Let’s just jump right into this not so publically discussed topic of injectables/botox/whatever you want to call it. The truth is this; far more people are doing this than any of us realize. Just spend one hot minute at any medical spa and your mind will be blown by the number of people coming and going (mine was). Truth is, there is nothing to be ashamed of if you are curious, or even if you decide to take the plunge and explore this uber popular world of injectables. I am going to get really real with you because that’s kind of just what I do: I used to reallyyyyyy judge young people who did things like this. Can’t even lie. I straight up didn’t understand– and then, I had two kids in two years and then all of the sudden I got it. I started doing the research and my mind was literally blown by what could be achieved at a quick appointment: no surgery, no downtime, and insane results. This got me curious. I obviously saw a number of horrific before and after pictures of women who went too far and completely transformed their faces and as I shared on my IG stories, that was never the goal for me (and never will be). I want to look like me, just a better rested me.
I make it a point to take good care of myself. I eat healthy. I drink plenty of water. I get as much rest as physically possible while being a mom of young children. I wear my sunscreen. I take my vitamins. I invest in good quality skincare and monthly facials. Yet, still, I feel like certain things are happening faster than they should be: my under eye bags, for example. If I am continuing to be honest, watching myself as I talk into a camera almost every day of my life leaves little to the imagination about how I actually appear/where I am showing signs of aging. There was simply no denying that I looked tired. Sure, I could’ve put my concealer on with my daily face cream, but that just isn’t the way I roll. You know if you follow me on IG, or hang out with me IRL: I rarely have makeup on (like to the point that people that when I show up in makeup people comment, lol). Sometimes I feel like I need to conform and care more about “putting my best face forward” but, truth is, I like it this way. It has been really empowering to allow myself to be seen. Some days it is scary as hell to show my zit infested, tired eyed face to twenty something thousand people, but, it has been life giving in a lot of ways to know that my appearance, and beauty, isn’t what people focus on and love about me(thank you for that, by the way).
All of this mumbo jumbo to say that I am so glad that I decided to explore the world of injectables and I definitely don’t think that I will be stopping anytime soon. Just being honest. I cannot tell you enough how important it is to find yourself a reputable person to work with– this is number one. Number two is this: be honest. Be honest with your husband, your friends, yourself., your injector. There is no shame in this game. I feel that it is important to note that it is okay to want to feel good about the way that you look and that it doesn’t make you vain, or self absorbed to choose to do things such as this. People are either doing this and talking about it, doing it in silence, or they’re curious about what it could do for them. I really went back and forth about being open and I am so glad that I did. I really pride myself on being transparent and truthful: about all things. I have tried my best in a land of “highlight reels” to share the behind the scenes stuff that a lot of people don’t care to share (and I totally get why– it opens you up to judgment and criticism, but, as I always say: it’s where the life lives).
I wanted to tell you all first of all where I got my procedure done and who exactly I saw (just in case you live in GA and want to go yourself). I went to Vitality Med Spa located in Towne Center in Suwanee and I saw the infamous Botox Barbie (@therealbotoxbarbie if you do IG). Barbie was incredible. I first met her when I went in to have a facial done and immediately started asking her questions about Botox after seeing all of the empty vials in her treatment room. This was the beginning of the whole shebang, lol. She was incredibly knowledgable and patient. She answered all of my questions and made me feel 100% comfortable. I shared with her what my concerns were and she validated some and told me straight up that I was crazy about others (which I appreciated SO much). She agreed that my under eye area was deflated and that the plumpness and “fat pad” that usually lives there had fallen. I learned that due to the fat pad falling it was placing pressure around my mouth and causing those lines that come from the sides of our nose to our mouth when we smile and make facial expressions. I am an incredibly expressive person, so there was no denying that I was struggling in that area. We talked about a treatment plan and what she would do if I was comfortable and I left that day thinking about it. I can’t lie, I was a little nervous to talk to Rico about it because I wasn’t sure what he would think. Before I tell you what he said, I want to say this: get you a man like Rico. I told him about what I was thinking to have done and he literally looked at me and said “first of all, I think you’re insane, but I want you to feel good, so if this is what you want to do I support you, but please don’t come home looking like a different person, because I love the way you look right now.” The best. So, after gaining enough courage to be honest with R, I sent Barbie a message and said “let’s do the damn thing!” lol, but really.
I shared my whole journey and procedure on my IG stories and a lot of you wrote in questions that you wanted me to answer. If something isn’t addressed below that you want to know please don’t hesitate to message me on IG or comment on this post. xo!
