Disclaimer : The following is a post on my Botox experience.  With pictures of me and my highly unflattering mug!  I want to say that I was not sponsored nor paid to do this post.  All views are my own opinion.  Seek a professional to get advice if you are considering Botox.  This is not a comprehensive guide for Botox.

Botox, Vistabel, Allergan, where to inject

To date, I have had Botox on my forehead about 8-10 times

About Botulinum Toxin

  • Botulinum toxin commonly known by the trade name Botox (Vitabel manufactured by Allergan, Inc.), is a protein produced by the neurotoxic bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
  • Botulinum toxin blocks neuromuscular transmission i.e. paralyses and weaken muscles for a period of time
  • Uses : Cosmetic, sweating, chronic migraines, muscle spasms
  • Did You Know? When advertising the fact that you can offer Botox in your clinic, it is illegal to use the word “Botox” in your ads.  (However, for this post, I will use the word Botox)

Botox For Cosmetics

I don’t like to have a wrinkly and animated forehead especially when I frown a lot.

Thus, Botox was used on the upper third of my face.

The muscles to target for these areas are the frontalis, procerus and corrugator.  Botox can also be used to target crow’s feet.

It is not uncommon for Botox to be used on the jaw line to slim down the face to make it a nice ‘V’ shape.

Botulinum toxin is provided in powder form and requires saline to make it into a solution.  It’s actually quite fragile so there’s no vigorous shaking but a gentle rolling to make the solution.  The needles used for Botox administration are of the diabetic variety and the needle is small.

Warnings

It is important to have a detailed consultation with the professional.  You may have a medical condition which contraindicates Botox administration, e.g. pregnancy.  They must advise you of the side effects and risks involved, e.g. bruising, bleeding, droopy eyelids, wonky eyebrows, etc.

How Much Is Botox?

That is what you will have to find out yourself as every clinician charges a different price.  But it is not cheap.

Too Young For Botox?

When I told people that I had Botox, they would say “But you’re too young!  You don’t need it!”  I just ignore them.  They don’t know what they are talking about.   Although I am still young-ish (I am 31+), I frown a lot subconsciously and I have a permanent frown line.  I would advise using Botox before wrinkles form into lines.  Prevention is the key!  Once a wrinkle forms, you can’t cure it, but you can prevent it from deepening further – and that is why I recommend Botox.

I do, however, feel weirded out by the mum who allegedly injects Botox into her 7-year-old daughter!!!

Is Botox Painful?  Will there be blood?

Some clients are really scared of pain from the needles and in such cases, you can apply topical anaesthetic cream, Emla cream, 15-20 minutes before the procedure.  But having undergone it myself, it is nothing.  It’s like a pinch.  This is because the needle used is very fine and short.  When I get injected, it doesn’t hurt but it’s only when the Botox solution is injected that I felt the fluid and it felt a bit weird.  And it will not hurt if the clinician uses a new needle for every new injection site.  Blunt needles hurt so much!  (How do I know?  My friend practised on me…and would not change needles!  DAMN HER!!!)

Popping a zit is more painful.  And I am sure childbirth is worse!

As for bleeding, everyone varies.  But it’s not like major blood loss.  Or it shouldn’t be.

Botox Procedures

1.  A detailed medical history will be taken.  You will have your consultation and any risks and side effects will be explained to you.  Informed consent is required before continuing.

2.  Topical anaesthetic is applied if required.

3.  Areas to be injected will be marked lightly with an eyeliner pencil.  You will be asked to frown, smile, raise your eyebrows – this is to see where your muscles are.  Some (in)experienced clinicians will do this free-hand.  I would err on the side of caution and triple-check injection sites.

4.  Ideally, the clinician should use a different needle for each injection site.  This makes it more comfortable for the receiver (because the needle will go blunt easily)…but also, makes it easier to inject as each area requires different amounts of solution.

