Botox is not the same as ‘facial fillers’
While researching Botox, I got a bit confused between Botox and facial fillers. Surely they are the same thing ie they both make you look younger by getting rid of frown lines? Well, apparently not. Not only is the substance different in each treatment – Botox is the injection of the botulinum toxin, while “facial fillers” (also known as ‘dermal fillers’) involved injecting collagen.
Botox is a treatment for frown lines and wrinkles that has an anti-ageing effect. It works by reducing the activity of the muscles in the face that cause the frowning (ie wrinkles). Facial fillers also result in a younger-looking appearance, but they do this by plumping out the wrinkles with collagen. This helps stimulate collagen growth (something our faces lose as we age).
The decision to ‘do’ Botox
So, arming myself with as much night time reading material and research as I could manage; I did a lot of swotting. The result was, it didn’t appear dangerous, scary or too expensive. Our beauty editor in the office and one of the main reception secretaries had openly told me – when I started asking around a couple of months ago – that Omniya was where they had come. Both now receive six-monthly top-up treatments – and have done for a number of years! Why didn’t anyone tell me?!! It was the fact they’d had Botox and I didn’t have a clue from looking at them! That’s what persuaded me to sign up for Botox treatment. After all, both women still had perfectly malleable faces as far as I was concerned.
After several recommendations I took an afternoon off work (using up one of my valuable annual leave days) and headed along to the Omniya Clinic in Knightsbridge, London. This is where I met Dr Thu Linh. She instantly put me as ease with her beatific smile and gentle nature. There we had a consultation where she discussed both Botox and fillers. In the end we settled on Botox as the best treatment for my frown line; since it was so deep and have been around for such a long time!
I was then booked in for a treatment a fortnight later. The day of my actual treatment I just took an extended lunch break as the actual procedure only lasted 25 minutes. Was there pain you’re no doubt wondering? Actually, not really – not in my case. It’s just the same instantaneous nip you’d feel from an injection at the GP.
And the result…
As you can imagine I was a tad self-conscious when I returned to work that afternoon. I’d told Joanne, my PA what I was up to but no-one else in the office. And guess what – no-one noticed anything unusual! The full effects of the Botox don’t really kick in until around a fortnight later anyway; and by which time, I’d gotten used to the idea. As the ‘chasm’ between my brows began to recede a few colleagues and friends asked If I’d joined a gym. Or had suddenly increased by sleeping regime because my face was looking fresh and relaxed. Ladies, I lied! No, I didn’t – I told them exactly what I’d had done, and where. This was in the hope that when one of them discover a great new beauty treatment, from now on they’ll let me in on too…