DID IT HURT?
literally, I was so scared and freaked myself out for nothing. I can’t speak for other places or injectors, but Barbie made sure that I was completely numbed before injecting anything. Obviously you feel something, but if I had to rate the pain on a scale of 1-10 I would say it was between a 2-3. Uncomfortable is a much better word than painful, if that makes sense. You feel pressure and you feel an initial little pinch when the needle enters. The one thing that definitely caught me off guard is that around the eyes you can literally hear the filler being placed in some areas. It was kind of creepy the first time it happened, but after that I was prepared and hardly even noticed.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Okay, so it’s hard to give an exact amount because every person and every situation is completely different. Meaning, my under eye bags may be deeper (needing more product) or lesser than yours (needing less product). So, until you go in for a consultation you won’t know what the procedure will cost exactly* but you will have a ball park idea. For my specific situation I required 1/2 of a syringe under each eye, which obviously equals one whole syringe in total. The product that we used is called Restalyne and it runs at $650/syringe.
WHAT EXACTLY IS THE PRODUCT AND PROCEDURE CALLED?
The product that we used for my under eye area is called Restalyne. To put it simply, Restalyne is what you have heard referred to as “filler.” Filler is not the same thing as Botox. Filler is made up of hyaluronic acid, and it plumps whatever it is added to. So, we added the plumpness back into where it had been lost due to sleep deprivation and genetics. I also learned at my appointment that the under eye and the cheek are “married” or, one. So, in order to achieve the most natural look, it is advised to add a little plumpness back into the cheek area to balance the new fullness under the eye. I did 1/2 of a syringe of Restalyne Lift in the cheek area. (side note: I now fully understand how Bella has the cheeks that she has and friends, it isn’t contour and highlight, lol). Botox on the other hand blocks signals from the nerves to the muscle. Once Botox is injected, the muscle can no longer contract the way that it did prior, which then causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. I just want to address the fact that if you are pregnant or breastfeeding that you cannot have any injections done.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Again, every person is so different. My results will last anywhere from 6 months to a year, it all depends upon how quickly my body metabolizes the product. So, obviously, once this is done and you feel refreshed and “younger looking” it will become a life long investment. Just being honest. The good news is that some Med Spas and most Dermatologists accept payment with health savings accounts (don’t tell your insurance you heard it from me :). So, be sure to ask when you call to set up your consultation if that is an option. Hey, you work hard to make your money, and you’re being responsible to save some for your health and in my opinion, this counts as your health because we are happier when we feel our best.
HOW MUCH DOWN TIME DOES THIS REQUIRE?
Again, this varies from person to person. What I would suggest is to do this when you have at least one down day the day following, if possible. Bruising is always a possibility, but the good news is that you can do a few things to prevent it. The entire week before your injections it is advised to eat 1/2 cup pineapple– pineapple apparently helps with bruising. I also bought Arnica tablets from our local health food store and started using those two days out (two days because that’s when I had a chance to get out to track them down, lol) a week would be preferred. I only bled in one spot and that’s the spot that I had slight bruising. When I say “slight”, I mean it. Unless you looked super closely, you couldn’t notice. Nothing that a little concealer couldn’t cover, so don’t stress if you don’t have a down day following. I also slept elevated and iced each side for thirty minutes before going to bed and that drastically helped with swelling and bruising.
“YOU’RE SO BEAUTIFUL, WHY DID YOU FEEL THE NEED TO DO THIS SO YOUNG?”
First off, thank you to whoever submitted this– for real. The reason that I chose to do this is actually for a few reasons; one, I don’t wear a lot of makeup– as those of you who follow my stories already know. It’s actually comical because when I do put myself together you guys are so fast to say “omg, you look so beautiful” or “what’s the occasion?” lol. I appreciate that so much! But, truly, most of the time I am in my house, makeup free and it just feels good to know that when I look in the mirror that I can focus on something other than how tired I look all the time. Another reason that I chose to have this done is because why not. Like, I know that’s pretty vague, but truth is, I was curious and I found someone that I really trusted that totally knew what my vision was. Barbie knew that I didn’t want to look different, she knew I wasn’t going for a “drastic” or “done” look, but she knew that I just wanted to feel like I hadn’t had broken sleep for the last 3.5 years… and she achieved that for me!
My best advice is to find someone you trust– if you live in Atlanta, look no further than Barbie and Vitality Med Spa. If you live out of state the best advice I can give is to start asking around and to look at before and after pictures. Once you find the person you want to work with, set up a consultation and ask all the questions. Seriously, don’t hold back. Bless Barbie’s heart– I asked her a million questions when I was there and then I thought of a million more and messaged her on IG throughout the next few days before I decided to just do the damn thing, lol.
Again, I debated being honest about this, but like I said on my IG stories; I feel like in today’s world with social media it is so easy to compare (even if you do your best to be mindful not to). Everybody shows the best parts of themselves, their lives, their children, etc. Very rarely do you see people posting pictures with their zit cream and underage bags– and as much as I get why, I also think that it would be really comforting to the majority of us if more people did. I am all about self love and accepting who we are, just the way we are– but, I am also all about taking advantage of what medicine and the world has to offer if we think that it’ll make a difference in our overall happiness and quality of life.
Thank you guys for following along, for being supportive and for always making me feel way more special than I am. I am so thankful for this community and for each of you that make sharing my life worth it, a million times over.
now you know what to tell people when they ask “what do you want for Christmas?” xo, G