I got Botox for the first time about a month before my 30th birthday. I had been wanting it for a long while and figured my 30th birthday was a worthy event to just go for it.
For some reason, Botox seems to still be a taboo topic. Some people just don’t care to share. I get it. However I know quite a few women who get Botox and will openly admit to it, which I find refreshing. And I know many more women who have thought about getting Botox, but aren’t quite sure where to begin.
I am clearly not a doctor, so this post isn’t not going to be the medical book on Botox. But I thought I would share my experience and what I do know about it from my own research. So let’s dive in, shall we?
Let’s Discuss Preventative Botox
When to Start
Like I mentioned above, I got Botox for the first time a month before my 30th birthday, however in my research of all things Botox, I’ve discovered there really is no right age to start.
A lot of women will start in their 20s with what is now known as “Baby Botox“. Baby Botox is just a small dosage of about 10 units that is injected for preventative measure.
While Botox as a preventative has not been researched in depth, the idea behind starting at a young age is that, since Botox temporarily freezes the muscles where injected, it will help lessen your ability to be overly animated in the face. Not being overly animated will keep the skin lying flate and therefore prevent wrinkles from forming.
So when to start with preventative Botox is totally up to you and when you feel comfortable. There is not a one-size-fits-all answer here. If you feel like your wrinkles are visible and that you’ll be more confident without them showing, then I say go for it!
How Much to Get
All three times I have received Botox I got approximately 44 units each time. Those 44 units are used to treat my forehead, between my brows as well as a subtle brow lift and softening of the crows feet.
Your doctor should be able to tell you what they recommend as well as how it will affect each area that is injected. Be sure you are clear with them about the problem areas you are looking to fix as well as what your expectations are. Don’t be worried if you do not see the results of your treatment right away. To fully see the results, Botox takes about 4-7 days.
If you aren’t over doing it and especially if it is your first time, Botox is not going to completely freeze your face and leave you expressionless like some people tend to think.
The goal is to look refreshed and the injections undetectable. This is why it is very important (among other reasons) to see someone who you know knows what they are doing.
How Long Does it Last
The good news (kind of) about Botox is that it is not permanent. If you get preventative Botox and end up hating it, the results only last about 3-4 months. Once it is gone you will regain full muscle strength and movement.
Getting Botox is not something you have to maintain once you start, if you do not want to. I’ve only had Botox a total of 3 times with the first time being just before turning 30 (I am now 32). It is recommended that you go every 3-4 months to maintain the full benefit, but it really is totally up to you.
Pain Level & Downtime
While I don’t care to see needles, I don’t really have a fear of them. So as far as the needle goes, I can’t really speak to that. I can however tell you that the pain, once the needle is interested, is the tiniest of pricks. If anything it is uncomfortable rather then painful.
Women withstand a lot of pain for beauty. If you’ve ever had your bikini waxed or had extractions during a facial, then I promise you, getting Botox is a leisurely walk in the park.
The next day or two you will definitely be able to feel that you had something done. For me it isn’t painful. It is more of a heavy feeling on the forehead. Almost as if your hand is sitting on your forehead (if that makes any sense, ha!) For me, it isn’t bothersome, but I’m sure it could be for others!
As for downtime…you will get what looks like mosquito bites at the point of injection (see above). Those do go away within 10 minutes. After those 10 minutes, as far as people being able to see, you are good to go.
There are also a couple post-injection rules…don’t lie down for at least 4 hours and do not do any strenuous exercise for at least 6 hours post treatment. Other than that you are pretty much good to go!
If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out or leave a comment below! I would love to discuss with other women their thoughts on all things Botox.