My name is Lauren and I get Botox. Please don’t judge me. Or do, but do it nicely, if that’s a thing.
I think the first time I got Botox was about 10 years ago. I had seen a photo of myself with my son and I was shocked at how tired and droopy I looked. I asked my dermatologist about it and she was all “It’s great!” and I was like “Do you do it?” and she was all “Totally!” So I said okay, I’ll try it for the crow’s feet.
At first I was freaked out. It seemed like she did too much and it pooled under my eyes that first day. I was also freaked out because I felt I had sold out to the man in some way. The Beverly Hills man. And I couldn’t squint in the sunlight.
After a week, it did look pretty good . But I never had her do it again. Instead, after that first round wore off and I felt tired looking again, I went to a plastic surgeon and told him about my first experience with it. He agreed I probably was given too much and he would do about 1/2 that amount. If I felt like it wasn’t enough, next time he could do more. Well, it was plenty for me and I looked and felt great so I went to him about every 3-4 months to maintain. I totally got over that “sold out” feeling. I think if it makes you feel good, go for it. Just don’t over do it.
Call me crazy, but after about 8 years of this I felt like I didn’t need it as much… like it was lasting longer? I started taking bigger breaks in between and switched to another doctor who was recommended by a friend who’s skin was always stunning. I’d say I go about every 6 months now. Which is good because “it’s ‘spensive, Lucy!” I will admit I’ve added in a little to that crease across the bridge of my nose. NBD.
Does it hurt? Not really. The doctor I went to for years didn’t even numb me. The one I go to now does. It’s really not a big deal. Then again I’ve had natural childbirth and several tattoos so my pain threshold might be different than yours.
Would you ever try it? Have you? What parts of your face have you done? What pitfalls do you think there are? I would say definitely go to a plastic surgeon for it or find someone who gets it that you admire and get their recommendation. And start small! Tell them you just want a little, not enough to freeze your face completely. That’s really not a good look. I’m not sure I’ll do it forever, but right now it’s working for me. Now, I need to go make an appointment, 6 months is coming up.