Did you know that Botox is the most popular cosmetic procedure in America? I’m so excited to share my experience with getting Botox and to answer all your questions about what Botox is, how it works and why you should get it! I’m also sharing lots of before and after photos to show my results of getting Botox! Every time that I’ve shared about getting Botox on my Instagram, I get so many questions about the procedure and what to expect so I’m sharing all the details below!
First things first and one of the most important things to consider when it comes to Botox is where to go and who will be doing your injections! I cannot stress this enough, do your research and choose a facility that is highly trained with best practices and that has nurse practitioners that will be doing your botox injections. I’ve had Botox several times now and I’ve had all my injections and skin needs done at REJUV AVE. in Fenton, Michigan. The facility is gorgeous, they continuously train all their staff, it’s immaculately clean and their customer service is hands down the best. If you’re in Michigan, I definitely recommend them for your skincare needs.
At REJUV AVE. Skincare Med Spa they take the time to really access and determine your skin care needs and goals. REJUV uses VISIA Skin Analysis to take more in-depth look into your skin. VISIA Skin Analysis system provides a look at your skin’s health -3mm deeper, to be exact. This system can reveal issues related to pigmentation, pore size, bacteria, sun damage, texture, wrinkles, and can calculate your “TruSkin” age based on the condition your skin is in. From there, their estheticians set up a personalized skin care plan based on your results, goals and skin care needs. It’s great too because VISIA allows you to see your skin changes and improvement over time too.
Botox 101: Everything You Need To Know About Botox
What Should I Expect At My Appointment?
At your consultation you will talk with their staff about your skin concerns and areas in which you may be interested in using Botox. At my appointment, I was asked to make several different expressions (smile, surprise, scowl) in order to showcase the wrinkles and fine lines that I wanted to address. From there, places were marked on my skin in which to inject and then Botox injections began. One of the great things about Botox is how quick the whole process is – less than 30 minutes from start to finish!
Note: My skin is red here as I had IPL treatment prior to my Botox injections.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox works by using a neurotoxins (onabotulinumtoxinA) that paralyzes the underlying facial muscles that cause muscles to contract, which in turn lessens the activity of those muscles. In this way, Botox prevents wrinkles and lines from forming or developing further so it can also be used as a preventative treatment!
How long does it take to see results from Botox?
It can take up to two weeks for you to see the full results of Botox. Some people notice changes in their appearance a few days later, while others may need more than two weeks before they begin seeing any difference. On average, after 10 to 14 days you will see the full results. You can see my progression over 2 weeks in this fun botox progression video.
How Long Does Botox Last?
The effects of Botox typically last around three to four months.
How much does Botox cost?
Currently Botox costs $13 per unit at REJUV AVE. The number of units that you will need will depend on the areas that you are having treated.
I’m scared of needles! What are the risks and side effects of Botox?
Botox is a safe procedure that has been used for more than 30 years with over 6 million botox treatments administered every year. There are few risks or side effects to Botox and working with a trained injector drastically decreases your chances of having any adverse side effects or the dreaded “frozen” face look.
Do you have any before and after photos on your blog post that show your before and after results of Botox?
I sure do! Check out the images below!
As you can see, my crow’s feet drastically decreased.
Say “see ya later” to all those forehead lines! I have a lot of resting forehead lines as well and Botox is a game changer for a more youthful look for my skin!
Can you tell I’m trying to hard to scowl above. LOL.
I’ve been continuously so thrilled with my results. My look is natural while still drastically decreasing the wrinkles and fine lines on my forehead, crow’s feet and between my brows (known as the glabellar or “frown lines”). I had around 35 units used to treat all my areas of concern.
Where Can I Get Botox?
It can be used on any part of the face, neck or body that has wrinkles or expression lines. Botox relaxes muscles that cause them to contract when we frown, squint our eyes, raise a brow in surprise or anger (called “glabellar” lines), and make less pronounced expressions.
BOTOX can be used in the following areas:
- Forehead lines
- Drooping brows
- Glabellar or “frown” lines
- Crow’s feet
- Nasalis or “bunny” lines
- Turned-in upper lip (“lip flip”)
- Gummy smile
- Dimpled chin
- Overdeveloped masseter muscle
- Platysmal bands
Does Botox Hurt?
The Botox injections are pretty painless. You may feel a slight pressure or pinching sensation, but it’s nothing that is super uncomfortable (and this is coming from someone who isn’t a big fans of needles)
Will I Have Bruising from Botox?
You may see some bruising which is relatively normal. I take arnica for several days before and after my botox treatments which helps to decrease my bruising. There is noticeable difference in the times that I used arnica and those times that I did not. My bruising is usually rather mild and easily covered with a bit of makeup. I’d recommend getting botox several weeks before any major events to allow it plenty of time to work it’s youthful magic and to let any bruising disappear.
If you’re in the Southeast Michigan area and looking for a skin med spa, I highly recommend REJUV AVE. I’ve been going there for years for everything from laser treatments to Botox to hydrafacials with wonderful experiences and I adore their staff. Keep an eye on their social media as they often host giveaways and share promotions for some major money saving discounts!
Disclosure: I received complimentary services at Rejuv Ave.