Recognizing the contradictory and biased attitude of many people to a radical correction of appearance and medical interventions in the course of age-related changes, I will not agitate or discourage anyone from going to a cosmetologist. I just want to share my personal experience with the use of injections that correct mimic wrinkles.
The word Botox in our time has become a household word: not only is the blocking of muscle contractions forming folds on the forehead, in the corners of the eyes and on the nose so called (this is the main front of the use of preparations of this type in cosmetology), but also filling wrinkles (which is wrong – this type drugs called fillers), and in general any low-impact interventions for the correction of appearance.
Let’s separate flies from cutlets: botulinum toxin-based drugs — the notorious Botox and slightly less well-known, but no less effective Dysport — do not fill wrinkles and do not change the contours of the face: they paralyze certain muscles, as a result of which the skin ceases to wrinkle and form folds.
With a fairly pronounced facial expression, I soon acquired wrinkles on my forehead, and this can hardly be called an ornament – they noticeably age the face. Now I am 36, and with a generally good skin tone, wrinkles on the forehead have formed deep creases, which can even be felt with a finger, without the use of cosmetic equipment:
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The desire to correct this defect has matured for a long time, but, like any serious cosmetic manipulations, the shots of Dysport and Botox are not cheap.
By a happy coincidence, one of the leading cosmetology centers in our city in January announced a short-term action of -50% of the cost of the drug Dysport and offered the service of beauty injections at the rate of 75 rubles per unit (base price is 150 rubles per unit).
My beauty budget was 3,000 rubles, and during the procedure, the cosmetologist did the maximum possible for the money.
I assumed that for the correction of the defect it would be enough to crush the forehead horizontally, but the doctor, after examining my facial expressions, recommended putting the drug vertically to eliminate the compensatory appearance of wrinkles between the eyebrows.
A total of 40 units of the drug were delivered, equally vertically and horizontally (at the upper vertical point the volume is greater than in the other vertical ones).
When introducing injections, I can assess the subjective sensations as follows: stabbing along the horizontal line did not hurt at all because of a very thin layer of soft tissues; shots in the eyebrow are less pleasant and comparable to any intramuscular shot.
There is no swelling, edema, or bruising when properly injected, so you can remain socially active on the same day, and no one will guess that you underwent the procedure.
The doctor tells in detail about the limitations before the manipulations, and, in a global sense, they boil down to the fact that you need to stay upright for 3-4 hours after the injection, and avoid baths, saunas and tanning beds for the next couple of weeks. The effect of injection increases over 7-10 days and lasts from three to nine months.
Most of all, I was afraid of the effect of a mask that popular publications on beauty and health like to frighten readers. I can say with confidence: the threat is pretty exaggerated.
In fact, you do not lose your mimicry and expressiveness of the eyes, you do not feel any changes in your emotionality at all – only the forehead now does not add up to treacherous wrinkles. The creases themselves become flatter and thinner, but do not completely disappear.
If you see a face as smooth as a testicle in a magazine, and the caption under the photo says that the name of the botox was injected (or Dysport – the composition of the drug is absolutely identical, only the manufacturer is different) – do not believe your eyes: perhaps the patient was pricked by fillers, but rather all you see is the result of the effect of a wonderful beauty cocktail called Photoshop, and more simply, computer retouching of photos.
Ten days have passed since the procedure, and this is how my forehead looks now:
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Normal state of facial expressions