Yes, I've tried Botox. Let's discuss!
In high school I tanned in a tanning bed religiously. [Yes, I know how bad it is for me! No, I don’t do it anymore!] Since then, I’ve traded in tanning beds for sunscreen and have become more conscientious of my skincare routine.
A few years ago, I started noticing a few pesky sitting wrinkles (meaning that I had wrinkles even when I was not moving my face) on my forehead. They laid horizontal across my forehead and they bothered me to no end. I didn’t have too bad of 11’s yet (the wrinkles that are vertical in between your eyebrows) but they were starting to appear. I thought I was crazy. What 22 year old is bothered by wrinkles?!
On average, only 59% of women are comfortable with their appearance. As women, it is hard not to be overly critical of ourselves. I struggle with this immensely. This isn't to say that I'm not proud of my body. I love myself, but I am also my harshest critic. I am a perfectionist to a fault.
However, I decided to leave the wrinkles for a while until I figured out what to do. Then a year passed and they started to bother me. A lot.
I began by asking everyone with credibility about Botox - the pros, the cons, the benefits, if they used it, if they liked it, how often they got it done. Botox is very taboo. Most people think it doesn't look natural when, in reality, I think it is completely natural looking. Yes, you can tell when people use it to the extreme. No, fillers are not the same as Botox. However, I strive to be very transparent on A Pinch of Serendipity and I'm not telling you to get Botox. If you think you may like it then go for it. If you feel like it isn't for you or you don't need it (lucky duck!) then that's fine too.
I decided to talk to my dermatologist about it. The main reason I decided to pull the trigger was not because I am extremely vain. It was because Botox is preventative. Meaning that Botox would prevent the wrinkles I had from growing deeper and getting worse. If you know me, I am all about prevention. I didn't want these wrinkles to get worse. Who would?
A lot of doctors disagree with Botox and a lot of doctors advocate for it.
Dr. Kenneth Arndt, a Boston-area dermatologist says, “It’s been clearly shown for a long time that frown lines, forehead furrows and crows’ feet are due to repetitive folding of skin from normal expressions.”
Dr. Arndt says many people in their 40s, 50s and 60s attempt to fix these wrinkles and folds once they’ve developed. But by injecting earlier, people can keep them from ever happening.
“If you slow down the use of these muscles beginning early in adult life, the lines never develop,” he says. “Rather than going backward and fixing something that’s there, you can inhibit it from starting in the first place.”
Meaning, you won't need fillers if you start now. I'm sold.
What it is:
Botulinum toxin type A, the popular neurotoxin that, when injected in the face, will temporarily reduce muscle movement and lessen the appearance of wrinkles.
For the area I chose (my whole forehead) it was 22 units and cost $350. The price could be more, or less, depending on the area you choose.
What I Expected:
Needles, blood, pain. I wanted to get rid of the wrinkles I had but I still wanted to have movement in my face. I didn't want to look older and I didn't want it to be noticeable. I chose to do this for me and I was the only one who wanted to be able to tell the wrinkles were gone.
What Actually Happened:
On the day of the appointment, my dermatologist told me to come in and sit down. She looked at my skin as I looked in the mirror and we both talked about the areas I was concerned about. She drew dots on my skin with white eyeliner outlining the horizontal lines I was most concerned about. Then she showed me a few other places (above my eyebrows, my 11's) that she wanted to inject with Botox as a preventative measure. I agreed and she got the needles ready. There were about 6 needles total and each time they were injected into my skin it felt like I was getting my eyebrows plucked. Just a small pinch! Then it was done. Each time I've gotten Botox it's been the same story - 6 needles, small pinches, quick, very painless.
Again, I don't do it for anyone but myself.
Since the initial Botox experience, I've gotten it once every four months. I love it! I couldn't recommend it enough. Ultimately, there's no more fine lines or wrinkles on my forehead. I love my decision to get Botox and to continue getting Botox. Needless to say, I'll probably get it for the rest of my life. Prevention at its finest!
Have any of you tried Botox? Do you have any questions about Botox? Let me know!