To Botox or Not to Botox……

We are in no way advocating that everyone has Botox treatments,  it is personal choice and should be seriously thought about before proceeding. The following blog is just our viewpoint and our experiences. We are definitely not medical professionals or experts on the matter. Botox is a medical treatment that should only be carried out by experienced professional’s.

Botox, ooh a controversial subject with some of our friends. Those of our chums who choose the natural route we salute you, we support you and we are in awe of you but we have chosen a different path, the path of wrinkle free foreheads and medical assistance. We decided to write on this subject as we know some of our followers are Botox-curious. Friends, who would love Botox but who are terrified of the idea of botulism being injected in their foreheads ( fair point ) and also if it hurts and what to do if it goes wrong and can it go wrong.

We are both vain we freely admit it, we want to stave off the inevitable aging as long as possible. We would bathe in Ass’s milk whilst singing the Macarena if we thought it would knock off a week or too.

DUFF

My obsession with a smooth fod began when I was getting married at 39. I kept  having nightmares that I would look like Miss Havisham on my wedding day, I had also started to develop my Dads 2 VERY deep frown lines between the eyes ( sorry Dad harsh but true:) ). Determined to not look like someone from cocoon on my special day I started to look into Botox treatments.

The first time was terrifying, I booked a nurse to come to the salon I owned at the time. The nurse practitioner had great credentials, good recommendations from her clients and lots of experience. She was  extremely professional and explained everything thoroughly before the treatment. I was asked  lots of questions about my medical history and had some forms to sign. I was then told to pull frowning faces whilst she marked my face with little dots and then proceeded to do a series of little injections across my forehead.

The first few times I had what is referred to as 2 areas, I now have 3. The forehead, between the eyes and crows feet.

It feels like little pin pricks and it sometimes can have a little burning sensation. It’s over in a matter of minutes, I was left with tiny bumps but they disappeared within seconds and voila it was all over. Within a few days I started to feel a tightening,  within 14 days the area became a lot smoother. I looked a lot fresher and my frown lines had totally vanished, I was totally sold on it and have continued to have it ever since.

I have to tell you all as we always try and be as honest as possible that I did once have Botox that wasn’t to my liking, the person administering was a professional but  maybe they weren’t as experienced as others and I hadn’t seen their previous work. I unfortunately, following said treatment looked very surprised for a few months and had to cut a fringe in to try and disguise it ha ha. I am vain but I knew it was only temporary and would wear off and it taught me a valuable lesson that you really need to do your research.

SHARKEY

I started having Botox probably the around the same time as Duff, and I agree with everything Duff has said so far. I had been thinking about having it done for a while before I bit the bullet. One thing that put me off was the horror stories you sometimes hear. I was so nervous. It’s a huge decision, and most people of just scared of doing it. I’d personally say, if you aren’t a fan of needles, maybe give it a miss.

Similar to Duff, Concept (the hairdressers where I work) had an open night and invited a lady from a local clinic to talk about Botox. She was very experienced and gave a live demonstration. This made me really curious about Botox, and the decision to get it done played on my mind for weeks (this was not an overnight decision).

I panicked the first time I had it done. I got asked lots of questions about my medical history, my daily activities, and tried to calm me down. I also asked a lot of questions back ‘does it hurt?’ ‘will I bruise?’ ‘how long does it last?’.Afterwards, I received a care letter which lay out what I could and could not do. For example, you cannot lie down after having it done for 4 hours. I followed this to a T. I didn’t want anything to go wrong, and with my luck, it usually does. I kept looking at my forehead to see if there was any change. I think I expected some drastic difference, and although I did notice a difference, it took a couple of weeks to kick in. I must say, I was totally overwhelmed with the results. I loved it.

After having Botox, I did become curious about other treatments that were available. I made the decision to get fillers under my eyes, to get rid of that puffy eye look I always thought I had. Well, this didn’t exactly go to plan. Although the woman who administered it had done several before, was very experienced and a qualified nurse, it went wrong for me. She eventually had to dissolve the filler from under my eye (not a decision taken lightly by the nurse, however it seemed to be the only option).

