That has been a question that I have been wondering for a while, as you hear so much about Botox in the media these days with every celeb going for Botox injections in every part of their body. One of the celebs you see a lot of at the moment is Simon Cowell who has done Botox for years and even convinced Gordon Ramsey to go under the needle.
Anyway in the answer to the question… Does Botox Work? … I can happily say YES, after I had Botox treatment just over 2 weeks ago. I have waited to blog about it until I was convinced that it did work and made a difference, and wasn’t just an expensive 10 minutes getting pricked.
I had over the years developed a bad habit of frowning a lot (apparently according to the specialist beautician that did my Botox I have a very expressive face). But due to years of a combination of concentrating at a computer, hard work and stress the frequent frowning had left me with quite a deep crease between my eyes making me look fairly grumpy when I was being normal, and with a very deep, mean looking frown. It was getting to the stage where Dave would keep asking if I was ok, and the kids even asking if I was in a bad mood. This was when I was being normal and not feeling like I was frowning.
This is what my frown was like before Botox
And now I can’t really frown, which is really weird as when I try nothing really happens apart from my eyebrows move a bit.
Added: A picture from about a week ago of me trying to frown where you can still see a frown, whereas now its smoother.
Did Botox Hurt?
Not really … well when you have had 2 kids nothing really hurts! Lynn from Cosmedical who did the treatment made sure that I was really relaxed for the 5 injections so all I felt was the initial prick and then a bit of discomfort. Afterwards all I had was a little redness for 5 minutes, and 5 red dots where the needles went in for a few hours.
How does Botox Work?
Botox is widely used in medical procedures, and has been for many years. It works by stopping the neurotransmitters between the nerves and the muscles … so in my case when I try to frown the signal is not getting to the muscles, so I can’t. What will happen over time is that I will get out of the habit of frowning so reverse the damage.
How Long Does Botox Last?
Well it takes between 3 – 9 days to take effect, so initially after the treatment there was no change, but after about day 5 there was a marked difference, and after 10 days it was different again. The initial treatment should last about 3 – 4 months, and then a second treatment could last for a whole year.
Is Botox expensive?
I suppose it depends on what you class as expensive. I paid £225 for the treatment and a consultation a few weeks before I decided to go for it. I personally think it was good value for money and I’m really pleased with the results.