If you'd asked me a year ago whether I would ever consider Botox, my answer would have been a resounding "hell, no!". Visions of old ladies with too-tight faces would swim before my eyes. Flash forward to today's blog post and here I am to tell you all about my experiences with cosmetic injectables.
First of all, a little disclaimer. I understand that cosmetic injectables aren't for everyone and that's fine. As always, this is just my personal experience. I completely get that some people don't want to change the way they look, and that's also fine. I'm not saying you have to use cosmetic injectables to look beautiful or age well or whatever. So please don't think I'm trying to push my values on you, I'm not. I'm just letting you know what my experiences have been.
Now, onto the important stuff! I've now had anti-wrinkle injections twice, to counteract the annoying wrinkles I get on my forehead. I've had them for years and they always annoyed me during the day when makeup would settle into them. They weren't pronounced but I noticed them and I wanted to see what I could do to get rid of them.
My first experience with anti-wrinkle treatments was at Injex Skin Clinics. The ladies there were lovely and happily explained every little step. I had also been a tiny bit afraid of the pain but it was really just a tiny little pin prick each time. My initial results lasted around 4 months, which is apparently pretty normal.
My second, most recent, experience was at Evolve MediSpa in New Farm with the lovely Carlie. I was lucky enough to win a voucher at the spa opening and decided to put it towards some anti-wrinkle injections as my last results were almost gone. The experience was very similar, but also involved a Skype session with the doctor to make sure everything was fine before moving ahead. You have to remember that this is still a medical procedure and the injections are always prescribed by a doctor and administered by a nurse.
So what do anti-wrinkle injections feel like? As I mentioned, the initial injecting feels like a tiny pin prick. There's pretty much no down time afterwards, my skin looked and felt completely normal. Some people may experience redness or bruising but I didn't experience either. You're advised not to massage your face, wear makeup for the next 12 hours or sleep on your front. After a day or so, the freezing effect comes along. It does feel odd and depending on how much you get injected, brow movement might become non-existent!
I personally think that my face still looks very natural, just without those lines I've always hated. To me, it's worth every penny to be able to wear makeup and not have it crease up on my forehead during the day. I look and feel fresh and I don't regret taking the plunge and trying out anti-wrinkle injections at all.
Have you ever thought about or tried cosmetic injectables?