10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Botox

5 Mar 2014 at 9:00am

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I’ve been getting Botox injections regularly for the past 4 years.  To my surprise, there’s been a lot more trial and error in finding the right doctor, paying the right prices and knowing what to look for and ask for.
My first experience was 4 years ago when I turned 40.   I went to a widely known (and expensive) doctor who gave me just a touch between my brows on my forehead (the area known as the “11s”).   Within a week I looked fantastic.  My eyebrows were lifted ever so slightly and I looked natural, rested and a lot less bitchy.
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5 months later, after my first injection began to wear off, I began to think more was better.  A stylist I was working with recommended a plastic surgeon that reportedly did excellent Botox (along with Kate Hudson’s new nose).  Armed with a false sense of security in the hands of celebrity plastic surgeon, I went one step further and had my crows’ feet and more of my forehead injected to get an even stronger brow lift.
Hmmm.  The results were a little harsher than I wanted, but I still liked my glamorous lifted new look.  Botox was creating a new normal for me.
6 months later, my first Botox party (more on that later). Despite the doctor’s excellent credentials, I had too much Pinot Grigio and didn’t tell him about my earlier Botox injections, so wound up with more than I needed.  My eyebrows were now so high and arched it looked like they were going to fly off my forehead.
My hairdresser whispered the name of yet another famous doctor (also with a skin care line), but when I learned he treated Madonna, I cancelled my appointment.
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So I went back my original doctor who must have had a bad day.  I told him to repeat what he did the very first time.  He suggested more, I said yes wanting to trust and believe.  A week later, my eyebrows were unnaturally arched and disturbingly uneven.
I looked like the sinister love child of Dr. Spock and Dr. Evil ... 

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