Botox

Botox – Frequently Asked Questions

A little while ago I posted an interview about my stepsister’s experience with getting lip fillers and everyone was very interested in that post.  So on the topic of cosmetic injections I decided to interview another friend who gets Botox since I’m sure people are curious about it too! As with the last post, neither of us profess to be experts, so if you are interested in getting Botox I recommend having a consultation with a professional. Now with that caveat – let’s get into these frequently asked questions about Botox!

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Botox by EC-JPR under CC 2.0

How long have you been getting Botox, and why did you decide to get it?

I’ve been getting it for about a year and a half now. I use it as a preventative measure to reduce the impact of aging on my skin and to look fresher which I don’t think lotions and potions can do. Some people get it for different things other than plain old wrinkles like a non surgical nose job, stopping teeth grinding, sweating, cramping, MS and all sorts of things. (Lena – I am a terrible teeth grinder, even with an expensive mouthguard for sleeping, I’m very curious about this now!). At my last appointment they did nose slimming injections, which I really liked.

How much does it cost?

Botox is charged by the ml, so it depends how much you get. It tends to range from $200-700 per visit. Most places offer a free consultation so you can see how much it might cost. I go to Prescription Skincare in Remuera. You can get it cheaper at other places but you are paying for their expertise.

You definitely don’t want bargain price Botox – eek! You want someone trustworthy like this looking guy I found when looking for stock images haha.

Botox Injections from Dr Braun
Botox Injections from Dr Braun under CC 2.0

How long does it last? It depends on the person, but it’s usually around 3 to 7 months. For me, after about 4 months I can see and feel that it’s gone.

Does it hurt? The first time I got Botox made my eyes water the first time due to the pain but now it’s not painful at all for me – if anything pimples are more painful!

Lena: When I was searching for images for this post I came across some pretty interesting ones – anyone like the look of this bag?

Botox loves you
Botox loves you by Jan Evert under CC 2.0

I know one thing people often talk about with Botox is looking frozen, and that can happen – I know of people who’ve had a bit too much and can barely move their face. My friend who I’ve interviewed always looks natural, and can still make most normal facial expressions except really big frowny faces. The good thing with Botox though, is that it’s not permanent – if you stop getting it, within a few months you’ll be back to normal. Of course, like with everything there are potential side effects but if you go to a reputable clinic then that will be lessened. I know Caci Clinic does Botox and fillers like Juvederm and I’ve heard good things about that.

So, are you in the market for Botox – or just a curious onlooker? I think if I can afford it I would totally get it when I’m older. I’m already getting lines around my eyes, and no offense to my dad but I don’t want major crows feet like he has. Hopefully it will be cheaper by then too, or I should start saving. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions and I’ll pass them on to my friend to see if she can answer them.

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  • I have friends who have had it and swear by it, but I don’t think it’s for me. To be honest, I’m not that bothered by having a few lines (although we’ll see how I feel when I have a few more!)

    • If I age like my mum I don’t think I’d bother but my dad has such deep crows feet and I don’t really want to have those! Who knows, I might be more open to them as I get older and become less vain or something, I might have other priorities. Thanks for reading!

  • Dianne Childs

    I don’t know of anyone that’s had it, but I do find it fascinating. Especially the nose-slimming injections, I wonder how this works?

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    • You might know someone, and you just don’t know it! I’m not entirely sure about the nose injections, I did some googling today but didn’t have much luck with finding out how it works.

  • I have been thinking about getting botox for the fine lines on my forehead so thank you for this post!