I have been dying to tell you about this for the longest time. But I needed to wait for a full two weeks in order for the Botox to work. Botox is not a taboo. I have no problem telling people that I had botox on my forehead. For years I’ve been wanting to get Botox for my forehead wrinkles. I remember telling a friend a few years ago that I’ve been thinking to get Botox for the ugly wrinkles on my forehead and this friend of mine suggested that I tried facial or skin care to solve the issue. None of them works. It has been a few years now and the older I get, the slower the lines smooth out day by day.
Last week I posted up a review on Sublime Skin Contouring treatment at Renée Clinic. If you haven’t check it out, do click on the link earlier. But that’s not the main reason why I was there. I was at Renée Clinic to get Botox on my forehead. Yeap! I finally did it.
Botulinum Toxin A Treatment
Botulinum Toxin A or BTA in short is a purified protein derived from Bacteria culture. This type of protein has a 60-year long history in aesthetic medicine. It is widely used to relax active muscles that causes wrinkles on the face (around the forehead, frown lines, crow feet lines, bunny lines, peri-orbital, peri-oral and platysma band. It can also be used to treat sweaty palms, smelly armpits, large and oily pores) as well as body. With more than 7 million people have used it to date, it is one of the most effective and rewarding treatment in reversing the sign of ageing. Although BTA is mainly used to relaxe muscles, it can also be used to achieve V-shape face, face-lift and brow-lift as well. The two internationally recognized and FDA approved Botulinum Toxin A (BTA) brands are BOTOX and DYSPORT. It has been proven to last 6 – 8 months per injection.
Why is forehead wrinkles bothering me?
I was blessed with oily skin. No doubt oily skin can be annoying at times as I look like oil slick half a day and spent half a day blotting the excess oil off. The pros of having an oily skin is that I don’t have fine lines and wrinkles or at least having lesser fine lines appearance comparing to dry skin. I do have fine lines on the under eyes due to a long time bad habit of rubbing my eyes. The skin on my forehead is somehow thicker and harder. Add that with the fact that I am someone with lots of facial expression, I can easily wrinkle up my forehead. It is also because I started doing makeup on daily basis, I needed to raise both my eyebrows whenever I’m doing eye makeup. A few years ago the wrinkles on my forehead will smoothen out in no time after I’m done with my makeup. Lately it has gone severely wrinkled that the lines are not smoothen out by itself even after half the day. I guess age is catching up and it does take a toll on my skin.
Consultation and assessment
Many people thought that there will be a charges for walking in for a consultation. I’m not sure how other clinic operate but when I was at Renée Clinic waiting lounge, a guy walk-in for treatment enquiry, asking if there will be any charges for consultation. I overheard the Beautician telling him that there is no charges for consultation 😀
Dr. Renee did an assessment on my concern area and getting to know more on why I was thinking to have Botox on my forehead. One thing I notice about Dr. Renee is that she don’t simply jump into conclusion and advise me to get Botox immediately without conducting an assessment and offering advise on what I can do to prevent the wrinkles from deepening. I know very well that I can’t do my eye makeup without raising my brows. Dr. Renee told me that not everyone can take Botox on their forehead. I was fit to undergo the treatment so Dr. Renee took a consent form for me to sign while explaining to me the side effect (if any) and most importantly, after treatment care. Patient will be given a copy of the after care instruction to take home as well.
Mapping out injection spots
Before the procedure start, Dr. Renee map out areas that needed to be injected with Botox with a pencil. She ask me if I wanted to inject some onto my frown and I said why not 😀 . I was told to raise my brows and frown in order to identify which spot needed to be treated. I have never seen anyone that can wrinkled up a forehead as good as I do LOL.
Here comes the injection!
I have no idea what is my pain tolerance level as it was my first time with Botox. So my forehead was numb by using ice pack, which I think is good enough for a few quick injection. I’m not going to lie. It was really painful although the needle used is the finest and I only found out a few seconds before the first injection haha 😀 . The fact is, it is the Botox that is painful not the needle. The most painful area for me is the gap between my eyebrows. Dr. Renee said that the flesh on that area is harder thus the pain. But no worries. Overall, the pain is not that bad. I would say it’s bearable. There’s a saying, no pain no gain right? 🙂
After the injection, my forehead was applied with some antibiotic cream and then with some sunblock. The picture below is right after the procedure. It is red because my skin is sensitive and it gets baboon butt red very easily comparing with other people. The amount of Botox that I get is at the most minimal because the concern area is not that huge and I do have just two deep wrinkle lines that is bothering me. Oh and I have to photoshop away my acne scar as it’s looking like a nippy oppss.
