If you have been following me over on Instagram, at this point you should know all about my love for Botox. But here is the thing, this isn’t something I have found people openly talking about. For some reason when it comes to injectables, I have found that there is a shroud of embarrassment or shame associated with it. Especially as a mom because apparently when you pop out of a kid it’s assumed that you aren’t planning on taking care of yourself anymore (cue the eye roll). And don’t get me wrong, I get it. Before I went down this path, I too used to be judgy AF. I used to think that Botox was only for older women or was something you did because you were too lazy to try alternative methods when it came to your insecurities. I also at one point had only heard of crazy results, where women ended up looking nothing like themselves. I never thought it would be an option for myself.
Well, can I just tell you how wrong my thinking used to be? In general, I’m a pretty healthy person. I watch what I eat, I work out daily, I wear SPF, I take my vitamins, and invest in decent skincare products. But at the end of the day, I still had areas (like my forehead) that really bothered me. Trust me, I think wrinkles are a badge of honor but for being a newly turned 30-year-old, tired mom of two, I didn’t necessarily want to look well above my age. I didnt want to look “tired.”
Anyway, with all this being said and as the title suggests, I decided to explore the world of injectables, and let me tell you, I don’t plan on stopping. I also don’t plan to stop talking about it because for starters A) I like being honest with you all on here and on Instagram. B) I think the stigma of shame with taking care of ourselves needs to end. And C) I hope this gives you the confidence to do something that helps you feel great. No, it doesn’t need to be Botox but if that’s something you’ve been considering, I hope this is the extra push you need!
So before getting into answering all you want to know about injectables, I have to start by saying: FIND A WELL REVIEWED PROVIDER. Do your research, avoid deals (especially Groupons), and if you are in New Jersey like me, make sure to check out Natural Image Skin. You know I’ve talked about them before (have you heard about their HydraFacial?) and that’s because I can’t say enough good things. After going to them for my annual skin check, back in October 2019, I asked during my appointment about Botox. I got the whole run down by my girl Alyse Russo, P.A. (@injectionperfection_nj), and decided to give it a go. And that’s why I’m excited to have this post because as you’ll see over on my Instagram highlights, she and I were able to answer a few of the questions you submitted a couple of weeks back. But since we couldn’t answer them all and felt the need to elaborate further, below I have them all written out.
Of course, if something isn’t addressed below that you want to know please don’t hesitate to message me on IG or comment on this post. xo!
Does it hurt?
ME: Honestly, it depends on where you get them. For me, when I got them on my forehead, I hardly felt a thing. Same thing along with my eyes and nose. Of course, there were moments where I’d feel a tiny pinch but that’s really it. However, I will say though that my lip flip was probably the worst of it. The sting was a little stronger but nothing crazy and it was over in a second.
Where have I gotten it done?
ME: So as I said above, I started first in just my forehead but the last time I went in we decided to tackle my slight wrinkles around my eyes, in between my eyebrows, and then we did a lip flip on top of it. I was nervous about the lip flip because I am not lacking in my lip area but I do have a bit of a gummier smile, which this has helped hide. Out of all the results, the lip flip is probably my favorite.
How often do you need to go?
ALYSE RUSSO, P.A.: You can inject Botox into many different areas of the body and the frequency of visits depends on the strength of the treated muscle. When referring to the forehead and crows feet, the recommended follow-up is 3 months and for the lips every 2-3 months.
How long does it last?
ALYSE RUSSO, P.A: The effects of Botox generally last three months in the forehead and crows feet. When getting a lip flip, it can last closer to two months depending on how much you move the muscle (ie. talking, straw drinking, etc)
How many needles does it require?
ALYSE RUSSO, P.A: When someone says “shot” or “needle” most of our minds go right to a vaccination. These injections are completely different and are such tiny needles you don’t even feel some of them! For upper forehead lines, we can start as low as five injection sites, and the same goes for the glabella. The average around each eye is 3 injection sites. It is best to get a personalized consultation to get the most accurate information on what you would need.
Any side effects?
ALYSE RUSSO, P.A: Like any medical-grade product there can be rare side effects but the most common side effect is a little pinpoint bruising – and I find that to be rare.
It is important to pick an experienced injector so that you do not experience an eyelid droop, which would be caused by injecting too low or into an undesirable location on the forehead.
What is the difference between Botox vs. Dysport?
ALYSE RUSSO, P.A: Botox and Dysport are competitors in the cosmetic field. 1 unit of Botox is equivalent to 3 units of Dysport; which is why Dysport is cheaper per unit in comparison to Botox. Dysport typically starts working a few days sooner than Botox but is not FDA approved for all locations on the forehead/eye areas. Botox is FDA approved for forehead lines, glabella (eleven) lines and crows feet whereas Dysport is only FDA approved for glabella lines.
Opinions on Botox while breastfeeding?
ALYSE RUSSO, P.A: Absolutely not; but get that consultation scheduled for when you’re done!
What is actually being injected?
ALYSE RUSSO, P.A: Botox is a protein made from Botulinum toxin, which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When used by a medically trained professional, Botox can be used both medically and cosmetically.
How frequently do smile lines need to be touched up?
ALYSE RUSSO, P.A: Mild smile lines around the eyes (crows feet) can be treated approximately every 3 months. Smile lines around the mouth are better suited for a dermal filler such as Juvéderm.
How much does it cost?
ALYSE RUSSO, P.A: It depends on the geographical location, experience of the injector, and the targeted area. On average, the cost is $16 a unit.
When should you start?
ALYSE RUSSO, P.A: NOW! Botox is FDA approved for cosmetic use starting at 18 years old.
Is there anything you’d recommend for under eye darkness?
ALYSE RUSSO, P.A: Under the eye, darkness can have a few different causes. Broken blood vessels can be treated with laser, hyperpigmentation (brown spots) can be treated with chemical peels or bleaching creams, and under-eye hollowing can be treated with fillers such as Juvéderm. The skin around the eyes is very sensitive and it is important to get a consultation for a personalized plan before starting any medical treatment.
What would you say to someone who wants it but is nervous about putting something foreign into her body?
ALYSE RUSSO, P.A: Botox has been approved since 1989 and when being used by a medically trained professional; it is safe. Health care professionals use Botox for medical conditions such as bladder spasms, migraines, and can be used in infants for muscle spasms.
Also, we put “foreign” things into our body in terms of dyes/chemicals in food and use lotions with extensive lists of ingredients that are hard to even pronounce-so let’s use something that we know works and is worth the money!