Any botox bees?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Ooooo. I’m 31 and have been kicking around the idea… for “prevention” more than anything. Interested to see what bees have to say.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

@Tbblount:  Oooohhh boy, here we go lol. Be prepared for a lot of heavy judgement. Personally, I love it. I’ve had it done, most of my friends have had it done, and my SO and I will likely own a medical spa someday where he will administer it. Your friend is correct, it is great as a preventative, but not necessary to get at a very young age unless you begin seeing “wrinkles at rest,” meaning after you’ve stopped making the facial expression, you still see the wrinkle. As we age, particularly after the age of 25, collagen production slows dramatically. This is why wrinkles start to form. It’s very important to start using a vitamin c serum and a peptide serum to keep your skin looking as young as possible. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Do it!

Post # 6
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584 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Yep! I’m 24 and I have Botox. I’ll be getting my third round around the holidays.

I gor botox for the first time when I was 22, mostly for “preventitive” reasons but also because I had a very faint line horizontally that I’d been self-conscious about when a real jerk I briefly dated pointed it out to me when I was 19.

The good news is it works like a charm! My forhead was smooth and tight after using it.

But you have to be very, very careful to not get too much, especially at a young age, and with your expressions. I’m very expressive with my face, which is why I was developing lines already, and I was used to being able to raise my eyebrows.

Unfortunately I think the first botox I got, with a groupon deal haha, was really terrible. It made my eyebrows LOWER a little and get stuck there, and I think I looked too serious all the time! I had a really horrible experience with a shop owner thinking I was being sarcastic to him when I didn’t mean to be and yelling at me, and I straight-up told my friends I’d done it and then for months until it wore off I’d tell them how I felt about what they were saying because I knew it didn’t show on my face, like I’d say “I’d look really excited for you if I could, haha!” because I felt like I never looked very interested in anything. So I’m really glad that wasn’t right before my wedding or job interviews and I recommend finding someone you trust to do it and practicing with at least one round ahead of your wedding.

My second round of Botox I went to my mom’s doctor, whom she really trusts, and who does good work for her. This was much, MUCH better and I had fewer units (had only 14 to start out, and went down to 10!) She raised my eyebrows a little and they could still move some, but my mom still insulted it and said my eyebrows moved in an unnatural way.

When I go back in a couple weeks I’m going to ask for fewer than 10 units and really discuss patterns of mobility.

Finally, I love botox day to day because those lines are just something I can’t stand. However, I might not do it for my wedding because I want to be able to make natural expressions, my fine lines usually don’t show in photos and if they do I think it can be retouched!

I hope that helps!

Post # 7
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Busy bee

If you are considering this before your wedding, I highly recommend you to try it several months (3-6) before your wedding, because it can change your facial expressions and a very small percentage of people do not like the effect. 

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@Future_Mrs_Dr_I:  Haha have you really heard people get judgy about it? I’m from LA and I live in NYC so maybe my view is just skewed, but I see it as pretty normal. Some people want to do it and some people don’t, but I don’t see it as being a super huge deal.

Like, I also have a gym membership and I get mild chemical peels to keep my skin clear. I just want to look my best.

But you seem really knowledgable about this, any advice on great products with peptides and vitamin C? I’ve heard the word “peptides” a lot but I don’t really understand it I guess. My skin doesn’t react great to retinol unfortunately, and I currently use a toner with glycolic acid and a strong sunscreen, as well as the products recommended by my derm but they’re more about clear skin than anti-aging. Unfortunately I feel like I found a correlation between retinol products and cystic acne in my skin, so I’m hoping to find a good anti-aging alternative. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@Tbblount:  I’m in my mid-20’s, I haven’t had it yet so can’t give a review but I will totally get it at some stage! And yes I’ve also heard it’s better to start it earlier rather than later (just make sure you go somewhere REALLY good and highly qualified, not worth the risk of going somewhere cheap!)

Post # 11
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Busy bee

@PromiseRooster:  Lol, yes, people will say that Botox is “terrifying” all sorts of things. 

Anyway, yes, I’m an Esthetician and although I am currently self-employed, I’ve worked at a couple medical spa’s as well. SkinCeuticals has an amazing line of Vit C, you’re going to pay $150-$175 per ounce for it. I carry a generic line that is about 50 bucks cheaper, same exact ingredients.

As far as peptides, I carry and use PCA. They have a new one called Total Strength, and another one used on top of it as a spot treatment called Ex Linea. They are both peptides, but different kinds of peptides. The Ex Linea is supposed to actually extend your Botox, but the verdict is still out on that one. I can tell you though, they work. 

Collagen is a precious, precious thing. There are many creams that contain collagen, but I don’t buy that it actually does anything for your skin. The best way to get more collagen is to trick your skin into making more. That is exactly what peptides do! 

Ahhhh retinol. Such an amazing product, so damn hard to get your skin accustomed to it. It literally can take months to be successful with retinol. I recently got back on it, and it’s taken me 6 weeks to get to the point of using it every other night. If you truly can’t tolerate them, I would say stick to your glycolics, Vit c, peptides and sunscreen! 🙂 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Tbblount:  I started at 26 and i love it. Horizontal lines are hereditary and you will never be able to get rid of them with topical treatment. You can spend hundreds, evn thousands on expensive products that will barely reduce them, or a couple hundred every 3-4 months to zap them completely! It’s a no brainer.

The key is get a good recommendation and go to the right place to get it. Aim to underdo (rather than overdo) the first time — you can always tweak and add more if its needed, but if you do too much, all you can do is to wait it out. Also, with the forehead, injecting in the wrong place can result in eyelid droop. I get mine done pretty high, as close to the hairline as possible that will still zap the lines. I have deep set eyes and love the slight brow lifting I get from that. I only need about 20 units to get the job done.

It is true that it’s preventative. This is because lines are caused by your facial muscles repeatedly doing certain motions, ingraining and intensifying lines over time. Botox eliminates the muscles’ ability to do these motions, so over time, less ingraining and intensifying occurs. I once read an article about a set of identical twins. One twin started botox in her early 30s, the other did not try it until after 50. The first twin needed less botox and with less frequency to achieve the same results as the second twin.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I love it and wish I had started doing it earlier for the reasons mentioned above.  i started it about 8 years ago and it is very noticeable (at least to me) when it is wearing off.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

@polyblonde:  Very interesting about the twins! Also, I had no idea you can ask to have it placed higher. My friend does all of my injectables and I just trust her judgement, but I’m going to ask her about that and see if she thinks it would do anything for me. 🙂

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Future_Mrs_Dr_I:  Yeah — apparently there is a lot of variation in facial muscles from person to person. I get a few units between my brows, a few on either side of my brows, then the rest on my forehead just below the hairline. it was somewhat trial and error until we figured out what worked best for me. Honestly I wish I’d started sooner! It’s good stuff!

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