Written by Katya
I feel like every birthday puts some pressure on me, and I especially felt that pressure when I was about to turn 30. That was when I started noticing that it was not my expressions that caused wrinkles, but rather… aging. The last few months prior to my birthday, I was thinking a lot about how to enhance nature and slow down wrinkle development. The answer came unexpectedly when a luxury concierge service, Refined Aesthetics, and Dr. Daniel Ahoubim invited me to a… Botox party!
I’ve been thinking about getting Botox for many years, but I’ve never moved the idea from the “want to do” to the “have to do” list. Even though most of my friends and my mom have been swearing by it for years, the procedure felt too scary and pricey… What can I say? When it comes to medical procedures, I’m never a first adopter.
After a night of googling “horrible Botox stories” and “Botox side effects” I finally decided to give it a try. I learned that if something goes wrong, it’s not permanent, and three months later my overbotoxed face will return to its wrinkled self.
Decision made and here I am entering a lobby of the fancy The London NYC hotel to have a private party with colleague bloggers, get a sip of champagne, and finally get wrinkle-free. Dr. Ahoubim’s team made sure that the party looks nothing like a doctor’s appointment. Relaxing on comfortable couches while enjoying a glass of Chandon bubbly and fruit, I chatted with other guests about their thoughts on Botox. Some of the event attendees had the procedure before and loved it; others, just like me, were there for the first time.
About half an hour later, I was called into a separate room where I met Dr. Ahoubim. He asked me a few questions about my medical history; inquired about any cosmetic procedures I’d had done before; and investigated my face for the areas that require Botox treatment. After the initial consultation, Dr. Ahoubim asked his assistant to apply a numbing cream on my forehead.
A few minutes later Dr. Ahoubim asked me to perform all sort of facial movements (raising my eyebrows, frowning, and smiling) and marked certain areas of my face with a soft, white pencil. After the local anesthetic started to work, Dr. Ahoubim started the procedure.
Maybe it happened because I have a high tolerance to pain, but I didn’t feel any discomfort at all during the procedure. Yes, I felt the needle entering my skin, but it was less painful than a regular blood work collection. The only unpleasant thing that I noticed is that I heard how the needle gets into my skin (maybe it was just my imagination, but it sounded like a little pop).
A few minutes into the procedure (we covered the entire forehead, frown line, and the area around the eyes), I was released to the bathroom to erase the leftovers of the white pencil and check out the results. Despite the fact that my skin was bleeding a little, I didn’t feel any discomfort at all. When I came back to the party room all the girls who were supposed to go after me were asking how it went. I said, easy and pain-free, and I meant it!
TAccording to recommendations on some websites that I researched beforehand, I decided to keep my face in a vertical position for at least four hours after the procedure. My session took place at about 9:00 pm, so I decided to stay up till 1:00 am. Ben and I watched a movie, and I sent him to bed saying that I have some work to catch up on (and I did write a few posts that night!).
The morning after, I was thinking that everybody would notice that I’d had a cosmetic procedure. Even though my expression remained the same, I felt that people were looking at my face longer than usual. As it turned out, it was just my imagination, because you only notice the full effect of a Botox procedure a few days after it.
I decided to wait, but I couldn’t identify the exact moment when the Botox really started to work. I just noticed that I looked much better in photos and didn’t feel the need to apply a concealer.
About a week after the procedure, people started to compliment me on my fresh look, but even I couldn’t tell that something had dramatically changed in my appearance. I was still able to move my eyebrows and laugh without that awkward “frozen face” that all people who are considering Botox are afraid of. No, my face looked completely natural—just fresher and without wrinkles. Isn’t it a miracle? More than a month over the procedure I am still enjoying the result. My skin is smooth and looks natural, and I can’t recall having such results with any, even the most expensive skincare products. When I think about my former Botox fears, I blame myself for not starting injections of botulin toxin before. I learned that Botox not only removes wrinkles from your face but also prevents the development of new ones. In other words, if I’d started using it earlier, I would have many fewer wrinkles to “freeze” today. I’m sure you’re wondering whether I’m going to use the services of Refined Aesthetics again. I surely am, because I’m the biggest Botox fan now! Besides, I might need to stop worrying about medical cosmetology so much and start trying more procedures that my friends and family use all the time. Well, seems like 2016 will become a year of medi spa experiments for me!