Earlier this summer I was asked by Allegro MedSpa and Plastic Surgery Associates in Sonoma County if I would like to experience one of their services and share it here on the blog. Plastic Surgery Associates is owned by Board Certified plastic surgeons and husband and wife, Dr. Heather Furnas and Dr. Francisco Canales. They opened their Santa Rosa location in 1992 and have grown their practice to include their Allegro MedSpa and a Marin County location.
The well-respected, well-established practice has a highly-trained and professional staff, many of whom have worked at Plastic Surgery Associates for decades. I always given a warm welcome when visiting their offices and feel very comfortable with everyone I come into contact with.
When it came time for me to decide what treatment I wanted to experience, the decision was easy. I have been curious about Botox since I first heard about it many years ago. I have several friends, that I know of, who have been getting Botox injections for years and I’ve never once heard any of them say they didn’t like their results. I like their results too!
So why did I wait until now – almost 50 years old – to give Botox a try? I always thought some day I would try Botox but I put it off again and again. I also had some reservations and lots of questions.
Once I decided to take the Botox plunge and book my appointment at Allegro MedSpa, I made a list of questions and brought them with me to my treatment. Along with my before and after photos, I will be sharing my questions and answers and a few additional observations and experiences about this treatment that often divides the masses.
10 Things I Didn’t Know About Botox
I chose to have my forehead and the area between my eyes treated (commonly known as the “11s”) with Botox. Kirstie Anderson, Registered Nurse at Plastic Surgery Associates, did my procedure and answered all my questions. Jodie, the Physicians Assistant, gave me a quick physical and asked me questions about my health before we began.
1 – The injections do not hurt and, even though I had quite a few injections, they were tiny, the needle was tiny and it takes only seconds. I barely felt a thing!
2 – Botox helps smooth existing wrinkles. I have a deep almost scar-like wrinkle on my forehead that you can still see even with Botox injections, though the Botox has greatly minimized its appearance. Kirstie said that the wrinkles, by not having as much movement, will begin to smooth even more with further Botox treatments.
3 – I thought the Botox would start working right away. It took about 3 or 4 days for me to start seeing and feeling it work. It happens gradually and I had no bruising or redness.
4 – The treatment reaches its peak at around 2 weeks, then begins to subside gradually. It takes about three months for it to dissipate completely. At the two week mark is when it feels the most stiff. Things begin loosening little by little after that.
5 – I find I don’t frown or furrow my brows anymore (because I can’t!) when I read or write or concentrate on something. I used to get regular tension headaches if I worked on the laptop or looked at my phone too much. Not any more!
6 – If done properly, no one will notice. I was concerned I would have a frozen or surprised look on my face. Not at all! Done correctly, it just makes you look more refreshed and youthful.
7 – I wondered if having Botox would boost my confidence in my overall appearance. I would say it definitely did. I am much more likely to wear my hair off my face – sans bangs – now that my forehead wrinkles are gone.
8 – I was concerned once my forehead lines were gone, it would make other signs of aging stand out more like crows’ feet and saggy jowls, for example. That did not happen to me and I didn’t notice that anything stood out any more than it did prior to Botox.
9 – While the forehead and the area between your eyes known as the “11”s are the most common areas treated, you can also have Botox injected in your chin to help with that orange peel texture, your eye area to look more refreshed and around your mouth to help upturn the corners of your mouth.
10 – Side effects are minimal. Some people report feeling queasy or have headaches. I had neither effect just a tight feeling in my forehead for a few days as the treatment set in. I am no medical professional so be sure to discuss side effects with your doctor or nurse before getting Botox.
Before and After Botox Photos
As you can clearly see, the photos on the left are my Before and the photos on the right are my Afters. These photos were taken about four weeks after my treatment.
I can make expressions in all the photos but they are less dramatic in the After photos. I have a smooth forehead and minimal creasing between the eyes.
Closing thoughts on Botox
1 – I like that I didn’t feel as though my face changed at all and was able to retain expression while smoothing out my deep forehead lines.
2 – It is expensive, no doubt. My treatment was about $550. Some anti-aging/wrinkle creams and serums on the market are very costly too. And as far as my experiences go with those products, they don’t give you the dramatic and fast results Botox does.
3 – Finding a medical professional who takes your particular needs and face structure into account and errs on the side of too little rather than too much is key. Botox not done properly or overdone is what you are going to notice on someone. Done properly, it is quite subtle yet you will notice the change.
4 – Will I continue to get Botox injections? For now, yes. I am coming up on my 50th birthday and I’m treating the treatments like an early birthday gift!
Feel free to ask questions in the comments or email me privately. I am happy to answer any questions as long as they’re non-medical (not my area of expertise!).
Plastic Surgery Associates and Allegro MedSpa offer a wide range of treatments and procedures. Visit their website for more information or call (707) 537-2111
Allegro MedSpa is offering $50 off any MedSpa service (products not included). Just mention this post/my blog when you book your appointment. This offer is good until 12/31/17.
Disclosure: My Botox treatment/injections were given to me at no cost in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.