about laser hair removal, explaining that this was a treatment that you could see a great provider for, but be left with some not-so-amazing results.
She has gotten this treatment done on her underarms, bikini area, and legs.
‘I did unlimited sessions for a year and my hair’s already, like, growing back,’ she admitted.
Rose had gotten laser hair removal done a few years prior, and faced the same problem.
Rose was a fan of laser hair removal, but only in a few places on the body
She said it’s still worth it in some ways, especially when it comes to the underarms.
‘I get the dark shadow that can happen, and with laser hair removal, I don’t get the dark shadow after shaving,’ she said.
‘I will probably do laser hair removal again, but knowing that I [will] go somewhere where it has a very good reputation.’
‘And I would say if you’re going to get laser hair removal, talk to a friend that got it, like, two years ago that’s still not getting hair, because Yelp reviews are good, but they don’t always tell the whole story, and we’ve gotta be skeptical of reviews.’
PRF and PRP, or the vampire facial, $3,000: Worth it
PRF and PRP, an elaborate injection that has been dubbed as the ‘vampire facial,’ is one of Rose’s favorite treatments she’s had thus far, and she even prefers it to getting filler.
The procedure works by first drawing blood from your arm. That blood is then put into a machine that separates the platelets from the blood, and gets re-injected back into your face, according to The American Academy of Dermatology Association.
The treatment is thought of as a natural filler, and can also reduce wrinkles, acne scars and ‘deep creases.’
Rose said that getting a PRF/PRP treatment is one of her favorite treatments she’s done thus far
‘I have loved this because my under eyes, I do get dark circles, and this has seemed to reverse that,’ Rose admitted.
‘It’s also just made the quality of my skin better, but it’s expensive.
‘For me, where I go, I go to a nicer place, it’s like $500, $600 a treatment, something like that.’
She explained that for this one is not something that’s just a ‘one and done,’ as you have to go back multiple times to see results.
Filler, $3,000: Only worth it in some areas
The first time that Rose dabbled with getting filler was during what she calls the ‘Kylie Jenner heyday’ around 2015, when getting lip filler was first starting to blow up due to the star’s success with it.
The YouTube creator explained that she already had pretty full lips to begin with, so she believed that it was not exactly worth it for her.
‘You have to manage it,’ Rose said. ‘Over time, you do have to get that filler dissolved. There’s also talk about how it changes your lip pocket or something like that.
‘You’ve gotta keep in mind the long-term effects. Long term, for me, it’s not worth it, because I do have decent sized lips.’
Rose warned that you don’t want to go overboard when getting filler injections
Rose also warned of filler migration, which happens when filler moves around from the place it was injected into
However, Rose was a fan of getting filler injected into her under eyes, but warned that it can sometimes start to migrate.
Now, she would rather get a PRF treatment to treat those dark under eye circles.
‘I also recently got filler in my chin,’ she said, explaining that her provider specializes in what’s called ‘facial balancing,’ which focuses on achieving a more proportional appearance of the face.
For example, Rose said that having big lips wasn’t the right fit for some people’s faces, and could give you a ‘weaker profile’ if you ended up with big lips and a small chin.
However, Rose did recently get filler injected into her chin, and really enjoyed the results
The YouTube creator has shared the before-and-after photos of her chin filler
She revealed that she was a fan of getting filler injected into her chin because it had given her a ‘sharper profile’ and was quite subtle.
‘My feelings on filler is kind of mixed,’ she admitted.
‘Do not go to somebody based on price, go to somebody that specializes in this and is really good at what they do.
‘You also want them to talk you off the ledge if you’re like, trying to go overboard with things likes lips.’
Co2 and eCo2, $2,500: Worth it
‘These are lasers that are very intense,’ she said.
‘They’re ideal for somebody that wants to completely resurface their skin.’
The 34-year-old dished that about four or five years ago, she had extremely bad acne and was on Accutane.
She waited about six months after taking Accutane to get a Co2 laser, but admitted to a mistake — getting a spray tan one day before the intense treatment, which she doesn’t recommend.
‘It ended up being that it created some discoloration for me, that plastic surgeon gave me IPL lasers and we were able to even that out,’ she said.
