Botox Review: I’m Answering 12 Frequently Asked Questions I Get About Botox | wit and pleasure

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Editor’s Note: This Botox review explores the topic through a uniquely personal lens. Contact a trusted medical professional to receive personalized and detailed attention in this area.

I have mentioned a few times before that I started getting Botox in the last few years. Every time I do it, I get questions from people who want more information. In the spirit of transparency, I wanted to break down my personal experience: why I first got it, how an appointment works, where I go for Botox, and more.

I grew up surrounded by people who talked about Botox as something “bad”, that it was hopeless, vain or embarrassing. That kind of hasty critical perspective doesn’t sit well with me right now.

I’m sharing today’s post to answer questions from people who may be considering Botox and to help remove some of the stigma that often surrounds it.

When and why did you first decide to try Botox?

I first tried Botox when I was thirty-five (I’m thirty-eight now). I had been considering doing it as a preventative measure for a while, mainly to treat and lessen the visibility of eleven lines between my eyebrows and horizontal lines on my forehead. I did a lot of research before getting it. I read about the procedure, talked a lot with my friends who had it done, and also talked to my dermatologist. I have been going regularly since the first date, although I took a break in 2020 due to the start of the pandemic.

Where on your face do you get Botox?

When I had my first appointment for Botox, I started very small. We have increased the number of units I receive since then. I mainly get it between my eyebrows and on my forehead. I once also put it on my jaw area, mainly to help alleviate some of the pain I was experiencing in that area at the time.

What kind of difference do you notice in your skin?

Botox smoothes the lines on my forehead very effectively. Now, even when the Botox wears off between appointments, I notice that the lines are less visible than before. It works just as well as I could have hoped.

How long does it usually take to fully activate?

This varies for everyone, but it usually takes about two weeks for Botox to completely going on, although you’ll likely notice it gradually taking effect before then.

How long does it last you?

It lasts me almost four months, but it is different for each one. I’ve heard it lasts as little as two months and as long as six months, so I’m somewhere in the middle. It’s also helpful to note that it will gradually fade between appointments. So while it may feel like it’s completely faded after a few months, it’s quite possible that it’s still working; you may have just gotten used to the initial full smoothing effect.

Are there risks?

Botox does have some risks, so it’s important to go to a licensed medical provider with a lot of experience. The risks may be higher in certain parts of the face, particularly around the eye area. Of course, I am not an expert and can only speak from personal experience, so if you have any specific questions about the risks, please consult a Botox provider or other trusted medical professional. You might even go in for a consultation appointment first if you just want to get your questions answered before trying the procedure.

Does it hurt to get botox?

To me, it feels like a light pinch. The discomfort is minimal and only lasts a few seconds in my experience.

How did you decide which Botox provider to go to?

I decided to go to my dermatologist (from Dermatology Specialists in Edina) because I already had a relationship with her and I trusted her. It can be a little long the wait to get in, but I would highly recommend it if you are a Twin Cities local. (If you’d like to explore other recommended options, our editorial director goes to The Skin Sisters for Botox and would recommend those as well.)

I definitely recommend going to a provider whose approach is in line with your Botox goals. Some providers favor a stricter approach that leads to zero movement in the treated area. Others prefer a lighter approach that still allows movement in the treated area but does not create lines at rest.

What is the cost of botox?

My Botox appointments usually cost between $300 and $500 (I don’t remember exactly how many units I get). I usually go about twice a year.

Is there anything I need to consider in terms of preparation or aftercare?

Your provider should give you detailed information before and during your appointment (and don’t be afraid to ask any questions you have!). Generally speaking, it may be helpful to avoid alcohol and blood thinners before your appointment to help minimize the risk of bruising. After your appointment, it is recommended that you avoid strenuous exercise for the rest of the day and avoid putting pressure on the treated area for two weeks (no massages or facials!).

Who do you think should consider Botox?

Getting Botox is such a personal choice and certainly not something anyone should feel pressured to do. I think the choice of Botox (for non-medical reasons) should ultimately be about feeling more confident in your own skin. Botox has so many applications. I use it primarily to treat and diminish the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. If you are looking to do the same, Botox may be a good option to consider.

What is your biggest takeaway from your Botox experience?

Overall, I wish I hadn’t waited to get it. I love the softened look of my forehead and feel more confident as a result. It has been a truly wonderful gift to me.

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