Yes, I Tried Preventative Botox
Tbh, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share this on the internet, but then I thought fuck it. I did try botox, I liked it, I’m not embarrassed or ashamed and I think other people may find this helpful or informative so here we go. As you can tell by the title, I did get preventative botox. I made an appointment a little over four months ago with Angel Martinez, the owner of Angel Aesthetics in Denver, Colorado. I’m 29 - soon to be 30 - and wanted to try (preventative) botox for the lines around my eyes that pop up when I smile (aka laugh lines or crow’s feet). I’m also aware I have a pretty expressive forehead, so I definitely have lines that show up when I move my face (which I do a lot just while talking). Let me be clear though - I’m not saying you should get botox or that anyone needs botox or that there is anything wrong with having lines on your face. There’s not. It’s normal. But personally, I heard great things about Angel and wanted to give it a try. So I did and that’s about it.
My appointment was probably 20 minutes total and that included the time it took for me to fill out some paperwork, do a consultation where I had to make some really not-so-cute wrinkly faces so we could figure out where I needed botox and how much, and then I laid down and got the actual infections. I got ‘em next to my eyes (for those pesky smile lines) as well as my forehead and a little between my eyes, too. I did tell her I wanted to look natural and be conservative since it was my first time. Being a newbie, I thought I’d go home and immediately see results, but that definitely wasn’t the case. I was told I would have to wait about 3-5 days to see a difference, with the full effects to come in one week. And that was pretty accurate.
I know I had a lot of questions before I got botox and so I wanted to share my experience and answer questions other people may be wondering. If you have any other questions, I am more than happy to answer them. Leave a comment below or shoot me a DM on Instagram.
How much does it cost? It’s definitely going to depend on where you go, but I paid $12 per unit and ended up getting 30 some units for a total of about $450. Yes, it’s expensive. I’ve seen Groupons and special deals on botox and I would say be verrrrry weary of those. Botox is not the time to shop for a deal or be cheap. If you can’t afford it, I’d skip it completely. You want to find a reputable doctor or medical spa and I’d saying paying $12-$15 is pretty standard, sometimes more if you live in LA or NYC.
How does botox work? Basically it just freezes the muscles so they can’t move, which prevents your face from moving as much and creating those lines which, over time, set in and form wrinkles. Preventative botox really needs to be done before you already have wrinkles. Once they’re there, there’s no way to get rid of them. And no, botox doesn’t actually remove your lines or wrinkles. It just freezes the muscles so you don’t notice them as much.
Where can you get botox? You can get injections basically from your eyes up (i.e. next to your eyes, between your eyes and on your forehead. I was told you can’t get botox around your mouth or anywhere else for wrinkles. When people inject things into their cheeks or for smile lines around their mouth, those are fillers and that’s a whole other ball game.
Does it hurt? Not at all. I didn’t get any numbing or anything prior and I could barely feel the injections.
Is there any down time? Nope. I had an appointment Saturday afternoon. Went home and then went out with friends that night. Your are not supposed to lie down vertically for about 6 hours after you have the appointment because the botox might not settle correctly, but other than that you are good to go right after you get it done.
How long does it last? Your body metabolizes/breaks down the botox and once it’s done, the movement of your muscles returns and your lines/wrinkles come back. How long it takes for this to happen depends on your body, your metabolism and how active you are. For me, it wore off in about 4 months. You won’t wake up one day and it all wore off, it’s a gradual thing.
Does your face look or feel frozen? If you really go heavy with the injections you can really freeze your muscles and get that frozen look. That’s not what I was going for and it’s not what I got done, so no my face didn’t look frozen. It also doesn’t really “feel” frozen. I made the same facial expressions I always do, and for the most part my face felt the same, it just wasn’t moving as much as it normally would… if that makes sense.
Will it make your wrinkles/fine lines worse? I read some things online that people were worried that when botox wears off your lines come back worse. This is definitely not true. It reminded me of when people say if you shave your body hair it comes back darker or thicker. Maybe you notice the lines/wrinkles more after you get used to not seeing them, but they aren’t actually any worse. I would argue they are either the exact same or even a little better because they weren’t able to set in as much while the botox was still working.
How old should you be to get preventative botox? I would never tell someone they need to get botox at a certain age, but if you are thinking about getting botox as a preventative measure then you would want to try it before your wrinkles form. That’s going to vary for everyone. But mid-late twenties seems to be pretty normal. I probably would have tried it earlier if I had had the funds.
Is it worth the hype? That’s obviously subjective, but I was certainly pleased with my results. Botox can totally reverse mild lines and prevent lines from developing. So, if that’s what you are going for then yes, it’s worth the hype.
WORDS OF WISDOM
Make sure you go to someone reputable and ask for light/conservative injections (especially if it’s your first time). You can always go back for more, but you can’t undo it once it’s done.
Your face is going to feel different. After the botox set in about a week about my appointment, I almost felt like the lower part of my face (below my eyes) moved more than it did before. In reality I know it didn’t, but it was a weird sensation. I got used to it, but I was almost hyper aware of it when I smiled because it felt like my eyes were squinting or getting scrunched by the lower half of my face while my forehead was totally relaxed.
You’re going to start analyzing yourself and others more than you did before. Once the lines on my face faded, I definitely noticed other lines and wrinkles more than I did before and I started to stare at everyone else’s forehead and wrinkles, too. I don’t know if this is good or bad I’m just saying it happened and I think it’s important to be aware of it.
Botox isn’t a wrinkle eraser and it doesn’t remove anything. It’s a temporary fix that wears off. This was a positive thing to me because I didn’t want to commit to anything, but know that it is a financial commitment if you want to keep it up. Plus, the more you do it, the more your body gets use to it and over time you’ll need a higher “dose” (or more units) so the cost will go up.
So, would I do it again? Yes. I wanted botox because I wanted to prevent wrinkles and eliminate the lines next to my eyes. When I got botox, I got exactly that. It looked natural. I didn’t have a single person notice or ask me if I did anything. It was fast, painless, easy and, overall, I loved my results! I will admit, it’s expensive, so I think it’s something I’d do once or twice a year and certainly not every 3-4 months.