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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