My Botox Experience - Review, Costs, Pictures and a Video - Worth it!
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I received my first Botox injections at the age of 29, now 31. I wasn’t so much concerned with my existing wrinkles but more concerned about delaying the inevitable aging process. After doing my fair share of research on Botox and the clear majority of things it can be used to treat, both cosmetic and non-cosmetic, I learned that it can be used not only to diminish the fine lines and wrinkles that you already have but that it slows down the visual signs of aging! After talking to my plastic surgeon’s office and explaining that I’ve done my homework and I was interested in receiving the treatment, they scheduled me for a botox appointment that included the consultation and procedure all in one visit. I was informed that if for some reason the doctor(s) felt I was not a good candidate for Botox, then they would simply just deny me the procedure. This plastic surgeon’s office had something called “Clinic” at the time, where you could go and have the doctors that were not yet board certified Plastic Surgeons administer the Botox. Since this was helping the soon to be Plastic Surgeons learn as a hands-on type of training, the price for the procedure was greatly discounted. At the time, in that office the price of Botox was $10 a unit. However, since I was going through the “Clinic” I could get my whole procedure for $50, now $100. In my experiences since then, I find Botox to usually cost $10-$14 a unit.
So, I went in for my consultation. They asked me a few questions, what medications I was on, if I had any allergies, etc. Nothing out of the usual. After that they had me make certain facial expressions such as scowling, smiling, looking up, raising my eyebrows, etc. Moving your facial muscles allows them to get a better view of your forehead lines, crow's feet (which I didn't have) and frown lines, so they can better come up with a treatment plan. They talked to me at length about what I was looking to get out of the procedure, and I explained that I was just trying to slow down aging process by preventing wrinkle formation. They then determined I would be a good candidate for the procedure, so they cleaned my forehead with alcohol wipes, gave me an ice pack and had me hold it against my forehead for around 15 minutes. They then prepared the syringe with Botox, had me remove the ice from my forehead and make the silly faces again. This time as I made the faces they had a marker and added small dots to my skin. Then they told me to sit back and relax (sitting upwards). They injected the Botox to the areas they had previously marked. On a pain scale of 1-10, I would say it is probably a 2, maybe 3 for some. It took a couple minutes and that was it! The procedure was done! I was told to not workout for the remainder of the day but after that I had no restrictions. I was informed that it could take up to a week to see the final results, as it takes that long for the botulinum toxin to paralyze your muscles. They supplied me with an ice pack for my forehead to prevent bruising and swelling, and I headed home. The small swelling that occurred at the injection sites lasted less than one hour. Over the next few days ,the results became more and more obvious. My wrinkles disappeared! And no matter how hard I tried, I could not make my forehead wrinkle or my eyebrows raise.
The two doctors that performed the procedure were very kind, funny, knowledgeable and informative! The residents explained all the ins and outs to me and I was completely satisfied with my outcome! I really felt good knowing that not only were my old forehead wrinkles no longer visible, but my muscles were resting and preventing any new wrinkles from developing. I loved it!
Unfortunately, I do not have their names as they were residents at the clinic. However, I will say that every doctor and resident that I met during my multiple procedures at that office were nothing but kind and full of knowledge! I continue to get Botox around every 4-5 months and find that it lasts me well until the three month mark, then it slowly fades and by four months it is has lost its effect.
Overall, I do wish Botox lasted longer, but luckily it is one of the more affordable and less invasive procedures there are. If you’re on the fence about doing it, I’d suggest a consultation and going for it. Since the effects are temporary, if you decide you don’t like it, don’t worry they fade!