So Botox is really a catch all term for freezing the muscle or using botulism in the muscle. I used actual Botox for about 8+ years, but recently I’ve switched to Dysport which I’m preferring over Botox. So when I use the word ‘Botox’ in the following text, I mean ‘a botulism solution injected into the muscle’, it’s just an easier term to use. Now here’s why I love Botox… it works, and nothing replaces it.
Clients ask me about it all the time, and if they haven’t had it before they’re always so scared of it. And I get it: its a needle, its ‘toxins’ being pumped into your face, and once you put it in your face you can’t take it out. But the great thing with injectables is: if you don’t like them, they’re not permanent, yay!
So let’s break it down:
- I hate needles! Like really hate them, but the needle that is used with Botox is so small that it’s really not a big deal. So if I can handle it, I think most people can. Plus the whole procedure is only like 5 minutes, so it’s very doable.
- Botox is a ‘toxin’, but it is also the most studied medication of all time (or at least one of the top 5). Botox has been around for decades. It was originally used by eye doctors to help people who had issues with twitching and spasms. When it would set in and the twitching stopped, women noticed that the lines around their eyes went away, they went back to their doctor and begged them to do it to the other eye! It is also used in children and adults who have muscle spasms throughout their bodies, (more info here) and is used in the hundreds of units. So it’s been around for a long time and was used in hundreds of units safely, for decades. This is a technical quote about it: Botox is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, an organism found in the natural environment where it is largely inactive and non-toxic. Botulinum toxin is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by paralysing the underlying muscles. (Medical News Today, 2015)
- It’s not permanent! That’s why I love it, because if you don’t like it, it goes away. I’ve had a few clients who have had it and said it wasn’t for them… great! Then you didn’t make a permanent bad decision, yay! Have you seen Botched? There’s some crazy stuff out there!
- I prefer Dysport, and here’s why: It’s a smaller molecule so it spreads more evenly, and doesn’t give me headache for the rest of the day after getting injected. I had used actual Botox for years, because for years there wasn’t an alternative. But getting Dysport for the first time, I was amazed! It kicked in so much faster and those sometimes uneven brows I got (that would need a touchup a few days later) quit happening, and the headache I always got after the injection just never came! I would always get Botox late in the day so I could go home and relax after since I always got a headache, but with Dysport I can do an AM appointment and be fine, love it!
- Your husband/partner/significant other/ friends will probably not notice that you got it done. It’s so funny how many times clients say the reason they don’t get Botox is because their husband or friends will give them crap for it… but once they do get, no one notices. Most of the time people say: wow! Your skin looks amazing or did you change your hair? It’s so funny because they can’t place it, they just know you look better. And most of the time husbands literally notice nothing. And that’s the key: getting just enough to smooth things out, but not too much that it changes your looks or freezes you too much. I’ve had clients for years who have said to me: you’re so lucky because you don’t need Botox! And I’m like, uh….. I’ve had Botox the entire time you’ve known me. And they always think I’m lying, so then they make me show them my forehead for proof! I started Botox young for that reason, it’s kept my deep lines from settling too much and it’s kept me looking younger versus having a big change to my face one day.
- When it comes down to it, there is no age that is appropriate for Botox. By that I mean, it doesn’t matter if you’re 27 or 37 or 47, if you want to get Botox, get it! I started in my mid-twenties, but starting at that age isn’t for everyone. I just had a really bad habit of frowning (from having bad vision as a kid), and it created really bad 11 lines from a young age. As I got older the horizontal lines stared popping up, so we started to move the Botox up a bit. I’ve been told that I have thick skin and strong muscles, so deep set lines are a given. I’m lucky that Dysport works well for me, so I only have to go twice a year, but some of my clients feel that every 4 months is better for them. It’s very individual and you will start to understand what’s best for you once you get it done a few times.
- Never ever get Botox, injectables, fillers, anything, that you don’t feel comfortable with, ever! It’s not for everyone, I get it, but I love it. The few hundred dollars I spend on it a year is worth it for me. I am in the beauty industry, and its just a good fit for me.
- If you take away nothing else from this post, find a good injector and reputable place to go. Please please please never chase a discount or deal on Botox, it’s your face, it’s SO not worth the $50 savings! Asking around is the best way to find a good injector (who must be a nurse, at least), friends, family or people in the beauty industry is a good place to start.
So in conclusion: Botox isn’t for everyone, it’s not cheap but worth it, in my opinion, and should be done by a reputable injector. If you want it, go for it! But you don’t need it, so don’t feel like you have to get it either. I recommend going on a few consultations to make you feel comfortable before jumping into it, and ask any and all questions you have before the needle touches your face. It’s just such an amazing product, makes such a big difference and gives me that little boost of confidence that I love. And if it makes me or you happy at end of the day, who cares! Live your life and do what you want, no judgement either way.