At some point we’ve all had an older “concerned” friend point out that we can expect our bodies to go through changes once we get to a certain age. And of course, you don’t really believe it’ll happen to you, until you actually reach that age and realize what they were talking about. I’ve always had a flawless complexion (except for a breakout or two during “that time of the month”.) I remember when I turned 30, I started seeing a change in my skin and was suddenly getting breakouts on my chin and forehead. For about 6 months, I experienced what you would call adult acne or breakouts. Once that cleared up, my 30’s seemed to be going pretty well, right up until just after my 33rd birthday, when I found my first grey hair. You would have thought someone was trying to kill me by the blood curdling scream I let out when I found it! I looked at it for hours before I decided to pluck it out of my head. I then examined it for a day or two before I finally threw it away. I figured if anyone realized I had been holding on to it they would begin to question my sanity.
I believe there are many great advantages to getting older, but I’d like to meet the person who coined the phrase, “Age gracefully, because some of the things that happen to your body as you get older are anything but graceful.” And what’s really scary, is that some of these changes seem to happen overnight. For example, one day, during my morning makeup routine, I noticed some fine lines on my forehead and between my eyes. “Holy crap, am I getting wrinkles? No way, I am too young for that,” I thought. This is when I decided to find out what this “BOTOX® thing” was all about.
After gathering my own research, I decided to go straight to Dr. Cilip at AgeLess SPA for more information. After a thorough consultation with him, I felt very safe and comfortable with the procedure and decided to give it a try.
I had heard horror stories about BOTOX®, and maybe you have too, but I am going to share my personal experience through answering some common questions that will also uncover some of those scary myths.
What is BOTOX® ?
BOTOX®, a brand name, is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum, called botulinum toxin. BOTOX® blocks the signals that pass from the nerves to the muscles. At the injection site, the muscle can no longer contract (tighten) as forcefully, which allows the wrinkles to relax and soften.
Are BOTOX® and fillers the same thing?
No! While they both lessen the appearance of wrinkles, BOTOX® and Fillers do not function in the same way. BOTOX® relaxes the muscles that create wrinkles. Dermal Fillers restores and adds volume to facial tissue, giving you a youthful, plump look.
Is BOTOX® painful?
While everyone is different, the pain from BOTOX® is completely manageable. The needle used is very fine. I personally don’t experience any pain. I feel a little pinch and prick and it’s over. Honestly, popping a zit is more painful.
Will BOTOX® make you look unnatural?
It may, if you aren’t treated by a doctor you can completely trust. Dr. Cilip, at AgeLess SPA, knows the right amount and where to inject to accomplish the goals I am trying to achieve. It takes about two weeks to see the full results, at which time, I can raise my eyebrows like before, but now without all the horizontal lines. I can still make all the same facial expressions, although I do find it more difficult to frown. My forehead also feels tighter and has a smooth appearance.
How long does BOTOX® last?
Every treatment is different. It’s said to last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. I personally like to go around every 4 months. However, visits will begin to spread out over time as you maintain your results.
Is BOTOX® used just for aesthetics?
No, BOTOX® along with improving the appearance of wrinkles on the face, can treat muscle stiffness, muscle spasms, excessive sweating, overactive bladder, or loss of bladder control. It can also prevent chronic migraine headaches. I originally started using BOTOX® to help reduce and diminish the fine line on my forehead, however I also suffer from chronic migraines, and am in the process of developing a plan to treat that as well, under the careful guidance of AgeLess SPA and Dr. Cilip.
How much does BOTOX® cost ?
This will depend on where you go as every clinician has their own pricing. At AgeLess SPA, it is $12 per unit. The number of units used will vary per individual. Right now, AgeLess SPA is offering a special of $10 per unit for the entire month of February. To see more of their specials for the month visit them online at AgeLess SPA.
My personal experience...
I met with Dr. Cilip, who explained everything to me and answered any questions I had. Once I described what I was looking to accomplish with the treatment, Dr. Cilip took a few minutes to study my facial features and expressions. He asked me to make exaggerated facial expressions and took some photos for comparison. He then filled a small syringe and began making injections between my eyes and forehead. It didn’t hurt and it only took a few minutes. When he was done, his nurse put a cold ice pack on my forehead to help with any potential swelling. I did have a few small red spots immediately after the treatment, but they faded within a few minutes, and I went on with my day. I was told that if I experienced any problems or was not happy with the results to contact him immediately. I started to see gradual results within a few days and just as the doctor said, I saw the full results in about two weeks after treatment.
Although there isn’t as much of a stigma around this treatment as there was years ago, it’s definitely something that people either don’t mind sharing or prefer to keep to themselves. For me, I hope my story has given some insight on BOTOX® and any misconceptions you may have. If you are looking for more information, I highly recommend calling AgeLess SPA or a professional you trust. There are many cosmetic procedures and treatments available these days, but before you decide to try any of them, it’s important to do your research. It is imperative that you know the health benefits and risks, as well as, only work with a certified and licensed professional for best results.