I was around 35 when I got botox for the first time…7 years and counting. I honestly thought it was earlier than that, but when I was going through pictures, they have proved me wrong! I went to Charlotte Skin and Laser for my first (and every time since) botox because I have been a patient of Dr. Rostan’s for dermatology since I was in my early 20’s. Dr. Rostan did my botox for the first time, but ever since, I have gone to Kristin Brunsen st CSL.
I remember my first time…my head felt heavy afterwards and I had a dull headache for a few hours that day. Every time since, it’s been easy peasy. I love it. BUT….I also like to be able to move my forehead. Some women like the “frozen” look and go every 12 weeks. My botox lasts around 6 months because I don’t mind moving and having expression. Hey, whatever floats your boat right?!
Here are some before botox pictures of me – you will notice the lines in my forehead and definitely my eyebrows aren’t as arched as they are after botox….I look pretty tired if you ask me – but I was a mom to 2 little boys as well, so I WAS tired!
Here is a picture a year later AFTER botox – If you zoom in on the forehead you can tell the difference. There was no going back for me! 😉 (I also learned that I needed to draw my “non-existing” eyebrows in!)
Over the years I have had to get a bit more than before – I am up to about 40 units. I get them mostly in my forehead and one small shot beside each eye for crows feet. Again, I WANT crows feet. I want to age and have the normal wrinkles, I just want them tamed a bit.
Lately, I have notice the bands in my neck in pictures and it really bothered me. A makeup artist told me a few years ago that she gets it in her neck….I thought to myself, that is bizarre right? For what? NOW? Yes please. I wanted it. I had a consultation with Dr. Rostan, showed her my pictures that I was not happy with and she said botox would be the answer. In the pictures below, you will see where the muscles are strained.
I went in 2 weeks ago and had my whole routine done. Forehead, one shot beside each eye and 4 shots in the neck. Botox in the neck relaxes the neck band muscles – the vertical ones. Unfortunately, if your lines go horizontally, botox can’t help with that – that is from all of us looking down at our phones, they call it “tech neck”. You can get filler in those lines if they bother you though.
Here is a picture of me 3 weeks out – notice the difference? I will let you know how long this lasts – I am hoping as long as my botox in my face does! (There are ZERO filters on all of these pictures BTW)