Botox Review: I Answer 12 Frequently Asked Questions I Get About Botox | Knowledge and joy

Editor’s Note: This Botox review explores the topic through a purely personal lens. Please consult a trusted physician for in-depth, personalized care in this area.

I’ve mentioned a few times before that I’ve started getting Botox in recent years. Every time I do, I get questions from people who want more information. In the spirit of transparency, I wanted to break down my personal experience—why I first got it, how an appointment works, where I go for Botox, and more.

I grew up around people talking about Botox as a “bad” thing to do – that it was desperate or futile or shameful. That kind of hasty judgmental perspective doesn’t sit well with me now.

I’m sharing today’s post to answer questions for people who may be considering Botox and to help remove some of the stigma that often surrounds it.

When and why did you decide to try Botox for the first time?

I first tried Botox when I was thirty-five (I’m thirty-eight now). I had for a while considered doing it as a preventive measure, mainly to treat and reduce the visibility of eleven lines between my eyebrows and horizontal lines on my forehead. I did a lot of research before I got it. I read about the procedure, talked a lot with my girlfriends who had it, and also talked to my dermatologist. I have been going regularly since the first appointment, although I took a break in 2020 during the start of the pandemic.

Where on the face do you get Botox?

When I had my first appointment for Botox, I started small. We have increased the number of units I get since then. I get it mainly between my eyebrows and on my forehead. I also got it on my jaw area once, mainly to help relieve some pain I was experiencing in that area at the time.

What difference do you notice on your skin?

The Botox smooths out the lines on my forehead really effectively. Now, even when the Botox wears off between appointments, I notice that the lines are less visible than they were before. It works as well as I could have ever hoped.

How long does it typically take for it to fully kick in?

This varies for everyone, but it typically takes about two weeks for Botox to do so fully kick in, although you’ll likely notice it gradually taking effect before then.

How long does it last for you?

It lasts almost four months for me, but it’s different for everyone. I’ve heard of it lasting as little as two months and as long as six months, so I’m somewhere in the middle. It’s also helpful to keep in mind that it will gradually decrease between appointments. So while you may feel it has completely worn off after a few months, it may still be working – you may simply have gotten used to the initial full smoothing effect.

Are there any risks?

There are some risks with Botox, which is why it is important to go to a licensed doctor with plenty of experience. The risk may be higher in certain parts of the face, especially around the eye area. Of course, I’m not an expert and can only speak from my personal experience, so if you have any specific questions about the risks, ask a Botox provider or other trusted doctor. You can even go in for a consultation first if you just want your questions answered before trying the procedure.

Does getting Botox hurt?

To me it feels like a light squeeze. The discomfort is minimal and only lasts a few seconds in my experience.

How did you decide which Botox provider to go to?

I decided to go to my dermatologist (at Dermatology Specialists in Edina) because I already had a relationship with her and trusted her. It can be a bit of a long wait to get in, but I would highly recommend it if you are local to the Twin Cities. (If you want to explore other recommended options, our editor goes to The fur sisters for Botox and would also highly recommend them!)

I definitely recommend going to a provider whose approach aligns with your goals for Botox. Some providers prefer a more heavy-handed approach that leads to zero movement in the treated area. Others prefer a lighter approach that still allows for movement in the treated area but won’t lead to lines at rest.

How much does Botox cost?

My Botox appointments typically cost between $300 – $500 (I can’t remember exactly how many units I get). I usually go about twice a year.

Is there anything you need to consider in terms of preparation or finishing?

Your provider should provide you with detailed information before and during your appointment (and don’t be afraid to ask all the questions you have too!). In general, it can be useful to avoid alcohol and blood thinners before your appointment to help minimize your risk of bruising. After the appointment, it is recommended to avoid strenuous exercise for the rest of the day and to avoid putting pressure on the treated area for two weeks (no massages or facials!).

Who do you think should consider Botox?

Getting Botox is such a personal choice and certainly not something anyone should feel pressured to do. I think the choice to get Botox (for non-medical reasons) should ultimately be about feeling more confident in your own skin. Botox has so many uses. I use it primarily to treat and reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. If you want to do the same, Botox may be a good option to consider.

What is your biggest takeaway from your experience with Botox?

All in all, I wish I wouldn’t have waited to get it. I love the smooth look of my forehead and feel more confident as a result. It has been a truly wonderful gift to me.

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