I was told to move my brows up and down 1 – 2 hours after the procedure in order to help working the Botox into the muscle better and evenly but I don’t have to overdoing it otherwise people will thought I’m crazy. I must not strain myself for the next four hours such as facial, sauna, exercising, gym and so on. The redness went away by the time I reach my house. There was no pain and swelling for me after the treatment. However I do feel like my forehead was bruised on the same night. It was nothing serious. In fact it was better than I thought. I woke up the next day with no side effect, pain, bruising or swelling.
Before and After
Before Botox, I can easily wrinkled up my forehead like an old woman 😀 . It must be the aftermath from laughing at my dad’s forehead wrinkles a lot that I had it now eh? Sorry dad, I know now that I shouldn’t laugh at your forehead wrinkles.
Botox doesn’t work immediately. In fact it will take 48 hours to 14 days in order for Botox to work it’s magic. It is only on Day 2 that I started to feel a bit of pulling on my forehead. On Day 3, I can feel the pulling even more and I can’t really raise my brows or frown properly anymore. I still can, just tougher and it takes a lot of effort to do it. It’s amazing to see and feel the progress from Day 1 to Day 3. I started to realized that it’s a big difference on what I can do with my facial expression and what not. Simply amusing.
This is when angry faces become funny faces 😀
Finally, on Day 15. This is when Botox is on it’s full force. I’ve decided to show you how it looks like with makeup on because makeup does accentuate every.single.fine.lines on the face. I want to show you how much I love my forehead now.
I still raise my eyebrows when I do my makeup. Old habit die hard. The only difference now is that my forehead stays still when I do so. Only my brows were raised and the rest of the face stays still. Botox help to keep my forehead skin in place.
LOL. This is the angry facial expression. Nope. I can’t frown anymore. I can’t scold anyone with angry face for the next six months. Everytime I get angry, I laughed. It just crack me up looking at this angry face.
What I like about Botox-ing the wrinkles on my forehead beside eliminating the wrinkles is that my skin is so much firmer and smooth now. I do have high forehead and ever since Botox, I feel that my forehead is even higher and somewhat ‘naked’. Probably because the skin is so much firmer now. I seriously can’t get enough of my forehead.
I’m not quite done yet with the pros of Botox. My brows is so much lifted that I have problem drawing them! It used to be flat and I need to draw an arch on it. I was shocked that the shape is so archy now even before drawing them. I’m not used to draw on archy brow! So please do ignore all the wonky brow-do from now onwards until I figure out how to draw them hahaha!
That’s not all. My eyes is relatively larger and looking more awake thanks to the brow lifting. I don’t have an even eye lid crease on both eyes but I do now 😀
Most people told me the wrinkles on the forehead is nothing serious until Botox is needed. True in a way but I’m not getting any younger, skin care is not strong enough for that. As you age you skin will take a longer time to rejuvenate and repair itself. I can see that with my forehead. I don’t have fine lines or wrinkles on my face besides the under eye therefore the wrinkles on the forehead makes me look much more older. I have no regret with undergoing Botox treatment for my forehead. I can now do my makeup without any worry and walk out of the house feeling more confident.
What does it feels like after a month of having Botox? Well honestly I feel great! At first I wasn’t used to it. I keep reminding myself that I have a fragile forehead and that I have to be gentle. But that slowly went away and I don’t keep in mind that I had Botox anymore. My forehead does feel a bit dry and tight in air-conditioned room. It’s nothing that a moisturizer can’t solve though. By the time I hit the 3rd week, the tightness and dryness is gone. My forehead feels like normal. In the next six months, I need to try to do my makeup without raising my brows and I need to do lesser facial expression. That, of course will be tough since I’m enjoying the privilege of having no wrinkles and knowing I can always go back after six months 😀
Now tell me. Will you go for Botox for either wrinkles or for V-shape face? What will be your tolerance level before opting for Botox? For me it was because there is no skin care that is able to smooth out these wrinkles.
Disclaimer: This review contain sponsored treatment. This doesn’t affect my experience and judgement in the review in any way.