It’s such a strange feeling when you go to raise your eyebrows and NOTHING moves, but then again I now have ZERO forehead wrinkles.
It seems that practically everyone you speak to lately has had some form of beauty treatment in the quest for ever eternal youth. There’s most definitely no denying, the B word is EVERYWHERE. You find yourself wondering what treatment your idols/most youthful friends have had done and you’re often scrutinising others appearances…
How does she look so smooth? How can she looks so youthful? Would you have it? Why wouldn’t you have it? Have you had it? Has he/she had it?
I’m convinced that reality TV has a lot to answer for, whilst there’s no denying that a lot of them are actually just beautiful beings, the majority will have had some form of cosmetic enhancement, leaving the rest of us mere mortals trying to live up to an image that is impossible to replicate…..Whilst I’m relatively happy with my face in all it’s 37 year-old glory, as the years have gone on, I’ve become my own worst critic; I look in the mirror and more often that not, there’s always something I want to change.
The late nights, lack of sleep (I swear since my daughters were born I’ve missed out on approx 2 years of sleep), frying my face in the sun in my younger years, binge drinking (still partial to the odd vodka) and falling asleep with a full face of make-up and false eyelashes stuck to my forehead have most definitely NOT helped.
As a mum to 2 daughters only 15 months apart, I naturally let my appearance slide for a while, but now I want to take some time to feel good about myself and so have been experimenting with the latest beauty treatments.
Am I scared of botox and having the injections? If you’d asked me this 4 years ago, I would have been petrified, but quite frankly, after having given birth, I feel totally invincible and unphased by injections, so no I’m not scared in the slightest. Naturally, I’ve seen some individuals who have gone too far and look like plastic dolls, but I’ve also seen some friends who, with the right practitioner, look totally amazing and just like a younger version of themselves.
I’ve got 2 areas that have been really bugging me; 1. My forehead and 2. (and this is my biggest hate) the lines that run from your nose to your mouth and from your mouth to your chin; Nasolabial folds and Marionette lines.
I’m informed that botox will most definitely help with my forehead lines, but the lines around my nose/mouth, would require fillers. I’m not willing to get fillers as I’ve seen certain individuals look like puffed out hamsters and I personally think fillers look a lot more like you’ve been ‘done’ than when you have botox, so the search continues for a treatment to help with these lines (more on this in the future).
1. How old should you be?
Dr Anna Hemming came highly recommended to me and I liked the fact that her practice was based in Twickenham which is not too far from where I live. Anna will also do home visits for a slightly increased travel fee which is ideal for those short on time or who would prefer a treatment in the comfort of their own home. I completed a short consultation form and discussed my areas of concern with Anna. Anna agreed that my forehead would benefit from some botox; at 37, I was actually one of her more mature clients (I’m quite surprised I’ve lasted this long to be honest).
Anna is super friendly and very knowledgable in her field. She immediately puts you at ease. I tell her that I don’t want to look frozen or like I’ve been ‘done’ and she reassures me that in around 10 minutes, it will all be over and the botox will start working it’s magic, simply leaving me a slightly more youthful version of myself than when I entered.
So what is the ideal age for botox? There is no definitive answer to this question, everyone ages differently. Lifestyle alongside genetic factors play a huge part in how you age and it’s simply down to when YOU feel ready. The right practitioner will also only treat you when you could actually benefit from a treatment , so ensure you do your research.
Botox works by freezing the muscles and can temporarily reverse the signs of ageing, but can also be used as a preventative measure for younger clients, some experts would agree that actually starting younger can be beneficial as it stops lines developing in the first place. Further research needs to be conducted on this though and this most definitely isn’t fact.
2. How much botox do you need?
This is customised to the individual, I had ‘3 areas’ treated – my forehead, crows feet and vertical ’11’ lines. Anna gives me an ice pack to hold on certain areas which will help with numbing, I’m asked to raise my eyebrows, frown, smile etc, then before I know it, the needles are in and out in a flash. The whole treatment only takes around 10 minutes.
Is it painful? Not in the slightest, it’s a tad ‘stingy’ but nothing painful and no more invasive than pretending to prick yourself with a sharp pencil (yes I did actually practice with this beforehand!).
3. Is there anything I can’t do afterwards?
Anna advises me not to undertake any strenuous exercise afterwards (amazing – I take this as an excuse to sit on the sofa eating chocolate) and not to scrub my face this evening. A gentle wash is all that’s required.
4. Will I be swollen?
A little bruising can be common, but more often than not, you will just get a very small bump at the injection site (that will usually disappear in under an hour). Personally I had no bruising and was just slightly red at the injection sites. I was actually at the shops an hour later and nobody would have known that I’d had anything done. RESULT.
5. How long does it take to see an effect and how long does it last?
Botox results begin within around 3-5 days, but it can take up to two weeks to get the full effect so don’t expect to walk out of there looking dramatically different. It’s not instantaneous, but when you see the results you start to whoop with joy. Personally, I start to see the best results after around a week – I try to raise my eyebrows but NADA. Zero wrinkles and Zero movement. I look slightly manic when I try to raise my eyebrows as my eyes go really wide, but do I care? Hell no. I am smooooothhhh.
The results will last around 3-5 months depending on lifestyle and genetic factors and I’m told that optimum return treatment time is usually around 4 months (3 treatments per year).
I am absolutely hooked, I’m now 3 weeks post treatment and VERY happy with the results. Most people don’t even notice I’ve had anything done (hubby included!) BUT I’m never one to keep things to myself so have been spreading the word, telling everyone and answering questions honestly. I’ve also written this blog post on it so I guess now the world knows. YES, I’VE HAD BOTOX.
Now for the final question on everyone’s lips…How much does botox cost? Botox costs will vary widely depending on location and practitioner. Do your research wisely; I would highly recommend seeing an experienced practitioner such as Anna. Personally, I paid £350 for 3 areas which is fairly reasonable – I would rather see someone who came highly recommended than somebody unknown, just because they were offering cheaper rates.
If anyone has any additional comments or questions, please feel free to drop me a comment or contact me using the form on my page.