It’s been two weeks since my first Botox injections to my crows feet, the frown lines between my eyebrows and my drooping mouth and here are the before and after photos. Is there a difference? I’ll let you be the judge but I certainly know whether I like the outcome or not!
Let me say first up that I had my injections done by a very qualified and experienced registered nurse, Lauren, who specializes only in Botox and dermal fillers so she really knows her stuff. If you’re going to do Botox yourself, please find someone who really knows how to do it properly!
The “Before” photos were in Lauren’s office literally moments before the procedure. The “After” photos were yesterday two weeks later and me with no makeup so you can really see my skin.
I had 24 units of Botox to my crows feet and a couple extra to lift my eyelids just a fraction. Then twenty units to my 11’s to reduce those deep furrows in between my eyebrows and finally eight units around my mouth and chin to reduce my sagging lip line and smooth out some newly developing wrinkles in my chin crease.
Lets talk through in detail from top to bottom. The frown lines in between my eyebrows are absolutely smoother. Without a shadow of a doubt, I can clearly see those very deep furrows have become less apparent. And that result began showing within 3 days. They were very deep and so I suspect it’s going to take a few more weeks yet before that skin has enough time to really smooth them out but so far I’m impressed!
I now cant frown because the Botox has paralyzed the muscles that make me frown and while that sounds dramatic, the truth is that I was frowning almost by habit for a lot of the time. Going out in the sun made me frown (even with sunglasses) and at night when I sleep, I notice my default expression is to frown as part of clenching my teeth. So my poor face was getting tonnes of practice at making wrinkles without me even knowing it! So I’m super thrilled with the result to these 11’s wrinkles so far.
Now to my crows feet. These took around 5 days to really show results and the results are increasing each day, even after two weeks. I still get smile lines of course (the skin has to move somewhere when we smile) but the deep wrinkle crows feet that had set up permanent residence on either side of my face are definitely moving out.
In addition, Lauren injected just above the arch of my eyebrows to lift my lid slightly. I have very heavy hooded lids (which make my eyes water from the weight every day) and so while the difference is just a millimeter or two, its definitely improved my eye shape and opened my eyes a little. I’m really pleased with the outcome to this part of my face too and loving actually seeing my eyelids for a change!
The last part was my drooping lip line which made me look consistently sad and miserable. The corners of my mouth droop down and because I clench my teeth habitually, the lines across my chin have really deepened over the last few years. I have to say that my expectations of this result were probably way too high. Yep, there’s a difference and yep it is noticeable but I was hoping for more.
The problem for me is this habitual teeth clenching I do so both Lauren and my dentist (who also does Botox injections as part of her smile makeover treatment) have suggested some Botox around the jaw line to reduce the muscle habit I have to clench my teeth. That’s a definite appointment for me I think!
So what next? Well the Botox will need to be repeated every three months or so dependent on how long it lasts for me but I also want to have Lauren do some dermal fillers for me in my cheeks. As age has crept up on me, the fat pads in my cheeks have broken up and slid around my face so I have crevices that really shouldn’t be there. Putting dermal fillers in those spots will help smooth out those cheek lines and reduce the lower crows feet even more. Add that to the jaw line Botox and I think my Botox/dermal filler experiment will be in full swing.
I just want to finish this post by defending my decision to have Botox. I’ve had several folks tell me they think it’s wrong to do Botox, plastic surgery and so on because we should all “grow old gracefully”. Really? Each to their own and I respect everyone’s right to their own opinion but I chose to go down this route after a great deal of research and as a means of making me feel better about me. I didn’t do it to make anyone else love me more or to try and look in my teens again. (That was waaaaaay to long ago!)
I did this because I want to look in the mirror and like what I see. It may be minimal, it may be just a tiny fraction of change but I like that tiny fraction of change and that’s what matters! Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!
I’d love to hear about your Botox or dermal filler experiences. Please comment and share your story with me.
Smiles and hugs,