My Experience with Preventative Botox

selfie from one month post botox- check out that smooth forehead

Wow I didn't realize how much I had to say about this subject that I decided to break down this post into two separate posts, first being preventative Botox and the second half will be about fillers. There's a lot of ground to cover with both subjects so I wanted to make sure I was answering everything to my greatest ability!

A while ago, I told you guys on Instagram that I get preventative Botox. I don't think I've honestly talked about it much before and I wasn't sure how to go about talking about it because for some reason it's such a taboo subject. I mention the word "Botox" and people think of the dad in Christmas with the Kranks, which is obviously not the look I go for at all. In fact, I think a lot of people and celebrities have Botox, they just don't talk about it.

I wanted to disclaim this post by saying that I am not hating on wrinkles and aging. I understand wrinkles are inevitable, we all get them at some point. I want you guys to know that Botox is not a necessity, it's just something I choose to get done as a part of my skin routine. It's definitely not for everyone and I respect you if you get it, I respect you if you don't. Please do the same for me!

Now let's get cracking!

What's Botox?

Botox is a name given to the neurotoxin that when injected into the skin, relaxes the muscles and can prevent wrinkles from getting deeper.

There is another alternative to Botox and that is the neurotoxin Dysport. I haven't used this before so this post is going to focus on Botox but my nurse practitioner will reference Dysport in this post. Definitely talk to your injector about which one will work best for you! I personally feel like Botox is the most common but definitely be informed!

What are common misconceptions? 

It's a common misconception that Botox is to be used once you get wrinkles and you're older to make you look young again & that's why people freak out when I mention getting Botox at age 25. But really in the long run, you'll require less Botox at an older age when you start getting it younger because you are preventing the lines from getting deeper. The deeper the line, the more Botox.

I asked my nurse practitioner what the common misconceptions she hears the most and she said, "that it will change the way you look completely, that it will last forever or that it fills the lines on your face."

She explained it further by saying, "Neurotoxin (Botox) has been studied going on 30-35 years now. However, it was approved by the FDA for use in 2002. It's used in over 70 countries and there is no evidence to date of any long term safety concerns associated with the treatment. Essentially it is injected into the muscles and causes relaxation- in return, when we make facees are muscles don’t over react consistently and we don’t get fine lines and wrinkles! This is why it’s also known as “preventative” . I often see people come in with deep static lines (lines that are seen while the face is at rest making no movement.) Botox is the first step stopping those lines from getting any deeper, however it will take consistency and time to flatten that line out!"

How much does Botox cost?

This depends on how many units of Botox you get total. The smaller you use, the smaller amount you'll find yourself paying. I've seen it cost anywhere between $10-20 living in Los Angeles and Nashville.

I go to my sweet friend who is a nurse practitioner (so she knows her shit), Courtney, in Murfreesboro. It's really important to me to know and trust the person who is injecting me because hello, they are doing something to your face! She charges $12.50 a unit! And this is the best part... are y'all ready for this?! She's giving you all in the Nashville area who want to visit her, 10% off just by saying Sarah sent you! 

What's the appropriate age to start getting preventative Botox?

There's not a single age that can answer this question honestly. Like I've said many times before, Botox is not a necessity and wrinkles are going to happen, that's what happens when you age. I however decided to start getting mine done whenever I noticed lines developing whenever my face was relaxed. I am an expressive person, when I am shocked you can tell by my face. I like to say I talk with my eyebrows and because of this, I was getting lines in my forehead that I started noticing in my early 20's.

A really cute picture of me with the markings on my face where my nurse practitioner is going to inject me!

How many units of Botox do you get?

The first time I got Botox almost 2 years ago, I got 20 units total. I believe the last time I got it done Courtney used about 30 units total in my face.

Where do you get Botox?

I always get it in my forehead, the 11's (frown lines between the eyebrows) and a little brow lift (my personal favorite part because it makes you look so awake.) This past time though I also got a little on the outer corners of my eyes to prevent crows feet!

How long does Botox last?

I asked Courtney and she said "Botox (and dysports) duration is average 3 months. However, it can very depending on how you metabolize it. Different people metabolize it differently and at different rates - working out multiple times a week can also contribute to a higher metabolizing rate as well. In general every three months is when you should return for Botox or dysport. Also that’s why it’s great that we have two options- if you metabolize Botox at a faster rate we can always try dysport and vise versa."

Does it hurt to get Botox? Is it scary?

No and no.

Let me say though I am not afraid of needles so that isn't something I had to get over when I decided to get Botox but I definitely understand why people could be scared of it. Botox needles are very, very, very small. Everytime I've gotten Botox, insulin needles are used. Tiny. I personally do not think it hurts, I've never heard anyone say it hurts before. Definitely way different than people's experiences with lip fillers. But that's another story for another day!

Why do you recommend it?

So here's why I love Botox at my age of 25, it makes my skin look like a instastory filter in real life. My forehead has literally never looked so smooth in my entire life, it's amazing. I love how awake the little amount of 2 units under each brow gives me for a brow lift, that's probably my favorite part honestly.

So that's it. That's my thoughts (and Courtney's) on Botox and why it's the greatest thing ever. Like I said before, Botox is not a necessity, I am by no means saying it's for everyone, I understand that wrinkles are a part of life. I just wanted to share my experience and answer as many questions as I could about Botox for you all!

Don't forget if you're in Nashville, definitely make an appointment with my friend Courtney, I've linked her Instagram here! She's such a sweet soul and you can trust her with your face, I trust her with mine. Tell her Sarah sent you and you'll get 10% off!

I hope this was helpful. Love y'all!

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