Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Botox Anyone

Well guys! I am surprised to be writing this post but here we go...

I have been thinking a lot lately about Botox. I have a few friends at work that get it all the time and it looks great on them. 

When I got my hair cut this last time; my hairdresser mentioned that she gets Botox and fillers. So I decided it was time to at least check it out!
I bought a Groupon for a local place...crazy cheap...like $156. After the purchase I booked my appointment and then went to their website to get the address. When looking for the address I began to read the reviews like "Never get Botox here", "never trust these people with your face" and "Stay Away! I have a droopy eye forever because of this doctor". Also there were many comments about the questionable cleanliness, etc. I immediately called and cancelled my appointment and got a refund for my Groupon. Lesson learned-you will get what you pay for!!

So, then I called my hair stylist for her recommendation. She has been going to the same doctor for years, Doctor Vinarski at Feel Nu in Robinson Township PA, and I love how natural she looks so I decided to make an appointment there.

Well, last evening after work I went!!

I had a consultation with Dr. V (we are that close now - HA!) and we talked about what I was looking for and she mentioned what she though she could do to help. I was worried I would not be able to get the injections due to being on the medication Stelara but the doctor said it was perfectly safe even on my medications. She took a lot of time with me and I appreciate not feeling rushed or hurried at all! Also, she answered every question and calmed every fear I had.

Finally, I decided on Restylane filler for my nasolabial folds, lips and cheeks and Botox for my forehead and crows feet.

I had no idea what to expect but I will show you what happened.

Here is my filler product...


And here is my before treatment photo...



She said the filler in the lips hurts when injected so they numb it as much as they can with lidocaine cream. Here I am sitting with the cream. They do not numb the areas for Botox injection. She told me to lay back into the exam room table and relax for a few minutes while the lidocaine went to work.

She did Botox first which just felt like little pinches and went very fast.

Then we moved onto the Restylane filler. She said I would want to kick her when she inserted the needle and it definitely did hurt! This was the one part that made my eyes water!! It definitely hurt but is so worth it if it gives my lips! HA HA!



And.....

You can see the little needle marks across the top of my forehead and in the middle of my eyebrows in the photo below. She told me just to leave the spots and not rub or clean anything until later.  She also did Botox on the outside of each eye for the crows feet. The lips and around the lips are where she used the Restylane filler.

A few things I learned are:

The filler you notice right away after it is injected but it takes 2 weeks to a month to see the final results. The final results will last up to a year for the Restylane.

The Botox takes up to 3-5 days to start working and then 14 days to a month to see  your final result. The final results will last from 4 months to 6 months for the Botox.
Here is my photo an hour after the procedure...





I was expecting bruising. etc. but I do not think I have any today at all. My new doctor rocks! My lips are a little tender and swollen so they are larger than they will be once the swelling goes down.

Here is a picture comparison below...I would assume my lines will fade more in the next two days as the Botox takes effect so I will give you an updated comparison on Monday...HA!



The only difference I really see so far above is my lips. They are definitely bigger - yay!

Any questions ya-ll, just ask!!!

Every try any cosmetic procedures? Which did you like and which did you not? Afraid of shots? 


20 comments:

  1. Nope on the cosmetic procedures. While I don't mind shots, just not on my face.

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    1. LOL Robin! That is what I always said too! Not sure what changed my mind...maybe just seeing my stylist...not sure! I will let you know if it was all worth it in the end. Have a great day!

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  2. When you wrote Groupon I was like, NOOOOOOO. I mean there are some things you don't wish to discount shop. Botox and Lasik surgery are the two that come to mind. I would like botox in my parenthesis (or nasolabial folds) and I would like fraxel for everything else. But I know I can't do that for $200 so I may never get it down. I see the difference in your lips and they look great. When everything sort of settles, I am certain you are going to be beyond thrilled. Good for you!

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    1. The total cost was surprising to me...less than I thought it would be at a reputable and recommended place! Fingers crossed I see some Botox results soon! You are correct on the discount shopping thing - I am SO happy I cancelled the Groupon!!!! Have a great week Margaret!

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  3. Lesson learned, read the reviews first.

    I am glad you're happy with the results. I want to see what happens with the botox.

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    1. I will post a side by side as soo as I see any results!!! HA - apparently I am not a patient person because this waiting thing stinks! HA! Have a great day!

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  4. I've never done anything like this, but can't wait to see how it turns out for you. Maybe I'll give it a whirl if you have good results. Brave girl!

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    1. LOL! Maybe too brave sometimes! Just happy I decided to pay full price because the outcome could have sucked if I stuck with the Groupon. I will let you know as soon as I see results! HA! Have a great week Alicia!

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  5. A friend of mine has a deep crease on her forehead and got botox for awhile. I don't think hers lasted that long though.

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    1. Oh wow Julie! That stinks! I hope mine does although I don't see anything yet! HA!!! Weird that these things take this much time to kick in, hugh? I will keep you posted on the progress! Have a great week!

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  6. I think I would have cancelled that first appointment you had too. I'll pass on the whole thing though. I don't like the wrinkles and such on my face but not crazy about pain for something that won't last more than a year...lol

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    1. Great point Ann! Definitely to each their own! I am very happy I cancelled the cheap one - that woudl have been a horrible disaster I am sure! HA! Have a fantastic day!! HUGS

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  7. I have never done anything like this, but I'm glad you did something for you that you really wanted! I'm turning 36 this year, and my mom (who has always cared for her skin and looks really good for her age) has been harassing me about my wrinkles and how I'm not doing anything about them. haha! Meh. I have face creams and eye creams and I use them, if that doesn't work, I'm just gonna have to live with them!!

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    1. I lived with mine for years and it never bothered me. I think I just get bored and just recently decided to give it a try! HA! The jury is still out since I do not see any results from the Botox yet but supposedly when it starts working my brows will be lifted and my eyes larger....I will keep you posted. Have a great day Jill!

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  8. I have not tried anything yet. I'm not afraid of shots. It sounds pretty interesting and there is a difference. I can't wait to see more photos of you.

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    1. I promise to show more after another week. So far, nothing on the Botox front.I can still more everything...HA! Have a great day Debby!

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  9. WOW - I can totally see a difference.
    So I'm intrigued. My skin is sagging so bad lately. Was it expensive? Did insurance pay anything?

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    1. Hi Rebecca Jo! No, insurance will not pay since they are considered cosmetic. I got a deal on mine. I sent you a private email for cost but I would check with friends and online for reviews for recommendations and get it when there is a special at your preferred location. My place was having a great deal and it was the last day. She told me she will alert me when the sale is back on next time so I can get reduced rate again! HA!

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  10. Wow - you are certainly brave! I hope you like all the final results!!

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    1. I will keep you all posted!!! HA! I am only brave because two women that I respect a lot said they have been going to this person for years and they look great - fingers crossed....

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