It’s a holiday season and everyone is looking for the ways to look more refreshed for all the celebration and to start the year on a fresh note. As you already know from the post about my four daily skincare routines, taking care of my skin is one of the most important beauty rituals for me and I take it seriously. However, I will never stop repeating that skincare products could help only to improve the appearance of your skin and its texture but are not capable of eliminating such issues as deep wrinkles and fine lines.
As you remember, I wrote on the edge of thirty about trying my first Botox injections. This January, I’m turning 32 and I never stopped using Botox ever since that appointment. However, you would never be able to guess by looking at me that I’m a regular client at an aesthetician clinic. My face is still capable of all the natural movements and I am able to raise my brows and smile as wide as I wish.
Over the course of the last two years, I’ve heard so many myths about Botox that I decided to create a dedicated post about how Botox changed my life. To make this piece even more entertaining, I invited my besties who are also doing regular Botox injections. Each of us believes that Botox is not only designed for real girls like us but also that Botox does look natural and undetectable.
But before I begin debunking the myths about Botox, let me tell you about the doctor who we visited this holiday season for just another Botox appointment. Since we rarely meet at the office all at the same time, this trip to the Enhance Aesthetic Arts office was more about girls getting together than a scary medical appointment.
That day, all the girls met at the office of Dr. Irene Gladstein who also happened to be a medical professional of Eastern European descent. She is one of the most beautiful doctors I’ve ever had a pleasure to work with as well as one of the best-educated ones. Since I’m currently studying at New York University and know how tough it is to be an NYU student, I can’t applause Dr. Gladstein enough for finishing both NYU School of Arts and Science and NYU School of Medicine. In addition to her academic achievements, Dr. Gladstein is also among top 100 and 250 Allergan family injectors in the country. In other words, when we landed at the Enhance Aesthetic Arts’ Manhattan Office, we knew that we are in great hands.
After an initial consultation, the girls were directed to a procedure room, where everyone worked on their own trouble spots. For some, it was a so-called “11s” wrinkle lines that are located in between brows and make a face look gloomy. For some, the issue was crow’s feet wrinkles that visually add a few years, especially when you smile. I feel that I have the worst genetics from all my girlfriends, because I usually inject Botox in all three areas on my face: on the forehead, between brows, and around eyes. I don’t complain though as Botox treatments are preventative, meaning that even though I’m predisposed to aging in those areas, by doing Botox regularly I could dramatically slow down the wrinkling process.
But let’s not get distracted and dive into some of the myths that I always hear about Botox. That way, next time I tell someone about how much Botox injections benefit me, I could send them to this post so they have all their questions answered.
Myth #1: If You Don’t Have Visible Wrinkles, You Don’t Need Botox
That’s the mistake my mom made years ago when her doctor recommended her starting Botox injections. As per her words, she felt that her wrinkles have not developed enough to require injections. As it turned out, it was a big mistake on her part as it’s so much more difficult to smooth the appearance of already deeply set wrinkles.
Ideally, you should start Botox injections when you notice the first appearance of mimic wrinkles, formed by muscle movements like squinting and raising eyebrows. In a way, the best time to start Botox injections is when you want to start preventing wrinkles, not when you already have them. That way, you will “teach” your face to avoid developing wrinkles!
Myth #2: Botox Will Give Me a Frozen Face
That’s the most common myth that I hear all the time and it’s farthest from the reality. At least, if you choose your doctor wisely and don’t try scoring a Botox deal on not trustworthy websites (don’t ever do that and only use the help of certified professionals!). I can only talk about myself here, but I still have all the face movements even after having Botox injections!
Myth #3: Botox Is Only for Celebrities and TV Professionals
Maybe it was so twenty years ago when Botox was first introduced to the market, but nowadays so many “regular” people are doing regular injections. Not many people are feeling confident sharing such personal information, but according to my observations, many girls known for their good skin are having such impressive looks partially thanks to Botox.
Look, for instance, at my besties! All you can see in this photo is that they are beautiful, natural looking girls. Their faces are not “frozen,” but just fresh and beautiful. While all of them are highly successful girls in the industry they work at, they are not affiliated with TV or a show business. Real girls do Botox too!
Myth #4: Botox Injections Are Painful
That was the only concern that I had two years ago when I just started Botox injections. I’m always freaking out about anything related to blood (I don’t know why but regular blood tests are my biggest nightmare), but in my humble opinion Botox injections are less painful than laser hair removal. Even if your doctor happens to hit the spot where your skin start slightly bleeding, it all disappears in a few minutes. And if you have a concealer on hand, no one will know that you had any work done a half hour after the procedure.
I know that many people fear needles (me being the first on the list to freak out), but trust me when I say that the pain level is so insignificant that you will not even notice what happened (for your reference, I would rate Botox injections 1 to 2 on the 1-10 scale).
Myth #5: Botox Has Immediate Effect
Some of the people I talked with about Botox were certain that you will leave the doctor’s office after Botox appointment looking 10 years younger. Technically, it’s true—but only if we are talking about a follow-up appointment that happens two weeks after the initial procedure. I’m not sure why this stereotype is so prevalent in media, but in Botox is not an immediate anti-aging solution.
Depending on your particular case, it will take anywhere from three to ten days for Botox to “settle” on your face and smooth the treated areas. For me, it takes four to five days to smooth the forehead wrinkles and about a week for crow’s feet. I also noticed that it’s really up to the talent of your aesthetician whether you need or don’t a follow-up appointment. While I still love to come for a follow-up, when I work with Dr. Irene Gladstein, there are no additional injections necessary!
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There you have it: my take on the most asked questions about Botox. I hope you found in this post some of the answers you were looking for. Please let me know in the comments if you have any additional questions—as always, I would be delighted to help as much as I can!