5.  Blood will be wiped away.  A review appointment will be made.  Don’t forget to pay on your way out! 😛

Botox After-Care

After-care includes applying ice-pack to areas, taking paracetamol if required and not flying for 24 hours (But guess who got on a plane?  Me!  Did anything happen?  Nah!  Thank God!).  You are also encouraged to frown for the rest of the day  (perhaps to get the solution to circulate?)

The thing about Botox is that it is not immediately effective.  It takes up to 2 weeks for it to take full effect.  Yes, even for freshly brewed Botox solution.  You may or may not notice a difference the next day but don’t get worried.  The magic will happen and then you can say bye bye to your wrinkly forehead.

Some clinicians routinely book in clients 2 weeks after their initial Botox administration.  Sometimes, they need top-ups especially if they have strong resistant muscles.  (My frowning muscles are super-strong and I needed to top-up twice the last time I had it!)

Trade Names

So botulinum toxin has a few manufacturers.  It’s like how mineral water has many different brands.  I have had both Dysport and Vistabel used on myself.  Which ones do I prefer?  Personally, Dysport.  I “feel” it is more potent.  But then again, maybe it was the skills of the clinicians who injected me.  Four people have injected me.

How Long Does Botox Last?

Varies in different people, but typically 3-6 months.  But the more you do it, the weaker the muscle becomes and so, frequency is less.

I am so sad.  My forehead has been alive for over 15 months now!  I need my next fix!  Anyone…??

Express Yourself

After 2 weeks of getting Botox injected, my forehead is as smooth as a baby’s bum and my eyebrows are more arched and raised.  Yet, I can still raise them like I used to minus the forehead horizontal lines.  Some people get confused and think that your forehead is totally frozen but it’s not (when done tastefully) – you can still do expressions and you should not look permanently surprised!  Although, you might not be able to show anger by frowning. Try as you might, but you should not be able to frown.  Your forehead will feel tight.  I just love that feeling!  I frown a LOT and my frowning muscles are very strong – which also means that I get less migraines and headaches.

Botox And Dermal Fillers

I was advised that Botox should be done before dermal fillers.  It makes sense if you think about it.  In simple terms, freeze first and then fill the remainder.

To Tell Or Not To Tell Your Friends?

My advice is don’t tell anyone.

The problem with telling your friends is that they will judge you.  Guys will pooh pooh the idea.  Jealous girls will be like, “Uh, I would never do Botox!” – yeah, WHATEVER!  Get out of my face you wrinkly freak!  😛

Warning :  All of your friends will ask you to frown.  And you will try and frown hard just to demonstrate you can’t frown.  Don’t do it!  Remember, you are trying to not use the frowning muscle.  Let it rest in peace.  Because in your attempt to frown, you won’t be able to…but you will be using other muscles to compensate and you may cause fine lines elsewhere.  (Hint :  Look at Kyl*e and N*cole’s noses…there’s something funny going on there…’bunny scrunchies’ – long story…but they are compensating…)

Before And After Pictures Of Botox

botox pictures, painful, before and after, cosmetic surgery

This was taken within 24 hours after I was injected (on the plane!) – and as you can see, the Botox has started to work and the lines are already not as deep.

Botox experience, before & after

This is 2 weeks after Botox.  And what you can see is my ugly mug the arched eyebrows and how it opens up my eyes and makes them look bigger.  My forehead is tighter.  I can also still raise my eyebrows further but it doesn’t have those lines anymore.  When I try and frown, I will retain this frown-less expression.  To show anger, I turn my eyes into small slitty eyes.

After 3-4 months, eyebrows will slowly start to droop again and fine lines will form again as the Botox wears off.  Until one day, you will wake up and scream out because your forehead is alive again!

In Conclusion

I know that Botox gets a lot of bad press – mainly from the over-Botoxed celebs – I shall not name and shame them (*cough* Kyl*e *cough* N*cole *cough* M*donna).  But that’s the thing…Botox seems to be a buzz word which everyone uses to describe celebs who have a frozen face…but sometimes, it’s not Botox but it’s a brow-lift or a face-lift!

