Anyway, I had serious "11s" which are the "angry lines" between the brows. I also had deep, deep wrinkles across my forehead - you know, the kind you see when you raise your eyebrows? ...Except mine stayed even with my eyebrows lowered >:( When I smile, the crow's feet appear - they're not really too bad though. Not yet.
I also had horrible laugh lines next to my lips. I know that's sort of a nice thing. It shows that a person has smiled and laughed a lot in their life, but I didn't like them!!
I decided to get botox. Why not see what it could do for me? So, I did it! It was honestly not painful. Just a little pinch - and that was really only in the 'crow's feet' area. Otherwise it was barely noticeable. SO - if you're worried about pain, you won't find it here.
I learned that the laugh lines were to be taken care of by dermal fillers - not botox, as botox would paralyze the muscles around the mouth and, well, imagine how that could look!
So I went with just the forehead - "11s", lines across and crow's feet.
They said it would take up to a week to notice anything. I started to notice a strange sensation the next day! It felt kind of neat. It's very hard to describe, but it wasn't unpleasant. Over the next few days it became more noticeable and suddenly I realized I could no longer make 'the angry face' even if I tried!
So, I have been getting botox regularly for about 2.5 years and I have to say that my skin looks SO much younger - even though I am now older! The wrinkles just aren't there at all, they went away!
Another unexpected benefit? I get nasty headaches. I noticed that since I got the Botox, I often cannot feel the headaches as intensely. I can tell they're happening, but I don't really feel the pain as much. So, that's pretty awesome!
Sidenote: I did get the dermal fillers for the laugh lines and, wow, that worked like a charm too and that has lasted for a very long time (year and a half or so). I'm so happy with the results.
Overall, I am thrilled with the results of the Botox treatments!! Other than the expense, of course. As its VERY pricey... and you have to get it redone every 3 months to maintain. So, yikes. But, if you're motivated enough, you'll make it happen.
(I will add some before and after photos shortly - it's pretty impressive!)