One of the most common questions I get is about Botox. I have been a regular Botox user several years now. It started with the lines between my eyebrows. I was 39, and taking a relaxed picture with my friend. I noticed that even though I wasn’t squinting or looking concerned or angry, you could still see those two lines. I have since had Botox in various areas of my face, including around my eyes, forehead, and jaw. The jaw Botox is actually NOT to help me look more youthful. I clench my teeth so badly that I am wearing them away. I’ve tried the mouthguards, the little blocks, just about everything. But the problem is I clinch ALL the time (see all my anxiety posts), not just at night.
The main question I get is does it hurt? And the answer is yes, but it is not unbearable. Mostly it just feels like little pinches. I am very sensitive around my eyebrows, so it may hurt me more than most.
You will see results in about a week. Sometimes I get bruising, but I bruise very easily. I take arinca (you can get it over the counter at most drug stores) a few days before and I also do not take any pain relievers, as they can cause more bleeding which equals more bruising.
I didn’t start with Botox until I noticed a problem, but I wish I’d started earlier. The earlier you start the less you need.
Here are my horrible before and after photos. These were taken a two weeks apart. To be fair, I also had had some filler done and my lips injected. I’ll talk about those later. This is how dedicated I am to this blog–I am showing you this hideous picture!!
You can especially see the lift in my eyes and eyebrows.
Now, I am going to show you the actual injection process. This is my friend Treasure, who works for Elase spa. If you are local, go see her. She’s the best!
WARNING: This video shows needles and injections. There is also a very tiny bit of blood. If you are afraid of any of these things, do NOT watch!!!