Recently, I’ve noticed that my frown lines are always present and I’ve been told if I’m not smiling I look angry. I’ve been hesitant about Botox because let’s face it, we’ve all heard the horror stories.
I spent a lot of time researching the subject and came across this interesting study and I ultimately concluded that like most things, it depends on the practitioner. So I finally got up the courage to get it done. I decided to go to a doctor that I’ve been to many times before for fillers.
He assured me that I wouldn’t be expressionless and that he typically under fills.
Upon arriving I was given a topical numbing cream and sat with that for approximately 45 minutes. Then the doctor had me ice the area for a couple of minutes, cleaned the area, and began the injections. I didn’t experience any pain with the injections, but I did feel a strange sensation I think is comparable to when your foot is falling asleep. That only lasted for a few minutes. I was told that I was given 2 units, and I was instructed to not touch the area for the rest of the day/night, not bend over, or exercise, and no hot shower.
The next day I gently washed the area and applied makeup as usual. I did the same for the next couple of days too.
Currently, it’s been two weeks and I love the results. I’m actually still able to make an angry face if I want to, but it has helped relax my brow when I’m being “normal”. These results typically last 3-5 months and the more times it’s done the longer it lasts because the muscles are trained to relax.
If you’re thinking about Botox, then I say yes give it a try — just be sure that you go to a doctor that you trust and knows what he/she is doing.
Here is a before and after picture (next day). Both of these are when my face is “at rest” and no makeup.