But the line between my eyes just reminded me of pain. I didn't want the reminder staring back at me every time I looked in the mirror. It made me look angry and unhappy, even when I was not.
Last week, I decided I'd had enough of the perma-frown inflicted on me by infidelity. I called a plastic surgeon and made an appointment for Botox injections. When I picked up the phone, I was still arguing with myself about doing it. The money could be put to many other uses, after all. I was offered an appointment 30 minutes after the call, and jumped on it because I knew if I waited until my next day off, I'd talk myself into spending the money on something else.
You know how your mother used to say, "If you make that face, it will stick that way?" She wasn't completely off the mark. It took FIVE DAYS for that Botox to fully relax the muscles responsible for the line between my eyes. During those days, I looked in the mirror and rued that I'd spent so much for so little. And then--THEN!--on Friday, I looked in the mirror, and that line was gone.
Now I see ME when I look in the mirror. I took my face back!
I started out wanting to get rid of an ugly reminder of an ugly time. I got a lot more. A seemingly superficial change effected a much more profound emotional shift.
If anyone else has a line that seems to taunt them whenever they look in the mirror, please know that it can be softened. It may seem vain. It may seem superficial. And maybe it is. But it feels awfully good to be rid of it.
But can you still give your kids "The Look" that keeps then in line?
I live near a medical school, and I go to their cosmetic dermatology dept. It's reasonable IMHO. About $225 every 6 months.
Also I got rid of some spider veins on my cheeks & chin with their laser !!! OMG. That was about $250 and the best money I ever spent.
I need the exact same thing done. About how much does it cost?
I know almost exactly when I started, which was about 2 months after dday. Hmmm???? Coincidence? I think not.
My "11's" I only get done about once a year now, but I've moved onto my forehead too.
I'm quite conservative and still want a little movement to appear natural.
I think it is money well spent!
I still can give my kids The Look. Unfortunately they still laugh at it; I'm not known for my ability to intimidate.
Cost? My doc charges one of three way: by syringe ($500), by facial region ($200 each), or by unit of Botox ($14). Allergen currently has a promotion, too. It wasn't cheap, this first time ($500--she used a full syringe), but future treatments will probably be done first as a single region and, after a time or two, with just a few units.
Well, unless my face starts falling apart. Judging by my mothers' aging, I'll be good for a while.
This is the one thing I do for me that I hope I can keep paying for.
"Diamonds aren't a girl's best friend, freedom is."
Now this thread has me thinking I have to just book it and do it!! Anyone have anything to say to help me with 1-4 above? I think I can get past 1 and 2 by focusing on the positive outcome. 3 is a little harder, though I haven't done much reading on the subject of potential side effects (maybe that would be worse).
With respect to 4 how bad were your "11s"? I am mid-40s and have had mine for years, probably since mid-20s. One isn't too bad, but the other is quite deep and about an inch long. If I'm going to do it I want results!! I don't have any other wrinkles I am concerned with - my Mom is in her 80's and her skin looks great!
Help me bite this bullet SI peeps!!
[This message edited by kwash at 12:05 PM, March 11th (Tuesday)]
Which wrinkles are 11?
They have a choice: they can live in my new world, or they can die in their old one." — Daenerys Targaryen
So, an appointment for me in the next week, I think! Thanks for the nudge.
[This message edited by UKgirl at 12:30 PM, March 11th (Tuesday)]
Life is too short not to enjoy!
I had to talk myself into it. I'm not keen on the never ending quest to look young, but really didn't like this line. I think it does have the potential to be a slippery slope, though!
For those interested, there are coupons on the Allergan website. I just looked and there is a $50 off Botox coupon right now. (Just Google "Allergan specials Botox.") You can also sign up for special offers.