Having had Botox myself, I really love the results.  And no, not everyone looks like plastic surgery freaks!  In fact, your friends and family may notice something different about you…but they may not be able to put their finger on it, as when done tastefully, the results of Botox are subtle, yet amazing.

I would love to try Botox for my armpits (to stop excessive sweating) and for my calves (to slim these big mamas down).  And try it on my jaw line too.  Just because I want to know what it feels like.  I know I’m weird!  If there are any Melbourne Botox clinics reading this, call me, yeah!

Useful Links

http://www.botox.com
Wikipedia on botulinum toxin
Allergan on Botox
Botox Celebrities
Botox-Free Option

Over to you…  Botox – yay or nay?  Which celeb do you think has the worst Botox?  

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47 Comments on My Botox Experience With Pictures!

  1. Livia
    13/02/2012 at 10:58 am (6 years ago)

    I love this post! I’m actually interested in trying botox for my forehead and jawline, mainly curious with how it feels like and its effects! I’ve started getting forehead lines because of habitual frowning (and using my serious face) and its a good pt of view using botox for prevention than cure! Thanks for sharing xx

    • Ling
      13/02/2012 at 11:07 am (6 years ago)

      @Livia, Thanks Livia. I know some people are highly against Botox but maybe, they don’t understand how and why and what is involved.

      I totally understand habitual frowning – I frown all the time! And as you know, it causes frowns lines but also, can lead to migraines etc.

      Anyway, since you’re in the medical field, you should totally do the Botox course! 🙂

  2. marisa
    13/02/2012 at 12:23 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank for this post, Ling!

    Your blog is soooo educational!

    Whereabouts in Melbourne are you interested in?

    My Hair Dresser gave me a recommendation in Port Melbourne, but I was too offended to take much notice. hahaha. After reading this post.. I want it!!

    I am a frowner! And I want to prevent wrinkles!!! And I suffer from migraines, so it’s practically a necessity!

    Oh and by the way, one question:
    I am really animated in the eye-brow area… I practically talk with my eyebrows… Will I lose that, completely?

    Thanks!

    • Ling
      13/02/2012 at 9:28 pm (6 years ago)

      @marisa, Hi Marisa, yay! I’m glad you found this post helpful. I live in Melbourne – Eastern ‘burbs.

      And definitely worth trying Botox if you get killer migraines!! I never get migraines when I am Botox-ed!

      As for the animated eyebrow – you may lose that but talk with your hands 😉

      • Karen
        04/05/2014 at 5:19 pm (3 years ago)

        @Ling, Hi can you please tell us the cost.

  3. Goddesslily
    13/02/2012 at 1:35 pm (6 years ago)

    I think all women need to feel beautiful in anyway they can. My culture doesn’t really believe in it but I still might have it done seeing that i’m over 50 now.

    • Ling
      13/02/2012 at 9:29 pm (6 years ago)

      @Goddesslily, Everyone is beautiful in their own ways! And it’s up to your own individual choice how you deal with ageing 🙂

  4. Kate
    13/02/2012 at 4:32 pm (6 years ago)

    hi ling,
    great post. i am only starting to get frown lines on my forehead and would love to consider this for the future.

    i read that botox is horse tranqualiser?? was i fibbed to or is that accurate??

    thanks for the intersting info. please do the dermal filler post :):)

    xx kate. (@katebmcleod)

    • Ling
      13/02/2012 at 9:31 pm (6 years ago)

      @Kate, Hi Kate, I am not sure about Botox being a horse tranquiliser…?? I wouldn’t waste my precious Botox on horses – I’d rather do my frown line LOL!!!!

      And yay, I will try and do a dermal filler post 🙂

  5. Rachel @ Redcliffe Style
    13/02/2012 at 4:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Ling, thanks for your informative post. I was lucky enough to receive a botox voucher for my birthday and have an appointment booked for this Friday. I am so excited and glad I know a little more about it now. 🙂 Rachel xx

  6. xin
    13/02/2012 at 8:17 pm (6 years ago)

    thanks for sharing the details! I just tried to frown and check in the mirror after seeing your pics. no deep lines but there are fine lines. if i ever have it done one day, i am not going to tell others, because like u said, they will judge!

