Okay, let me first start this post by saying I am in no way telling you that you should get Botox. And I am also in no way telling you that you shouldn’t get Botox.
Because guess what? It’s your life. And you can do whatever your sweet little heart desires when it comes to your beauty routine. If it makes you feel better, I say go for it.
I started this blog wanting to be real. I want to be an open book and I wanna always keep it 100 with you guys.
So YOLO. I’m 24 and got preventative Botox in my forehead.
Now let’s talk about the facts, the pro’s and con’s, and the procedure.
I had heard about the benefits of preventative Botox from a friend and I really wanted to try and help decrease the lines in my forehead.
Note: I’m a very animated person- go figure. And I also spent way too many days in a tanning bed growing up. Yes, it is HORRIBLE for you. Learn from my mistakes, young grasshoppers!
So basically… Dramatic facial expressions + sun tanning + lack of sunscreen and skincare = deep set forehead wrinkles coming in HOT.
And I wanted to prevent them from getting worse.
I feel like the word “Botox” is a complete taboo. Like “Oh, she got Botox? She must be obsessed with plastic surgery.” Or “Oh, you shouldn’t get Botox until you super old.”
Well, let me tell you… after doing my research, (and finally using my journalism degree), that is extremely false.
Here’s the deal according to Google. The earlier you start Botox, the better since it is best used as a preventative measure to avoid getting fine lines and wrinkles.
How does it work?
Basically, it relaxes the muscle and once relaxed, it relaxes the overlying skin, so you don’t get wrinkles. Some doctors even recommend patients in their mid-twenties to start Botox, because it’s a good age to prevent those wrinkles from getting even deeper and more unmanageable with time! The golden age for starting Botox is apparently around 25 years old.
I decided to go to a doctor in Beverly Hills names Dr. Demetri Arnaoutakis. He got ballin’ Yelp reviews and I had seen some other bloggers go to him with fabulous results, so I knew I would be in very good hands.
If you are ever going to do any type of beauty procedure, DO YOUR RESEARCH. Please don’t just go to the cheapest person or you may walk out lookin’ like a hot mess.
Dr. Demetri warmly welcomed me and explained everything he would do and why. (This took a while because I really don’t understand anything science or medical related). He decided to do a few injections on my forehead and two in between my eyebrows to balance everything out. After he explained everything, I was ready.
And here is the question you all may be wondering: DID IT HURT?
I’ll start by saying I gag at the thought of giving blood and I absolutely hate needles.
And I wasn’t too fond of them going into my face.
But Dr. Demetri was extremely careful and quick, and it honestly just felt like a little prick and sting. The whole shindig took around 10 minutes. Seriously, that’s all.
Also, I managed to take a selfie video of him doing it so clearly I wasn’t in that much pain. #DoItForTheGram. (P.S. I’ll spare you from the video. For those who also don’t like needles, you’re welcome).
Afterwards, I was free to go about my day as long as I didn’t lie down or workout right after.
I didn’t notice any immediate change but that is apparently normal, as it takes a couple days for the ole ‘tox to set in. I would say I noticed the lines on my forehead smoothing out around three days later and by a week, the wrinkles I once had were gone. And yes, I could still raise my eyebrows.
IT IS LIKE MAGIC.
Now for the pro’s and con’s.
I definitely think the pro’s are that by starting this at a younger age, you don’t need it as frequently as you do when you are older because you are preventing super deep lines from forming. Also, while many doctors say it only lasts a couple months, I have heard that it last for up to 8 months for some (I will keep you all posted on this). So really, you only would have to do it a once or twice a year! Additionally, Botox is great for curing headaches and helping those suffering from migraines.
The negative side is that it obviously does cost money and sadly, it doesn’t last forever. Many people think that it gives you a “frozen face” but I can attest that my face FULLY still moves. Just make sure your doctor doesn’t go crazy and you’ll be just dandy.
At the end of the day, there are positives and negatives to just about everything in life. And there will always be people to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do.
Personally. I really loved the results of Botox and I couldn’t be more pleased.
Here’s one more before and after comparision:
You do you, boo.