We used to call one of my great Aunts “Auntie Botox” behind her back lol. So bad!! But 10-20 years ago, Botox had (and still kinda does have) a bad rep – especially in smaller communities such as mine. I know it’s a stereotype, but I remember thinking for the longest time that only super rich & fake/superficial people got Botox.
I honestly felt that way until recently, when I started to notice signs of aging on my own skin. Taking a deep dive into how I could help slow down the aging process was my first step into stumbling upon Botox. The past couple years, I have become very self conscious of the deepening lines on my forehead. I know that may sound silly to some, but they bothered me so much! So I decided to do something about it. I’ve tried lots of anti-aging serums, creams, moisturizers, etc the past few years to try to get rid of those dang forehead lines. Though some of the products I’ve tried definitely diminished them and does help overall with aging skin, they weren’t doing enough for me. After doing some research, I learnt Botox was something I should explore!
I started going to Queen C Skin Studio in Regina, SK right before Christmas and let me tell ya – I’m never going back to a wrinkly forehead! LOL. I wanted to share this blog post and be open about my experience because my perception of Botox has changed. Botox is a much more customizable service than I thought it was! I honestly am so happy I took a leap of faith and tried it myself.
This past November, I shared I was going to Queen C Skin Studio over on my Instagram stories. You asked me some good questions in regards to Botox I now have the answers to below!
How much does it cost?
Queen C Skin charges $8/unit, but the number of units needed differs depending on the area being treated / the particular clients needs. Here is a really great visual provided by Queen C Skin of the average number of units people get depending on where the Botox is being injected!
How long does it last?
Again, this kind of varies depending on how much you are getting and your particular needs, but they say Botox can last 3-4 months. I have went twice now (with 3 months in between). Here is what my forehead looked like before any Botox and what it looked like 3 months after before a new application. Amazing you can still see the results even as it starts to wear off, hey!?
Does it hurt?
It definitely feels like you are being poked by a needle because… you are being poked by a needle. lol BUT it is a very small needle and it goes by so quick! I’m talking a matter of minutes and it’s over (if you aren’t getting too much work done). It definitely doesn’t feel pleasant, but it doesn’t hurt IMO. The benefits will surpass the couple minutes of discomfort I felt during injection!
How long does it take to start to see the effects?
I personally feel like I have noticed a difference both the first & second time I’ve gotten Botox within a couple of days! But 7-10 is a common timeline for seeing the full results.
What is the difference between Botox & Filler?
I didn’t know the difference until a couple months ago to be honest! But since going to Queen C Skin Studio, I’ve learnt that Botox essentially paralyzes the muscles surrounding wrinkles to reduce their appearance, while Filler plumps up or “fills in” areas of the face. It’s important to note that Botox doesn’t erase wrinkles – it stops certain muscles from contracting that deepen them.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be sticking with just Botox, but if you’ve been wanting to try lip filler, cool sculpting, a face lift, etc … I say go for it, sister! The women at Queen C Skin are professional & more than capable of helping you reach your skin goals. I also think it’s important I mention the amount of people that reached out me since sharing my Botox experience to say they get it done but feel embarrassed to talk about it openly with their family & friends! The bad rep that Botox gets has to stop!! I want to challenge you to do your own research into Botox and perhaps even try it out yourself. I think most people will feel like I did – pleasantly surprised by the results & embarrassed for playing into the stereotype!
I’ve learnt my lesson – and if I could have a conversation with my Great Auntie today, I would tell her I was sorry for judging her. She was a boss business woman who did what she wanted & what made her feel confident, despite what others thought. You go glen coco!