It was about 2 years ago that I started noticing traces of this bad old habit in the form of two vertical, parallel lines etched into my forehead between my eyebrows. I considered Botox at the time, but decided that it wasn't worth the risks yet. Fast forward two years, the lines had become more prominent even at "rest", and no matter how much I tried, I could not kick my frowning habit.
During a consultation for smartlipo (a separate procedure I am seriously considering), the nurse showed me her results with Botox for her glabellar lines and I was surprised to see how natural she still looked. She said that the resident injector was the best in the business (same practice/doctor's office), and assured me after looking at my eleven lines that there was hope for me, too. After a couple of weeks of researching the potential side effects, and truthfully, becoming so frustrated with my eleven lines that felt like they were trenches getting deeper with each passing day, I finally made an appointment to have it done. I'm so happy I did.
I'm 5 days post injection today, and I am shocked by how much smoother my skin looks between my brows. The day of the injection, I didn't feel any different. It wasn't until around day 2-3 that I started becoming more aware that I was no longer furrowing my eyebrows in situations when I normally would be (i.e. driving into sunlight, working at my computer, browsing on my iPhone/iPad, etc.). I could definitely still move my muscles in that area, but the urge to do it as frequently as before had decreased dramatically in just 3 days.
With today being the 5th day, I see the most difference especially when intentionally trying to furrow my brows. The expression is less "strong" for lack of a better word, but still looks very natural. At rest, the lines have already smoothed out significantly, and according to my injector, it will only get better from here. I honestly thought that my wrinkles were so deep that I would need to supplement the Botox with fillers, which scared me because of potential risk of the fillers migrating to the eyes causing blindness. I'm extremely happy that the Botox alone seems to have done the trick.
With 7-14 days being the timeframe for seeing the optimum results from the Botox treatment, I can't wait to see continued improvement over the next few days. I had 20 units for my initial treatment, and have a follow up scheduled two weeks from the initial injection. Depending on my results on day 14, I'll decide whether I feel like I need a few more to limit movement even further, but hopefully I won't need to. I'll keep you posted! Photos attached are comparing results with my forehead at rest to results when frowning. It's hard to believe that my forehead at rest pre-injection wasn't actually me frowning! I'll post more progress info and photos in about a week from now. Hope this helps!