    • Ling
      13/02/2012 at 9:34 pm (6 years ago)

      @xin, LOL…yes, you will constantly get asked to frown!!!

  7. xin
    13/02/2012 at 8:20 pm (6 years ago)

    p/s: forgot to mention the hongkong celeb – yin tze (nicholas tze’s father), i think his entire face is frozen permanently already

    • Ling
      13/02/2012 at 9:34 pm (6 years ago)

      @xin, OMG! Asian celebs have the most plastic surgery – but some of them look so good!!!!! I wanna go to Korea for PS! LOL

  8. Lishylicious
    13/02/2012 at 8:22 pm (6 years ago)

    Hehe.. Ling, just come into the clinic I work in 😉
    I already spoke to the Doctor about a potential double eyelid surgery for you too.

    We’ve got two clinics: one in East Melbourne (open Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays) and another in Oakleigh.
    Let me know!!!

    • Ling
      13/02/2012 at 9:37 pm (6 years ago)

      @Lishylicious, Lisha, I would LOVE to!!!! Except I can’t afford it! Unless your Doctor wants me to be his guinea pig LOL!! I could advertise the results on my blog 🙂

  9. Elisa
    13/02/2012 at 8:48 pm (6 years ago)

    i probably would like to try botox when i’m older.. 🙂

    • Ling
      13/02/2012 at 9:37 pm (6 years ago)

      @Elisa, Let us know if you do 🙂

  10. Gladys
    13/02/2012 at 11:47 pm (6 years ago)

    Ling, something I’m curious about and it might have been covered in your training. Does botox help with migraines? I get hormonal migraines every month and it would just be icing on the wrinkle free cake if botox could help alleviate them.

    • Ling
      14/02/2012 at 2:06 am (6 years ago)

      @Gladys, Botox indeed helps with migraines. It helped with mine because I used to get them all the time…but now it’s worn off, I get mine usually on the first day of my period 🙁

      However, I believe that I used to get them a lot due to stress at work and frowning constantly… Botox will paralyse that muscle.

      But if it’s a hormonal cause for migraine, I am not sure how well Botox will work…

      • Gladys
        14/02/2012 at 4:03 am (6 years ago)

        @Ling, That migraine you get on the first day of your period, I betcha anything that’s a hormonal migraine too. I get mine first day, and it lasts for two/three days like clockwork. And normal migraine medication doesn’t help at all. It’s all caused by a drop in eastrogen levels.
        The fact that botox does help with migraines, hormonal or not, makes it worth a shot in my books.
        And I’ll happily admit that I would love to get rid of my parallel lines between the brows and the start of laugh lines under the eyes.

        • Ling
          14/02/2012 at 1:48 pm (6 years ago)

          @Gladys, Definitely hormonal! It can last 2 days too! DAMN HORMONES!!!

          Let us know if you get it done! I wanna see 🙂

  11. Natalie Stoute
    13/02/2012 at 11:51 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks for the post Ling! I particularly want to botox my forehead, I hate the lines and as I don’t suit a fringe it’s all for show 🙁 Starting to develop frown lines too – want to nip them in the bud now! Totally agree with what you said earlier in the piece – prevention is the key (it just makes so much sense!!)

    Something to save up and look forward to!

    • Ling
      14/02/2012 at 2:07 am (6 years ago)

      @Natalie Stoute, I’m glad you found it helpful Natalie. I agree; I don’t want a fringe either so I need Botox!!!!

  12. lilpil @ Things I Love
    14/02/2012 at 12:40 am (6 years ago)

    Give me botox anyday – my frown lines on my foreheads are massive and so are my calves…
    So just tell me where do I sign up so I can get some when you can legally practise in our good city. Yep. I’m putting myself on the waitlist now.

