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Stick a needle in it: Watch what REALLY happens when you get Botox

So we all know that lots of women get Botox, but not many admit to it, and there are quite a few who, in my opinion, definitely have too much of it.

As a woman of a certain age I have been using the toxin known by its full name as Botulinum toxin type A for a few years now.

The reason I started was absolutely nothing to do with trying to look younger.

I developed a twitch in my eyelid from working in a job where I spent 12 hours sitting at a computer all day.

My doctor suggested I try it, because, the bottom line with botox is, it paralyses your muscles, which stops the lines.

The procedure was carried out by the lovely Anna Gregorian at Epithereal Skincare in Marina Del Rey, LA 

His suggestion prompted shock and horror from me.

Stick needles and poison in my face? No thanks!

However, I was so sick of my continuous flickering eyelid I gave it a go.

I was totally terrified when I sat down the chair that first time,

I was convinced my forehead would drop to my nose, or my eyebrow would end up looking permanently raised in a questioning position.

Botox comes from a toxin produced by the bacterium is made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Yes I did put this in my face!

However, Dr Riche (who is based in Sydney) was totally amazing.

Even when I rang him in a total panic the next day because I had a headache (this is a common side affect which wears off).

As I was lying in the chair he suggested: ‘While you’re here, do you want to get any more for your lines?’

Lines, what lines?!!

I was 36 at the time – thanks to my Mum I have very good skin, but living in Oz and loving the sun was taking a toll.

I thought, well, I’m here so lets give it a go.

This is me trying to be cool, calm and collected

What is Botox?
The bacterium Clostridium botulinum produces the toxin Botox.

It’s the same as that which causes botulism – a life-threatening type of food poisoning.

It can temporarily smooth facial wrinkles, as well as treat severe underarm sweating.

Botox also helps with cervical dystonia – a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions, and Blepharospasm , which is uncontrollable blinking.

Other issues treated include chronic migraines, and an overactive bladder

The day after I remember sitting in a bar with my friend Kirsty in Bondi discussing the ‘procedure’ and still thinking ‘what if my face falls off?!

Fast forward a week and people started commenting: ‘You look really well” as well as, ‘you’re skin looks good what have you been doing?’

Some of them I politely said ‘thanks,’ basking in the compliment and giving myself a smug smile.

Others, I said ‘actually I’ve had botox.’

It was amazing the amount of women who then said in a confidential whisper ‘oh yes, I’ve had some too,’ and a whole conversation would ensue.

The bottom line was – LOADS of us are at it!

The needle going in feels like a tiny pinch and is over in seconds

Anna checks out the other side of my face and gets ready to inject

What happens when you have botox?

Fast forward to now – and at 40 – I don’t want to look 20 – but I wouldn’t mind looking good within an age range which I think matches where my head is at. I’m currently pitching for around 35ish.

I know in comparison to a lot of people I have very little – actually it’s about one syringe.

If you like to look frozen, then that’s your thing and I won’t judge you.

But I personally prefer to look ‘fresh’ as some would say.

So, what happens when you have it done?

Well I like to put my money where my mouth is, and I know you all wouldn’t mind seeing me have needles in my face (see video above).

I went to Epithereal skincare,  based in Marina Del Rey, California, who carried out the procedure.

Here I am before

This is after – also with filler as well -check out my other post on that. Less make up than previous photo – oh yes I can still move my eyebrows by the way

How does it work?
Botox injections work by weakening or paralyzing certain muscles or blocking certain nerves.

It can last three to twelve months.

And as with most things which you stick in your body – everyone can react differently.

The most common side effects are pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site.

Symptoms can include a headache, or an upset stomach and feeling like you have the flu.

The Injections may also cause temporary drooping eyelids.

And you definitely shouldn’t use Botox if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How did it feel?

I felt completely calm.

Fabulous aesthetic nurse Anna was on hand to stop me worrying about the procedure.

You can check that out on this post here – the things I do for you!

Were there side effects?

Well I did get a little headache, and because I take tumeric and magnesium for my back, I am prone to bruising.

But I was happy with the results.

It took about eight days for me to see a difference.

For me, less is more, but if you want to go overboard (and where I live there are a lot of women in my opinion that do) go and see a reliable and trustworthy aesthetic nurse or surgeon.

So, finally, I am sure you are asking, does my husband know I do this?

Well he does now!

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