I’m so excited to share this Botox interview with you! I love when women get REAL and share their stories. There’s so much we can learn from each other and the unique paths we each take in life (yes – even when it comes to our beauty decisions!).
This interview is designed to give you an honest look at the beauty procedure, Botox, that an estimated 1 million Americans receive each year. (*note: this estimation also includes botox injections done for medical reasons)
Whether you’re considering the procedure for yourself or you’re simply a curious beauty junkie who wants to learn more, this post will give you an inside look at one woman’s Botox experience.
Today, we’ll take a journey back to the first time Lorena started considering the treatment and she’ll guide us through her experience before, during, and after.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. How old are you and what do you do for a living?
Hi, my name is Lorena, I’m 28 and I work for one of the biggest health care providers as an administrative specialist in the Human Resources department.
When did you first start to consider botox and why did it interest you?
I started to consider botox after watching a few beauty guru videos on Instagram. Their makeup was flawless and I wanted the same for myself.
There is a lot of societal pressure on women to look “young and flawless”. Did this play a role in your decision to get Botox?
I wish I could say it didn’t but it honestly did. I’ve always been hard on myself about looking my best and I’m pretty open to trying new things even if they come with risks. I convinced myself that it would be worth a shot.
Have any of your close friends or family members had Botox? Did they share their experiences with you?
None of my friends or family members have had botox, at least not that I know of. However, a few coworkers have and they were open to sharing their experience with botox when I mentioned that I was interested in trying it out.
Did you have any hesitations or concerns about getting Botox?
Yes! I always thought getting botox would make me look fake. I was wrong! One of my coworkers looks like she is 19, she is actually 32. She told me she started botox at 22 years old. She looks completely natural so I was convinced on giving it a shot. I like to tell people it’s “preventative treatment.” In other words, it will look more natural if you start young because you’re preventing the fine lines from becoming deep lines.
How did you find your doctor?
Through a beauty guru on IG. She tagged the RN (@beautycrush_rn) who does her botox and lip injections. I was following her page for several months before I decided to make an appointment.
How much did your Botox treatment cost? Did you have to save up or was the treatment affordable/within your budget?
I believe I paid $10 a unit. My total was $240. I got it on my forehead, in between my eyebrows and above my lip to correct the “gummy smile”. The botox helped relax my top lip so that I wouldn’t show too much gum and give more “pink show” to my upper lip.
Walk us through your ‘day of’ experience: How did you feel before, during, and after? Who went with you? Was there any pain or discomfort?
Honestly, the appointment was for my fiance. I previously convinced him to get botox on his forehead because he stresses his forehead a lot. He backed out hours before the appointment.
Instead of paying the $25 cancellation fee I went in for myself. After all, I had been wanting to do it. I remember looking in the mirror as I was driving out there and thinking “ I need lip fillers to correct my smile, my forehead isn’t smooth.”
When I arrived to my appointment I discussed what I wanted. The RN advised me that lip fillers weren’t needed to correct my lip. Therefore, I let her do what she does best. She assessed my face and informed me of all the possible side effects and what I was going to feel. She also advised that it would take a week or two before I noticed a difference. I also wasn’t allowed to lay down for 2-3 hours after my treatment.
I didn’t experience any pain. She was really gentle and talked me through the whole process so that put me at ease. I went on my own since it was a last-minute appointment.
How do you feel about the results of your Botox treatment? Would you recommend it to other women, why or why not?
I absolutely loved it! I have to give a lot of credit to Tiffany, the RN who did my botox. She is a conservative injector. She also corrected one of my eyebrows (one is naturally lower than the other and I noticed they were perfectly aligned after my botox injections). My mom, my sister and my friends all made comments on how flawless my skin looked after the injections. I would definitely recommend it to women… and men.
Let’s chat about maintenance. How often do you have to go back in? Are follow up treatments just as expensive?
I received my injections in February and was due to go back in July. I haven’t gone back for my follow up appointment due to my schedule. I don’t think it will be as much as it was the first time since the lines on my forehead are definitely a lot finer than they were before.
Overall, would you say that getting Botox had any (positive or negative) effect on your self-esteem?
I believe botox had a positive effect on my self-esteem. I felt prettier and it corrected the small flaws that I’ve been wanting to correct.
Any other thoughts you’d like to share?
Do your research prior to choosing a place. A lot of women have botox and you’ll never know. It doesn’t give you a “fake” appearance as long as you choose wisely.
I love how effortlessly forthcoming Lorena was in her interview!
It can be tough to open up about beauty treatments like Botox because they’re such a polarizing topic but that’s exactly why we need non-judgmental and open conversations like these.
Lorena was also honest about her insecurities and the role social media played in her decision to get Botox and I’m soooo happy she shared that because many of us are struggling with the online comparison game!
It’s easy to feel bad about yourself when you’re flooded with images of “perfect” bodies, flawless faces, and luxurious lifestyles.
Honestly, it was hard for me to wear a bikini this summer because all I could think about was my weight versus what everyone else looked like online. Don’t worry, I wore my bikini anyway because I’ll be damned if I’m going to let societal beauty standards keep me from living my best life! But it wasn’t easy! (You can see me rocking my swimsuit HERE)
That said, I believe in a woman’s right to decide what’s best for her. If you do your research, some introspection, and decide that Botox is right for you, then you should feel empowered to make that decision, just like Lorena did.
You’ve heard my thoughts and now I want to hear yours!
How do you feel about beauty treatments like Botox and lip fillers? And where do you draw the line on what you’re willing to do in the name of beauty?
Let me know in the comments!
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