My Botox Experience

I turned 38 this year. Though most would never guess my age, at some point over the last few years I started really noticing deep lines in my forehead. It’s one of those things that once you notice it, you can’t unsee it.

Forehead lines before Botox
Before! At my injection appointment.

I’m also a mama to a smart, beautiful 5 year old who tells you everything that pops into that big brain of hers. I’d say around age 3 is when she began pointing out those wrinkles in my forehead. I thought, ‘If she notices, who else does’?! Not that it matters what anyone else thinks, but I had spent a lot of time thinking about whether or not I wanted to address the deep creases. I’m all for loving yourself and all of your imperfections, but I also think that if there’s something you don’t like and want to change, to do that, too. Maybe that’s contradictory. I don’t know.

Considering Botox

I initially began addressing my wrinkles by buying a filler cream from my favorite cosmetic company. I spent $60 on this little tube, and it did virtually nothing. I then watched endless videos on botox and dysport, and followed local plastic surgeons on Instagram. After speaking with a group of my friends, there were a few of us ready to take the plunge and get Botox. We did our research and in the end, only myself and one of my friends went through with it.

Botox vs. Dysport

My friend and I had our consultation and were told that we had the option of Botox or Dysport, and our NP injector explained the differences. *The way we understood what was explained to us is that you see results with Dysport in approximately 10 days, and with botox in about 14 days. Our injector also explained that in his experience, Dysport lasts about a week longer. Neither are permanent, and that made the decision to proceed even easier, and we did go the Dysport route.

*Don’t take this as gospel. This was my interpretation of the information provided to me. Speak with an expereinced medical professional who has experience and knowledge regarding these injectables.

The Injectables Process

It took about 2 minutes (if that) to inject my forehead, 11 (glabellar) lines, and crows feet. Easy Peasy! Then, we wait. I decided to take daily pictures and video clips to document my progress. After a few days, I started to notice my brows were dramatically arched. I wasn’t really sure how I felt about that. It’s a weird thing to look in the mirror and not see yourself. I did end up Googling this and it’s common, and often settles down after a couple of weeks. Guess what, it did!

The office schedules a two-week follow-up appointment that is not mandatory. But, they can take a look and address any questions you may have and reinject if need be. I ended up having a conflict and was pleased with my results, so I canceled.

Before, day 17 (full brow raise to show there are no wrinkles), and day 19 relaxed.

I wrote this on day 17, and I have to say, I am pleased! The Dysport should last approximately 3-4 months. Will I do it again? Probably! I have to decide whether the money is something I’m willing to regularly invest. Though, they did say that after regular treatment, your muscles are trained to stay relaxed, and you more than likely will need to be injected less often, over time.

I will share an update in a few months. I struggle with the idea of spending hundreds of dollars semi-regularly when the money could be used for so many other things. We will see how I feel in a few months.

Drop any questions you may have for me in the comments!

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