Botox Before and After, and Thoughts in Between

It helps to look unhappy in the before picture, I joke. But there it is: my makeup-less face in all its wrinkly glory. It’s not bad. I’m fortunate to have a good complexion, thanks to my Asian genes. But there are subtle lines and they are testament to make chronological age, which is closer to cougar-age than it is to millennial. In my head I am 30 – young enough to be hip but old enough to know better. At this point, I’m willing to accept a little anti-aging help. But I’d have to resort to gallons of anti-aging anti-wrinkle cream before I could get the immediate results of an injectible-filler. In this case, botox.

As a Cosmeticare Mom, I have the opportunity to try out cosmetic treatments that I never considered before. The Cosmeticare staff is always so amazing and welcoming. Their office in Corona del Mar, overlooking the water is so relaxing. It feels more spa than medspa. It’s my second go at Botox, which temporarily relaxes facial muscles to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And since I did it last year, I know that I don’t want to relax my whole forehead but just to erase what they call “the elevens” those lines between your eyebrows, that form when you frown or make an angry face.

Kat is cool and knows just where to inject the filler. She respects my request not to smooth out my forehead. I feel like doing that makes me unnaturally raise my eyebrow and changes my facial expressions. It feels like a pinch and it’s over in less than 10 minutes. It will take about 7 to 14 days to take full effect but I do appreciate that the procedure itself doesn’t take long and the effects can last four to six months.

I am told by friends who’ve done Botox for a while that they can go longer between injections over time, because by then their facial muscles have gotten used to know frowning or wrinkling. So I’m hoping this happens to me too because I’d really like to stop frowning – of course this is something not just skin-deep. Over all, I’d like to be happier and project a more positive vibe. Less frowning = less lines. Okay, maybe smile lines. I’m cool with that.

I hang out a little longer at the relaxing Cosmeticare lounge area. There are pretty fresh flowers all around, and there’s that view. Dina asks if I have any questions. I tell her I have none but just wanted to hang out a little longer. That’s how Cosmeticare feels – and that view!

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(DISCLOSURE: As a #CosmetiCareMom, this is a sponsored post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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