I have many issues I am unhappy about: deep 11's, a third odd horizontal line just under the 11's, crows feet, forehead and last and actually most importantly, my jowls! I decided to ignore the jowls and do the Botox first. I think mainly it is because I feel like surgery was the best option and I am not ready to face that yet. So as I mentioned before the reviews and stories shared here have given me all of the information I needed and my first lesson was to seek a well qualified professional. I made an appt with a wonderful plastic surgeon (female, girl power) She was great and I really left there with a much better knowledge of reality vs fantasy as far as expectations. She addressed all of my issues and even others I didn't notice. :( I learned about surgical options as well, although I never felt pressured in any way. She was very genuine and even went so far as to let me know that she does not feel offended when a patient chooses a less expensive place to have the Botox done. Her suggestions were Belotero under eyes, radiesse for cheeks, juvederm around my mouth and Botox forehead etc. I came home to do more research into it and came back feeling like I should just try one and see, I decided on the Botox and once I learned that a dermatologist can do the Botox, I called my longtime dermatologist, Dr Ken Landow in Las Vegas, I have gone to him for several yrs regarding my other skin issue, melasma. I was thrilled to find out that he does the injecting himself.
I decided to have both Botox and juvederm done because honestly the cost for both was the same as I was quoted for the Botox alone at the surgeon. I am very happy with the results, I had NO issue with the Botox injections as far as swelling or bruising. I had swelling and 2 bruise marks on jowls which at first worried me. I had it done on Friday and called dr on Monday to ask about swelling and they asked me to come in the very next day, Dr massaged the area explain again what to expect and sent me on my merry way. It has been one week and everything is great. My husband is impressed and I will go back to him for the cheeks, still not sure about belotero, he does not offer that so if I do decide to get it done, I will go to the surgeon. My before photo is on a "good" hair makeup day, my brow lines were much deeper. Thank you all for your reviews, I know I said it before, but they really helped me.