I wanted to highlight this experience, not to scare people, but to really make sure you think about the downsides of any treatments. Like Duff has already said, ensure you do your research on the side effects, and the possibility of it going wrong, check the practitioner, and ask plenty of questions (usually at a consultation they hold before any administration).

One tip I would suggest to any one who is looking at getting Botox, is ask questions, ask family and others in the local area about the practitioner, have they heard any bad reviews? I think asking people, and looking for feedback wherever possible is a great step towards feeling more comfortable about getting Botox.

The lovely Nurse specialist who treats Sharkey and I, IAN MORAN of Morans Aesthetics always states how important it is to do your research and check that the person administering is fully insured and a medical professional.

Botox lasts, we would say from personal experience, around 3 – 4 months mark, the gym definitely effects it, vigorous exercise and Botox longevity do not go hand in hand.

SHARKEY AND DUFF’S BOTOX

Sharkey and I LOVE Botox, it makes us personally feel better. We feel we look better with it, when it starts to wear off, we feel that we start to look tired. Friends will comment when you’ve just had it done and say how well we look, like you’ve had a very long, very good sleep. That fresh look is what you are looking for with the finished result.  Too much and you can look startled and frozen, too little and it wont last that’s why its important to look at your chosen nurses previous work so you can make an informed decision.

We have to be honest too in the fact that its a bit like when you decorate a room in your house and it looks all new and fabulous. It also makes the rest of your house look tired and a little shabby ha ha so you start to think about making over those rooms as well. That is what can happen with Botox, it can be a gateway drug it can lead to you wanting more…. this is where we feel you need to proceed with caution. A little spot of this and that can make you look and feel better but it can be highly addictive and you only need to look at some celebrities to see when someone’s not pressed the stop button. Its a fine line to walk.

Today there is so much pressure to look a certain way and aging is somewhat frowned upon in the media, leaving a lot of todays women and men feeling somewhat under par. This can lead to feeling forced to conform. What we would say is do what’s right for YOU personally do, whatever makes YOU happy, its your face your choice. We cannot emphasise enough however that you do your research and ALWAYS use a professional practitioner.

Experienced Aesthetics Nurse Dawn Robinson of Posh Aesthetics advises us-

“Botulinum Toxin is a POM (Prescription only medication) and must be prescribed by medical professional

To ask the practitioner….

Are they a registered medical professional?
Are they trained in aesthetic procedures? Are they trained in advance procedures?
Do they have insurance to carry out aesthetic procedures?
Do they carry emergency medications to deal emergencies?
Are they trained to deal with medical emergencies?
What are the risks?
What are the alternatives?
What is the cost?

Administering a botulinum toxin treatment…

I try to explain all aspects of the treatment from start to finish. It is paramount that a full medical history is taken prior to treatment to ensure there are no contraindications for that person receiving the treatment and the patient is aware of all the risks.
Ideally I like a patient to take the information away and consider before having a treatment.

I like to get a feel for the persons preferences and establish the result they are looking for and manage their individual expectations. Not everyone wants ‘Amanda Holden Frozen’
I like to ensure the person feels safe and relaxed, not all people like needles and people get worked up (even my husband fainted).

I always like to follow up a patient to review the efficacy of the treatment 2-3 weeks after initial treatment to ensure any areas that may need additional treatment are not left untreated leaving the person unhappy (or looking like Dr Spock)

There are lots of practitioners out there offering Botulinum toxin treatments at varying skill levels and prices. My advice is to stick to a medical professional who can evidence their training and insurance, who you feel comfortable and safe with.”

If you have any questions on our experience feel to ask, you can either message us on our Instagram account or leave a comment below. Huge thanks to our expert Dawn Robinson for her help and advice on this blog

Love Sharkey and Duff Xx

Botox costs vary and start off from around £180 for at home treatments.

Keep a look out for our next blogs on Fillers and Plasma pen treatments

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