    • Ling
      14/02/2012 at 2:10 am (6 years ago)

      @Dempeaux, This is probably the only ‘beauty’ thing I kinda know…every other piece of knowledge in my head is teeth…boo! LOL

      And oh yeah, those are good photos – it’s so obvious when she first had it done. I remember Nicole Richie called her Raisin Face or something insulting because of her wrinkly forehead.

  13. Bun Bun Makeup Tips
    14/02/2012 at 5:13 am (6 years ago)

    Hey Ling! I noticed the diminished eye bags in the AFTER picture. Botox also? If so, then I’d like to get it done too! You must’ve seen my humongous eye bags in my pictures. They’re….. HUMONGOUS. Lol.

    • Ling
      14/02/2012 at 1:50 pm (6 years ago)

      @Bun Bun Makeup Tips, Haha, I wish my eye bags were reduced from Botox but alas, NO 🙁

      And yours aren’t eye bags – they’re those catepillar thingies that Asians have to look cuter… I read that somewhere…

      Mine are definitely eye bags with dark circles…GAH!!!

  14. Evanescencessy
    14/02/2012 at 10:23 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience – even though I am not considering Botox anytime soon, it has been very informative and educational. Love your sense of humour and keep up the great work!

  15. Samantha
    15/02/2012 at 2:57 am (6 years ago)

    Oh wow Ling! Thanks for sharing this info. I’ve never tried Botox, and it scares me. I do understand how it works, etc. and have even seen it be administered in a clinic setting for different uses i.e. spasticity. However, for some reason, it still makes me nervous!! 😡

    • Ling
      15/02/2012 at 1:58 pm (6 years ago)

      @Samantha, Oh yeah – you would totally understand the pharmacist side of Botox – what do you think about it? My lab friend studied it and said it was chemically…not that good…??

  16. Eden-Avalon
    15/02/2012 at 6:45 pm (6 years ago)

    I’d be intimidated to do this myself at home, with or without courses. But I have to admit that the results look great on you.

    • Ling
      16/02/2012 at 1:46 pm (6 years ago)

      @Eden-Avalon, Wow! Are you a dentist, doctor or a nurse? Or does your country allow anyone to go on Botox courses?

      • Eden-Avalon
        18/02/2012 at 9:05 am (6 years ago)

        @Ling, None actually. I’m in the states and there are some questionable things called “Botox Parties” where beauticians and estheticians (sometimes certified sometimes not) will do botox for multiple women in their homes.

  17. coco
    16/02/2012 at 9:47 pm (6 years ago)

    very informative. i’ve never tried it but would love to! i have frown lines too! it’s now a permanent feature between my brows even when i’m now frowning. husband is totally against it. he said he doesn’t see the so-called frown line. i don’t know if he’s lying or he doesn’t want to spend money… >.<

    • Ling
      16/02/2012 at 10:28 pm (6 years ago)

      @coco, Yeah, I’ll get that soon…dammit!!! Some men don’t understand!!!

  18. Eric
    25/05/2012 at 1:22 am (5 years ago)

    I think botox could be a great thing. It is unfortunate that most people see someone like Kenny Rogers and think that is what botox is all about. It is not. Great blog!

    • Ling
      02/06/2012 at 6:31 pm (5 years ago)

      @Eric, Thanks Eric.

  19. amy
    11/05/2013 at 5:17 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Ling I m interested in getting botox so this is how I discover yor blog! Thanks alot for the informaation you have provided us. You said it lasts for about 3 months and suddenly one day you wake up with those wrinkles on your forehead again is there a way to prevent that from happening? I mean getting botoxed before your wrinkles appear once again or is it best to wait? Also I have heard about compensation since your forehead muscles are paralyzed wrinkles start getting form in other parts of your face specially between your nose n eyes 🙁 which I found it to be scary too lol!

  20. Megan
    03/02/2014 at 11:50 pm (4 years ago)

    I would like to know where u study Botox and was it in Brisbane ? What did u study ? To start doing Botox . Thank you for your time I love reading your Blog . Megan