Needless to say, it was a dark period of my life. I spent the next couple of years working, moving, re-organizing my life, and never looking in the mirror. And almost three years later, I looked up and realized how that time had truly affected my face and skin. I had gained 35 pounds, my skin felt tired and saggy, and the area under my chin was not as taut as it used to be. The latter is something I became incredibly self-conscious about; I hated the way I looked, and would shy away from photos, finding the person smiling back practically unrecognizable.