Although she enjoys getting the Co2/eCo2 lasers, she admitted that there can be some potential complications with the treatments
‘But all in all, all that I went through, that mistake I made, was so worth it because it gave me new skin.’
Rose also got an eCo2 treatment done when she got her upper bleph surgery, which was not nearly as intense.
But even though it’s a treatment that Rose enjoys, there are still some precautions to take.
‘The controversy with these lasers is, people worry that it thins their skin, and that it melts the fat, and that it’s too aggressive,’ the creator noted.
‘A part of me wonders if it’s really the laser or if it’s even people’s skin type that reacts in a certain way.’
She recommended going on the website Real Self to check out other people’s reviews and experiences with the lasers and certain doctors.
Sculptra, $2,000: Worth it
Sculptra is a kind of dermal filler that gets injected into the skin, according to the Cleveland Clinic, and can give a ‘smoother or fuller’ look to the skin.
‘Sculptra is a filler that actually helps generate collagen,’ Rose said.
‘It’s actually not a filler, it’s like an activator to activate collagen growth.’
Rose said she definitely saw a difference with her Sculptra treatments, especially when looking at a photo from two years ago
‘Sculptra is a filler that actually helps generate collagen,’ Rose said. ‘It’s actually not a filler, it’s like an activator to activate collagen growth.’
She said that the Sculptra helped the appearance of the ‘hollows’ on her temples.
Rose has also had it injected in other spots.
‘It’s one of those things, when I look at the photo from two years ago, and see, okay, I’m aging in the right direction, it’s subtle, but I know Sculptra has something to do with that.’
Microneedling, $1,000: Worth it — but is a long-term situation
Microneedling is a treatment that works by using extremely tiny needles in the skin to promote collagen production, according to Healthline, and is less invasive than a Co2 laser.
‘I think this is one of those things [that is] a long-term play,’ she said.
‘If you really want to improve your skin texture and reduce pore size and do not something as invasive and as insane as a Co2, microneedling is great.
‘You just want to budget for that and plan for it ongoing.’
Fraxel laser, $1,000: Not worth it — at least for her
Another procedure that Rose has invested in is Fraxel, which is a skin resurfacing laser treatment.
However, for Rose, it wasn’t exactly worth it.
‘I found that I got so much more luminosity and just so much more of a glow when I did Co2 than Fraxel,’ she admitted.
‘I don’t know that I noticed much with Fraxel at all, but some people do love it.’
Broadband light, $500: Not worth it
The final procedure that Rose has spent her money on is broadband light, or BBL (not to be confused a Brazilian Butt Lift).
It’s a high-powered light treatment that helps to treat skin conditions related to aging and sun damage.
She explained that some people like to do this treatment after the summer, as it can help to treat dark spots.
But for Rose, she didn’t see too many results.
Rose explained that she didn’t get a Brazilian Butt Lift, but instead a Broadband Light (BBL)
She then revealed what treatments she would continue to get done in the future
‘I did it once, I really didn’t notice much,’ she said. ‘Maybe I needed to do more treatments.’
However, there was one benefit that Rose did see with the BBL.
The content creator said that when she received the treatment, her provider went over her lips with the device, which ended up making them look larger.
‘That’s what I really loved about BBL,’ she disclosed.
‘I know some people love it because it helps treats their brown spots and things.’
What treatments Rose will continue to do
After going through this list of treatments, the YouTube creator admitted that it helped her put things into perspective.
Moving forward, she dished that she wants to continue with Dysport, PRF, and continue exploring microneedling and chin fillers.
But there were some things that she wanted to do ‘completely differently.’
‘I am really going to dedicate more time each day to my at-home devices,’ she announced.
These at-home devices include the NuFace, which uses microcurrents to tone the face, as well as Newa, which is a radiofrequency device, and a red light device.
‘Another thing I’m doing differently is putting more emphasis on choosing proper supplements to support great aging,’ she said.
For Rose, this means taking things like fish oil, which can support your overall skin and health, as well as taking a ‘high quality’ collagen supplement.
And she will continue to document her various treatments and procedures on her channel.